Cold Engine Control Patents (Class 123/362)
  • Patent number: 10867456
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnostic method is provided for a driving force control system in which an automatic transmission is interposed between an engine and a drive wheel, and a target driving force that is transmitted to the drive wheel is calculated based on a driver's output request. The automatic transmission and the engine are controlled based on the target driving force. The abnormality diagnostic method includes calculating a target engine torque based on the target driving force, detecting an actual engine torque of the engine, and detecting an intake temperature of the engine. Upon determining the automatic transmission has been operating normally, abnormality diagnostic method determines an abnormality of the driving force control system exists that is caused by the engine upon determining a difference between the target engine torque and the actual engine torque has exceeded a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzo Kageyama, Ryoji Kadono
  • Patent number: 8434444
    Abstract: A method of controlling a choke valve of an engine with a controller is disclosed. Also disclosed is an automatic choke performing the method, an engine having the automatic choke, and an apparatus having the engine. The controller includes an electronic circuit, such as a programmable device, and is coupled to a temperature sensor and a motor. The method includes determining a temperature value using the temperature sensor, determining a time period to hold the choke valve in a first position, keeping the choke valve at the first position for the time period, moving the choke valve from the first position toward a second position using the motor, determining a count to hold the choke valve, keeping the choke valve at the second position for the count, and moving the choke valve from the second position toward a fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Hisaya Iwata, Robert Koenen, Andrew Perez
  • Patent number: 7885752
    Abstract: A control system for an internal combustion engine in which fuel containing alcohol is used. In the control system, a maximum opening of a throttle valve of the engine is set, and a target opening of the throttle valve is set to a value which is equal to or less than the maximum opening. An opening of the throttle valve is controlled so as to coincide with the target opening. The maximum opening is according to a concentration parameter indicative of a concentration of alcohol in the fuel, a temperature parameter indicative of a temperature of the engine, and a number of ignitions performed after start of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Kawamura, Futoshi Nishioka, Osamu Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20100269787
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling a general-purpose internal combustion engine having an electronic control unit (ECU) mounted on an electronic circuit board installed near a body of the engine and being connectable to a load such as an operating machine that consumes power generated by the engine, there are equipped with a first temperature sensor installed on the board at a position remote from the body and a second temperature sensor installed on the board at a position closer to the body than the first temperature sensor. A warm-up time period is determined based on an output of the first temperature sensor and a difference between outputs of the first and second temperature sensors, and an engine speed is controlled to a predetermined operating speed when the determined warm-up time period has elapsed (S18, S22), thereby improving the fuel efficiency and preventing engine stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Shimamura, Takao Tamechika, Atsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20090217907
    Abstract: A system to prevent engine stalls for a machine having a power source is disclosed. The power source is in communication with a controller, which is configured to determine the temperature of the power source and compare the temperature of the power source to a predetermined threshold temperature. The controller is configured to disable power source braking if the temperature of the power source is less than the threshold temperature. The controller is further configured to determine the power source speed and the travel speed of the machine, and disable power source braking if the power source speed and machine travel speed are less than predetermined thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Kenneth Garman, Stephen Michael Wiley, Gary Dean Bracht, Chris James Schaub
  • Patent number: 7350503
    Abstract: A fuel injection pump 100 comprises a thermoelement CSD 47 for advancing injection timing in a cold temperature condition. The CSD 47 uses a piston 46 for opening and closing a sub port 42 formed in a plunger barrel 8. An electronic governor 2 is provided with a mechanism for decreasing an injected fuel quantity when an engine starts in a cold temperature condition. The mechanism shifts a rack position in a fuel-decrease direction in a cold temperature condition, and switches the rack position to a normal position in a normal temperature condition. A timing TR for shifting the rack position is set before or simultaneous to a timing TC for switch-off of the CSD 47.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Tanaka, Tohru Ogawa, Satoshi Hattori
  • Patent number: 7051706
    Abstract: A control mechanism for a fuel injection pump comprises: an electronic governor which actuates a rack actuator by a controller for controlling a governing rack; and a cold start device which actuates an injection-quickening actuator by the controller for opening or closing a draining sub port formed in a plunger barrel so as to advance injection timing when an engine is cold. Different settings about control degree of the governing rack controlled by the controller are prepared for a case where the injection-quickening actuator is actuated to switch on the cold start device (as characteristic curve 61a), and for a case where the injection-quickening actuator is disactuated to switch off the cold start device (as characteristic curve 61b), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Tanaka, Hajimu Imanaka
  • Patent number: 7044107
    Abstract: A method for enabling a transition of a multiple-displacement engine to a different engine operating displacement includes determining a temperature measure correlated with an instantaneous engine oil temperature at an engine start-up, for example, a detected engine coolant temperature at engine start-up; determining a start-up delay period based on the temperature measure, as with a lookup table of calibratable values; and enabling a displacement mode transition no earlier than when the engine run time since start-up exceeds the start-up delay period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J Duty, Michael J Prucka, Michael A Bonne, Gregory M Pannone, Marc H Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6786198
