Throttling (e.g., Volume Varying Using Throttle Valve) Patents (Class 123/403)
  • Patent number: 11136019
    Abstract: Monitoring is provided for a drive belt of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) mounted in a vehicle having a motor driving the CVT. A rotational speed of the motor and a power level of the motor are sensed. An abuse indicator for the drive belt is set when, concurrently, the rotational speed of the motor increases at a rate that exceeds a change threshold and the power level of the motor exceeds a power threshold. A level of abuse of the drive belt is calculated based on a speed of the vehicle and on a drive belt temperature. Damage to the drive belt may be prevented by limiting a power output of the motor when an accumulated level of abuse exceeds an abuse threshold. A vehicle having an electronic control unit configured to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Xavier-Pierre Aitcin, Bruno Schuehmacher, Marc Giguere, Michel Bernier
  • Patent number: 11136924
    Abstract: A throttle body assembly that includes a throttle body defining a primary air passage for an air intake system of an automobile. A valve is located in the primary air passage and is moveable along a travel path between a closed position, wherein an air flow through the primary air passage is blocked, and an open position, wherein the air flow can travel through the primary air passage. The open position includes a plurality of positions along a scale between a minimum amount of openness and a maximum amount of openness and a greater air flow rate corresponds to a larger amount of openness. A limiter is located in the primary air passage adjacent to the valve and reduces the relationship between openness and the corresponding flow rate for a portion of the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: FITECH FUEL INJECTION
    Inventor: Kam Pui Koo
  • Patent number: 10683813
    Abstract: A rotary-type throttling device for an internal combustion engine includes an upstream auxiliary intake passageway formed in a throttle body and having an inlet port held in fluid communication with the atmosphere, and a downstream auxiliary intake passageway formed in a cylindrical valve body of a rotary valve and having an outlet port open at a downstream outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical valve body. The upstream auxiliary intake passageway and the downstream auxiliary intake passageway have a body-side joint fluid communication port and a valve-side joint fluid communication port formed in respective sliding surfaces of the throttle body and the cylindrical valve body and designed to overlap each other to keep the upstream and downstream auxiliary intake passageways and in fluid communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sano, Takuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 10590942
    Abstract: A system for real-time modeling includes a compressor designed to operate at a compressor speed, a compressor flow rate, and a compressor pressure ratio. The system also includes a memory designed to store an operating condition matrix that plots multiple compressor pressure ratios to each of a plurality of compressor speeds, and a related operating state matrix that plots multiple compressor flow rates to each of the plurality of compressor speeds. The system also includes a compressor controller to determine a target compressor speed and a target compressor pressure ratio, and to identify a target location in the operating condition matrix based on the target compressor speed and the target compressor pressure ratio. The compressor controller also determines a target compressor flow rate by interpolating values in the operating state matrix based on the target location, and to control the compressor based on the target compressor flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jared Farnsworth
  • Patent number: 10160149
    Abstract: In an injection molding system a cooling manifold system includes a first manifold disposed adjacent to a second manifold. Supply valves are arranged to selectively pass a coolant from the first manifold respectively to each of a plurality of mold cooling circuits and a plurality of return valves are arranged to selectively pass the coolant from the plurality of mold cooling circuits to the second manifold when one or more of a plurality of return valves is in an open position. Valve pairs associated with a common mold cooling circuit are mechanically linked so that operation of a supply valve and return valve can be concurrently performed from one side of the manifold system without interference from a plurality of hoses attached to the supply and return valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Plastixs, LLC
    Inventor: Paul J. Skavicus
  • Patent number: 10018531
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an engine, the control apparatus includes an ECU. The ECU is configured to: calculate a normalized intake pressure; calculate a pumping loss torque based on the normalized intake pressure; calculate a first value or a value of a linear function as the normalized intake pressure, the first value is obtained by dividing the intake pressure by the atmospheric pressure; calculate the output value based on the normalized intake pressure and a relational data that associate a normalized output value with the normalized intake pressure; the output value is one of a second value obtained by dividing the pumping loss torque by the atmospheric pressure, a normalized pumping loss torque, a third value obtained by dividing an exhaust pressure by the atmospheric pressure, and a normalized exhaust pressure; and calculate one of the pumping loss torque and the exhaust pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Machiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10006419
