Each Wheel Positively Driven Patents (Class 180/24.08)
  • Patent number: 10857880
    Abstract: A vehicle includes three pairs of wheels, each pair being spaced apart in a right-left direction, three differential gears, respectively corresponding to the three pairs of wheels, and an engine that generates a rotation to be transmitted to the three pairs of wheels through the three differential gears. The engine is located rearward of a front differential gear that is any one of the three differential gears and is fixed to the front differential gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10495201
    Abstract: A power transmission system includes a power source, a first power transmission distribution device, a first load and a second load. A power outputted by the power source is transmitted to the first power transmission distribution device, is divided into a first transmission power and a second transmission power through the first power transmission distribution device, and is transmitted to the first load and the second load, respectively. The transmission direction for the power to be inputted to a first power input end is perpendicular to the transmission direction of the first transmission power and the second transmission power, and the transmission direction of the first transmission power is opposite to the transmission direction of the second transmission power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Yao-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10363813
    Abstract: An apparatus (e.g., for a vehicle) includes a housing, an oscillation bearing, and a hollow rotor shaft. The housing has a first end and a second end, and includes a first end cap at the first end thereof and a second end cap at the second end thereof. The oscillation bearing is housed within the second end cap. The hollow rotor shaft extends through the housing from the first end to the second end, and has a first shaft end having an interior spline surface, and a second shaft end. The interior spline surface of the hollow rotor shaft is configured to receive a splined end of an internal rear drive shaft and a splined end of a front drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Richter, Patrick Jansen
  • Patent number: 9944176
    Abstract: An electric vehicle including: a plurality of transmission shafts, wherein each transmission shaft is arranged along a lateral direction of the electric vehicle, the plurality of transmission shafts are spaced along the longitudinal direction of the electric vehicle, and each transmission shaft is used for driving wheels which are coaxially arranged and are located at opposite sides of the vehicle; at least two drive motors each of which is in transmission connection with at least one transmission shaft and is used for driving the at least one transmission shaft; wherein, at least one of the at least two drive motors is a single-shaft drive motor which is in transmission connection with only one transmission shaft to drive the only one transmission shaft. The drive motors and the transmission shafts are modular so that the installation and control of the transmission shafts of the electric vehicle can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Geely Automobile Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 9944117
    Abstract: A rotating elliptical shaped wheel in which the height of the frame axis to the ground does not vary during each rotation cycle, thereby maintaining a constant height linear movement; comprising a crankshaft or eccentric where the length of the crankshaft arm or the distance between the two centers of the diameters of the eccentric shaft, are equal to ¼ of the difference between the largest and smallest diameter of the ellipse; a crown gear fixed to the elliptical shaped wheel; a reel fixed to the structure, a circular drum, whose axis coincides with the axis of the elliptical shaped wheel and co-rotational with the elliptical shaped wheel and the crown gear and a reel coupled to the eccentric or crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOFORESE, PROTECÇÃO ANTICORROSIVA, LDA
    Inventor: Jacinto José Lopes Oliveira
  • Patent number: 9457655
    Abstract: A drive axle system for a vehicle drive train having a clutching device is provided. The drive axle system includes a first shaft, a first axle assembly, a second axle assembly, a first clutching device, a second clutching device, and an axle assembly housing. At least a portion of the first shaft, the second clutching device, and at least one of the first axle assembly and the second axle assembly are disposed in the axle assembly housing. The first axle assembly is drivingly engaged with the first shaft. The first clutching device divides one of a pair of output axles into first and second portions. The second clutching device selectively engages a driving gear of the second axle assembly with one of the first shaft and a portion of the first axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Ziech, Donald J. Remboski, Steven J. Wesolowski, Timothy J. Morscheck
  • Patent number: 9334943
