With Fluid Or Mechanical Means To Accumulate Energy (i) Derived From Motion Of Vehicle Or (ii) Obtained From Operation Of Vehicle Motor, And Give Up The Energy (1) When Needed For Vehicle Acceleration Or (2) To Power An Auxiliary System Of The Vehicle Patents (Class 180/165)
  • Patent number: 10926619
    Abstract: The invention relates to an energy storage and recovery system (ERS) coupleable to a prime mover and to an energy storage flywheel. The ERS has a hydrostatic arrangement with a first pumping element and a second pumping element. The pumping elements have a respective fluid displacement and a fluid coupling arrangement for the transfer of fluid power between the first and second pumping elements. The ERS also includes a differential device comprising at least three inputs, wherein a first driveshaft of the first pumping element is coupled to a prime mover in use, a first input of the a differential device is coupled to said prime mover in use, a second input of the differential device is coupled to a second driveshaft of the second pumping element, and the third input of the differential device is coupled to a flywheel in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Punch Flybrid Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Deakin
  • Patent number: 10906385
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle powertrain with a flywheel-based short-term energy storage system (SESS), including control and design optimization for a hybrid electric vehicle with the flywheel as a third energy storage system. The powertrain comprises three different propulsion systems including: an internal combustion engine (ICE); an electric motor (EM) with battery; and a flywheel and continuously variable transmission (CVT) that comprise the SESS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Jifei Yan, Andrew Frank
  • Patent number: 10843715
    Abstract: This invention concerns a regenerative braking system for installation on a bogie of a railway vehicle. The regenerative system includes an energy storage system for storing energy in mechanical or kinetic form, a transmission system and a control unit. The transmission system is selectively operable between different modes including a braking mode in which it transmits mechanical or kinetic energy from an axle of the bogie to the energy storage system and a drive mode in which it transmits mechanical or kinetic energy from the energy storage system to the axle of the bogie. The control unit is, in use, in communication with a prime mover of the train and the transmission system so as to receive control signals from the prime mover and automatically operate the mode of the transmission system in response to the control signals. The invention also concerns a railway bogie including a regenerative braking system, a regenerative energy management system and a method of operating the regenerative braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Transnet Soc Limited
    Inventor: Andreas Pyper
  • Patent number: 10836262
    Abstract: An electric power generation control device applied to a system including a generator capable of regenerative electric power generation, an electric power storage device capable of being charged with electric power, and a friction brake device that generates a braking force. The control device includes an operation amount acquisition unit that acquires a brake operation amount by the driver, an electric power generation amount acquisition units that increase a target electric power generation amount for the generator the larger the brake operation amount is, and have plural relationships of which the target electric power generation amounts that correspond to a certain brake amount differ, and acquire the target electric power generation amount according to one of the relationships based on change in the brake operation amount, and an electric power generation amount instruction unit that controls the generator based on the target electric power generation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Morita
  • Patent number: 10823180
    Abstract: An agricultural product distribution system includes a fan configured to provide an air flow that fluidizes and transports particulate material throughout the agricultural product distribution system. The fan includes an impeller, an inlet position on a first axial side of the fan, and an outlet position on a peripheral side of the fan. The agricultural product distribution system includes a power transfer shaft having a first end non-rotatably coupled to the impeller, wherein the power transfer shaft extends through the inlet of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis George Thompson, Syed Fazal Abbas, Ka Po Catherine Hui
  • Patent number: 10819128
    Abstract: A device for enabling autonomous powering of a monitoring node of a scraper conveyor chain includes a bottom baffle, a friction wheel drive device, a limiting device, a generator, an energy storage battery, a cable entry device, and dampers. The bottom baffle is connected to a bottom portion of a scraper of a scraper conveyor. The friction wheel drive device comprises a ball, a friction wheel, a drive shaft connected to the generator, and a shaft coupler. The friction wheel is disposed on the drive shaft, and an outer edge of the friction wheel is in contact with a surface of the ball. The limiting device is a ball housing that is connected to the bottom baffle, and is used for limiting the ball within the ball housing. The energy storage battery is connected to the generator, and is used to store electrical energy generated from the generator. The dampers are disposed on the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: China University of Mining and Technology, JIANGSU TIANMING MACHINERY GROUP
