Including Means Of Nonsupporting Nature For Minimizing Operation-induced Movement Of Motor Patents (Class 180/300)
  • Patent number: 10529198
    Abstract: Rendering of a haptic effect at a target frequency or frequency range by providing a moveable mass configured to be driven at a resonance frequency of a primary spring coupled to the moveable mass. Then, an auxiliary spring is temporarily engaged with the moveable mass to tune the resonance frequency to the target frequency or frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10300778
    Abstract: An engine unit support structure (1) which includes an engine unit (2) having a three-cylinder engine (22), a mount (3) for mounting the engine unit, and a plurality of elastic support bodies (4) coupled to the engine unit and the mount to support the engine unit, in which the plurality of elastic support bodies (4) has a plurality of first elastic support bodies (4A) and a plurality of second elastic support bodies (4B), the second elastic support bodies (4B) are so disposed as to be orthogonal to a pitching rotation central axis (22B) of the engine unit and astride a virtual plane (22D) including a rolling rotation central axis (22A) of the engine unit, and the first elastic support bodies (4A) are disposed in a position closer to the pitching rotation central axis (22B) than the second elastic support bodies (4B) and astride the virtual plane (22D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juichi Nomizo
  • Patent number: 10266120
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes mating features in a sheet metal of the motor vehicle, an exterior rear view mirror assembly fixedly secured to the motor vehicle, where the exterior rear view mirror assembly includes a structural base frame that mates to the mating features of the sheet metal at a mounting plane, and a tuned mass damper secured to the structural base frame adjacent to the mounting plane. In an example, a primary axis of movement of the tuned mass damper is at least one of substantially parallel with or substantially perpendicular to the mounting plane. In another example, the tuned mass damper is configured to dampen resonant vibrations being generated by the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Douglas Wilson
  • Patent number: 10267372
    Abstract: A method and device for a compact shock isolation apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus is adapted for mounting a sensitive component to a base. The apparatus includes a collar, a plurality of axial flexures mounted to the base to attenuate an axial shock force/acceleration. A plurality of radial flexures extend axially between the collar and the axial flexures, connecting each of the axial flexures to the collar to attenuate radial and/or circumferential shock forces/acceleration. A plurality of attachment pads disposed between adjacent radial flexures extend axially from the collar toward the axial flexures and attach to the sensitive component. The shock isolation apparatus supports the sensitive component in non-contacting proximity to the base. The apparatus optionally includes vibration dampening material disposed between the sensitive component and the axial flexures and/or the radial flexures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Patent number: 9669695
    Abstract: An assembly mount for the movable fastening of a motor vehicle assembly (such as an engine) having a housing which is connectable to a motor vehicle body, a fastening bolt which is connectable to the motor vehicle assembly and which projects into the housing via a housing opening, a load-bearing spring which is connected to the housing and to the fastening bolt, wherein the load-bearing spring permits at least a relative movement of the fastening bolt in an opening plane of the housing opening within the housing opening, and a compensation element which is movable relative to the housing and relative to the fastening bolt and which serves for the variation of a movement clearance of the fastening bolt in the housing opening in the opening plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Pfingst, Patrick Scheib, Christian Lange
  • Patent number: 9670981
    Abstract: Motion-damping systems and methods that include motion-damping systems are disclosed herein. The motion-damping systems are configured to damp relative motion between a base structure and an attached component that define a gap therebetween. The systems include an at least substantially rigid tubular structure that defines an internal volume and extends within the gap. The systems also include a magnetic assembly and a magnetically active body. One of the magnetic assembly and the magnetically active body is located within the tubular structure and the other of the magnetic assembly and the magnetically active body is operatively attached to a selected one of the base structure and the attached component. The magnetic assembly is in magnetic communication with the magnetically active body such that a magnetic interaction therebetween resists motion of the attached component relative to the base structure. The methods include dissipating energy with the motion-damping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Ralph Hull, Michael Strasik, Thomas H. Martig
  • Patent number: 9657829
    Abstract: A pinion assembly having a pinion and at least one bearing unit. The bearing unit may have a set of bearing elements and an outer race. The bearing elements may be rotatably disposed on a bearing surface of the pinion such that the bearing elements may be disposed between and may engage the bearing surface and the outer race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Yu
