With Structure Adapted To Receive Or Support A Motor, Change-speed Gearing, Or Other Power Train Element Patents (Class 180/312)
  • Patent number: 11220150
    Abstract: An electric axle drivetrain assembly for use in a vehicle. The electric axle drivetrain assembly includes a motor that is drivingly connected to at least a portion of a differential assembly. Drivingly connected to ends of the differential assembly is a first axle half shaft and a second axle half shaft. At least a portion of a first and second wheel end assembly is connected to at least a portion of an end of the first and second axle half shafts opposite the differential assembly. A vehicle suspension system having a support member has a first hub carrier portion connected to a first end portion thereof and a second hub carrier portion connected to a second end portion thereof. Connected to at least a portion of a chassis is the motor and/or the differential assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas W. Laforce, Seth A. Metzger, Brian Thisse, Robert L. Vailliencourt, Steven J. Wesolowski, James F. Ziech
  • Patent number: 11214136
    Abstract: A cradle assembly for housing and supporting a motor and a gearbox of an electric axle assembly. The cradle assembly has generally an “open air” design which provides a space for a motor and/or gearbox to be positioned within a pre-assembled cradle assembly and allows for easy access to the motor and gearbox for maintenance. The cradle assembly includes two end caps, a plurality of tube portions connecting the end caps and a plurality of motor mounts for supporting the motor and gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Brock, Jeremy M. Frenznick, Brian A. Mattila, Scott L. Steward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11161407
    Abstract: A conversion kit for replacing a bottom-mounted differential with a top-mounted differential using pre-existing mounting features of a vehicle. The kit includes a pair of support members, a pair of mounting gussets, a support plate, and a skid plate. The support members are coupled along top side edges of the top-mounted differential. The support members are coupled to forward and rearward frame members within a differential cavity of a vehicle using the mounting gussets and tabs on the support members and using fasteners installed in pre-existing mounting holes in the vehicle. The top-mounted differential is positioned to maintain substantially the same location and orientation of couplings with a drive train of the vehicle as those used by the bottom-mounted differential. The support plate extends between the support members and optionally supports a winch. The skid plate encloses a clearance opening formed in a pre-existing armor plate of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Coffman
  • Patent number: 11135903
    Abstract: A method of assembling at least two types of vehicles with different powertrain requirements on the same assembly line is provided. The method includes assembling a first structural body component for a first vehicle type including a first powertrain requirement. The first structural body component comprises a first structural core surrounded by a first fiber reinforced material having a first thickness. The first structural body component has a first external geometry. The method includes assembling a second structural body component for a second vehicle type that has a second powertrain requirement different from the first powertrain requirement. The second structural body component comprises a second structural core surrounded by a second fiber reinforced material having a second thickness different from the first thickness. The second structural body component has a second external geometry that is the same in shape and dimension as the first external geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric J. Boettcher, Irene A. Cifra
  • Patent number: 11117637
    Abstract: A motorcycle frame including a left side frame member, a right side frame member, and a steering head member positioned along a longitudinal center plane of the frame between the left and right side frame members. The steering head member includes a steering head portion defining a steering axis. A plurality of fastener joints are established between the steering head member, the left side frame member, and the right side frame member, the plurality of fastener joints positioned rearward of the steering head portion. A fastener joint, separate from the plurality of fastener joints, is established rearward of the plurality of fastener joints between the steering head and the left side frame member. A fastener joint, separate from the plurality of fastener joints, is established rearward of the plurality of fastener joints between the steering head and the right side frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Dennert, Jared P. Thede, Brian Scherbarth, Eric John Konkel, John W. Schanz
  • Patent number: 11069333
    Abstract: A method for reducing noise in at least one monitor position in a vehicle compartment by actively controlling the power of a primary noise (dm(t)) as sensed at two or more control positions in the vehicle compartment, the method comprising the updating of filter coefficient(s) of (an) adaptive filter(s) (w(n)) based on variable contribution of error sensors and actuator(s) for different noise source operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Faurecia Creo AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Samuelsson, Peter Davidsson
  • Patent number: 11034316