    Inventors: Gongbo Zhou, Zhencai Zhu, Yaobin Lv, Benliang Hao, Wei Li, Pengpeng Chen, Guohua Cao, Junhua Yi, Yuxing Peng, Gang Shen
  • Patent number: 10793012
    Abstract: A magnetic energy convertor for vehicle axles includes an annular housing, a rotor shaft, a bearing, an annular bracket, a magnetized female adaptor, a magnetized male adaptor, a magnetized impeller assembly, and a fluid turbine system. The rotor shaft is rotatably mounted within the annular bracket by the bearing. The annular housing is radially mounted around the annular bracket. The magnetized female adaptor is terminally mounted to the rotor shaft. The magnetized male adaptor is terminally mounted to the rotor shaft, opposite of the magnetized female adaptor. The magnetized impeller assembly is slidably engaged within the annular housing so that the magnetized impeller assembly can be magnetically engaged with the magnetized female adaptor and the magnetized male adaptor through the rotation of the rotor shaft. The fluid turbine system is in fluid communication with the annular housing, wherein the circulation of fluid flow generates electricity within the fluid turbine system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Gray Alexander Cash
  • Patent number: 10788118
    Abstract: A liquid storage case surrounded by wall surfaces which includes a side surface extending in a vertical direction. The liquid storage case includes an inlet portion disposed on the side surface and including an inlet port through which a liquid is poured, a connecting portion disposed below the inlet portion and connected to an electrical component, and a guide disposed between the inlet portion and the connecting portion to guide the liquid spilled out of the inlet port in a direction away from the connecting portion. The guide includes a plate protruding from the side surface to a more horizontally outward position than a tip end of the inlet portion. The plate includes a first face opposed to the inlet portion, and the first face is disposed along the side surface so as to be inclined downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10780876
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include an accumulator, a pump, and a controller. The controller may be configured to, responsive to braking of the vehicle, close a line pressure regulator to isolate the accumulator and pump from a transmission pressure line demand, and operate the pump to charge the accumulator without satisfying any of the demand, and responsive to a tip-in event, open the line pressure regulator and operate the accumulator and pump to satisfy the demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ram Sudarsan Devendran, John Edward Brevick, Steven Anatole Frait
  • Patent number: 10766478
    Abstract: A through the road (TTR) hybridization strategy is proposed to facilitate introduction of hybrid electric vehicle technology in a significant portion of current and expected trucking fleets. In some cases, the technologies can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle (e.g., a trailer, a tractor-trailer configuration, etc.). In some cases, the technologies can be built into new vehicles. In some cases, one vehicle may be built or retrofitted to operate in tandem with another and provide the hybridization benefits contemplated herein. By supplementing motive forces delivered through a primary drivetrain and fuel-fed engine with supplemental torque delivered at one or more electrically-powered drive axles, improvements in overall fuel efficiency and performance may be delivered, typically without significant redesign of existing components and systems that have been proven in the trucking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HYLIION INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Healy, Eric Weber
  • Patent number: 10767716
    Abstract: A braking system for a road vehicle having: a brake disc; a brake caliper provided with at least one hydraulic piston; a hydraulic circuit containing a brake liquid and having: a hydraulic control unit provided with an electrically controlled pump and a delivery pipe, which connects the hydraulic control unit to the hydraulic piston; a return pipe, which is separate from and independent of the delivery pipe and connects the hydraulic piston to the hydraulic control unit; a recirculation solenoid valve, which is interposed along the return pipe and can be controlled so as to enable or forbid the circulation of the brake liquid along the return pipe; and a control unit, which, when the braking system is not used, opens the recirculation solenoid valve and operates the electrically controlled pump so as to create a circulation of the brake liquid through the first delivery pipe and through the return pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Martino Cavanna
  • Patent number: 10744888
