Specific Throttle Valve Structure Patents (Class 123/337)
  • Patent number: 10358986
    Abstract: A valve device for a motor vehicle includes a housing, a flow channel located in the housing, and a flap arranged in the flow channel for closing the flow channel. The flap has regions in which a shaft penetrating the flap is fastened, and the shaft is rotatably supported in the housing. The flap has a spherical elevation at least on one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kohlen, Stefan Möbs, Joachim Von Willich
  • Patent number: 10358987
    Abstract: A butterfly bypass valve includes a housing defining a bypass flow passage with a pivotable throttle plate therein. An outer edge of the throttle plate in a closed position is in sealing engagement with a sealing portion of the housing such that the throttle plate restricts fluid flow through the bypass flow passage. The throttle plate is pivotable to an open position to allow fluid flow through the bypass flow passage. A port in the housing allows a portion of fluid passing through the bypass flow passage to be removed when the throttle plate is pivoted to the open position. A predetermined amount of pivoting of the throttle plate toward the open position can occur so as to allow flow through the port, while maintaining the edge of the throttle plate in substantially sealing engagement with the sealing portion so as to substantially prevent flow through the bypass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Garrett Transportation I Inc.
    Inventors: James William Reyenga, Mike Guidry, Patrick Beresewicz
  • Patent number: 10280880
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine may include at least one engine block having a plurality of cylinders and at least one flange component. At least one attachment part may be secured to the at least one flange component. An alignment device may be constructed and arranged to align the at least one attachment part relative to the at least one flange component when the at least one attachment part is attached to the at least one flange component. The alignment device may include at least a first alignment unit, a second alignment unit, and a third alignment unit, which may be spaced apart from one another. At least one of the first alignment unit, the second alignment unit, and the third alignment unit may be constructed and arranged to align the at least one attachment part to a cylinder head in relation to a first aligning direction perpendicular to an attaching direction, when the at least one attachment part is attached to the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Dettinger, Mathias Endress, Wolfgang Gueth
  • Patent number: 10215104
    Abstract: A valve device for a fuel cell arrangement in a motor vehicle includes: a housing; a flow channel extending in the housing; a flap configured to influence a flow cross-section in the flow channel; a shaft to which the flap is attached, the shaft being rotatably supported in the housing; a drive configured to drive the flap via the shaft; a valve seat arranged in the flow channel; and a seal including polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) arranged on a radially peripheral edge of the flap, the seal being configured to contact the valve seat with the flap in a closed position of the flap, so that the shaft passes through the flap at an angle. The seal includes a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kohlen, Rainer Johannes Montigny, Stefan Kopp
  • Patent number: 10184560
    Abstract: There is provided a range switching device that can switch the shift ranges by use of a mechanical driving force source even when the motor does not normally function. The range switching device includes an output axle coupled with the shift shaft of an automatic transmission, a motor, an elastic driving device whose driving force source is elastic energy of an elastic member, and a coupling mechanism that couples the output axle, the motor, and the elastic driving device with one another; the elastic driving device has a holding mechanism in which there can be performed switching between a holding state where accumulated elastic energy is held and a releasing state where the elastic energy is released so as to drive the output axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Uryu, Masayuki Aota
  • Patent number: 10100749
    Abstract: A throttle device is for a marine engine. The throttle device has a throttle body with a through-bore for conveying air for combustion in the marine engine. A throttle plate is movable into and between a closed position in which the throttle plate prevents airflow through the through-bore and an open position in which the throttle plate allows the airflow through the through-bore. A restrictor device located is adjacent to the throttle plate. The restrictor device restricts the airflow through the through-bore when the throttle plate is moved out of the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry M. Stoll, Jr., Mark A. McArtor, Matthew S. Dawes
  • Patent number: 9891622
    Abstract: A driving assistance device, including an automated driving switch; an emergency button; and a controller configured to provide either automated driving in which travel is performed along a current travel path of a host vehicle or automated stopping in response to manipulation by a driver of the automated driving switch or of the emergency button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Ichikawa, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 9856832
    Abstract: A mixer valve of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle includes a single servo-motor and a differential. A flap arranged in an intake port and a flap arranged in a exhaust duct are driven by a differential. Spring elements tension the flaps in a base position counter to the stops and determine which of the flaps is driven in which control area of the servo-motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Muresan