    Abstract: A power train apparatus and motor grader are described. The apparatus or motor grader includes a power source for providing rotational mechanical power. A first output interface of the power source is driven by the rotational mechanical power from the power source and rotates around a first axis A differential includes at least one output shaft rotating around a second axis offset from and parallel to the first axis. A first gear is included in the differential, the first gear rotating around the second axis and providing rotational mechanical power to the at least one output shaft of the differential. A second gear rotates around the first axis, the second gear receiving rotational mechanical power from the output interface to the power source and providing rotational mechanical power to the first gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Craig R. Eike, Kyle K. McKinzie, Steven R. Fliearman
  • Publication number: 20150000990
    Abstract: A drive axle assembly is provided that improves lubrication to the components of the drive axle assembly. As the wheel differential rotates, lubricant is splashed and lubricates bearings and other associated components of the differential assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Mirko Barbir
  • Patent number: 8733478
    Abstract: A mobile base for a camera crane includes a front left drive motor assembly, a front right drive motor assembly, a rear left drive motor assembly, and a rear right drive motor assembly, attached to a chassis. Each drive motor assembly may include an electric motor linked to an axle via a gear reduction and at least one wheel on the axle. A middle left drive motor assembly and a middle right drive motor assembly may each also include an electric motor linked to an axle via a gear reduction, at least one wheel on the axle, and a spring suspension assembly attached to the chassis and supporting the axle. An electrical power supply on the chassis may be linked to each of the electric motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8464816
    Abstract: A first chassis and second chassis hingedly connects to the first chassis, wherein each of the first and second chassis includes a plurality of wheels which are operably connected to a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor operably connects to an engine which is operably connected to the first chassis. A transmission pump operably interconnects the hydraulic motor and the engine and a flow divider operably interconnects the transmission pump and the hydraulic motor to regulate hydraulic flow to the hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: CARSAF, LLC
    Inventor: Brian E. Carrier
  • Patent number: 7987932
    Abstract: A heavy vehicle, such as a transport vehicle or a “civil engineering” vehicle, of a mass greater than 500 metric tons, fitted with tires of radial structure of a diameter greater than three meters fifty having an axial width greater than 37 inches, and comprising a front axle provided with at least two tires and a rear axle, by which is transmitted at least part of the motive power. The rear axle of the vehicle comprises at least five tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Durif
  • Patent number: 7823673
    Abstract: A variable wheel positioning vehicle has a wheel position changing mechanism and a wheel position control device to change a wheel position of a wheel with respect to a center of gravity of a vehicle body. The wheel position changing mechanism is arranged to move a suspension device along a movement path with respect to the vehicle body and to hold the suspension device at any position along the movement path. The wheel position control device issues a movement command to the wheel position changing mechanism that changes a wheel positioning distance between a center rotation axis of one of the wheels and the center of gravity of the vehicle body as measured in a direction parallel to an acceleration direction of the center of gravity of the vehicle body based on a traveling condition the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Asogawa
  • Patent number: 7779952
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive system for a vehicle driveline comprising a pair of interconnected first transverse drive shafts (31a, 31b) extending in opposite directions, each of which supports a ground engaging member, and a first arrangement (101) allowing said pair of first transverse drive shafts to rotate at different speeds. Said arrangement (101) comprises a pair of individually selectively engagable clutches (37a, 37b), one clutch for each transverse drive shaft, and each of said clutches (37a, 37b) is configured for engaging and disengaging, respectively, the associated transverse drive shaft (31a, 31b) to a driving connection with a source of motive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment Holding Sweden AB
    Inventors: Thomas Andersson, Jonny Strandberg, Christian Wargh
  • Patent number: 7665556
    Abstract: A heavy vehicle of a mass greater than 500 metric tons, such as a transport vehicle or a “civil engineering” vehicle, fitted with tires of radial structure of a diameter greater than three meters fifty having an axial width greater than 37 inches, and comprising a front axle provided with at least two tires and a rear axle comprising at least four tires and by which is transmitted at least part of the motive power. At least two tires on the front axle transmit part of the motive power at least when the vehicle is following a trajectory which is not rectilinear and, at least when the vehicle is following a trajectory which is not rectilinear, the tires of an axle transmitting at least part of the motive power have different speeds of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Durif
