Crankcase Vapor Used With Combustible Mixture Patents (Class 123/572)
  • Patent number: 10830112
    Abstract: An oil separation device for the crankcase ventilation of an internal combustion engine comprises at least one oil separator with a gas inlet pipe, a gap-determining element, wherein an annular gap is formed or formable between the gap-determining element and an outlet end of the gas inlet pipe, and a baffle wall which is arranged in the flow direction behind the gap. The oil separation device has a driven actuator for adjusting the gap-determining element relative to the gas inlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BRUSS SEALING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Torge Hinz, Mark Dreesen, Samuel Neumann, Tino Böttcher, Artur Knaus, Manfred Brand
  • Patent number: 10830542
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing a manifold assembly with internal fluid communication between a first manifold defining a first fluid chamber and a second manifold defining a second fluid chamber of the manifold assembly, the first manifold and the second manifold joined in parallel relationship along a longitudinally extending interface between a wall of the first manifold and a wall of the second manifold. The method includes: forming a first access port in a wall of one of the first manifold and the second manifold diametrically opposite the interface; forming a first fluid communication port extending through a wall of the first manifold and a wall of the second manifold at the interface and defining a first fluid passage between the first and second fluid chambers; and sealingly plugging the access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, Bruce J. Poplawski, Arindom Joardar, Jack Leon Esformes, Tobias H. Sienel, Mel Woldesemayat
  • Patent number: 10815939
    Abstract: In order to provide a separating device which has a simple design and is operable reliably and efficiently, it is proposed that the separating device comprises the following: at least one separating body for separating the impurities; an ejector device for producing a suction effect on an exit side of the at least one separating body; a supply device for supplying a drive medium to the ejector device, wherein, by means of the supply device, selectively a) compressed supply air from a supply air tract of the combustion engine, b) exhaust gas from an exhaust gas tract of the combustion engine and/or c) a mixture of compressed supply air and exhaust gas is suppliable as drive medium to the ejector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: ElringKlinger AG, Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Dwenger, Roman Enne
  • Patent number: 10801378
    Abstract: An engine including: an exhaust manifold provided near one side surface of an engine; a turbocharger having an exhaust-side inlet connected to the exhaust manifold; and a rocker-arm-chamber-integrated intake manifold disposed on a cylinder head and integrally including a rocker arm chamber and an intake manifold. The intake manifold has a wall dividing the rocker arm chamber provided near one side surface of the engine and the intake manifold provided near another side surface thereof to isolate the rocker arm chamber and the intake manifold from each other. The rocker arm chamber has, in its upper portion, a positive crankcase ventilation device protruding therefrom and returning blowby gas to an intake system. The positive crankcase ventilation device has a blowby-gas discharge port connected with a gas conduit through which blowby gas is delivered to an intake-side inlet of the turbocharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kimura, Hisato Inokuchi
  • Patent number: 10794245
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine having an engine block, a cylinder head, a crankcase and at least one cylinder includes a crankcase ventilation line connected to at least one intake line. The crankcase ventilation line is arranged at least predominantly within the internal combustion engine, in particular within the engine block and/or within the cylinder head, thereby greatly minimizing or eliminating the potential for release of crankcase gas to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Fischer, Christa Roddewig
  • Patent number: 10774704
    Abstract: In an engine head cover, an upper portion of a partition plate 5, which partitions an inside of a head cover 3 into upper and lower portions, forms a blowby gas passage W having an inlet 6 and an outlet 7 communicating with an intake path 9. A PCV valve 14 disposed on the outlet 7 side, a filter 13 disposed on the inlet 6 side, and a labyrinth 15 disposed between the PCV valve 14 and the filter 13 are provided. A recovery hole 23 which causes a flowdown of trapped oil is formed at a portion on a downstream side of the filter 13 in a flow direction of a blowby gas in the blowby gas passage W and on a lower side of the labyrinth 15 and the pressure regulating valve 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Isoshima, Kentaro Shiraishi, Naotaro Nagai
  • Patent number: 10774730