    Abstract: A bumper assembly for a vehicle, the bumper assembly including: a side rail; a bumper beam assembly coupled to the side rail; and a crush can assembly adapted to couple the bumper beam assembly to the side rail, the crush can assembly including: a box structure including a front portion and a rear portion, wherein the rear portion of the box structure is adapted to be coupled to the side rail; and a mounting bracket coupled to the front portion of the box structure, wherein the mounting bracket is adapted to be coupled to the bumper beam assembly. The mounting bracket includes a planar structure that is coupled to the front portion of the box structure and one or more bracket members that protrude substantially perpendicularly from the planar structure, wherein each of the one or more bracket members is adapted to be coupled to the bumper beam assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Karlsson
  • Patent number: 11027618
    Abstract: The vehicle is provided with a connecting member configured to connect an onboard device, a suspension member and a body frame. The connecting member includes a first fixture fixed to the suspension member, a second fixture located closer to the power storage device than the first fixture and fixed to the body frame, and a third fixture located between the first fixture and the second fixture and fixed to the onboard device. A section of the connecting member located between the first fixture and the second fixture is configured to bend downward when an external force is applied to the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Kamikihara
  • Patent number: 10981600
    Abstract: A vehicle drive unit is supported by a vehicle frame of a vehicle. The vehicle drive unit includes a housing including a first case and a second case integrally joined together along a coupling plane to form a sealed space therein, a drive member accommodated in the sealed space to generate a travel driving force of the vehicle, and a mount member interposed between the housing and the vehicle frame to support the housing from the vehicle frame. The first case and the second case respectively include a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion to which the mount member is attached, and the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are installed in a single region intersecting with the coupling plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamada, Makoto Tsuchihashi, Makoto Nishida
  • Patent number: 10889165
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle can include a front door assembly and a rear door assembly. A rear portion of the front door assembly can terminate at a rear edge. At least a portion of the rear edge can be spaced away from a side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member. A front portion of the rear door assembly can terminate at a front edge. The front edge can be adjacent to the rear edge of the front door. At least a portion of the front edge can be spaced away from the side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member such that at least a portion of the front edge of the rear door assembly is located between the rear edge of the front door assembly and the second side frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sebastian Osorio
  • Patent number: 10810991
    Abstract: An active road noise control system and method for a vehicle includes generating a microphone sense signal representative of road noise occurring in or at a wheel well of the vehicle, and iteratively and adaptively processing the microphone sense signal to provide a noise reducing signal. The system and method further include generating from the noise reducing signal with a headrest loudspeaker arrangement disposed in a headrest in an interior of the vehicle, noise reducing sound at a listening position in the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Nikos Zafeiropoulos
  • Patent number: 10715076
    Abstract: The invention provides a motor control device configured to feedback-control state quantity of a motor or a load, the device including a first notch filter disposed inside a feedback control system and configured to change a frequency component to be removed, a first notch controller configured to change a first notch frequency as a center frequency of the first notch filter, and a change forecaster configured to calculate to output, in accordance with the first notch frequency at each of a plurality of past times, at least one of a forecast value of the notch frequency at a specific future time, a forecast value of elapsed time from current time until the notch frequency is to become out of a specific frequency range, and a forecast value of time when the notch frequency is to become out of the specific frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fujiwara, Toru Tazawa, Fumitake Saegusa
  • Patent number: 10703415
    Abstract: A frame assembly includes a rail including a straight portion, the straight portion including a first portion, a second portion, and a deformation trigger between the first and second portions, and a bracket attached to the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jamil M. Alwan, Chelliah Madasamy, Matthew B. Makowski
  • Patent number: 10676139
    Abstract: A linking structure (1) is provided for linking a fiber-reinforced plastic component (2) to a support. The linking structure (1) has a main body (3) produced from a fiber-composite material and has a linking portion (4) configured so that a fastening screw can pass through the linking portion (4). The fastening screw is screw-fittable to the support. The linking portion (4) has two opposite end sides, and a fiber-reinforced cross-laid structure (7) extends between the two end sides of the linking portion (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Patrick Kuehner, Markus Flaig
  • Patent number: 10648526