    Abstract: A through the road (TTR) hybridization strategy is proposed to facilitate introduction of hybrid electric vehicle technology in a significant portion of current and expected trucking fleets. In some cases, the technologies can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle (e.g., a trailer, a tractor-trailer configuration, etc.). In some cases, the technologies can be built into new vehicles. In some cases, one vehicle may be built or retrofitted to operate in tandem with another and provide the hybridization benefits contemplated herein. By supplementing motive forces delivered through a primary drivetrain and fuel-fed engine with supplemental torque delivered at one or more electrically-powered drive axles, improvements in overall fuel efficiency and performance may be delivered, typically without significant redesign of existing components and systems that have been proven in the trucking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hyliion Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Healy, Eric F. Weber
  • Patent number: 10746293
    Abstract: A fluid pressure circuit includes an HST circuit having a variable capacity fluid pressure pump configured to be driven by a mechanism to perform forward-reverse rotation, a fluid pressure motor configured to be driven by fluid discharged from the fluid pressure pump to perform forward-reverse rotation, a first line configured to connect a first port of the fluid pressure pump and a first port of the fluid pressure motor, and a second line configured to connect a second port of the fluid pressure pump and a second port of the fluid pressure motor; an accumulator connected in parallel with the fluid pressure pump; an accumulator pump configured to accumulate pressure fluid in the accumulator; and an accumulator switching valve configured to switch connection between the fluid pressure motor and the accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10746149
    Abstract: Methods and systems for engine-driven welding-type power supplies with secondary energy generation are disclosed. An example engine-driven welding-type power supply includes a primary energy generation system comprising an internal combustion engine configured to generate mechanical power, a generator configured to convert the mechanical power from the internal combustion engine to electric power, a welding-type power conditioning circuit to convert the electric power to welding-type power, and a secondary energy generation system configured to supplement the mechanical power output by the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Orvedahl
  • Patent number: 10731755
    Abstract: A method of controlling driving of a CVT vehicle during cornering performed by a controller, may include determining whether it is necessary to perform an auxiliary control process to enhance a re-acceleration response after entering the corner, by determining a travelling state of the vehicle; setting a target gear ratio instead of a gear ratio obtained based on a shift pattern when the determining produces an affirmative result indicating that it is necessary to perform the auxiliary control process; and performing gear shifting of a CVT to follow the target gear ratio set in the setting of the gear ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Chan Hee Won, Sung Hwa Jeong, Woo Il Chang, Hyung Hee Lee, Jun Sung Park, Ho Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10710442
    Abstract: A transmission system selectively coupled to an engine crankshaft of an internal combustion engine arranged on a vehicle includes a waste heat recovery (WHR) system, a brake assembly and a phase-change thermal heat storage system. The WHR system selectively circulates a WHR fluid in the transmission system. The brake assembly selectively couples a transmission output shaft to a drive axle. The brake assembly is configured to operate in a braking mode that retards relative rotation between the transmission output shaft and the drive axle while generating heat. The heat storage system includes a housing defining at least one cavity and a fluid transfer manifold. A phase-change material is disposed in the cavity that is configured to change phase during the braking mode. The WHR system circulates the WHR fluid through the fluid transfer manifold collecting braking heat to be used at a later time in the form of driveline power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Stoltz
  • Patent number: 10697381
    Abstract: A method for operating a drive device of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The drive device has a compressor, which can be driven by an electric motor for supplying combustion fresh gas to an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle. At a power increase of the internal combustion engine, the compressor is driven with the electric motor so that a torque curve selected from a plurality of different torque curves is established at the internal combustion engine over its rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Werner Wilding
  • Patent number: 10688871