    Abstract: An outboard marine engine comprises a crankcase; a crankshaft disposed in the crankcase and being rotatable about a crankshaft axis; a crankcase cover on the crankcase, the crankcase cover enclosing the crankshaft in the crankcase; and an air intake plenum that is integrally formed with the crankcase cover. The air intake plenum conveys intake air for combustion in the outboard marine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Hoffman, Jeffrey A. Vandenabeele, George D. Idzikowski
  • Patent number: 9341135
    Abstract: There is provided an internal combustion engine control apparatus including an exhaust gas recirculation amount estimation unit that can estimate an EGR flow rate with an accuracy enough to appropriately control an internal combustion engine. An internal combustion engine control apparatus according to the present invention has an exhaust gas recirculation amount estimation unit that learns the relationship between a detected opening degree of an exhaust gas recirculation valve and a calculated effective opening area of the exhaust gas recirculation valve and estimates an exhaust gas recirculation amount, based on the relationship between a control exhaust gas recirculation valve effective opening area calculated based on the learning and an opening degree of the exhaust gas recirculation valve; for controlling an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine control apparatus utilizes the exhaust gas recirculation amount estimated by the exhaust gas recirculation amount estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takuo Watanuki, Hideki Hagari, Tomokazu Makino
  • Patent number: 9175619
    Abstract: Methods are provided for determining ice formation during cruising under cold weather conditions at the intake manifold or throttle body of an engine system and for enabling engine misfire diagnostics upon detection of dissipation of the formed ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Whitehead, Craig Alan Smith, Timothy Robert Gernant, Robert Sarow Baskins, Gregory Joseph Pawlak
  • Publication number: 20150144100
    Abstract: A carburetor to electronic fuel injection conversion distributor is used in conjunction with a compatible engine control unit and a compatible throttle body so that carbureted engines can be converted into electronic fuel injection engines. The conversion distributor includes a stator distributor housing, a rotor shaft assembly, and a top housing as the rotor shaft assembly is rotatably engaged with the stator distributor housing. The rotor shaft assembly can be rotated through a camshaft of an internal combustion engine while the stator distributor housing is secured within the engine bay. The top housing is adjacently attached to the stator distributor housing, where the top housing can be a distributor cap or a distributor cover depending on the ignition system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur Clyde Nutter
  • Publication number: 20150128904
    Abstract: A method can include determining, at a controller for an engine, the controller having one or more processors, a desired air-per-cylinder (APC) for the engine based on an engine torque request. The method can include determining, at the controller, a target intake manifold absolute pressure (MAP) based on a volumetric efficiency of the engine for electronic throttle control (ETC), wherein the volumetric efficiency for ETC is based on the desired APC and an actual MAP. The method can include commanding, by the controller, a throttle of the engine to deliver the target MAP. The method can include determining, at the controller, a target position for an intake valve of the engine based on a volumetric efficiency of the engine for variable valve timing (VVT), engine speed, and the actual MAP. The method can also include commanding, by the controller, the intake valve to the target position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Songping Yu
  • Publication number: 20150114348
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for engine systems including a vacuum-powered multiple tap aspirator coupled between atmospheric, an engine crankcase, or another source and a vacuum source such as a compressor inlet or engine intake manifold. The multiple tap aspirator includes a suction tap arranged in a throat of the aspirator, a suction tap arranged in a diverging cone of the aspirator, and a suction tap arranged in a straight exit tube downstream of the diverging cone of the aspirator. The aspirator provides vacuum generation and suction flow over a range of vacuum levels at the suction taps, and suction flow only passes through a single check valve before entering the aspirator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Brad Alan VanDerWege
  • Publication number: 20150096532
    Abstract: A throttle body including a body having two ports extending through the body. The two ports arranged in a side-by-side relationship relative to one another. The body has a bridge positioned between the two ports, and the bridge having an inlet end and an outlet end. The bridge is configured to define a peak at the inlet end intersecting a line extending from a center of one port to a center of the other port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur Ellis Gibson, II
  • Publication number: 20150096533