  • Patent number: 9784383
    Abstract: In an electric actuator, one end portion of a return spring is hooked to a first slit formed in a radially outer guide of an output gear, so that the return spring is twisted for a predetermined angle that is slightly smaller than an initial set angle. A tilted slit portion is formed at an opening of a second slit that is formed in a covering wall of a spring installation member to twist the return spring to a predetermined initial set angle. Thereby, simultaneously with assembling of a valve shaft to the output gear, the return spring is twisted for the initial set angle. Thus, an assembling work of the electric actuator can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahito Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9695783
    Abstract: A fuel evaporative gas treatment device for a fuel tank is used in a motorcycle including a combustion engine with a supercharger. The fuel evaporative gas treatment device includes a canister which contains an adsorbent for adsorbing fuel evaporative gas from the fuel tank, a communication passage which communicates between an air intake passage for the combustion engine and the canister, and a check valve provided on the communication passage. The check valve blocks fluid flow from the air intake passage to the canister and permits fluid flow from the canister to the air intake passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Tsubone, Norimasa Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kato, Naoto Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9664156
    Abstract: A plurality of cylinders are disposed in parallel in a vehicle width direction, a clutch chamber is disposed in either one of the right and the left in the vehicle width direction, an intake manifold, a fuel injection device, a throttle body, and an intake pipe are disposed between a cylinder assembly and an air cleaner in an upper part of a crankcase assembly. The throttle body is disposed on an opposite side in the vehicle width direction of the clutch chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9657651
    Abstract: An intake pipe for intake gas of an internal combustion engine has an intake pipe channel and a flap unit with a flap shaft and a flap fixedly arranged on the flap shaft. The flap unit alternatingly opens or closes the intake pipe channel. A hollow insert body is disposed in the intake pipe channel, wherein the flap unit is arranged in the insert body and the flap is positioned in a hollow interior of the insert body. The insert body has opposite end faces and the opposite end faces are open. The flap shaft extends through opposite walls of the insert body in a radial direction relative to an insert body axis of the insert body. The insert body is rotatable on the flap shaft. A radial inner circumferential side of the insert body widens toward at least one of the open end faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Korn, Herbert Pietrowski
  • Patent number: 9556834
    Abstract: The intake system has a valve seat, a plate valve, and an elastic sealing member. A path is provided to pass through the valve seat and to communicate with an intake passage of an internal combustion engine. The plate valve fits to or separates from the valve seat to close or open the path. The plate valve is provided with through holes passing through the plate valve in the thickness direction at a valve periphery part. The through holes are arranged linearly one after another in a peripheral direction of the plate valve to be offset to each other in the direction perpendicular to the peripheral direction. The elastic sealing member includes an elastic covering part that covers a first surface and a second surface of the plate valve and elastic coupling parts that are disposed in the through holes and are coupled with the elastic covering part at the first surface and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 9523332
    Abstract: A valve device includes a valve, an actuator actuating the valve, a control unit controlling an opening degree of the valve, a return spring biasing the valve only in a valve-closing direction, and a mechanical stopper controlling a rotating limit of the valve in the valve-closing direction. The valve is defined to rotate on a plus side from the full-close position in a valve-opening direction and to rotate on a minus side from the full-close position in a direction opposite from the valve-opening direction. The mechanical stopper stops the valve at a stopper position which is set on the minus side from the full-close position, and a predetermined overshoot range is defined between the full-close position and the stopper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9482188
    Abstract: A control device executes a feedback control operation of an electric motor such that a sensed opening degree of a valve approaches a target opening degree, which is set for a time of fully closing the valve. The control device stops the energization of the electric motor after reaching of the sensed opening degree of the valve to an energization stop opening degree, which is set on a valve opening side of a full closing degree of the valve in a valve opening direction of the valve. A return spring urges the valve in a valve closing direction of the valve. The target opening degree is set on a valve closing side of the energization stop opening degree in the valve closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazushi Sasaki, Osamu Shimane
  • Patent number: 9467027