  • Publication number: 20080302586
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheel set for robot cleaner, which is installed under the main body of a robot cleaner for supporting the main body to move on a floor. The wheel set comprises two driving wheels. Each of the driving wheels includes a power source, two transmission mechanisms and two wheels. Each of the two transmission mechanisms is linked correspondingly with one of the two wheels and the power source so that the wheels are driven by the power source to traverse obstacles on the floor and do not scrape the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Jason Yan
  • Patent number: 7168518
    Abstract: A multi-wheel-drive vehicle has at least six wheels, a transmission with a first brake, and a transaxle device for the front drive wheels. The transaxle device includes a drive axle, an input shaft rectangular to the drive axle for receiving power from the transmission, a drive train connecting the drive axle to the input shaft, a second brake, and a clutch device in the input shaft. The drive axle may be a pair of drive axles connected by a differential unit. The clutch device can selectively isolate the drive axle from the rotation of the input device. Further, the clutch device is engaged when the first brake is applied. Additionally, the first and second brakes may be connected such that their operation may be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Akihiro Ima
  • Patent number: 7108086
    Abstract: A utility vehicle that has a bogey beam suspension for the front steered wheels is also provided with all wheel drive by mounting a drive shaft within the bogey beam so that power can be furnished to the front axle. For a six wheel vehicle the middle axle is mounted on the rear of the bogey beam and driven from the rear drive axle by a universal drive assembly. In the four wheel version in which a resilient member is attached between the vehicle and the rear of the bogey beam, the rear drive axle is interconnected with the rear of the front wheel drive shaft by a universal drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Joseph C. Hurlburt
  • Patent number: 7040428
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chassis structure for a working machine moving on a terrain, the chassis structure comprising a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels supporting the frame, and a controlled frame joint between the frame parts, when the frame is composed of two frame parts. The chassis structure further comprises a suspension controlled by actuators and arranged to move each wheel in a level transverse in relation to the frame. Each wheel is mounted rotatably and to turn by the actuators to the suspension, and each wheel is usually provided with a hub motor for drive transmission. The chassis structure can further comprise a pair of middle wheels for a second frame part. In a method related to the chassis structure the forest machine can also be turned in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Timberjack Oy
    Inventors: Sami Arola, Arto Huhmarkangas, Jouko Hyytiäinen, Markku Jaatinen, Arto Vento
  • Patent number: 7028801
    Abstract: A multi-wheel-drive vehicle has at least six wheels, a transmission with a first brake, and a transaxle device for the front drive wheels. The transaxle device includes a drive axle, an input shaft rectangular to the drive axle for receiving power from the transmission, a drive train connecting the drive axle to the input shaft, a second brake, and a clutch device in the input shaft. The drive axle may be a pair of drive axles connected by a differential unit. The clutch device can selectively isolate the drive axle from the rotation of the input device. Further, the clutch device is engaged when the first brake is applied. Additionally, the first and second brakes may be connected such that their operation may be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Akihiro Ima
  • Patent number: 6957710
    Abstract: A tandem drive axle set includes a forward drive axle and a rear drive axle coupled to the forward drive axle with a connecting driveshaft where input torque is distributed to both the forward and rear drive axles without differential action. The forward drive axle includes a pinion gear that is directly coupled to a forward driveline connector at an outboard end and directly coupled to or integrally formed with through shaft at an inboard end. The through shaft is coupled to the connecting driveshaft at a forward drive axle output. The through shaft and pinion gear are coaxial. The pinion gear includes a head portion and a shaft portion. A bearing set rotatably supports the pinion gear and includes a first bearing located outboard of the head portion and a second bearing located inboard of the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Darrin Oates