  • Patent number: 9587704
    Abstract: A system for managing noise and vibration in a vehicle includes a housing defining an internal cavity. A compliant member is attached to the housing and further defines the internal cavity. A magnet is operatively fixed to the housing in the cavity and has a magnetic field. A coil is positioned in the cavity and is configured so that there is relative movement between the coil and the magnet in the magnetic field in response to movement of the compliant member relative to the housing. A resistor is in electrical communication with the coil to form an electrical circuit. Relative movement of the coil in the magnetic field induces a current in the circuit that creates an opposing magnetic field, thereby reducing transmitted dynamic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ping Lee, Sam M. Jomaa
  • Patent number: 9566855
    Abstract: Provided is a head cover structure of an engine, which is capable of increasing supporting rigidity of a head cover. The engine includes a driving force transmission mechanism for transmitting a driving force of a crankshaft to a valve train, in which the head cover includes a bulging portion for covering an upper side of the driving force transmission mechanism on one end side thereof in a cylinder row direction, and an engine mounting portion is attached to the bulging portion. The bulging portion is provided with an inclined surface portion having an inclined surface inclined downwardly toward the other end side in the cylinder row direction, and the inclined surface is formed to rise upwardly from an intermediate position in the cylinder row direction so as to be continuous with a top surface of the bulging portion on the one end side in the cylinder row direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Konishi, Hirotaka Ogino
  • Patent number: 9528568
    Abstract: A support for machinery, and for isolating vibration from the machinery, includes a plurality of mounts, each mount including an elastomeric block for completely supporting the static load of the machinery, and an active isolation element including inertial shakers arranged to effect a zero stiffness of the mount to excited structural resonances over a desired frequency band above the mount resonant frequency, and to modify the transmission of out of balance forces to the hull. A control system coupled to the inertial shakers includes a controller configured to apply damping force signals, such as to dampen structural resonances, to inhibit the onset of resonant vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Frederick Alistair Johnson, Stephen Daley
  • Patent number: 9399470
    Abstract: A vehicle state estimating device for estimating the state amount of the vehicle at high accuracy from the wheel speed irrespective of the change in the vehicle property. A vehicle state estimating device includes a wheel speed detection unit that detects a wheel speed of each vehicle wheel; a vehicle speed detection unit that detects a vehicle speed; and a state amount estimation unit that estimates an unsprung state amount and/or a sprung state amount of the vehicle, based on a wheel speed of reverse phase of left and right wheels based on the wheel speed of each wheel detected by the wheel speed detection unit, and a value obtained by dividing a wheel base of a predetermined front-rear wheel by the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Koumura
  • Patent number: 9376004
    Abstract: An anti-vibration device for a vehicle including a rod (11) fixed to an engine (1) at one end portion (12) thereof and fixed to a vehicle body at the other end portion (13) thereof, an inertia mass (15) supported on the rod (11), an actuator (17) operative to reciprocate the inertia mass in an axial direction of the rod, and an acceleration sensor (21) that detects vibration of the rod in the axial direction. The acceleration sensor (21) is disposed between the one end portion (12) of the rod (11) and the other end portion (13) of the rod (11). Accordingly, sensitivity to pitch vibration of the rod (11) is reduced so that accuracy in detection of rigid body resonance in the axial direction is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuusuke Satou, Masahiko Kondo, Hiroshi Kojima, Fumiharu Kurose, Motohiro Yanagida, Akira Ueki
  • Patent number: 9352772
    Abstract: A method for controlling a steering system in a motor vehicle, which system is designed to convert a steering wheel angle to a steering angle of a steered wheel of the motor vehicle in order to control a yaw angle of the motor vehicle. The method comprises steps of sampling oscillations of the steering wheel angle and of the yaw rate, detecting a predetermined phase difference between the oscillation of the steering wheel angle and the oscillation of the yaw rate, and increasing damping in the conversion of the steering wheel angle to the steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Anton Uselmann, Gonzalo Francisco Rivera Zago
  • Patent number: 9308806
    Abstract: The reference signal generating unit corrects the simulated vibration transmission characteristic from the offset vibration generating unit to the acceleration sensor using one of the correction tables switched corresponding to the static torque of the engine estimated by the static torque estimating unit out of the stored content of the correction table storing unit to generate control signals. The vibration transmitted from the engine to the side of the vehicle body can be surely reduced by offset vibration generated by the control signals at the offset vibration generating unit even in an essentially rigidly supporting status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshio Inoue