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a direct current electric machine comprising a housing, a rotor having coils configured as electromagnets, and a stator with stator magnets. The rotor and the stator are positioned inside the housing. The electric machine also comprises sliding contacts configured to conduct current which is to be conducted through the coils of the rotor, as a commutator. The electric machine further comprises an interference suppressor configured to suppress electrical interference that emanates from the direct current electric machine. The interference suppressor is positioned outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Kremer, Friedrich Wendel, Thomas Klotzbuecher, Joerg Mayer
  • Patent number: 9399973
    Abstract: An intake device includes: an intake port; a valve body which is disposed in the intake port and rotated around a rotating shaft between an opening position and a closing position; and a seal surface which is integrally provided at the intake port and made up of an inner wall surface with which the valve body comes into contact at the closing position of the valve body, wherein the seal surface includes a first seal surface having an inner contact portion which protrudes to the inside of the intake port and a first outer contact portion which is located further to the outside than the inner contact portion, and a second seal surface having a second outer contact portion without having the inner contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: AISEN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Oiwa
  • Patent number: 9334810
    Abstract: A working machine includes a throttle cable for transmitting an amount of operation of a throttle lever to a throttle valve, upper and lower guide rollers for guiding the throttle cable, and a throttle cable tightening/loosening means including a pivotable arm portion having a pressing roller located between the upper and lower guide rollers. The working machine further includes connecting means interconnecting the arm portion and a clutch lever. Operation of the clutch lever moves the pressing roller between a tightening position to tighten the throttle cable and a slackening position to slacken the throttle cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuo Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9169808
    Abstract: In detection of a temperature of fresh air which is supplied to an intake manifold of an engine, by a fresh air temperature sensor, the invention aims at preventing precision of an engine control from dropping due to difference in an attached position of the fresh air temperature sensor. The engine device has an intake pipe for supplying fresh air to the intake manifold, a breather chamber for separating lubricating oil, the breather chamber being arranged within a head cover covering an upper surface side of a cylinder head, and a blow-by gas return pipe. The intake pipe and the breather chamber are connected via the blow-by gas return pipe. The fresh air temperature sensor detecting a temperature of the fresh air introduced into the intake pipe is attached to the intake pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Kitagawa
  • Publication number: 20150144098
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a desired throttle area module, a correction factor module, a throttle control module, and an airflow compensation diagnostic module. The desired throttle area module determines a desired throttle area based on a driver input. The correction factor module determines a throttle area correction factor based on a difference between an estimated intake airflow and a measured intake airflow to compensate for a decrease in the measured intake airflow due to a flow restriction. The throttle control module determines a desired throttle position based on the desired throttle area and the throttle area correction factor. The airflow compensation diagnostic module diagnoses a fault in an amount of intake airflow compensation based on the throttle area correction factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James L. WORTHING, Paul A. BAUERLE
  • Publication number: 20150136078
    Abstract: An airflow control apparatus does not impede fluid flow and does not reduce intake efficiency even when a flow passage area is decreased by the valve area. The airflow control apparatus includes a housing whose interior forms a fluid passage, bushes attached to the housing interior, a shaft held by the bushes, and a valve attached to the housing interior and rotatable in synchronization with the shaft. The passage includes an upstream passage, a dead band, and a downstream passage. Bush attachment grooves are provided in a portion of the passage. The bottom surface of the bush attachment grooves include an opening. The bushes are rotatably fitted to the opening and are attached to the housing interior. A first cross section perpendicular to a flow direction in the upstream passage has a larger cross-sectional area than a second cross section perpendicular to the flow direction in the downstream passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Oiwa, Hiromitsu Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9032931
    Abstract: An Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) apparatus for recirculating engine exhaust gas comprising a valve member disposed in an exhaust gas recirculation passage of an engine, the valve member movable between an open position and a closed position to control the flow of the exhaust gas through the exhaust gas recirculation passage, one or more bleeders to enable flow of exhaust gas through the exhaust gas recirculation passage when the valve member is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Perkins Engines Company Limited
    Inventors: Eduardo De Almeida, Tim Eynon
  • Publication number: 20150128903