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a transmission (TM) mount that is capable of reducing costs and a weight by removing a separate stopper (component). The transmission (TM) mount improves handling performance taking advantage of elastic properties of a rubber component in a left/right direction (lateral direction). The stopper for a transmission (TM) mount includes a housing bracket into which an insulator is press-fitted, a lower plate which is positioned at a lower end of the insulator and connected, together with the housing bracket, to a vehicle body through a curling structure, an inner core which is disposed at a central portion of the insulator, and a bridge which is installed at a lower side of the inner core so as to control a lateral displacement. The bridge is tightly fixed to a fixing piece formed in the lower plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, PYUNG HWA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Lee, Yong-Hee Hahn, Hee-Sung Lee, Jong-Su Park
  • Patent number: 10625804
    Abstract: A vehicle includes left and right front wheels, a left shock absorber, a right shock absorber, a linkage mechanism including a right side member, a left side member, a plurality of cross members, and an air bag housing case having a bottom surface and side surfaces, and housing an undeployed air bag in a housing space defined by the bottom surface and the side surfaces. The air bag housing case is located behind the linkage mechanism in a front-rear direction and below an upper end of a handlebar in a top-bottom direction, and at least partially located above a lower end of a movable region of the right side member, the left side member, and the cross members of the linkage mechanism. The bottom surface is disposed along a surface including a rear portion of the movable region when seen from a side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoaki Deguchi, Masashi Matsuo, Eisuke Furuse
  • Patent number: 10597050
    Abstract: An air spring includes an outer cylindrical member, an inner cylindrical member combined with the outer cylindrical member, a diaphragm coupling the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member to each other, the diaphragm providing an internal space between the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member, a first element located on a side of the internal space in at least one of the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member and defining a part of the internal space, a second element adjacent to the first element, the second element defining a part of the internal space, and a cover layer covering a boundary portion between the first element and the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Sawa, Hideki Kitada, Yasuhiko Ura, Takehiro Nishimura, Keiichiro Kamura, Yoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10583861
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly can include a lower frame member extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; a pillar member extending upwardly away from the lower frame member, and a first frame member including a first end connected to the lower frame member and a second end connected to the pillar member. The pillar member can extend upwardly along a vertical direction of the vehicle. The first frame member can include an inward bend located between first end and the second end such that the first frame member can extend upwardly from the lower frame member along the vertical direction of the vehicle from the first end of the first frame member to the inward bend and the first frame member can extend from the inward bend rearwardly along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and outwardly along a transverse direction of the vehicle toward the pillar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Taracko, Luke M. Upah
  • Patent number: 10550927
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided. The vehicle may include a vehicle floor that defines a transmission tunnel and a crossmember. The crossmember may include a pair of longitudinal beams disposed along and sandwiching sled runners to the floor. Crossbeams may extend from and span between the pair to define an inner periphery that extends below and surrounds an outer periphery of an oil pan. One or more of the crossbeams may cap a tunnel that is defined by the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James William Dunham, Kyle Mattinson
  • Patent number: 10538154
    Abstract: A smart active mount apparatus configured for removing a complicated wiring for connecting a controller, a mount, and an engine ECU, a vacuum negative pressure hose, and a controller may include an insulator disposed in a case to define a liquid chamber; a lower orifice plate disposed in the case to partition the liquid chamber into upper and lower liquid chamber; an upper orifice plate disposed above the lower orifice plate; a membrane disposed between the lower and upper orifice plates; a diaphragm disposed under the lower orifice plate, an air chamber defined between the membrane and the lower orifice plate; a solenoid valve connected to the air chamber; and a generator disposed to the diaphragm, the generator generating electrical energy by movement or deformation of the diaphragm to supply the electrical energy as actuating power of the solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10479302
    Abstract: An impact absorbing structure includes an impact absorbing member made of CFRP, and the impact absorbing member includes a pair of left and right side wall portions and upper and lower coupling wall portions each coupling the side wall portions. Each of the pair of side wall portions includes a plurality of curved portions. Each of the curved portions is formed such that a leftward/rightward direction depth thereof decreases toward a front side. Each of the pair of side wall portions includes: a plurality of first carbon fibers arranged to extend in a forward/rearward direction and constituting most of reinforced fibers contained in the side wall portion; and a plurality of second carbon fibers arranged to extend in a direction intersecting with the first carbon fibers. The plurality of second carbon fibers are arranged at both thickness direction end vicinity parts of each of the side wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Chikara Kawamura, Taiki Yotsuyanagi, Hiroaki Takeshita, Tsuyoshi Nishihara, Tsuneki Shimanaka, Takayuki Kimura, Yoshiaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 10422270