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control apparatus equipped on an electrically driven vehicle having road wheels and an electric motor for driving the road wheels for running. An operation unit is provided for the driver of the vehicle to select a magnitude of the braking force to be generated by the electric motor during regenerative braking. A determination unit determines, on the basis of conditions of the electrically driven vehicle, whether or not a selected braking force selected through the operation unit is acceptable. A notifier unit is constructed such that, in a case where the selected braking force is determined to be unacceptable by the determination unit, the notifier unit provides a corresponding notification to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryo Shimizu, Kazunori Handa, Norihiko Ikoma, Yoshinori Tomita
  • Patent number: 10669677
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for driving a vibratory mechanism of a compaction roller includes at least one hydraulic motor connectable to a vibratory mechanism and a first hydraulic pump fluidly connected to the at least one hydraulic motor and arranged for supplying pressurised hydraulic fluid to the at least one hydraulic motor. The hydraulic system further includes a second hydraulic pump fluidly connected to the at least one hydraulic motor and arranged for supplying pressurised hydraulic fluid to the at least one hydraulic motor. A corresponding method for controlling a vibratory mechanism of a compaction roller is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventors: Roland Wiktor, Erik Gustaf Lilljebjörn
  • Patent number: 10632982
    Abstract: The present invention comprises: a first pressure-regulating mechanism that pressurizes a first wheel cylinder on either the left or right front wheel side of a vehicle, by using the movement of a first control piston driven by a first electric motor; a second pressure-regulating mechanism that pressurizes a second wheel cylinder on the other side, out of the left and right front wheels, by using the movement of a second control piston driven by a second electric motor; an opening/closing means interposed in a connection fluid path that connects the first wheel cylinder and the second wheel cylinder; and a control means. If the operation amount for a braking operation member is less than a prescribed value, the control means puts the opening/closing means in a connected state, puts the first electric motor in an electricity-supplied state, and puts the second electric motor in a non-electricity-supplied state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motokazu Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10632810
    Abstract: A suspension system may include a lower arm configured to perform a vibrating movement by vibration of the vehicle, a reducer connected to the lower arm so that the vibrating movement of the lower arm is transmitted thereto, and a motor unit connected to the reducer, and configured to receive power from the reducer. The reducer may include an input shaft unit rotatably mounted to the housing and connected to the lower arm to be rotated by vibration of the lower arm, a gear unit configured to receive a rotating force from the input shaft unit, an output shaft unit configured to receive power from the gear unit, and a clutch unit selectively connecting the gear unit with the output shaft unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung Ryul Park
  • Patent number: 10612649
    Abstract: An energy storage and recovery system device for a vehicle, comprising a flywheel, a first and a second set of gears, and multiple wet multi-plate clutches, wherein one of each gear set is arranged coaxially along a clutch shaft with one of the clutches, and wherein the device is coupled to the vehicle transmission, such that actuation of a clutch redirected the torque path via the gears, thereby enabling multiple ratios and therefore multiple speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Flybrid Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Douglas Cross
  • Patent number: 10605231
    Abstract: A support assembly secured to a vehicle has a fixedly positioned exterior tube, an interior tube removably received in the exterior tube, an open input, and an open output. A support shaft is positioned in the interior tube. A plurality of bearings support the support shaft for rotational movement. A plurality of fans are mounted on the support shaft for rotation in response to airflow through the support assembly. A plurality of alternators/generators are mounted on the support shaft for generating electricity. An electrical assembly has a plurality of batteries and a controller coupling the alternators/generators and the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Wayne Douglas Corbell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10578129
    Abstract: A control system may receive sensor data indicative of respective fluid levels of two or more hydraulic accumulators configured to operate at respective target fluid levels within a hydraulic system. The control system may determine respective errors of the hydraulic accumulators based on the respective fluid levels and respective target fluid levels of the hydraulic accumulators. The respective errors may correspond to pressure errors, fluid volume errors, or other types of errors of the hydraulic accumulators. Responsive to determining the respective errors, the control system may determine that the error of a given hydraulic accumulator is greater than errors of the other hydraulic accumulators and provide instructions to control a hydraulic valve to supply fluid from a single pump of the hydraulic system to the given hydraulic accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary John Jackowski, Alex Khripin, Stephen Berard, Alfred Anthony Rizzi