    Abstract: A fresh air system for supplying combustion chambers of an internal combustion engine with fresh air may include a housing, through which at least one fresh air path passes, and a flap mechanism, which includes at least one flap adjustably mounted on the housing. The flap may be rotatably adjustable between a closed position, in which the flap closes off the fresh air path in a fluid-tight manner and an opened position, in which the flap opens the fresh air path for fresh air to flow through. The flap mechanism may include a spring-elastic preload element, which supports itself on the housing and preloads the flap against at least one of the opened position and the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Winfried Brand, Ivano Morgillo
  • Patent number: 9027907
    Abstract: A butterfly valve including a valve body having a passage, a valve shaft assembly, a valve plate, and a tube that is friction fit inside the passage is provided. The valve shaft assembly includes a first shaft portion and a second shaft portion. The first and second shaft portions are in opposing spaced relation with the valve plate disposed therebetween. The valve plate has a flange such that when the butterfly valve is in the closed position a seal is formed with the tube, which is disposed within the fluid flow passage. The valve plate has lip extending from a portion of the valve plate that is radially outward from the circumference of the tube. The lip acts to reduce flow induced torque experienced while the valve plate is actuated from the closed to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry T. Brinks, Shawn Justin Pollock
  • Publication number: 20150122221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a double metering device for metering a fluid of an internal combustion engine, said metering device comprising a body in which are arranged a first (3) and a second (4) fluid circulation path for said fluid, in which paths first and second mobile shut-off shutters are positioned in order to meter the flow rate of fluid passing along said paths (3, 4), said metering device further comprising a motor that actuates said shutters and a drive train able to actuate the first shutter and/or the second shutter in response to actuation of said motor. According to the invention, the drive train is configured so that over a first operating range (30) it meters the flow rate passing along the first outlet path (3) by actuating the first shutter, the other shutter being held in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mathieu Lallemant
  • Patent number: 9022351
    Abstract: A butterfly valve (100) is provided. The butterfly valve (100) includes a valve body (103) including a valve bore (109) passing through the valve body (103), with the valve bore (109) including an upstream valve bore portion (109U) and a downstream valve bore portion (109D), a shaft bore (112), a valve shaft (121) located in the shaft bore (112) and extending substantially across the valve bore (109), and a valve flap (107) affixed to the valve shaft (121) and configured to be rotated by the valve shaft (121). The valve flap (107) is configured to rotate between a closed orientation blocking the valve bore (109) and an open orientation. The valve flap (107) is affixed on an upstream valve bore portion side of the valve shaft (121), wherein incoming fluid presses the valve flap (107) against the valve shaft (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Norgren GmbH
    Inventors: Primoz Zlindra, Timo Hufnagel, Mark Sealy
  • Publication number: 20150114343
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle having an engine, an engine control unit (ECU), a throttle operator, and a throttle body fluidly communicating with the engine. A throttle valve disposed in the throttle body regulates fluid flow to the engine. A throttle valve actuator is connected thereto for controlling a throttle valve position. A key receiver is configured to link to a key. The method includes linking a key to the key receiver and initiating engine operation. If the key is linked to the key receiver and engine operation has been initiated, an identification code of the key is read and an authorization status of the key is thereby determined. If the key is determined to be authorized, the throttle valve position is controlled based in part on a throttle operator position. If the key is determined to be unauthorized, the throttle valve position is limited to a security limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michel BERNIER, Benoit PION, Pierre-Luc MILOT, Jean-Sebastien PARD, Michel LEFEBVRE
  • Patent number: 8997713
    Abstract: A vehicular air intake is configured to produce a turbulent intake air flow in a cylinder of an engine. The air flow may be provided as a vortex. A throttle valve, for controlling an amount of intake air provided to the engine, has a pivot shaft with an axis which is offset from a center axis of an air intake passage in which the throttle valve is installed, and a throttle plate affixed to the pivot shaft. The pivot axis is offset and spaced away from the central axis of the throttle body such that a first portion of a throttle plate disposed on a first side of the pivot shaft, is larger than a second portion of the throttle plate disposed on a second side of the pivot shaft. This arrangement provides the non-uniform turbulent air flow into the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Nakajima, Tetsuya Nakayasu, Natsuki Miyashita, Makoto Kashiwabara, Hidetoshi Wakasa, Koji Matsui
  • Publication number: 20150090219