  • Patent number: 6805210
    Abstract: An engine half-trolley (10) of simplified structure for industrial vehicles set at the side of a vehicle chassis and comprising a casing (12) from which there comes out at least one wheel hub (13) for a respective wheel (14), an input shaft (17) to said half-trolley (10) being connected to a differential (16) of the vehicle, in the said half-trolley, between the input shaft (17) and the wheel hub (13), there being provided, in succession, two bevel-gear pairs (18, 19; 21, 23) housed in an arm (15, 115) forming part of the casing (12), in which at least one bottom area of the arm (15, 115), for attachment to the wheel hub (13), has ample bevels (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Dana Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Panizzolo
  • Patent number: 6779617
    Abstract: A vehicle can be designed using modular frame components. There is provided a chain tank module having one or more chain tanks and an adapter module which provides spacing between individual chain tank modules. Wheels are mounted to the chain tank modules. The chain tank modules have wheel cogs to receive drive chains and also receptacles for receiving axles for the wheel hubs. The frame allows the use of steerable or nonsteerable axle assemblies to accommodate a wide variety of steering mechanisms for vehicles. By utilizing the chain tank and adapter modules, frames of different lengths, widths and wheel configurations can be designed and constructed using a small number of standard interchangeable parts. The cab and engine components are mounted onto a skid which in turn is mounted onto the frame. Drive chains are utilized to rotate the wheels. The drive chains extend through the chain tanks which contain a lubricant therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: James S. Kole, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6634446
    Abstract: A multi-wheel-drive vehicle has at least six wheels, a transmission with a first brake, and a transaxle device for the front drive wheels. The transaxle device includes a drive axle, an input shaft perpendicular to the drive axle for receiving power from the transmission, a drive train connecting the drive axle to the input shaft, a second brake, and a clutch device on the input shaft. The transaxle device may include a pair of drive axles connected by a differential unit. The clutch device can selectively isolate the drive axles from the rotation of the input shaft. Further, the clutch device is engaged when the first brake is applied. Additionally, the first and second brakes may be connected such that their operation may be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Ima
  • Publication number: 20030127260
    Abstract: A driving unit for use with a rolling vehicle is provided containing a first and second motor mechanically coupled to two wheels via a transmission unit which is pivotable about the steering axis of the driving unit and adapted to establish a driving relationship between the first motor and one wheel of the unit and for establishing a driving relationship between the second motor and a second wheel of the unit. The coupling between the first motor and second motor and the transmission unit allows the transmission unit to pivot about the steering axis without causing a corresponding pivotal movement of the platform on which the first motor and the second motor are fixedly mounted, while allowing the first motor and the second motor to transmit power to their respective wheels. Various transmission units for use in these driving units are provided as well as rolling vehicles containing such units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Jorge Angeles
  • Publication number: 20020108793
    Abstract: A vehicle driveline for a multi-axle vehicle includes a through drive axle unit; which is a close-coupled assembly comprising a torque transfer mechanism with an associated differential unit and an axle differential unit. An output shaft of the through drive unit is on substantially the same axis an input pinion to the axle differential unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Eanna Pronsias Timoney, Anthony Ryalls
  • Publication number: 20010015295
    Abstract: A launch vehicle for boats or other small watercraft which includes a partially submersible frame movably mounted on wheels. The wheels are provided with all-terrain type tires which enable the frame to move over rocks and uneven ground or lake beds, without becoming bogged down in muck or lake bed sediments. The frame supports a boat bunk configured to engagingly support the bottom sides of a boat hull thereon during its transportation and storage, as well as a walkway adapted to assume a generally horizontal orientation so as to enable a user to stand or rest thereon. The walkway has a lateral width of at least one foot, and extends substantially the longitudinal length of the boat launch vehicle. When horizontal, the walkway is positioned vertically spaced above the bunk at a location selected to locate above the lake surface of the lake when the bunk is sufficiently submerged to enable the boat to be floated free from or positioned over the bunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventor: Carl Braun