  • Patent number: 9273753
    Abstract: A torque rod apparatus for a vehicle may include a damper supported at an outer circumference thereof by a lower frame of the vehicle, with a first hollow portion being axially formed in the damper, an inner core inserted into the first hollow portion of the damper, with a second hollow portion being axially formed in the inner core, an insert opening formed partially through the damper and the inner core in a radial direction to allow an interior of the inner core and an exterior of the damper to be bored through, and a linkage connected at a first end thereof to a drive unit, with a through hole formed in a second end thereof, the second end being inserted into the insert opening to allow the linkage to be integrally coupled to the lower frame of the vehicle and the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Young Dong Yun, Ji Soo Hwang
  • Patent number: 9248837
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a speed of a vehicle. Acceleration data comprising acceleration samples of the vehicle on a segment of the road is captured. Jerk energy values associated with the vehicle on the segment is computed based upon the acceleration samples. Median jerk energy of the vehicle on the segment may be determined based upon the jerk energy values. Predictive median jerk energy of the vehicle on the segment is computed using a statistical equation. A score associated with the segment is calculated based upon the median jerk energy, the predictive median jerk energy, and a standard deviation (?). The segment is classified into one of a first set of categories and a second set of categories based upon the score. A feedback signal indicative of controlling the speed of the vehicle is transmitted to a controller based upon the classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Tapas Chakravarty, Arijit Chowdhury, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman
  • Patent number: 8985261
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide an engine supporting structure for a working vehicle that can realize the simplification of manufacturing processes and the reduction of costs. With respect to an engine supporting structure for a working vehicle (backhoe) that includes an engine and a plurality of engine mounts to support the engine, the engine supporting structure includes one piece of mount plate to support the plurality of engine mounts, wherein the mount plate is supported by a stand having a skin-stressed sheet-metal body construction, surrounding with beams welded to the left and right end portions of the mount plate, and with beams welded to the anterior and posterior end portions of the mount plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mathieu Driant, Christophe Caboret
  • Publication number: 20150053496
    Abstract: A powertrain mounting system for a vehicle powertrain includes a first powertrain mount that exhibits a first gradual rate of change of static stiffness when under load. The mounting system also includes a second powertrain mount that exhibits a second gradual rate of change of static stiffness when under load. The first gradual rate of change of static stiffness is related to the second gradual rate of change of static stiffness by a static equilibrium torque balance equation of respective displacements at the first and the second powertrain mounts. The static equilibrium torque balance equation is based in part on a spatial arrangement of the first and the second powertrain mounts relative to the powertrain. A method of designing the powertrain mounting system determines the first and second gradual rates of change of static stiffness under load to achieve efficient energy management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sam M. Jomaa, Daniel F. Weir
  • Patent number: 8960355
    Abstract: An electric motorcycle of the present invention comprises: a battery for storing electric power; an inverter for generating an AC current by the electric power supplied from the battery to the inverter; a motor for generating driving power by the AC current generated by the inverter and supplied to the motor; a wiring member for electrically connecting the inverter to the motor and flowing a current to drive the motor; a battery case for accommodating the battery; an inverter case for accommodating the inverter; and a motor unit case for accommodating the motor, wherein the wiring member is placed in a space defined by the battery case, the inverter case and the motor unit case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8955635
    Abstract: A motorcycle frame assembly (FR) for a motorcycle includes a main frame (1), which extends from above a combustion engine (E) in a direction rearwardly, and a subframe (4) having front and rear end portions connected with the main frame (1) and also having an intermediate portion positioned laterally outside of a cylinder block (26) of the combustion engine (E). The combustion engine (E) is fixed to a motorcycle frame assembly (FR) by means of first, second and third engine mounting areas (M1, M2, M3). The first engine mounting area (M1) is provided in the intermediate portion of the subframe (4) and, also, a damping unit (72) for suppressing vibrations of a to-be-damped region (76) is provided in the to-be-damped region (76) provided at a location remote from the first engine mounting area (M1) in the subframe (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Idaka, Shiken Hayashi, Yota Katsukawa, Yoshitaka Awazu