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods for utilizing crankcase compression air to effect forced air induction (i.e. “boost”) into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine is provided. In some embodiments, the apparatuses are a supercharger apparatus that is attached to an existing engine. In other embodiments, the supercharger components are located within the structure of a novel engine itself. An embodiment of the apparatus includes a conduit that includes three inlets: 1) an inlet that is capable of being placed in fluidic communication with the crankcase chamber of an engine; 2) an inlet that is capable of being placed in fluidic communication with an intake to a combustion chamber of the engine; and 3) an inlet in fluidic communication with the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NAUTILUS ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Riley
  • Patent number: 10774705
    Abstract: An oil separator unit including an upstream member having an opening through which the blowby gas passes, a downstream member having a hit portion hit by the blowby gas, and a porous member trapping the oil mist contained in the blowby gas that has passed through the through hole. The upstream member includes an upstream surface facing a first surface of the porous member and a pair of recesses formed in substantially U-shapes along circumference portions in both end sides on an upstream surface of the upstream member, and the downstream member includes a pair of flange parts formed in substantially U-shapes so as to fit in the pair of recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazushi Tada
  • Patent number: 10774703
    Abstract: An oil mist separator includes a housing and an oil separating part which separates oil mist in blow-by gas. The oil separating part is composed of a first oil separating part and a second oil separating part. The housing is provided inside with a partition wall which defines chambers formed for the respective oil separating parts, and second nozzles which jet out blow-by gas are provided in a second partition wall which defines a second chamber in which the downstream-side second oil separating part is provided. The second nozzles can serve, for example, as passages for discharging the oil separated by the second oil separating part toward a drain pipe which is provided in a first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideto Morishita, Yoji Horiuchi, Naritsune Miyanaga
  • Patent number: 10767608
    Abstract: An air intake assembly includes a filter element and an intake conduit having a first end supporting the filter element. The first end forms an inlet opening having a first shape and a second end being adapted for attachment to an engine. The second end forms an outlet opening having a second shape different than the first shape of the inlet opening. The intake conduit also includes a body having an inner wall defining a passageway coupling the inlet and outlet openings. The inner wall has a maximum lateral dimension measured transverse to a central axis of the passageway within a plane that interests both the inlet and outlet openings. The maximum lateral dimension is located adjacent the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Dane, Bob Iverson
  • Patent number: 10738721
    Abstract: A blow-by gas supply device includes an upstream-side passage, a downstream-side passage, a gas passage, a bypass passage, a valve mechanism, and a valve control unit. The device is provided in an engine including a compressor, and recirculates blow-by gas upstream of the compressor. The upstream-side passage is coupled to an input port of the compressor. The downstream-side passage is coupled to an output port of the compressor. The gas passage is coupled to the upstream-side passage and guides the blow-by gas from inside of the engine to the upstream-side passage. The bypass passage is coupled to the upstream-side passage and the downstream-side passage and guides the intake air from the downstream side passage to the upstream side passage. The valve mechanism is provided in the bypass passage and switched between communication and cutoff states. The valve control unit controls the valve mechanism in the communication or cutoff state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoya Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10731529
    Abstract: An oil separator includes a case that has an inflow port, an outflow port, and an oil separation portion. The case has a first wall portion and a second wall portion that constitute a flow channel, and a partition wall portion that connects the first wall portion and the second wall portion. The partition wall portion partitions the flow channel into an upstream-side flow channel and a downstream-side flow channel. The oil separation portion has a constriction hole and a step portion. The step portion has a collision face located on the axis of the constriction hole and configured such that blow-by gas that passes through the constriction hole collides against the collision face, and allows oil that collects on the step portion to be discharged into the upstream-side flow channel through the constriction hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Sazawa, Naritsune Miyanaga
  • Patent number: 10704434