  • Patent number: 10544013
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a power transmission control method and device for a crane and the crane. The method includes: setting the maximum working displacement of a secondary element corresponding to each gear of the crane; determining the current gear state and specific gear of the crane; determining the working mode of the secondary element from the gear state, and setting the maximum allowable displacement of the secondary element as the maximum working displacement corresponding to the specific gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zenghai Shan, Quan Dong, Shuai Wang, Yunbo Xiao, Zhende Zhang, Jie Kong, Jing Zhao
  • Patent number: 10517222
    Abstract: An agricultural baler including a base unit, a plurality of ground engaging devices and a transmission. The plurality of ground engaging devices support the base unit. The transmission is mounted on the base unit. The transmission includes an input shaft and an other shaft. The other shaft is separate from the input shaft. The other shaft is drivingly coupled to the input shaft. The other shaft is connected to a flywheel and/or a hydraulic pump. The other shaft is configured to operate at a different speed than the speed at which the input shaft operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Darin L Roth
  • Patent number: 10518624
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain utilizes a motor with a permanent magnet rotor. The rotor is formed by inserting parallelepiped magnets into slots. To reduce the likelihood of demagnetization, the net magnetization of each magnet is oriented parallel to a sidewards surface of the magnet and not perpendicular to an outwards surface of the magnet. The magnets may be arranged in multiple rows. The magnets in each row may be perpendicular to a rotor radial or diagonal to a rotor diagonal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liang, C Bing Rong, Michael W. Degner, Lusu Guo
  • Patent number: 10507733
    Abstract: An energy supply vehicle for supplying an electrically drivable motor vehicle with an electrical energy. A drive unit for moving the energy supply vehicle, an electrical energy source for supplying electrical energy for the electrically drivable motor vehicle, and an electrical coupling device for electrical coupling the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle in order to transfer the electrical energy from the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle having a control unit including a communication device and is designed to guide the energy supply vehicle as a self-driving and remotely controlled vehicle and to control the electrical coupling device for an automatic electrical coupling of the electrically drivable motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: André Blum, Michael Hinterberger, Berthold Hellenthal, Markus Fest
  • Patent number: 10495187
    Abstract: A transmission includes a drive shaft, an output shaft, three planetary gear sets, and five shift elements, the first and second planetary gear sets are negative or minus gear sets. The third planetary gear set comprises three elements. The drive shaft is connected to the first element. A ring gear of the first planetary gear set is connected to the second element. The drive shaft is connectable to a sun gear of the first planetary gear set through the first shift element. The third element is rotationally fixable through the second shift element. The sun gear of the second planetary gear set is rotationally fixable through the third shift element. The planetary carrier of the second planetary gear set is rotationally fixable through the fourth shift element. The drive shaft is connectable to the planetary carrier of the second planetary gear set through the fifth shift element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Michael Roske, Raffael Kuberczyk, Juri Pawlakowitsch, Bernd Unseld, Thomas Rosemeier, Peter Ziemer
  • Patent number: 10479349
    Abstract: Systems and methods for launching a hybrid vehicle that includes a motor/generator and an automatic transmission with a torque converter are described. The systems and methods may permit improved vehicle acceleration to enhance hybrid vehicle performance during specific vehicle launch conditions. The launch conditions may be established based on brake pedal position and accelerator pedal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Minku Lee, Justin Panhans
  • Patent number: 10471819
    Abstract: In a hybrid transmission, a traction motor is mounted between a dry clutch module and a manual gearbox. A slave cylinder is mounted within the rotor of the traction motor to reduce axial length. The rotor is fixedly coupled to an engine crankshaft. The stator may be cooled by circulating engine coolant through the housing. The stator and the rotor may be cooled by spraying transmission fluid into a sealed motor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Anatole Frait, Mark Thomas Weston, Kyle Mattinson, Stanley L. Bower, Keith A. Devereaux, Kevin Mackenzie
  • Patent number: 10471817