  • Patent number: 8936130
    Abstract: An electric forklift includes: a drive unit including a unit case including a gear housing supporting a motor with an output shaft in a right and left direction and housing a gear train; and shaft housings protruding in the right and left direction from the gear housing, each of which houses a drive shaft, and each of which supports a wheel, wherein the drive shafts rotate via the gear train; support members, base end portions of which are rotatably engaged with outer peripheral portions of the shaft housings, and tip end portions of which are connected to a body frame so that the shaft housings are supported by the body frame via the support members; and a link portion between the gear housing and the body frame for preventing relative rotation of the unit case and the body frame about shaft centers of the drive shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Hirashita, Takayuki Mashiko
  • Publication number: 20150008305
    Abstract: A system for an engine torque support is described comprising a support member connected to a vehicle structure at a first end via a bearing comprising a bearing core surrounded by a bearing bush. The bearing bush has a recess, and the bearing core includes a receiving channel for a connector, a notch extending transversely relative to the receiving channel, and a connection web formed in a plane of the notch creating a first core portion, and a second core portion of the bearing core. The second core portion is spaced apart from the first core portion by the notch, and the second core portion is displaced relative to the first core portion via resilient deformation of the connection web and/or via breaking of the connection web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Loeffelsender, Christoph Meier
  • Patent number: 8915326
    Abstract: An axle beam arrangement on a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, has two longitudinal beams and at least one cross beam connecting the two longitudinal beams. At least one of the beams has in an installation state of the vehicle a clearance between the beam stop region and a vehicle-side stop structure, in particular a body structure. The beam has in the beam stop region at least one stop and reinforcing element which reinforces the beam stop region and which is constructed and arranged so that it comes into supporting contact with the stop structure when the beam moves toward the stop structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Peter Leibl
  • Patent number: 8904642
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a non-ferrous, light metal alloy vibration-damped part for a vehicle chassis includes introducing a polymer insert into a cavity formed in the part. The polymer insert may be introduced into the cavity by separately fabricating the polymer insert and then sliding or maneuvering the insert into the cavity or by injecting a liquid polymer material into the cavity and then solidifying and shrinking the liquid polymer material into the polymer insert. The vibration-damped light metal alloy part can damp vibrations that originate within or are imparted to the part when such vibrations effectuate relative contacting frictional movement between an exterior surface of the polymer insert and an interior surface of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Hanna, John P. Miller, Peter H. Foss
  • Patent number: 8851223
    Abstract: A motor mounting structure including: a left and right pair of side section members disposed at two vehicle width direction sides of a vehicle body with a length direction of the side section members being along a vehicle front-rear direction; a first cross member spanning across a vehicle width direction between the pair of side section members; a second cross member spanning across the vehicle width direction between the pair of side section members, and disposed offset in a vehicle top-bottom direction with respect to the first cross member as viewed from directly in front of the vehicle body; and a coupling member coupling together the first cross member and the second cross member, with an attaching portion of a motor to be mounted to the vehicle body attached to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Yamashita, Seiji Sakai
  • Patent number: 8839899
    Abstract: A structure of engine mounting for supporting a pitch axle in a vehicle may include a front roll mount and a rear roll mount arranged on the pitch axle passing through a powertrain's center of gravity; wherein the weight of an engine is shared by the front roll mount and the rear roll mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Jin Kim, Yong Joo Kim, Hyoung Jin Yoon, Dohyun Kim, Heewook Yoon, Jung Hwan Bang, Kong Sup Jung, Minsup Lee
  • Patent number: 8776938
    Abstract: An active vibratory control device for a vehicle, comprising a link comprising a link body that extends between first and second articulations intended to be connected one to a vibrating member and the other to a chassis, and a mounting base connected to the second articulation of the link so as to enable the link to pivot with respect to the mounting base, this mounting base being secured to a vibration generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Gastineau, Pascal Petit, Eric Seminatore
  • Patent number: 8776939
    Abstract: An engine and a transmission case are connected to configure a drive unit. Left and right lower portions of the engine and left and right lower portions of the transmission case are supported on an underframe by lower anti-vibration mounts. A lateral frame is provided in a form bridging left and right upper frames. An upper portion of the transmission case is supported by an upper anti-vibration mount on a middle portion of the lateral frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 8731868