    Abstract: In an engine room, heat insulators are provided on the rear side in the forth and back direction of a vehicle with respect to an engine and on the front side in the forth and back direction of the vehicle with respect to a dash panel arranged on a back side of the vehicle with respect to the engine. A top flange portion is formed at a top of a first heat insulator. The top flange portion is extending in a direction obliquely upward and backward of the vehicle to guide air heated by an exhaust system from the engine in an upward direction of the vehicle. A top bent portion is formed at a top of a second heat insulator such that the top bent portion is arranged in the vicinity of the cowling panel in order to guide the heated air in an upward direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanno, Yuto Korogi, Kazuyoshi Ogata, Akira Nishino
  • Patent number: 10377422
    Abstract: A chassis and a method of forming the chassis comprising assembling a framework of interconnected tubular-section metallic members and a plurality of composite panels, each panel being adhesively bonded to a plurality of the metallic members, wherein at least one bond between a composite panel and a metallic member is formed by an arcuate formation integral with and extending from an edge of a planar section of the composite panel and fitting around an exterior of the metallic member, and providing a layer of adhesive along the gap there between extending substantially from the edge of the planar section across a part of but less than the complete angular extent of the arcuate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GORDON MURRAY DESIGN LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Gordon Murray, Frank Coppuck
  • Patent number: 10377423
    Abstract: An engine compartment support arrangement for an agricultural machine includes first and second support rails disposed within an engine compartment, a horizontal platform disposed between the first and second support rails and coupled thereto, and a plurality of engine accessory mounts welded to at least one of the first support rail and the second support rail. The first support rail includes a horizontal portion and an angled portion, wherein a second end of the horizontal portion is aligned with a first end of the angled portion. The second support rail includes a horizontal portion and an angled portion, wherein a second end of the horizontal portion is aligned with a first end of the angled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Blaine Schwalbe, Lawrence R. Borucki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10358006
    Abstract: An axle support for a vehicle has a left longitudinal member for fastening a left wheel suspension, a right longitudinal member for fastening a right wheel suspension, and at least one cross member connecting the longitudinal members. The cross member is formed by two shells placed on top of each other. The two shells are detachably interconnected in a non-destructive manner. At least one component of an axle steering system is installed in the hollow space between the two shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kai-Uwe Stoerk
  • Patent number: 10286960
    Abstract: A suspension member includes: a pair of left and right front body mounts, each of which has a front side rail part extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body, and a cross part extending inward in a vehicle width direction; a front cross member extending in the vehicle width direction, in which both end parts of the front cross member in the vehicle width direction are joined to the cross parts, respectively; and a protective member that extends in the vehicle width direction and covers an entire lower wall of the front cross member, has a jack-up part for a jack to be applied, and is joined to the lower wall of the front cross member, the jack-up part being provided integrally in the protective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayaka Kagami, Hideaki Kanasugi, Kazuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10279849
    Abstract: A skid plate for a powertrain component of a vehicle includes a base and first and second flanges at opposing edges of the base. The base includes a notch to form a tow point when attached to a V shaped tow frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dakota D. Kirtland, Daniel T. Sellars
  • Patent number: 10281024
    Abstract: A drive assembly is disclosed, with a variable speed transmission in a housing. A pair of clutch assemblies are engaged to a transmission output shaft, and engaged to and selectively driving a pair of axle shafts. A power take off includes a power take off output shaft and a clutch/brake mechanism. A first and a second output gears are driven by the transmission output shaft and disposed on a first and second jack shafts, respectively. A first intermediate gear is disposed on a third jack shaft and driven by the first output gear, and a second intermediate gear is disposed on a fourth jack shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10246132