    Abstract: A valve device for an intake system of an internal combustion engine may include a housing and a flap arrangement. The housing may have one inlet duct per cylinder of the internal combustion engine. The flap arrangement may have a flap for each inlet duct for varying the cross-section of the respective inlet duct through which a flow can pass. The respective flap may be a trough-shaped flap having a curved stirrup region. The respective flap may be arranged between the stirrup ends eccentrically with respect to a flap pivot axis. The flap arrangement may have a common actuating shaft for the common pivoting of the flaps about the flap pivot axis. The actuating shaft may be coupled with an adjusting drive via a lever element having a metallic insert and a plastic body injected onto the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Eisele, Ivano Morgillo
  • Publication number: 20150083078
    Abstract: An engine including a motorized throttle valve that can implement mutually neighboring disposition of a throttle body and a cylinder head and can implement a good opening and closing responsibility thereof. A swelling portion is formed on a side wall of a valve chamber in such a manner so as to bite between those of throttle bodies which neighbor with each other in order to accept a protrusion of part of a valve system in a radial direction of first and second camshafts. An electric motor is disposed at one side of the group of the throttle bodies. A speed reduction mechanism, for transmitting output power of the electric motor to a valve shaft, is disposed between those throttle bodies, which neighbor with each other at a different location in the group of the throttle bodies, in a neighboring relationship with the valve chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro KONTANI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Patent number: 8978622
    Abstract: There is provided an automatic choke apparatus for an engine. A bimetal that is coupled to a choke valve of an intake system is provided in the vicinity of an outer wall face of a muffler. The muffler is divided into a first expansion chamber and a second expansion chamber across a partition plate. An exhaust hole that allows the expansion chambers to be communicated with each other is formed at the lower part of the partition plate. An exhaust gas is guided from the upstream first expansion chamber toward the downstream second expansion chamber through the exhaust hole. A bypass hole is formed at an upper part of the partition plate in such a manner that that the expansion chambers are communicated with each other as bypassing the exhaust hole. The bypass hole is open to the vicinity of the outer wall face opposite to the bimetal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Furuya
  • Patent number: 8973555
    Abstract: An air-intake control apparatus of an internal combustion engine formed by attaching a flange portion provided to an end portion of a drive motor to a cylindrical hole portion. A throttle body has at least one positioning projection (or recess) provided to an inner wall of the cylindrical hole portion. The drive motor complementarily has at least one positioning recess (or projection) provided to the flange portion at a position corresponding to the positioning projection (or recess). The drive motor is attached to the cylindrical hole portion while the positioning recess (or projection) abuts on the positioning projection (or recess) in such a manner that a center distance between a motor shaft and a throttle shaft takes a predetermined value. Hence, not only attachment workability but also attachment accuracy of the drive motor can be enhanced. The air-intake control device therefore has higher product reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Kurita, Chiaki Sugano, Teruhiko Moriguchi
  • Patent number: 8955493
    Abstract: A throttle valve body includes a main body, a main valve, and a bypass valve. The main body includes intake and bypass passages, a sensor mounting hole, and a bypass valve mounting hole. The main valve divides the intake passage into upstream and downstream portions. The bypass valve divides the bypass passage into upstream and downstream sections that are in fluid communication respectively with the upstream and downstream portions. The sensor mounting hole extends along an axis along which the downstream section extends. The bypass valve mounting hole is in fluid communication with a portion of the bypass passage disposed between the upstream and downstream sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Shin Kuo, Bi-Song Huang
  • Publication number: 20150040860
    Abstract: A butterfly bypass valve includes a housing defining a bypass flow passage with a pivotable throttle plate therein. An outer edge of the throttle plate in a closed position is in sealing engagement with a sealing portion of the housing such that the throttle plate restricts fluid flow through the bypass flow passage. The throttle plate is pivotable to an open position to allow fluid flow through the bypass flow passage. A port in the housing allows a portion of fluid passing through the bypass flow passage to be removed when the throttle plate is pivoted to the open position. A predetermined amount of pivoting of the throttle plate toward the open position can occur so as to allow flow through the port, while maintaining the edge of the throttle plate in substantially sealing engagement with the sealing portion so as to substantially prevent flow through the bypass passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: James William Reyenga, Mike Guidry, Patrick Beresewicz
  • Patent number: 8944406
    Abstract: A throttle device, includes a housing, a gas conduit, a throttle shaft, a throttle body movable by means of the throttle shaft. According to the invention, a bearing is provided for supporting the throttle shaft on the housing, in which for sealing off an interstice in fluid-tight fashion between the throttle shaft and the housing, and in particular outside the bearing, a viscous medium is disposed in the interstice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Brozio