    Abstract: A method (200) for the characterization of vibrational and/or acoustic transfer path related data of a physical system (100) where vibration or acoustics may play a role. The method (200) has a step of receiving (210) input data for at least one input point of the physical system and/or response data for at least one response point of the physical system (100). The method (200) further has a step of receiving (220) at least one system response function between the at least one input point and the at least one response point indicative of the transfer of vibration and/or acoustic signals. The method (200) also has a step of applying (230) at least one parametric model characterising at least one load on the physical system as a function of the input data, where the parametric models are identified from the input data and/or response data and the physical system response functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: LMS International NV
    Inventors: Karl Hans Bert Janssens, Peter Paul Germain Mas, Peter Akos Gajdatsy, Herman Van Der Auweraer, Ludo Jean Pierre Gielen
  • Patent number: 8714295
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an internal combustion engine mounted in a central tunnel of the vehicle floor pan. The internal combustion engine comprises an engine block assembly having a lower end closed by an oil pan and an upper end extending at an angle ? from a rear of the engine block assembly to a front thereof. An engine block closes the upper end and defines a crankcase that is configured to house a crankshaft for rotation therein. A cylinder housing assembly is reclined from vertical, towards the rear of the engine block, about an axis of the crankshaft by an angle ?. At least a portion of the cylinder housing assembly and the crankcase are disposed in the central tunnel of the vehicle floor pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan W. Hayman, James J. Mazzola, III, William A. Bear
  • Patent number: 8602152
    Abstract: A vibration damping apparatus for a saddle riding type vehicle that easily secures stiffness of a vehicle body frame, simplifies structure, and improves a degree of freedom in layout. The vibration damping apparatus includes at least a pair of mutually facing surfaces disposed on the vehicle body frame, the surfaces not being relatively displaceable while the vehicle is stationary, and being relatively displaceable while the vehicle is running. A damping member is fixed to each of the surfaces and is disposed therebetween. The damping member is not subject to load while the vehicle is stationary. One of the surfaces is disposed on a side of a first main frame of a pair of left and right main frames and the other of the surfaces is disposed on a side of a second main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kashiwai, Konomu Hoshi, Takeshi Kimishima, Kazuma Morimitsu
  • Patent number: 8596403
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a right side member and a left side member with a motor compartment disposed therebetween, a motor compartment cross member extending transversely across the motor compartment, the motor compartment cross member coupled to the left side member and the right side member, a front cross member extending transversely across the motor compartment, wherein the front cross member is spaced apart from the motor compartment cross member in a vertical direction, and a motor mount member extending between the front cross member and the motor compartment cross member, wherein the motor mount member is coupled to the front cross member and the motor compartment cross member, the motor mount member comprising an attachment point for receiving a corresponding coupler of an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Dennis Cunningham, Taichi Yamashita, Alan Williams
  • Patent number: 8584789
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for hanging a vibration-generating member (8) attached inside an axle (3) of a running gear of a vehicle, in particular an automobile, said member (8) being attached to the axle (3) by at least one first (9A), one second (9B) and one third (9C) anti-vibration attachment elements, the three attachment elements (9A, 9B, 9C) not being on the same horizontal plane XY, said attachment elements (9A, 9B, 9C) providing isostatic hanging of the member (8) in the axle (3), and in which the first and second attachment elements (9A and 9B) are arranged separated from one another and aligned on a diagonal connecting the center of the first attachment element (9A) with the center of the second attachment element (9B), passing through the center of gravity of the member (8); the third attachment element (9C), separated from the first and second attachment elements (9A, 9B), does not pass through said diagonal line; and the center of the third attachment element (9C) and the center of gra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Peugeot Citroen Automobiles SA
    Inventors: Jacques Dusi, Dominique Poupard, Herve Remond
  • Patent number: 8534411