    Abstract: As a further improvement of the technique of minimizing or preventing excessive cooling of an oil separator, an effective blow-by gas heating apparatus which minimizes or solves the problems due to frozen blow-by gas in an engine externally equipped with an oil separator is provided. The blow-by gas heating apparatus includes: a heat emitting structure abutted onto an oil separator configured to trap and remove oil from blow-by gas. The heat emitting structure has a heat emitting case including inside a passage for engine cooling water. The heat emitting case includes a ceiling wall being in surface-contact from below with a bottom surface of the oil separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Akita, Kohei Sawada
  • Patent number: 10669905
    Abstract: A separation portion of an oil separator is located upward from an opening of a second blow-by gas passage portion in an outer surface of a cylinder block. A connection passage connects the separation portion and the second blow-by gas passage portion. At least part of the connection passage located toward the second blow-by gas passage portion serves as a first passage portion. The second blow-by gas passage portion and the first passage portion serve as an intermediate passage. A step is arranged in the intermediate passage at an intermediate portion with respect to an extension direction of the intermediate passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Nishitani
  • Patent number: 10662906
    Abstract: A valve arrangement included in an engine peripheral structure provided with an intake system in an engine room, includes: a low-pressure intake passage of the intake system, arranged around an engine main body mounted in the engine room and connected to a passage upstream of a supercharger of the intake system in an intake direction; a high-pressure intake passage of the intake system, connected to a passage downstream of the supercharger in the intake direction; and an air bypass valve connected between the low-pressure intake passage and the high-pressure intake passage. The air bypass valve is fixed on a part of the low-pressure intake passage facing the engine main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsushi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10655515
    Abstract: This blow-by gas recirculation device for an internal combustion engine is provided with a vacuum pump which supplies negative pressure to a brake booster and usable for recirculation of blow-by gas to an intake passage. This device includes: a PCV device for recirculating blow-by gas in a crankcase to the intake passage; a ventilation shortage region determination unit which determines whether or not an operational region of the engine is a PCV ventilation flow rate shortage region; and a brake negative pressure determination unit which determines whether or not the negative pressure of the brake booster is secured. The vacuum pump ventilates blow-by gas in the crankcase only when the determination units determines that the operational region is the PCV ventilation flow rate shortage region and that the negative pressure is secured. This reduces a contact risk of blow-by gas with engine oil, and inhibits the degradation of the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yaguchi, Takeshi Fukui
  • Patent number: 10619534
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity breach. The same sensor can also be used for diagnosing air filter plugging and PCV valve degradation. Use of an existing sensor to diagnose multiple engine components provides cost reduction and sensor compaction benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Robert Roy Jentz, John Eric Rollinger
  • Patent number: 10612500
    Abstract: An intake manifold includes: multiple branch pipes having downstream ends fastened to a front or rear surface of a cylinder head; a main pipe connected to upstream ends of the branch pipes; and a cover including a cover main body attached to an upper surface of a portion of at least one of the branch pipes to define a blow-by gas passage, and a protrusion protruding upward from the cover main body, the portion of the at least one of the branch pipes being adjacent to the cylinder head, wherein the protrusion is spaced apart from the cylinder head in a fore and aft direction such that a fuel line positioned above the downstream ends of the branch pipes is interposed between the protrusion and the cylinder head in the fore and aft direction, the protrusion being positioned to overlap a part of the fuel line as seen from front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Itagaki
  • Patent number: 10612499
    Abstract: This air intake apparatus includes an air intake apparatus main body including a plurality of pieces bonded to each other along a split plane and an external gas passage formed inside the air intake apparatus main body by bonding the plurality of pieces to each other and including an external gas receiving port that directly receives external gas from a cylinder head and an external gas introduction port that introduces the external gas into a surge tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Sakurai, Naoki Tajima, Tomohisa Senda, Hideaki Teramoto, Masaki Makihara
  • Patent number: 10598057