    Abstract: A device for rear impact mitigation of a vehicle is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the device includes a Y-shaped frame having a first leg, a second leg, and a reaction member, the reaction member having a first end and a second end, the first leg and the second leg extending from the first end of the reaction member at a first area and defining an angle therebetween, the reaction member having a straight portion proximate the first end and a curved portion defining a second area proximate the second end, wherein the frame is configured to deform at one or more of the first area and the second area upon application of a force from a rear impact event to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Leier, Anne M. Stibich, Bharath Kumar Baburajan
  • Patent number: 10215252
    Abstract: A hydraulic body mount with a combined rubber cushion and a hydraulic module may include an inner shaft, a mounting plate, a mounting bracket, a main rubber element, an inner ring, a fluid track, an upper bellows, a washer, a lower bellows, an outer can, a rate plate, a lower bushing, a crash washer, a doubler plate, and a retainer bracket. The fluid track may be configured to receive a fluid via a fluid port. The upper and/or lower bellows may be configured to interact with the fluid. The rate plate may be configured to engage the lower bushing and may be deformed when receiving the at least a portion of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VIBRACOUSTIC NORTH AMERICA L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Parr, Steven Carleton Molesworth, Heath Allan Ehlinger
  • Patent number: 10215249
    Abstract: The vibration damping device 1 comprises an outer cylinder member 9 formed by winding a flat plate member into a cylindrical shape; an inner mounting member 11 connected to the outer cylinder member via elastic members 14; and a rod portion 30, wherein: the outer cylinder member has a meeting portion 60 where end surfaces of the flat plate member on both circumferential ends of the outer cylinder member face each other; a joint portion 61, where joining was performed, is formed on at least a part of the meeting portion; and the rod portion is connected to an outer circumferential surface of the outer cylinder member so as to not overlap the meeting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akinori Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10202151
    Abstract: A cargo carrier having a depressed loading space includes a base carrier member, and a pair of right and left side carrier members disposed on right and left sides, respectively, of the base carrier member, and fastened to the pair of right and left rear frame members, respectively, from above. The base carrier member includes a bottom wall portion forming a bottom surface of the loading space, a front wall portion protruding upward from a front end of the bottom wall portion, and a pair of right and left side wall portions protruding upward from a right end and a left end, respectively, of the bottom wall portion. The pair of right and left side wall portions of the base carrier member are removably mountable on the pair of right and left side carrier members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Nakamura, Takashi Hisamura, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 10189343
    Abstract: A case structure of a power equipment unit, which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, includes: a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment; a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member. The cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside, and a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ogawa, Yuta Tsumura
  • Patent number: 10161105
    Abstract: A revolving frame includes a center frame and a plurality of beams welded to a side surface of the center frame and extending away from the center frame along a transverse direction. The plurality of beams includes a skirt beam that includes a pair of beam side plates having a first end that is welded to the side surface of the center frame. An upper surface of each beam side plate has a notch surface that extends from the first end to a notch edge. The notch surface defines a notch groove, such that the notch edge of each beam side plate is separated from the center frame along the transverse direction by a gap across the notch groove. The skirt beam further includes a beam upper plate integrally fixed to the pair of beam side plates, and a notch connection plate welded to each beam side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventor: Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10124832
    Abstract: A frame structure of a utility vehicle includes: a left bottom first frame and a right bottom second frame that extend in a front-rear direction and support a floor plate; a bottom front frame that couples a front end of the left bottom first frame and a front end of the right bottom second frame and extends linearly in a vehicle width direction and to which a first support member for a first gear box for front wheels is welded; and a bottom rear frame that couples a rear end of the left bottom first frame and a rear end of the right bottom second frame and extends linearly in the vehicle width direction and to which a second support member for a second gear box for rear wheels is welded, each of the bottom front frame and the bottom rear frame being a cylindrical pipe frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10118476
    Abstract: An engine mount for a drive unit in a vehicle includes a bracket having first and second joining points for attachment of the bracket to the drive unit. A first mounting member connects the bracket to the drive unit in the first joining point along a first joining axis. An engine mount is arranged on a vehicle body and supports the drive unit via the bracket. A second mounting member connects the bracket to the drive unit in the second joining point along a second joining axis. The first and second joining axes extend at a slant to each other by an axis angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Marek Bujak, Andreas Fischer