    Abstract: A general-purpose frame structure to mount a powerplant to a car body includes four side frames having respective basal ends to be attached to a fore end of a cabin and adapted to extend in the fore-and-aft direction of the car body. Mounting devices are interposed between the side frames and the powerplant. The side frames have surfaces provided with a plurality of attachment openings arranged in a row at specific intervals. Side frame adjusters are configured to be interposed between the cabin and the side frames for adjusting the relative positions of the cabin and the side frames. The mounting devices are fitted, at the side of the side frames thereof, into two of the plurality of attachment openings, and mounting device adjusters are interposed between a powerplant-side connection portion and a side frame-side connection portion for adjusting the relative positions of the connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Basic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Hirai
  • Patent number: 8522911
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle may include an operator area including side-by-side seating. The vehicle may further include a prime mover and a transmission operatively coupled to at least one ground engaging member of the vehicle. The prime mover may be a diesel engine and the transmission may include a CVT. The prime mover and the transmission may be assembled together and supported by a frame of the vehicle through a plurality of mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Chris J. Hurd, Richard D. Ripley, Anthony J. Kinsman, Matthew S. Kmecik, Brent A. Erspamer, Ryan D. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20130068552
    Abstract: A structure of engine mounting for supporting a pitch axle in a vehicle may include a front roll mount and a rear roll mount arranged on the pitch axle passing through a powertrain's center of gravity; wherein the weight of an engine is shared by the front roll mount and the rear roll mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicants: KIA Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong Jin KIM, Yong Joo KIM, Hyoung Jin YOON, Dohyun KIM, Heewook YOON, Jung Hwan BANG, Kong Sup JUNG, Minsup LEE
  • Patent number: 8381864
    Abstract: A support and drive arrangement for an electrically driven vehicle or a hybrid-electrically driven vehicle. The support and drive arrangement includes a cross beam having at least two attachment sections permitting the attachment of the cross beam to a vehicle support structure, and at least one electrical drive unit connected to the cross beam via at least one elastic drive mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Konstantin Erjawetz, Helfried Müller, Alexander Rabofsky
  • Patent number: 8360191
    Abstract: A support system for a power train of a vehicle includes a mount insulator mounted to a vehicle body and provided with a coupling member, a mount bracket coupled with the coupling member. The mount bracket includes a first mount bracket portion extending upward from an upper portion of the power train and a second mount bracket portion extending horizontally from an upper end of the first mount bracket portion. The first mount bracket portion includes a first vertical wall portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body and a second vertical wall portion intersects the first vertical wall portion and extends in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body. First to fourth fastening members are formed to lower or upper end portions of the first and second vertical wall portions, respectively. A reinforcing member is formed integrally with the second mount bracket portion in a manner of connecting the third and fourth fastening members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8256562
    Abstract: A powertrain for a motor vehicle includes an engine disposed in a front of the motor vehicle and having an output member, an automatic transmission disposed in a rear of the motor vehicle and having an input member, a torque converter connected to the input member of the automatic transmission, and a shaft disposed along a length of the motor vehicle and connected to the torque converter. A first damper is connected to the output member of the engine and is connected to the shaft. The first damper has a first spring set interconnected to the output member of the engine and a second spring set interconnected to the first spring set and to the shaft. The first damper is operable to isolate torsional vibration between the engine and the shaft and isolate the shaft from torsional resonant behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Darrell Lee Robinette, Randall S. Beikmann, Michael S. Powell
  • Patent number: 8215444
    Abstract: A roll restrictor system for an automotive powertrain includes a first mounting pad located upon a powertrain component and a mounting bracket having an integral bushing post, with the mounting bracket being attached to the first mounting pad. A control link has a first bushing engaged with the integral bushing post portion of the mounting bracket, and a second bushing engaged with a vehicular structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventor: Michael Fsadni
  • Patent number: 8191669
    Abstract: A power generating engine mount is provided for coupling an engine and a body of a vehicle. The engine mount includes, but is not limited to a mounting stud configured for coupling to the engine and a permanent magnet coupled to the mounting stud. A coil is also provided that at least partially surrounds the permanent magnet and another mounting stud is configured to couple to the coil and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: David J. Verbrugge
  • Publication number: 20120132476