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an internal combustion engine having an oil circuit. In one example, a system may include a rising oil line from a block to a cylinder head of an engine; a main oil line in the head; and an oil siphon system including a reservoir positioned between, and having at least one portion at a lower elevation than both, a section the rising line and a section of the main oil line so that oil flows into, and remains in, the reservoir when the engine is shut-off. In this way, the design of the oil circuit may be used to improve oil supply to engine components while minimizing delays in oil supply during engine startup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rainer Lach, Franz Weber, Frank Wunderlich, Joerg Kemmerling, Guenter Hans Grosch, Joerg Bonse
  • Patent number: 10570790
    Abstract: In a breather device of an internal combustion engine, a breather chamber is defined by a head cover main body and a chamber forming member. The breather device includes an upstream breather passage communicating a first end of the breather chamber with a crank chamber, a downstream breather passage communicating a second end of the breather chamber with an intake passage, an oil return passage formed in a cylinder head to communicate a valve actuation chamber with the crank chamber, a first communication hole formed in a lower part of a recessed part of the breather chamber adjoining the first end of the breather chamber to communicate the breather chamber with the valve actuation chamber, and a second communication hole formed in a part of the breather chamber downstream of the first communication hole to communicate the breather chamber with the valve actuation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mayuka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10544718
    Abstract: A method for controlling a pressure in a crankcase of an internal combustion engine with a crankcase venting device. The crankcase venting device may include a suction line via which a blow-by gas is removable from the crankcase, a pumping device, and an oil mist separating device. The pumping device and the oil mist separating device may be arranged in the suction line. The method may include controlling a rotational speed of an electric drive in at least one of a closed-loop manner and an open-loop manner, the electric drive configured to drive the pumping device. The method may also include adjusting the pressure in the crankcase via manipulating the rotational speed of the electric drive. The method may further include inferring the pressure in the crankcase via evaluating at least one performance parameter of the electric drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Kirschner, Robert Lepper, Thomas Riemay
  • Patent number: 10508627
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an anti-icing device for an intake manifold for preventing freezing of a blow-by gas flowing from a crankcase of an engine into a plenum chamber of an intake manifold through a gas inlet, and includes a guide member provided inside the plenum chamber, and for inducing the blow-by gas discharged from the gas inlet toward the inside of the plenum chamber that is away from the fresh air inlet, and an engaging means for fixing the guide member to the intake manifold, thus preventing the freezing from occurring and the inlet from clogging by the freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI KEFICO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Ki Kim, Hyung Wook Kim, Chan Karam Na
  • Patent number: 10443460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for venting a crank casing of an internal combustion engine for a vehicle, having a plurality of venting ducts (13, 15, 53, 67, 84) by means of which gases flowing into a crank casing space (19) of the crank casing (7) can be conducted out of the crank casing space (19) again, wherein gas inlet openings (29, 55, 73), opening into the crank casing space (19), of the venting ducts are arranged in such a way that in a first defined inclination position of the internal combustion engine (3) a first venting duct does not dip with its gas inlet opening (29) into oil trough oil which is collected in an oil trough (5) of the internal combustion engine (3), and a second venting duct dips with its gas inlet opening (29, 55, 73) into the oil trough oil, wherein in a second defined inclination position of the internal combustion engine (3) which differs from the first inclination position the first venting duct (13, 67) dips with its gas inlet opening (29) into the oil trough oil and the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: MAN Truck & Bus AG, Hengst SE
    Inventors: Stefan Sprickmann Kerkerinck, Heinz Herdering
  • Patent number: 10415443
    Abstract: There is provided an engine capable of reducing oil consumption. The engine includes a cylinder head, a cylinder head cover mounted above the cylinder head, a rocker arm covered by the cylinder head cover, and a breather chamber provided inside the cylinder head cover. As a front-rear direction is defined by a longitudinal direction of the cylinder head cover, the breather chamber has a blow-by gas inlet at one side in the front-rear direction, a blow-by gas outlet at another side in the front-rear direction, and an oil discharging guide chamber at an intermediate part in the front-rear direction. The blow-by gas inlet is opened on a bottom wall of the breather chamber, and a peripheral wall of the oil discharging guide chamber is protruded downwardly from the bottom wall of the breather chamber toward between the rocker arm provided at a side of the blow-by gas outlet and the blow-by gas inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Nagai, Takahiro Yamazaki, Takahito Hamasaki, Hideyuki Goto, Hiroki Oso, Hideyuki Koyama, Akira Tanaka, Yoshinori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10378491