    Abstract: An ECU loads detected values of a rotation angle sensor and a pressure sensor which are mounted to an electric throttle, and executes an abnormal-sensor determination control to determine whether one of the rotation angle sensor and the pressure sensor is abnormal. Specifically, the ECU determines that one of the rotation angle sensor and the pressure sensor is abnormal, in a case where a state that a tendency of the actual opening angle detected by the rotation angle sensor does not match a tendency of the pressure detected by the downstream pressure sensor has continued for a period greater than or equal to a predetermined period. Therefore, since the pressure sensor can replace the rotation angle sensor used for detecting abnormality in a conventional technology, two rotation angle sensors can be reduced to one rotation angle sensor, and a cost is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Satoru HIRAMOTO, Toru SHIMIZU, Yoshiyuki KONO
  • Publication number: 20150075161
    Abstract: An apparatus for the actuation of a throttle valve, in particular a throttle valve arranged in an intake system of an internal combustion engine, uses a servomotor, in which apparatus at least one device for thermal decoupling is arranged between the throttle valve and servomotor. A shaft of the servomotor is coupled to a shaft of the throttle valve via a torque-transmitting coupling element with a definedly low heat transfer capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Torsten KAUFMANN, Mathias BOEGERSHAUSEN
  • Publication number: 20150059696
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system may be utilized in an internal combustion engine or a generator engine. The fuel delivery system includes a fuel injector and a venturi. The venturi provides a force for delivering the fuel into the manifold of the engine, and the fuel injector provides metering to control the amount of fuel delivered into the manifold of the engine. In one example, the fuel delivery system includes a first chamber configured to enclose a gaseous fuel, a second chamber configured to direct a flow of air through the venturi, and a plunger. The plunger is controlled to selectively connect and disconnect the first chamber and the second chamber to control the flow of the gaseous fuel into the second chamber under a differential pressure of the venturi.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Isaac S. Frampton, Robert J. Danforth, III
  • Publication number: 20150059695
    Abstract: Means and method of substantially increasing the efficiency of a spark ignition Otto cycle engine. This is done by increasing the stroke length of the pistons and reducing the amount of air (or fuel/air mixture) by means other than the throttle plate taken in on the intake stroke. The amount of air or fuel/air mixture taken in is that which creates the same conditions in the combustion chamber at the conclusion of the compression stroke as exist in prior art engines used for the same application. The advantage arises from the increase in the length of the power stroke; this extracts more energy from the combustion gases before they are removed on the exhaust stroke and it also increases the torque of the engine as it is well known that torque is a function of stroke length. Extracting more energy from the combustion gases also reduces the amount of heat transferred to the engine block, thereby reducing the load on the cooling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Otto M. Wildensteiner
  • Publication number: 20150047605
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for recirculating compressed air across a compressor through a high flow and a low flow compressor recirculation path. Flow through the recirculation paths is controlled via respective valves and valve opening is adjusted based on a throttle mass flow so as to maintain a compressor flow rate at or above a surge constrained flow rate. By maintaining a sufficiently high compressor flow rate during steady state and transient conditions, the compressor state can be maintained outside a surge region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Julia Helen Buckland, Robert Andrew Wade, Gregory Patrick McConville, Kevin Payne, Joseph Ulrey
  • Publication number: 20150020774
    Abstract: A governor system assembly and related method for assembling the same. The assembly may include a governor gear, a weight, and a locking pin pivotably coupling the weight to the governor gear along a pivot axis. The locking pin includes a locking segment rotatable into engagement with the gear about the pivot axis for securing the pin to the gear. In one assembly, the locking pin is rotatable between an unlocked position in which the locking pin is axially removable from the gear and a locked position in which a locking pin is not axially removable when the locking segment engages the gear. The locking pin may be L-shaped in some assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth R. SEYMOUR, II, Jeffrey L. BRACHT, Jennifer J. Van Dalen, William H. SHARP, Sami M. CHUKRALLAH
  • Patent number: 8925521
    Abstract: An adjustable restrictor device for controlling flow of induction air into an engine. The restrictor device may comprise a generally flat compact housing which is installed between a carburetor and intake manifold of an engine. The housing may have throughbores to allow air flow, which coincide in location to carburetor bores. The restrictor device may have two individual restrictors enclosed therein, each movable to positions which progressively obstruct and open the throughbores to control flow of inducted air. Each restrictor may be manually controlled in common by a rotatable control shaft. Threading of the knobs may be opposite handed, thereby enabling the restrictors to move similarly in effect as to controlling air flow but in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Rollin Kim Lee