    Abstract: An active vibratory control device for a vehicle, comprising a link comprising a link body that extends between first and second articulations intended to be connected one to a vibrating member and the other to a chassis, and a mounting base connected to the second articulation of the link so as to enable the link to pivot with respect to the mounting base, this mounting base being secured to a vibration generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: HUTCHINSON
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Gastineau, Pascal Petit, Eric Seminatore
  • Patent number: 8157036
    Abstract: A breather device provided on the outer peripheral section of a case of an in-wheel motor is located at a position above the rotation shaft of the in-wheel motor, between the in-wheel motor and a wheel. The position is inside the wheel in the width direction of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigekazu Yogo, Ryoji Mizutani, Yuki Tojima, Shuuetsu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8042793
    Abstract: A mounting scheme for attaching a power train to a motor vehicle frame includes a plurality of mounts. At least one of the mounts is a solid engine mount having a metal housing and an elastomeric bushing. The elastomeric bushing contains no voids other than a central bore used to attach the mount to a bracket. The elastomeric bushing includes frustoconical portions, where one end of each of the frustoconical portions is unconstrained by the metal housing. The stiffness of the mount may be tuned to reduce noise and improve handling. The stiffnesses of any of the axes may be adjusted so that the power train roll center aligns with the power train center of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Igami
  • Patent number: 7974769
    Abstract: A system adapted for counteracting engine produced vibratory forces and isolating the forces from a body, includes active engine mounts, force or acceleration sensors, and a controller communicatively coupled to the mounts and sensors, and configured to execute an integrated open and closed-loop control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Kwang-Keun Shin
  • Publication number: 20110048836
    Abstract: A powertrain for a motor vehicle includes an engine disposed in a front of the motor vehicle and having an output member, an automatic transmission disposed in a rear of the motor vehicle and having an input member, a torque converter connected to the input member of the automatic transmission, and a shaft disposed along a length of the motor vehicle and connected to the torque converter. A first damper is connected to the output member of the engine and is connected to the shaft. The first damper has a first spring set interconnected to the output member of the engine and a second spring set interconnected to the first spring set and to the shaft. The first damper is operable to isolate torsional vibration between the engine and the shaft and isolate the shaft from torsional resonant behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Lee Robinette, Randall S. Beikmann, Michael S. Powell
  • Patent number: 7874395
    Abstract: A structure for mounting an electric motor in a vehicle, comprises: a mounting frame detachably fixed to a body component of the vehicle by a bolt; an upward-projecting bracket, which is upwardly projected from the mounting frame, being attached to the body component of the vehicle; a bolt hole, in which the bolt is inserted, being formed on the upward-projecting bracket; and a downward-projecting bracket, which is downwardly projected from the mounting frame, being connected to the electric motor. Both the mounting frame and the downward-projecting bracket are set apart from an axis of the bolt hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Taji, Atsushi Takeda
  • Publication number: 20110005854
    Abstract: A roll restrictor system for an automotive powertrain includes a first mounting pad located upon a powertrain component and a mounting bracket having an integral bushing post, with the mounting bracket being attached to the first mounting pad. A control link has a first bushing engaged with the integral bushing post portion of the mounting bracket, and a second bushing engaged with a vehicular structural member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Fsadni
  • Patent number: 7766118
    Abstract: An engine bracket including: an attachment portion provided in a fixing location adapted to be fixed to at least one of the vehicle body and power unit; a bolt hole being formed in the attachment portion so that the attachment portion is fixed to the vehicle body or power unit by a fixing bolt inserted into the bolt hole; and at lease one breaking groove formed at an area located spaced away from the bolt hole so as to extend away from the bolt hole and toward an outer peripheral edge of the attachment portion on at least one of opposite surfaces of the attachment portion in a direction in which the fixing bolt is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignees: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Ohji, Kazushi Saikusa
  • Patent number: 7751963
    Abstract: An active engine mount assembly for counteracting resultant forces in active fuel management systems, wherein resultant forces are transmitted to a frame of a motorized vehicle generated by the deactivation of at least one cylinder in an internal combustion engine. The active engine mount assembly is fluidly connected to a hydraulic circuit. The hydraulic circuit is operatively connected to an engine crankshaft and operable to actively generate pressure pulses having frequencies self-synchronized with the rotational speed of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Burak A. Gecim, Joel M. Maguire, Norman K. Bucknor