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for an aircharger air intake system for filtering and conducting an airstream to an air intake of an engine. The aircharger air intake system includes an air filter comprising a filter medium configured to entrap particulates flowing within the airstream. An air box comprising one or more sidewalls and a mount wall is configured to support the air filter within an engine bay. The air box is configured to be mounted, or fastened, onto the engine. An intake tube is coupled with the air filter and configured to conduct the airstream to the air intake of the engine. The intake tube is configured to be coupled with an air temperature sensor or a mass air sensor of the engine. An adapter is configured to couple the intake tube with the air intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 10337398
    Abstract: Disclosed is a blowby gas treatment device for an internal combustion engine with a supercharger, the blowby gas treatment device comprising: a fresh air introduction passage wherein one end of the fresh air introduction passage is connected to an upstream side of the supercharger and the other end is communicated with a crankcase of the internal combustion engine; a first blowby gas passage wherein one end of the first blowby gas passage is connected to a venturi part provided in an upstream side of the supercharger in the intake passage and the other end is communicated with the crankcase; a first check valve being interposed in the fresh air introduction passage and preventing a flow from the crankcase side to the intake passage side; and a second check valve being interposed in the blowby gas passage and preventing a flow from the intake passage side to the crankcase side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAHLE FILTER SYSTEMS JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Nonaka, Daizo Ito, Terumoto Mochizuki, Akira Iijima, Takayuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10329974
    Abstract: A breather chamber structure for an internal combustion engine wherein the breather chamber can be disposed compactly and the degree of freedom in the layout of the parts of the internal combustion engine can be raised. The breather chamber structure includes a crankcase, a cylinder body provided upwardly on the crankcase, and a breather chamber configured to separate oil from oil mist in the crankcase. The breather chamber includes a crankcase side breather chamber provided in the crankcase and open to a joining plane between the crankcase and the cylinder body, and a cylinder side breather chamber provided in the cylinder body and open to the joining plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Inomoto, Koji Kobayashi, Masazumi Naito, Keita Shigematsu, Ryuji Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10323552
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine having an improved oil treatment system. The internal combustion engine may be a splash lubrication engine in which oil is flowed through an oil circulation circuit by a passive pump. In another aspect, a dipstick tube may be provided that includes a portion of the oil circulation circuit. In a further aspect, the internal combustion engine comprises one or more protuberances that automatically penetrate an oil treatment apparatus upon the oil treatment apparatus being mounted to the internal combustion engine, thereby fluidly coupling the oil treatment apparatus to the oil circulation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Terrence M. Rotter
  • Patent number: 10316805
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for an aircharger air intake system for filtering and conducting an airstream to an air intake of an engine. The aircharger air intake system includes an air filter comprising a filter medium configured to entrap particulates flowing within the airstream. An air box comprising one or more sidewalls and a mount wall is configured to support the air filter within an engine bay. The air box is configured to be mounted, or fastened, onto the engine. An intake tube is coupled with the air filter and configured to conduct the airstream to the air intake of the engine. The intake tube is configured to be coupled with an air temperature sensor or a mass air sensor of the engine. An adapter is configured to couple the intake tube with the air intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 10253662