  • Publication number: 20140366841
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, an apparatus includes a throttle valve rotatable between an first position and a second position, a connection member coupled to the throttle valve and a wire retainer coupled to the connection member. The connection member is adapted to be coupled to a wire that controls rotation of the throttle valve, and the wire retainer is adapted to overlie the wire and inhibit unintended decoupling of the wire from the connection member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Noriyu Nagata, Hiroki Ogasawara, Yoshio Asano, Yoshiaki Douyama
  • Publication number: 20140360467
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a supply channel for supplying combustion air. A throttle element is arranged in the supply channel. The engine has a starter device which enables a defined free flow cross section in the supply channel in a starting position. The starter device latches in the starting position and the latching is released by actuating an operator-controlled element. A first ramp controls the free flow cross section of the fuel port depending on the position of the throttle element. The free flow cross section of the fuel opening is controlled by a second ramp. The free flow cross section of the fuel opening, which is set using the second ramp, is greater than a flow cross section set using the first ramp for the same position of the throttle element. A favorable performance of the engine after starting thereof is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Gerhard Osburg, Dimitrios Galagas, Peter Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140360465
    Abstract: A cold starting apparatus and a cold starting method for a vehicle may include: a throttle body configured to make air flow in an engine; a heater device installed at the throttle body, and configured to preheat the air passing through the throttle body; and a cold starting injector installed at the throttle body in front of the heater device so that the fuel is preheated while passing through the heater device, and configured to spray the fuel into the throttle body, thereby improving cold starting performance of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Jun PARK, Myeong Hwan KIM, Chang Han KIM
  • Publication number: 20140360466
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a supply channel supplying combustion air. A throttle element is arranged in the supply channel and the position of the throttle element is adjustable by an operator-controlled element. The engine has a starter device which has an operating position and a starting position. In the starting position, the starter device opens up a defined flow cross section in the supply channel. The starter device locks in the starting position. The locking is released by actuation of the operator-controlled element. To achieve good starting performance of the engine, the engine has an intermediate stop which, upon the first actuation of the operator-controlled element after the release of the locking, is active and prevents the throttle element from opening fully, and which, during the subsequent closing movement of the throttle element, is deactivated such that the throttle element can be opened fully.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gerhard Osburg
  • Publication number: 20140358408
    Abstract: A method for starting an engine is provided. The method comprises opening a throttle valve controlling air flow into an intake manifold in response to a gaseous pressure differential across a gaseous fuel injector exceeding a threshold pressure. In this way, delayed engine starts using gaseous fuel may be mitigated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Ed Badillo, Samuel Guido
  • Publication number: 20140326215
    Abstract: An arrangement of an air supply device on a cylinder head for an internal combustion engine involves the air supply device including an intake device for distributing air, which is to be supplied to combustion chambers of the engine, and a compressor for compressing the air. The compressor is fluidically connected to the intake device via an air duct element. The air supply device is mounted on the cylinder head and extends over the cylinder head from the intake device situated on an air side of the cylinder head, via the air duct element, to the compressor situated on an exhaust gas side of the cylinder head, forming an intermediate space that is delimited by the intake device, the air duct element, and the compressor. The cylinder head is at least partially situated in this intermediate space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jochen Haefner, Cecile Jecker
  • Publication number: 20140326214
    Abstract: A fuel turbine and a throttle body in a fuel system for an internal combustion engine. The fuel turbine includes a fuel turbine housing. The at least one fuel turbine output port is oriented substantially parallel to the fuel turbine housing axis and coupled to the throttle body. A primary fan capable of circumferential rotation and a secondary fan adapted for opposite circumferential rotation are oriented substantially parallel to the fuel turbine housing axis such that atomized fuel enters the fuel turbine input port to be forced by the primary fan and secondary fan into a higher pressure condition before exiting the fuel turbine housing by the at least one fuel turbine output port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Harold J. Whistler
  • Patent number: 8869774