    Abstract: A transmission system selectively coupled to an engine crankshaft of an internal combustion engine arranged on a vehicle includes a waste heat recovery (WHR) system, a brake assembly and a phase-change thermal heat storage system. The WHR system selectively circulates a WHR fluid in the transmission system. The brake assembly selectively couples a transmission output shaft to a drive axle. The brake assembly is configured to operate in a braking mode that retards relative rotation between the transmission output shaft and the drive axle while generating heat. The heat storage system includes a housing defining at least one cavity and a fluid transfer manifold. A phase-change material is disposed in the cavity that is configured to change phase during the braking mode. The WHR system circulates the WHR fluid through the fluid transfer manifold collecting braking heat to be used at a later time in the form of driveline power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Stoltz
  • Patent number: 10450979
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a stop/start vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine throttle position is adjusted in response to whether or not a starter engages a flywheel during engine stopping. The throttle may be adjusted to a more open position if the starter engages the flywheel or to a more closed position if the starter does not engage the flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, David Oshinsky, Richard John Hippley, Danny Zdravkovski, Craig Cabadas
  • Patent number: 10435136
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a thermal barrier configured to surround at least a portion of a driveshaft and to protect the driveshaft from heat. The thermal barrier comprises an inner wall forming a cavity in which the driveshaft lies, an outer wall enclosing the inner wall, and a space between the inner wall and the outer wall. The space is evacuated and forms a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventor: Scott David Poster
  • Patent number: 10427528
    Abstract: A vehicle may include an internal combustion engine configured to drive a plurality of wheels of the vehicle via a drive train. A waste heat utilization device may drive an electric generator by converting the waste heat generated by the internal combustion engine. The generator may be electrically connected to an on-board electrical system comprising an electric energy store and at least one electric consumer. An electric motor may be coupled to the drive train to provide an additional drive. The generator may convert kinetic energy generated by the waste heat utilization device into electrical energy and to provide the electrical energy to the on-board electrical system and/or to the electric motor. The electric motor may convert electrical energy provided by the electric energy store of the on-board electrical system and/or by the generator into kinetic energy and may couple the same into the drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Boris Lerch, Rolf Mueller, Thomas Riemay
  • Patent number: 10427520
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle drive system for use with a first prime mover and a transmission driven by the first prime mover. The system includes a second prime mover coupled to a rechargeable energy source, a split shaft PTO, and an accessory coupled to the split shaft PTO. The split shaft PTO is configured to couple to the second prime mover, and the accessory is configured to receive power from the second prime mover through the split shaft PTO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Power Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Thomas Dalum
  • Patent number: 10422361
    Abstract: An agricultural, construction, or industrial vehicle or machine has a driveline including an engine, a power-shuttle transmission connected to the engine, and at least one drive axle driven by an output shaft of the power-shuttle transmission. The power-shuttle transmission has an input shaft, a forward shuttle gear train, and a reverse shuttle gear train. Each shuttle gear train has a shuttle clutch selectively coupling it with the input shaft. The forward shuttle gear train drives the output shaft when the forward shuttle clutch is engaged, and the reverse shuttle gear train drives the output shaft when the reverse shuttle clutch is engaged. The at least one drive axle has at least one service brake. A hydraulic energy recapture system is coupled to the output shaft of the power-shuttle transmission and works in cooperation with the shuttle clutches and with the service brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Haibo Guo, Cecil A. Weeramantry
  • Patent number: 10391850
    Abstract: An assembly for a motor vehicle has an electric machine and a clutch actuating device. The electric machine has a machine housing, a rotor and a stator. The stator includes a stator carrier with a fluid cooling jacket constructed substantially as an annular space, a fluid inlet, and a fluid outlet spaced apart from the fluid inlet. The stator encloses a central receiving space in which a pressure medium cylinder of the clutch actuating device is arranged. The pressure medium cylinder has a pressure medium inlet arranged inside the axial extension of the stator carrier and can be brought into fluidic connection with, or is fluidically connected with, a pressure source via a pressure medium channel extending from the machine housing. The pressure medium channel is constructed at least partially in a wall portion of the stator carrier adjoining the central receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Alexander Markow