  • Publication number: 20150013639
    Abstract: A valve device for a motor vehicle includes a housing, a flow channel located in the housing, and a flap arranged in the flow channel for closing the flow channel. The flap has regions in which a shaft penetrating the flap is fastened, and the shaft is rotatably supported in the housing. The flap has a spherical elevation at least on one side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Kohlen, Stefan Möbs, Joachim Von Willich
  • Patent number: 8905000
    Abstract: Improved throttle body assemblies are described. More particularly, throttle body assemblies having improved throttle position sensor assemblies are described. In one aspect, a throttle body assembly for providing controlled aspiration to an engine is described. The assembly comprises a throttle body housing defining a throttle bore for receiving a throttle plate. The throttle plate is actuatable by an electric motor. The assembly further comprises a throttle position sensor configured to monitor positions of the throttle plate. The throttle assembly further comprises an electric discharge path formed between the throttle position sensor and the throttle body housing, wherein the electric discharge path substantially prevents the accumulation of residual electric charge across the throttle position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Cowan
  • Patent number: 8904999
    Abstract: A resin gear has a concave portion formed on a gear body at a position radially inward of a boundary region between a toothed portion and a non-toothed portion. During a molding process, a welded portion is formed at the non-toothed portion by merger of flow of the molten resin along a first path and flow of the molten resin along a second path. The first path detours the concave portion and passes through the side of the toothed portion, and the second path detours the concave portion and passes through the side of the non-toothed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanobu Kondo, Hiroki Shimoto, Hiroshi Tanimura
  • Patent number: 8905009
    Abstract: When a failure occurs in synchronizing mechanism, an intake air throttle valve is rotated in a direction that is opposite from a normal operational time valve closing direction, so that an arm of a driven plate contacts a throttle valve side stopper to stop rotation of the intake air throttle valve. Thereafter, when a low pressure EGR valve is rotated from a full close position to a full open position, an EGR valve side stopper contacts the arm of the driven plate to stop the low pressure EGR valve. A rotational angle of the EGR valve is sensed with a sensor and is outputted to an ECU. The ECU determines that a failure mode is set when a valve angle sensed with the sensor coincides with a rotation stop position of the EGR valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichiro Moritani, Shinsuke Miyazaki, Kazushi Sasaki, Koji Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20140352657
    Abstract: A throttle valve includes a valve body defining a flow passage. A plurality of non-overlapping occluder members are mounted in the flow passage and have synchronized movement due to devices externally of the flow passage. The occluder members have mating edges which engage when closed together to substantially restrict flow through the passage. The occluder members are movable to multiple open positions wherein the mating edges are spaced apart to permit unobstructed and centralized flow through the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: C. Thomas Waits
  • Publication number: 20140331967
    Abstract: An intake system mounted to a vehicle controls an opening angle of a variable flap according to an RPM of an engine, an intake pressure, and an opening angle of a variable flap to optimize performance in various operation regions by detecting engine RPM and an intake air pressure, and determining an operation region based on the RPM of the engine; applying the intake pressure to determine a target amount of air and an opening angle of a variable flap for an operation region; driving an actuator to adjust an opening angle of the variable flap to a target opening angle; and analyzing an operation position of the actuator to detect an opening angle of the variable flap, and, when the target opening angle is not followed, correcting a drive of the actuator such that an opening angle of the variable flap follows the target opening angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Il Lee
  • Patent number: 8874331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for idle speed control based on variable torque converter load. An automobile can include an idle throttle variation unit. The idle throttle variation unit can include, for example, a throttle, an engine, a torque converter, a transmission, multiple sensors, an engine control unit (“ECU”), and/or a memory. The multiple sensors can detect engine output speed data corresponding to engine output speed, and/or transmission output speed data corresponding to transmission input speed. The throttle can control airflow to the engine to match a target total airflow for a target idle engine speed. The ECU can determine the target total airflow for the throttle using a target total airflow table which includes target total airflow values corresponding to the engine output peed, the transmission input speed, and/or a torque converter speed ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Wong
  • Publication number: 20140305404
    Abstract: In the intake air quantity control device, a ring-shaped convex portion having an outer diameter being smaller than an inner diameter of the wave washer for damping the drive motor is formed on the bottom surface of the cylinder-shaped hole of the throttle body, and tapered portions are provided at an outer-diameter corner of the ring-shaped convex portion and at an outer-diameter corner of the bottom surface of the cylinder-shaped hole of the throttle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa KURITA, Chiaki SUGANO, Naruhiko KAWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20140305405