    Abstract: An engine includes: a carburetor configured to supply an air-fuel mixture of fuel and air; a crank case defining a crank chamber; a cylinder block which includes: a cylinder bore in which a reciprocable piston is disposed; and an intake port which supplies the air-fuel mixture supplied from the carburetor to the crank chamber; a control valve configured to open and close the intake port; and a controller configured to control the control valve. The controller controls the number of times that the control valve closes the intake port with respect to the number of times that the piston moves up to thereby reduce pressure of the crank chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihide Sasaki, Shigetoshi Ishida, Hiroki Nagase
  • Patent number: 8855890
    Abstract: Engine synchronization apparatus and system for multi-engine vehicles such as boats and aircraft providing limited authority throttle cable trim effected by an apparatus interposed between the throttle plate and throttle cable of a slave engine and mounted in a floating configuration. An actuator is mounted to the apparatus to trim the distance between the throttle plate and throttle cable attachment thereby trimming the throttle cable. A system is provided in which a difference signal derived from master and slave engine tachometer signals is used to control the actuator and synchronize the engines within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Evoke Technology LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Egle, Aaron S. Dickey
  • Publication number: 20140238346
    Abstract: In a fuel injection controller, a first throttle opening TH0 is defined at a specific time P2. The P2 is a specific time later than the peak value of an intake pipe internal pressure PB of a previous cycle. In the cycle, P3 is a specific time that is set immediately before the calculation of the injection time. A second throttle opening TH2 is defined at P3. The fuel injection controller corrects a fuel injection amount based on variation in correction time ta0 at the first throttle opening TH0 to correction time ta1 at the second throttle opening TH1. The time P2 is later than time P1, which is the peak value of the intake pipe internal pressure of the previous cycle. Accordingly, the fuel injection amount correction is completely unaffected or only slightly affected by the intake pipe internal pressure, thus ensuring close-to-ideal correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki SAKAMOTO, Yoshiaki TAKEUCHI, Takeru ABE, Yasunori IWAYA
  • Publication number: 20140216400
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter provides apparatus, systems and methods for treating a fuel prior to ignition in a combustion engine in order to improve efficiency. In one aspect of the invention a throttle valve system that entrains a flow of gas, which can include a fuel, into a structured flow pattern via the inclusion of topological on a surface of the valve body and/or the flow chamber. The topological features can be arranged in a pattern configured to produce movement and/or structured turbulence in a stream of gas that is introduced to the throttle valve. An excitation source that ionizes or cracks species in the gas stream can be optionally utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Thrival Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Garrett Hill, Scott Lazar, Dustin Stonehouse
  • Publication number: 20140158089
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting the temperature of intake air entering an engine. In response to condensate in a charge air cooler and engine operating conditions, the position of an induction valve is adjusted to draw in air from a warm or cool air duct. Induction valve operation is further controlled to reduce fuel economy losses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paul Glugla, Ken Jahr
  • Publication number: 20140123942
    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: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20140076279
    Abstract: An engine control system for a vehicle, includes a delay and rate limit module, a throttle control module, a phaser control module, and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) control module. The delay and rate limit module applies a delay and a rate limit to a first torque request to produce a second torque request. The throttle control module determines a target throttle opening based on the second torque request and selectively adjusts a throttle valve based on the target throttle opening. The phaser control module determines target intake and exhaust phasing values based on the second torque request and selectively adjusts intake and exhaust valve phasers based on the target intake and exhaust phasing values, respectively. The EGR control module determines a target EGR opening based on the first torque request and selectively adjusts an EGR valve based on the target EGR opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Livshiz, Jeffrey M. Kaiser, Christopher E. Whitney, Gerald J. Hysko, JR., David A. White, B. Jerry Song
  • Patent number: 8667781
    Abstract: A vehicle control device applied to a vehicle including an internal combustion engine and an electrically heated catalyst which is warmed by applying a current, and includes a catalyst carrier supporting a catalyst and a carrier retention unit that retains the catalyst carrier and has an electrical insulation property. The control unit performs a control of suppressing a supply of an unburned gas from the internal combustion engine to the electrically heated catalyst so that the carrier retention unit is maintained at a lower temperature than the catalyst, when a condition for performing a fuel cut of the internal combustion engine during a deceleration is satisfied. Therefore, it is possible to suppress a rapid cooling of the catalyst, and it becomes possible to maintain a temperature of the carrier retention unit at a lower temperature than a temperature of the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mamoru Yoshioka, Noriaki Kumagai, Naoya Takagi