  • Patent number: 10377220
    Abstract: A hybrid driveline which may be operated in a hydrostatic drive mode and a direct drive mode and a method of operating a hybrid driveline in a hydrostatic drive mode and a direct drive mode is provided. The hybrid driveline comprises a power source, a first hydrostatic unit drivingly engaged with the power source, a second hydrostatic unit selectively drivingly engaged with a vehicle output and in fluid communication with the first hydrostatic unit, an accumulator assembly in fluid communication with the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit, and a clutching device selectively drivingly engaged with the vehicle output and one of the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit. The hybrid driveline provides the benefits of a series hybrid arrangement and a parallel hybrid arrangement, reduces torque interruptions during operation and shifting procedures, and increases an efficiency of a vehicle the driveline is incorporated in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Italia SPA
    Inventors: Giulio Ornella, Lorenzo Serrao
  • Patent number: 10377242
    Abstract: A regenerative brake control device of a vehicle, which is configured to control a rotary electric motor that is configured to drive wheels at a regeneration ratio corresponding to a selected regeneration stage to thereby obtain a regenerative brake force, includes: a selecting section which is manually operated to select a regeneration stage from a plurality of regeneration stages which have been set; and a control section which is configured to make control so that, when a predetermined operation is performed on the selecting section, a regeneration stage in which the predetermined operation has not been performed on the selecting section is automatically changed to another regeneration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Murase
  • Patent number: 10381886
    Abstract: A motor-generator includes a double-sided stator having a first stator pole wound with a first stator winding of a first channel and a second stator pole wound with a second stator winding of a second channel. The first stator pole and the second stator pole are axially aligned with respect to a centerline of the motor-generator and radially offset between a radially inner side and a radially outer side of the double-sided stator. The motor-generator also includes at least one rotor radially disposed from the double-sided stator with respect to the centerline of the motor-generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacek F. Gieras, Gregory I. Rozman, Lubomir A. Ribarov
  • Patent number: 10343677
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for hybrid electric internal combustion engine applications in which a motor-generator, a narrow switchable coupling and a torque transfer unit therebetween are arranged and positioned in the constrained environment at the front of an engine in applications such as commercial vehicles, off-road vehicles and stationary engine installations. The motor-generator is preferably positioned laterally offset from the switchable coupling, which is co-axially-arranged with the front end of the engine crankshaft. The switchable coupling is an integrated unit in which a crankshaft vibration damper, an engine accessory drive pulley and a disengageable clutch overlap such that the axial depth of the clutch-pulley-damper unit is nearly the same as a conventional belt drive pulley and engine damper. The front end motor-generator system includes an electrical energy store that receives electrical energy generated by the motor-generator when the coupling is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: David Colavincenzo, Fernando Venegas Diaz
  • Patent number: 10337587
    Abstract: A dual-clutch seven speed transmission arrangement comprises a dual-clutch gearbox, a drive machine and a transfer transmission. The dual clutch gearbox comprises first and second input shafts provided with first and second input clutches. The first input shaft is provided with at least first and second gearwheels, which are arranged to host three even and one reverse drive gear, and the second input shaft is arranged to host four odd drive gears. Furthermore, the first input shaft is a hollow shaft enclosing the second input shaft. The drive machine is a flywheel and the transfer transmission meshes with the first gearwheel that also hosts a fourth drive gear of the dual clutch gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ahmet Dzafic, Mathias Jorgensson
  • Patent number: 10328939
    Abstract: One of the most popular and exhilarating stunts in off-road vehicle driving is catching air off a jump. Unfortunately, once the vehicle is in the air, the driver loses significant control of the vehicle. An electronic vehicle control system is described herein that addresses this problem. The system may include an ABS module, a shock position sensor, and an ABS override module. The ABS override module may be coupled to the shock position sensor and the ABS module. The ABS override module may receive a shock-extended signal from the shock position sensor indicating one or more of the shocks are fully extended. The ABS override module may send a stop-ABS signal that may prevent the ABS module from operating. The ABS override module may additionally be connected to a yaw rate sensor, the brakes, and the throttle, and may automatically control the pitch, roll and yaw of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen R. Hall