    Abstract: A pump device may include a side channel compressor that may include a housing having a conveying chamber and a fluid inlet and outlet. The compressor may include an impeller having blades radially on an outside and which may be mounted rotatably in the housing, the blades lying in the conveying chamber, and a shaft mounted rotatably about an axis of rotation and on which the impeller may be fastened. The conveying chamber may have at least one side channel running in a region of the blades and connecting the fluid inlet and outlet to one another in a circumferential direction. An intermediate region may be formed in the circumferential direction between the fluid inlet and outlet and in which a distance of the blades in an axial direction to the nearest wall may be such that no more than a predetermined amount of fluid flows in the intermediate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Elsaesser, Volker Kirschner, Thomas Riemay, Stefan Ruppel
  • Patent number: 10221736
    Abstract: The invention describes a filter element for an oil separator of a crankcase ventilation system in which a filter element is configured to separate oil from fluid and that has a covering surface extending parallel to a direction of flow, together with at least one cover element covering surface in at least some regions. An oil separator is taught having the filter element with at least one pressure control valve controlling crankcase pressure and has a valve closing body that operates in conjunction with a valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Zuerker, Markus Melde, Philipp Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 10215138
    Abstract: A positive crankcase ventilation system for an internal combustion engine routes blowby gases into the intake of the engine. Because the blowby gases have about 12% water vapor, during cold-weather operation, the water vapor may freeze in the PCV valve or in the port that couples the PCV duct with the intake manifold. In situations in which the PCV duct is pointing toward the direction of flow of the intake gases, a hood or cap is placed over the end of the tube according to the present disclosure. It can be as simple as a 90-degree elbow or multiple openings in the cap. A centerline of the openings is perpendicular or at an obtuse angle with respect to the direction of flow in the duct so that the intake gases do not directly access the openings and cause freezing in the openings (or ports).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher William Newman, Sandra Davidson Osip
  • Patent number: 10190455
    Abstract: A device for producing vacuum using the Venturi effect, systems utilizing the device, and methods of making the device are disclosed. The device has a housing defining a Venturi gap, a motive passageway converging toward the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, a discharge passageway diverging away from the Venturi gap and in fluid communication therewith, and a suction passageway in fluid communication with the Venturi gap. The suction passageway has an interior surface with a surface topography that renders the interior surface hydrophobic and has an oleophobic coating applied to the interior surface while maintaining the surface topography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hampton, David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller, Andrew D. Niedert
  • Patent number: 10174651
    Abstract: An oil separation device for separating oil from a gas stream for ventilating a crankcase of a combustion engine may include an inflow side and an outflow side. The inflow side can be fluidically connected to the crankcase of the combustion engine and may receive the gas stream laden with oil. The outflow side can be fluidically connected to an intake tract of the combustion engine and may receive the gas stream substantially purged of oil. The device may include a first control member for varying a first flow cross section of the gas stream and controlled by a gas pressure in the crankcase. The device may have a second control member for varying a second flow cross section of the gas stream positioned downstream of the first flow cross section, wherein the second control member is controlled by a vacuum in the intake tract of the combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventor: Ulf Müller
  • Patent number: 10174650
    Abstract: A vehicle incorporates a turbocharged internal combustion engine and a crankcase ventilation system. That crankcase ventilation system includes a first vent line connecting a cam cover at a first spigot to an air inlet duct at a second spigot. In addition the system includes a second vent line connected between the crankcase and the intake manifold of the engine. A one-way valve is provided in the second vent line. A restriction is integrated into either the first spigot, the second spigot or a quick connect that connects the first vent line to the first or second spigot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher William Newman, Timothy Andrew Strand
  • Patent number: 10156169