  • Publication number: 20140048049
    Abstract: Embodiments for a charge air cooler are provided. In one example, an engine method comprises increasing intake air flow velocity through a charge air cooler and coordinately adjusting a position of one or more of an intake manifold throttle and a turbocharger wastegate in response to the increased intake air flow velocity to maintain torque. In this way, intake air flow velocity may be increased while maintaining desired torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paul Glugla, Charles A. Cockerill, Shuya Shark Yamada, Phil Andrew Fabien, Julia Helen Buckland
  • Patent number: 8635986
    Abstract: Angle sensor device has magnetic force detectors detecting alternation of magnetic force caused by rotation of a throttle gear. The magnetic force detectors are buried in a molded body of the angle sensor device constructed of foamed resin. The magnetic force detectors each has a sensing unit detecting alteration of magnetic force and a computing unit computing based on signals from the sensing unit and outputting signals depending on the alteration of magnetic force and is formed in L-shape. Two of the magnetic force detectors are placed opposite each other such that one of the sensing units is disposed on the other sensing unit. The molded body has a cavity surrounded by the magnetic force detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ikeda, Katsumi Ishida, Makoto Mase, Shuji Yamamoto, Tetsuo Suzuoki, Masashi Ozeki
  • Patent number: 8612116
    Abstract: A target TH opening degree change amount calculating unit 26 calculates a change amount of a target throttle opening degree ?THCMD. In accordance with whether or not the change amount of the target throttle opening degree ?THCMD is not less than a predetermined control start threshold, a collision prevention process determining unit 27 determines whether a throttle grip 21 has been operated to rapidly close. When the rapid closing operation of the throttle grip 21 is detected, a change-amount basic value calculating unit 28 calculates a change-amount basic value of the target throttle opening degree. A correction term calculating unit 29 inputs to a multiplying unit 30 a correction term for correcting the change-amount basic value. The multiplying unit 30 multiplies the change-amount basic value by the correction term, and outputs a change amount of the target throttle opening degree thus calculated. The correction term can be set, for example, to have a value not more than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Nakamura, Yukihiro Asada
  • Patent number: 8589051
    Abstract: An ECU includes: an engine control unit that controls devices provided for an engine on the basis of a target engine rotational speed; and an engine model that calculates the target engine rotational speed such that the target engine rotational speed varies in accordance with a target engine torque and an actual engine rotational speed in a steady state, and that calculates the target engine rotational speed such that the target engine rotational speed varies in accordance with the target engine torque independently of the actual engine rotational speed in a transient state in which the engine is unstable as compared with the steady state. When the engine is controlled by the thus configured ECU, the control accuracy is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Kuwahara, Masato Kaigawa, Toshiya Oishi, Shogo Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8589056
    Abstract: To provide a stop control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of accurately stopping a piston at a predetermined position while compensating for variation in the stop characteristic of the piston and aging thereof. The stop control system 1 for the engine 3 according the present invention controls a throttle valve 13a toward an open side when an engine speed NE becomes lower than a stop control start rotational speed NEIGOFTH after the engine 3 is stopped (step 42), whereby a final compression stroke rotational speed NEPRSFTGT is controlled to a predetermined reference value NENPFLMTO, to thereby control the stop position of the piston 3d to a predetermined position. Further, the correlation between the stop control start rotational speed NEIGOFTH and the final compression stroke rotational speed NEPRSFTGT is determined (step 5, FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoharu Hozumi, Hiroshi Yatani, Takeshi Aoki, Atsushi Mitsui, Masaaki Nagashima, Kazuhiko Imamura
  • Publication number: 20130269655
    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: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuo YAMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8532910
    Abstract: A method for determining a cylinder air charge for an internal combustion engine includes determining engine operating parameters including an intake air charge density, an engine delta pressure as a ratio of an intake manifold pressure to an exhaust pressure, and an engine speed. An open-throttle volumetric efficiency corresponding to the engine operating parameters is determined, and a closed-throttle volumetric efficiency corresponding to the engine operating parameters is also determined. The cylinder air charge is determined using a selected one of the open-throttle volumetric efficiency and the closed-throttle volumetric efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yue-Yun Wang, Ibrahim Haskara