    Abstract: An electronic engine control system includes a P-I-D governor (10) that provides a data output having a proportional component (P), an integral component (I), and a derivative component (D), each of which is derived from closed-loop processing of engine speed error data (NERR). A Cold Adder function (16) provides a further component to the data output, that further component having a data value that is based on engine temperature (EOT) and on elapsed engine running time since the engine was last started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Victor H. Miranda, James T. Beaucaire
  • Publication number: 20040123837
    Abstract: An engine control system for maintaining the operator-commanded speed setting of an internal combustion engine over a range of engine loads and for easy starting and improved efficiency over a range of ambient and engine operating temperatures. The engine control system includes a governor assembly driven by the engine, the governor assembly supplying an output to a sensor assembly through a mechanical coupling member operator. The sensor assembly provides an engine speed control signal which corresponds to operator commanded engine speed and actual engine speed. The engine speed control signal is provided to a throttle actuator and/or a fuel control device in a manner in which the actual engine speed is controlled to correspond with the operator-commanded engine speed regardless of loads imposed on the engine. The fuel control device may include, for example, a fuel pump driven by a variable speed electric motor or a solenoid controlled variable fuel pressure regulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Gordon E. Rado
  • Patent number: 6612297
    Abstract: A method providing solution of both of the problem of black smoke during the engine startup period and the problem of undershooting and hunting at the settling time. By adding at least an integral term QI to a basic injection quantity, feedback control of a fuel injection quantity of an engine is carried out. An initial integral term QI0, which is used during the engine startup, is predetermined. During the engine startup period, the integral term QI is set as “0” until an engine revolution number Ne reaches a predetermined startup revolution number Nes. When the Ne reaches the Nes, the initial integral term QI0 is used as the QI. The QI0 is preferably determined on the basis of one of, or both of, a water temperature and an atmospheric temperature. The Nes is preferably a value close to, or equal to, an idling revolution number Nei.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventor: Toru Mizuki
  • Patent number: 6442471
    Abstract: A control system controls operation of a vehicle drive train during acceleration to avoid regions of engine torque and speed which result in high emissions. The system responds to operator control signal, engine speed signals and optionally engine temperature signals and provides output signals to control the fuel injection to thereby control engine torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Rolf Bosse
  • Publication number: 20020011238
    Abstract: An engine fuel injection control device for improving stability of engine rotation after startup by determining a limited fuel injection amount for cold condition when the engine is insufficiently warmed-up, in addition to a limited fuel injection amount for normal operating condition. The limited fuel injection amount for normal operating condition Qlimo is calculated by a normal condition limited fuel injection amount calculating unit (42). The limited fuel injection amount for cold condition Qlimc is calculated by a cold condition limited fuel injection amount calculating unit (43) on the basis of engine rotational speed Ne. When a water temperature Tw is lower than a prescribed value Twd and a lapse time Trun after shifting from startup condition to normal operating condition is less than a prescribed time Trund, a limited fuel injection amount selecting unit (45) selects the larger of these values as a limited fuel injection amount Qlim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Koichiro Yomogida
  • Patent number: 6109028
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle having an auxiliary force brake device wherein the auxiliary force is generated by coupling the brake actuation to the manifold pressure of the engine. In the method, the engine is operated with increased manifold pressure during the warm-up phase after a cold start. In the method, an actuation of the brake effects limiting the manifold pressure to a maximum value by intervening in the engine control. This maximum value is less than the value which would otherwise adjust under the same conditions without brake actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Streib
  • Patent number: 6076500
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and an arrangement for controlling the torque of a drive unit of a motor vehicle. The desired torque or the actual torque of the drive unit is set into a relationship with a pregiven maximum permissible torque and the actual torque is limited or is reduced when the desired torque or the actual torque exceeds the maximum permissible torque. In one operating state, wherein the torque of the drive unit is increased by an additional loading, the maximum permissible torque is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Albrecht Clement, Torsten Bauer, Berthold Steinmann
  • Patent number: 5595159
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and an arrangement for controlling the power of an internal combustion engine. A power adjusting unit or the air supplied to the engine is adjusted in dependence upon driver command. The mixture adaptation is improved for rapid changes of the driver command when the engine is cold and/or when the ambient air is cold by limiting the rate of change of the supplied air or of the position of the power adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Huber, Martin Streib
  • Patent number: 5184463
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method wherein measures are initiated for accelerating the warm-up of the catalyzer even for a warm engine such as after a warm start thereof. In this way and when there is an interruption of operation, the cooling off of the engine and the catalyzer, which takes place at different rates, and the effect thereof on the conversion rate is opposed. As a consequence thereof, the emission of unwanted exhaust-gas components after a warm start is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ruediger Becker, Siegfried Boettcher, Andreas Franz