    Abstract: Provided is an oil separator having a high efficiency in removing oil particles of relatively large sizes. A blow-by gas passage of the oil separator (2) includes an upstream passage (18) and a downstream passage (20) extending at an angle to the upstream passage. A separation wall (36) provided in the downstream passage includes a first surface (40, 78) forming an obtuse angle relative to the upstream passage, and a second surface (42) adjoining the first surface on a downstream side thereof and defining a planar surface extending substantially perpendicularly to the upstream passage. The blow-by gas is accelerated in the upstream passage, and the flow direction of the blow-by gas is changed by the first surface without substantially changing the flow speed and without disturbing the flow before the blow-by gas flows along the second surface. At this time, the oil particles in the blow-by gas collide with and are trapped by the second surface owing to the inertia of the oil particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Shoichiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10145278
    Abstract: A blow-by gas passage structure is provided inside a separator chamber that is formed between a cylinder head cover and a baffle plate joined to the cylinder head cover by vibration welding. A first rib is provided on the opposite surface of one member of the cylinder head cover and the baffle plate, while a second rib is provided on the opposite surface of the other member, at positions upstream of the first rib in the flow of the blow-by gas and adjacent a gap formed between the distal end of the first rib and the opposite surface of the other member. The second rib has a height that is equal to or larger than the height of the gap so as to prevent passing of the blow-by gas through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Teruyoshi Nawa
  • Patent number: 10132217
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes a crankcase having first and second pluralities of openings. A oil separation module has at least one inlet housing that communicates with a oil separation filter and is connectable to at least one opening from the first plurality of openings or from the second plurality of openings to define a crankcase vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney A. Lawrence, Brandyn A. Stack, Eric Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10124659
    Abstract: Provided is a utility work vehicle including an engine section, a speed changer device and a belt type stepless speed changer device, a rear frame supporting the engine section, and a main frame supporting the rear frame. The rear frame includes right and left rear wheel supporting portions, each of which has a front supporting member and a rear supporting member extending upwards from the rear frame. The rear supporting member disposed on more rear side of the vehicle body than the belt type stepless speed changer device has its upper end connected to a rear frame portion of the main frame. The front supporting member is disposed on more laterally outer side of the vehicle body than the belt type stepless speed changer device. Between an upper end of the front supporting member and the rear frame portion, there is formed a space that allows attachment/detachment of a speed changer cover detachably attached to the belt type stepless speed changer device from a laterally outer side of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Bessho, Kensuke Okabe, Taro Nakamura, Junichi Fujiwara, Toshiki Ono, Takafumi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10107161
    Abstract: A breather device includes: a breather chamber into which oil mist in a crank chamber of a combustion engine is introduced; and a breather passage configured to guide oil mist from a crank chamber into the breather chamber. The breather chamber has formed therein a labyrinth structure in which gas-liquid separation of the oil mist is performed. An introduction pipe forming a part of the breather passage is communicated with an upper portion of the crank chamber, and projects upward from an upper end portion of the crank case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Matsuda, Kazuki Arima, Yasushi Ishibashi, Akira Tomofuji
  • Patent number: 10100735
    Abstract: An oil accumulator assembly may comprise a scavenge tube including an aperture defined by a break in the scavenge tube and/or an annular cylindrical structure concentrically situated about the scavenge tube. The aperture may be configured to receive oil flowing through the scavenge tube, and the annular cylindrical structure may be configured to accumulate oil flowing through the aperture. The oil accumulator assembly may further comprise a drainage outlet disposed in the annular cylindrical structure. Oil accumulated within the annular cylindrical structure may drain through the drainage outlet in response to an engine being shut down. The oil accumulated within the annular cylindrical structure may fill a portion of the scavenge tube situated within an engine fan case to prevent coking within the scavenge tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Colin D. Craig
  • Patent number: 10087798
    Abstract: An oil separator is provided with a housing having an inlet for air, an expansion chamber provided inside the housing, and a heating device for heating the lower part of the expansion chamber. The oil separator introduces, into the housing, air containing oil that has passed through the inlet, and separates and recovers the oil from the air that has been introduced. The transverse cross-sectional area of the expansion chamber is larger than the opening area of the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NABTESCO AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Sugio, Ichiro Minato