  • Publication number: 20130199496
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling an engine that may be automatically stopped and started are presented. In one example, a method adjusts a position of an air inlet throttle according to engine position and in response to an operator change of mind to restart an engine that is being automatically stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, De-Shiou Chen, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 8494714
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are stability display apparatus and methods. One apparatus comprises a driving state detection unit configured to detect a driving state of a vehicle in operation; a controller comprising an instability estimation unit configured to estimate an instability index indicating driving instability of the vehicle based on the driving state of the vehicle detected by the driving state detection unit and configured to determine changes in the instability index; and a display unit configured to display the instability index estimated by the instability estimation unit in a display region within a range less than or equal to an upper limit that is a limit of display and configured to display in the display region a representation of the changes of the instability index when the instability index is beyond the upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kuge, Takayuki Kondoh, Yoshiki Yasuno
  • Patent number: 8473182
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine control device is provided which can accurately estimate intake pipe temperature behavior during transient time even in an internal combustion engine embedded with a variable valve or a turbocharger. The internal combustion engine control device estimates transient behavior of the intake pipe temperature, on the basis of a flow rate (dGafs/dt) of gas flowing into the intake pipe, a flow rate (dGcyl/dt) of gas flowing from the intake pipe, an intake pipe pressure Pin, and a temporal changing rate (dPin/dt) of the intake pipe pressure. The device performs knocking control during transient time, on the basis of the estimated transient behavior of the intake pipe temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Suzuki, Seiji Asano
  • Publication number: 20130152584
    Abstract: A method for correcting a total cylinder air flow during scavenging by way of an oxygen sensor is disclosed. Additionally, cylinder trapped air amount and cylinder scavenging air amount are adjusted based on the corrected total cylinder air flow. The approach may reduce sensitivity between cylinder air flow estimates and fuel supplied for combustion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mrdjan J. Jankovic, Amey Y. Karnik
  • Patent number: 8453617
    Abstract: One embodiment of a device and method for controlling or restricting the air-fuel mixture into an internal combustion engine having a body member rigidly mounted between the air-fuel metering device and the engine intake, a slidably insertable restrictor plate, and a retaining and sealing cover. The body member may contain a single spacer or two spacers and may contain either a slot or a groove that communicates with the plate. The plate may contain a plurality of bore holes and multiple distinct plates can be made in order to achieve various and linear amounts of restriction. The plate can be easily and quickly changed depending on the amount of restriction desired. One or more embodiments of the device can be used on engines in various motorized vehicles and in various motorsports, such as drag racing. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Brett T. Olson
  • Publication number: 20130111900
    Abstract: A method for determining cylinder blow-through air via engine volumetric efficiency is disclosed. In one example, the method provides a way to adjust cylinder blow-through to promote and control a reaction in an exhaust after treatment device. The approach may simplify cylinder blow-through calculations and improve engine emissions via providing improved control of constituents reaching an exhaust after treatment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dave G. Hagner, Mrdjan J. Jankovic, De-Shiou Chen, Amey Y. Karnik
  • Patent number: 8434454
    Abstract: Engine systems have two or more internal combustion power units. The units are connected to deliver power by way of freewheeling mechanisms so that one of the power units may be stopped or idled while one or more other power units continues to supply power. A control system is configured to shut an air shut off valve and/or disable an ignition and/or fuel injection system to shut down an auxiliary one of the power units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Gile Jun Yang Park
  • Publication number: 20130104844
    Abstract: An air cutoff valve (ACV) is provided. The full open state of the flap valve is maintained using the latchet which operates as the solenoid is turned on and off, so the restart performance is significantly enhanced as the air is quickly supplied by the ACV when the engine stops abnormally irrespective of a driver's intention, and since the ACV is made from a plastic material, the assembling process of the molding formation is simplified, so the unit cost for manufactures is reduced, and the corrosion phenomenon due to moisture can be prevented, and the operation reliability can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: DH HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: DH HOLDINGS CO., LTD.