  • Patent number: 5083541
    Abstract: An engine idle speed control (ISC) method includes fully opening an idle speed control valve during an engine crank mode and opening the idle speed control valve to a fixed position during a diagnostic mode. The normal idle speed control mode includes selecting an open-loop idle speed control mode or a closed-loop idle speed control mode as a function of dashpot preposition, dashpot control, Pre-RPM control, RPM control, and RPM lockout protection. In the open-loop idle speed control, the duty cycle is the sum of a base duty cycle, a dashpot action adder, an engine coolant temperature compensation adder, a time-since-engine-start compensation adder, and other duty cycle adders for additional loads, such as air-conditioner. In the closed-loop idle speed control, the duty cycle is adjusted at the proper time and with an appropriate amount to maintain the idling speed at the desired speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Bor-Dong Chen
  • Patent number: 4987871
    Abstract: An operation control system for internal combustion engines at and after starting has an engine temperature sensor, a control valve for controlling the amount of intake air to be supplied to the engine, and a valve opening determining device responsive to an output from the engine temperature sensor for determining the opening of the control valve. The valve opening determining device sets the opening of the control valve at the start of the engine to a value such that the intake air amount is smaller as the engine temperature is lower. A fuel amount determining device is responsive to the output from the engine temperature sensor for determining the amount of fuel to be supplied to the engine at starting. A correction value determining device is responsive to the opening of a throttle valve of the engine for determining a correction value for the fuel amount in such a manner as to increase the fuel amount at a larger rate as the throttle opening is larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Takafumi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 4982709
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with an internal combustion engine operable on either of gasoline fuel, alcohol fuel and gasoline/alcohol fuel blend. The apparatus comprises an alcohol concentration sensor for producing a signal indicative of an alcohol concentration of the fuel to be delivered to the engine, an oxygen sensor for producing a signal indicative of an oxygen content of exhaust gases discharged from the engine, and an engine coolant temperature sensor for producing a signal indicative of an engine coolant temperature. A control unit is coupled to the alcohol-concentration, oxygen and engine-coolant-temperature sensors. The control unit is responsive to the air/fuel ratio feedback signal for correcting the fuel supplied to the engine to maintain a desired air/fuel ratio when the sensed engine coolant temperature exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadaki Oota
  • Patent number: 4815433
    Abstract: A method and a device for controlling and/or regulating the idling speed of an internal combustion engine is suggested, wherein changes of the operating condition of the internal combustion engine are considered by means of a precontrol being dependent from operational characteristics dimensions of the internal combustion engine, as well as being stabilized during long term changes of the operational condition of the internal combustion engine with the assistance of a correction of the precontrol. Thereby, it is differentiated between a direct correction as well as an indirect correction, for example, additive correction of the precontrol. Block diagrams are provided for both correction possibilities. Also, a plurality of criteria are stated with the assistance of which the time range of the correction may be defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ernst Wild
  • Patent number: 4724808
    Abstract: An idle revolution control device includes a water temperature sensor, a filter means and a control means which is constituted with a central processing unit and an interface connecting the water temperature sensor and the central processing unit. The filter means functions to provide a time constant which provide a high response speed for a temperature variation toward a high temperature side and a low response speed for a temperature variation toward a low temperature side and to pass an output signal of the water temperature sensor with such time constant a predetermined time after an engine starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Youichi Kadota
  • Patent number: 4592323
    Abstract: In a diesel-electric locomotive, maximum speed of the diesel engine is automatically limited as a function of the temperature of the engine lubricating oil so as to prevent damage to the engine, to the engine-driven lube oil pump, and to the external components of the engine lube oil system when the oil is relatively cool and hence very viscous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Glenn E. Vest
  • Patent number: 4474154
    Abstract: Regulation of idling speed involves the production of a first error signal by comparing engine speed with a reference idling speed, and then deriving from the first error signal in an amplifying PI controller, proportional and integral components that are added together, for use of the PI sum signal as a reference value signal for the displaceable stop position. The latter is compared to the actual stop position to provide a second error signal for control of electro-pneumatic valves of a positioning device that displaces the stop. Both the proportional and integral components produced in the controller vary assymetrically about the reference idling speed, so that regulation operates more strongly when the engine speed is too low than when it is too high, except for a dead zone on either side of the reference idling speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1984
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Pierburg GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Manfred Henning, Wolfgang Misch
  • Patent number: 4335689
    Abstract: An electronic type air/fuel ratio control system for use in gasoline engines comprises an accelerator, a detector of the manipulation angle of the accelerator, a shunt conduit by-passing a throttle valve, an air by-pass valve exposed in the shunt conduit for controlling flow rate of by-pass air, and a control circuit. The control circuit is responsive to the output of the accelerator manipulation angle detector and generates a control signal for the air by-pass valve, whereby the air/fuel ratio can be controlled with high accuracy when the flow rate of air is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osame Abe, Seiji Suda, Toshio Furuhashi