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assembling a regulation valve (10) intended for controlling the flow of gas in a circuit of a motor vehicle equipped with a heat engine, said valve (10) comprising a magnetic structure (15), a rotation axis (21) and a toothed section (16). The main feature of an assembly method according to the invention is that it comprises the following steps:—mouthing of the toothed section (16) on the rotation axis (21),—rigid connection by welding the magnetic structure (15) to the toothed section (16) fixed to the rotation axis (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Emmanuel Felix, Jérôme Blanchard, Adrien Soto
  • Patent number: 8862355
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for restarting an engine that can be selectively deactivated during idle-stop conditions. In one embodiment, current is directed to a starter motor and an electric brake sequentially by limiting the current supplied to one while current is supplied to the other, an order of delivering the current based on a timing of a restart request relative to an electric brake request, as well as vehicle operating conditions at the time the requests were received. By coordinating the operation of a starter motor with the operation of an electric brake, loading of the engine system's electrical supply can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, Chad Everette Griffin, Felix Nedorezov
  • Publication number: 20140261312
    Abstract: An intake control system for an internal combustion engine is capable of ensuring a differential pressure across an EGR valve, and controlling an EGR amount with high accuracy. A target fresh air amount is set based on a demanded torque calculated according to operating conditions of the engine. A differential pressure across an EGR valve is set as a target differential pressure. When it is determined that the across-valve differential pressure is not in a state in which the target differential pressure can be ensured, an opening degree of the EGR valve is controlled to limit an EGR amount. An opening degree of a throttle valve is controlled based on the target fresh air amount, so as to ensure the target differential pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO.,LTD
    Inventors: Masaki Ueno, Masaya Agata, Hisashi Ito, Chiho Chinda, Daisuke Shiomi, Hideharu Takamiya
  • Patent number: 8833347
    Abstract: This invention relates to an automatically regulated gaseous mixer for small universal gas engine comprising a mixer body, a choker, an air inlet port, a main gas passage, a main metering jet, a mixture outlet port, a throttle valve, a gas connecting passage and an auxiliary gas passage, which is characterized in that an auxiliary gas passage is set parallel to the main gas passage and connected through a vertical gas passage. Its top end is linked to the main gas passage and the lower end is connected with the auxiliary gas passage, one end of the auxiliary passage is connected with the mixture outlet port. The shaft of throttle valve is in line with auxiliary gas passage and is extended into the auxiliary gas passage to form an automatically regulated valve. The advantages of this invention are simple and compact; practical and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Huachang Yang, Hao Wu
  • Publication number: 20140238344
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes an engine cranking module and a throttle control module. The engine cranking module determines whether an engine is cranking based on at least one of an input received from an ignition system and engine speed, and generates a signal indicating whether the engine is cranking. The throttle control module selectively adjusts a throttle of the engine to a fully closed position when the signal indicates that the engine is cranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Scot A. Douglas
  • Patent number: 8813727
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for a pressurized fuel feed system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The seal assembly comprises providing a fuel conduit having a fluid flow passage therethrough for conveyance of a pressurized fuel-containing gas in a general fluid-flow direction with a first sealing surface disposed on the fuel conduit. A second sealing surface engages with the first sealing surface, such as to provide a fluid-tight connection preventing pressurized gas from leaving the fluid flow passage. The said first and second sealing surfaces are substantially perpendicular to the general fluid-flow direction. An o-ring is disposed between the first sealing surface and second sealing surface, the o-ring being compressed by the first and second sealing surfaces to form said fluid-tight connection. Preferably the o-ring is subjected to a squeeze of at least 40%, more preferably 50%, when the first and second sealing surfaces are coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Compression Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Gene McClendon
  • Publication number: 20140230782
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the flow of air to an intake port of an engine is described that includes a flexible intake manifold runner comprised of helically wound braids. In one example, the length and cross-sectional area are mechanically interlinked. In this way, the flexible intake manifold runner can be tuned over a wider operating band while maintaining a lower cost design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Fabros