  • Patent number: 10072555
    Abstract: An exhaust system for discharging an exhaust gas of an engine includes a tail pipe 39 provided with a pressure control valve 1 which reduces an exhaust amount of the gas at the time of low load of the engine, and other tail pipe 40 not provided with the pressure control valve 1. An exhaust port 39a of the tail pipe 39 provided with the pressure control valve 1 faces downward as compared with an exhaust port 40a of the other tail pipe 40 not provided with the control valve 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Kiryu
  • Patent number: 9995192
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a crankcase ventilation device for a vehicle and, more specifically, to a crankcase ventilation device for a vehicle, which: prevents a back flow of blow-by gas to a new air inflow valve according to a rise in pressure and a rise in a flow rate inside a crankcase; prevents deterioration in the inside of an engine due to unburned fuel contained in the blow-by gas and minute particles of engine oil, generation of sludge, and an engine failure; and minimizes contamination of an intake system by providing a new air inflow control valve having a nozzle and a diaphragm, so as to block a back flow of the blow-by gas to a new air inflow hose due to an excessive rise in pressure inside the crankcase during a process for re-circulating and re-burning the blow-by gas discharged from the crankcase of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Hyuk Jin Kang
  • Patent number: 9988957
    Abstract: A ventilation system for the ventilation and for the aeration of an internal combustion engine is described and depicted. The ventilation system may have an intake pipe and a supercharger in the intake pipe, and an air-oil separator for the separation of oil and/or oil mist from blow-by gases with at least one inlet and at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Erdmann, Francesco Zitarosa
  • Patent number: 9957905
    Abstract: An engine system includes an internal combustion engine, a forced induction device, an ejector device, a blow-by gas passage, and a controller. The ejector device has an ejector and a drive gas passage connected to an intake passage of the engine in a manner bypassing a compressor of the forced induction device. The controller is adapted to execute a temperature raising control when the controller determines that condensate water is likely to freeze in the ejector device. In the temperature raising control, the controller raises intake air pressure in a downstream portion of the intake passage with respect to the compressor compared to when the controller determines that the condensate water is unlikely to freeze and adjusts an intake air amount of the engine to restrain increase of the intake air amount that would be caused by increase in the intake air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Makihara
  • Patent number: 9932869
    Abstract: A vehicle may include an internal combustion engine having a crankcase and a supercharging apparatus, and a crankcase ventilation apparatus having at least one oil-separating apparatus including at least one oil separator. An oil return line may communicate separated oil from the crankcase ventilation apparatus to the crankcase. An ejector pump may be driven via a compressed air flow of the supercharging apparatus and may be configured to generate an underpressure for driving a blow-by gas. The crankcase ventilation apparatus may include a pump control valve configured to at least one of regulate and control the compressed air flow through the ejector pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Dimitri An, Steve Beez, Armando Coelho, Alfred Elsaesser, Thomas Fallscheer, Volker Kirschner, Thomas Riemay, Stefan Ruppel
  • Patent number: 9909470
    Abstract: A crankcase ventilation system for a turbocharged engine has full bi-directional flow for an idle state and a boosted state. A PCV valve provides air flow from the crankcase to the intake manifold in the idle state. A restriction in a first vent line limits fresh air into the crankcase in the idle state. A PCV bypass permits a one-way flow into the crankcase via a second vent line bypassing the PCV valve in the boosted state. A pressure relief valve in communication with the first vent line is configured to bypass the restriction in the boosted state when a pressure in the crankcase exceeds a threshold pressure. In a preferred embodiment, the PCV bypass is configured to bypass both the PCV valve and a pull separator (i.e., oil separator at the second vent line) in the boosted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Adam M. Christian, Christopher W. Newman, Katherine Jane Randall
  • Patent number: 9845742
    Abstract: A turbocharger generating a vacuum negative pressure may include a compressor which receives, through a turbocharger shaft, a rotational force of a turbine which rotates based on exhaust gas from an engine and turbo-charges an intake which is supplied to the engine, and a motorless vacuum pump coupled to the turbine through a center housing which is coupled to the compressor and is configured to be rotated by the turbocharger shaft, thus generating a vacuum negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Chul-Hyun Lee