  • Patent number: 10328802
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to adapting a manner of braking according to brake wear of friction brakes of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying whether brake wear of at least one of the friction brakes satisfies a threshold for modifying a deceleration pattern of the vehicle. The deceleration pattern indicates how regenerative brakes and the friction brakes are engaged to decelerate the vehicle individually for each wheel of the vehicle. The method includes adjusting the deceleration pattern according to at least the brake wear of the at least one of the friction brakes to transition braking from the at least one of the friction brakes to the regenerative brakes. The method includes controlling the vehicle to decelerate according to the deceleration pattern upon receiving a control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey David Gaither, Joshua D. Payne
  • Patent number: 10322633
    Abstract: A regenerative brake control device of a vehicle, which is configured to control a rotary electric motor that is configured to drive wheels at a regeneration ratio corresponding to a selected regeneration stage to thereby obtain a regenerative brake force, includes: a selecting section which is manually operated to select a regeneration stage from a plurality of regeneration stages which have been set; and a control section which is configured to make control so that, when a predetermined operation is performed on the selecting section, a regeneration stage in which the predetermined operation has not been performed on the selecting section is automatically changed to another regeneration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Murase
  • Patent number: 10323546
    Abstract: A method and a device for recovering heat from an engine and for converting the heat into mechanical energy using an expansion machine. A heat accumulator fluid is guided in a primary circuit by means of a primary pump and is firstly heated by the waste heat of the combustion engine by means of a heat exchanger, is transferred into a heat accumulator and recirculated to the first heat exchanger, and, secondly, the heat accumulator fluid is guided in a secondary circuit by said heat accumulator fluid being extracted in the vapor state from the heat accumulator and being supplied to the expansion machine, and being condensed by means of a condenser downstream thereof and being recirculated into the heat accumulator by means of a secondary pump. The primary circuit of the heat accumulator fluid is connected to the secondary circuit exclusively via the heat accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Kollmeier, Ivica Kraljevic, Christian Rohrpasser, Helmut Striebich
  • Patent number: 10293805
    Abstract: A system includes an engine, a generator assembly, a direct current voltage bus, and a controller. The assembly is coupled to and driven via the engine, and has an electric generator, field windings, and a voltage rectifier collectively producing a generator output voltage. An inner control loop of the controller provides a field duty cycle signal to the field windings in response to an adjusted voltage control signal. An outer control loop of the controller provides a torque-based voltage control signal as an input to the inner control loop in response to a commanded engine torque and an estimated generator torque. An output torque of the generator is directly controlled via the outer control loop. The inner control loop calculates the adjusted voltage control signal as a difference between the torque-based voltage control signal and the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Chandra S. Namuduri, Suresh Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10295011
    Abstract: An example system for using an inductor in magnetic skyhook damper isolation includes a first component moveable with respect to a second component, and a tuned magnetic dashpot positioned between the first component and the second component. The tuned magnetic dashpot damps movement of the first component relative to the second component, and includes a voice coil coupled to the first component, a magnet coupled to the second component and concentric with the voice coil, and an inductor positioned in series with the voice coil to enable frequency dependent damping, such that damping below a critical frequency ?{square root over (2)}?n is greater than damping above the critical frequency ?{square root over (2)}?n, where ?n is a natural frequency of movement of the first component relative to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steven Griffin
  • Patent number: 10274333
    Abstract: A method according to an embodiment of the invention is provided for identifying at least one routing option for use in routing a user from a current location to at least one destination comprising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Network Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Bernard Raab