  • Patent number: 10076953
    Abstract: An engine mounting structure is configured to includes an engine which is disposed in an engine compartment; an engine mount which fixes the engine to a vehicle body; and an engine support bracket which fixes a first side surface of the engine to the engine mount, in which the engine support bracket includes a cooling portion which cools the engine support bracket by use of a fluid flowing into the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki-Seok Han, Tae-Woo Kim, Jeong-Hun Choi
  • Patent number: 10059377
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle frame structure including (1) a first frame member that has a closed cross-sectional shape as seen in a cross-sectional view orthogonal to an extension direction and (2) a second frame member that extends along the first frame member, overlaps a wall surface of the first frame member, and has a hole portion that exposes the wall surface, with an edge portion of the hole portion being joined to the wall surface by a linear welded portion, wherein both end portions of the welded portion are disposed in close proximity to a neutral axis of the first frame member and the second frame member in a case in which the first frame member and the second frame member have undergone bending deformation in an in-plane direction of the wall surface in which the welded portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10054188
    Abstract: A spring functional component for a hydroelastic bearing (1), comprising an inner mounting connection and comprising an outer mounting connection that radially surrounds the inner mounting connection, comprising a spring body which at least partially delimits at least two working chambers (21, 23) for receiving a damping fluid and which couples the inner mounting connection and outer mounting connection to one another in order to permit a relative movement between the inner mounting connection and the outer mounting connection, and comprising a supporting frame (7) which surrounds the inner mounting connection and which is composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal, wherein each of the at least two working chambers (21, 23) issues into at least one radial opening which is open to the radially outer side of the spring functional component and which can be closed off by a connection part for coupling to the outer mounting connection, wherein at least one radially inwardly extending radial stop is fas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ANVIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Waldemar Hermann, Dmitry Khlistunov
  • Patent number: 10029562
    Abstract: A power take-off (PTO) transmission unit transfers power between an input shaft and an output shaft. A gear set selectively couples the input shaft to the output shaft. A shift device includes a shift rail with ends forming inner pistons within chambers. The shift rail is configured to translate between first, second, and third positions based on the pressures of the chambers. Inner pistons nest within the outer pistons in the chambers. A shift fork and shift collar translate with the shift rail to, in the first position, engage the gear set such that power is transferred at a first speed ratio; in the second position, engage the gear set such that power is transferred at a second speed ratio; and in the third position, engage the gear set to provide a neutral mode in which the output shaft is free to rotate relative to the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Eric T. Lammers, David G. Reid, Joel R. Brummer, Brian E. Biles, Roman Cisek, Allan N. Schott
  • Patent number: 9995168
    Abstract: A hover aircraft rotor having a hub which rotates about an axis and has a number of blades; a drive shaft connectable to a drive member of the aircraft and connected functionally to the hub to rotate the hub about the axis; and damping means for damping vibration transmitted to the shaft, and which include a mass designed to oscillate, in use, to oppose transmission to the shaft of vibration generated by rotation of the blades; the mass being free to oscillate parallel to the axis, to oppose transmission to the shaft of vibration having main components along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AGUSTAWESTLAND S.P.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Colombo
  • Patent number: 9953627
    Abstract: An exemplary engine noise control includes directly picking up engine noise from an engine of a vehicle at a pick-up position to generate a sense signal representative of the engine noise, and active noise control filtering to generate a filtered sense signal from the sense signal. The control further includes converting the filtered sense signal from the active noise control filtering into anti-noise and radiating the anti-noise to a listening position in an interior of the vehicle. The filtered sense signal is configured so that the anti-noise reduces the engine noise at the listening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Christoph, Nikos Zafeiropoulos
  • Patent number: 9907456
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing a bodily passageway includes: an endoscope including an insertion portion configured to inserted into the bodily passageway; a drive tube including a lumen configured to receive the endoscope; a helically-wound thread disposed on an outer wall of the drive tube and configured such that rotation of the drive tube causes the drive tube with the endoscope to move along the passageway; a flexible drive shaft configured to transfer rotary motion generated by a power supply; and a rotatable drive collar disposed on the endoscope and configured to rotate the drive tube relative to the endoscope, the rotatable drive collar including a stator, a rotor rotatable over the stator and detachably coupled to the drive tube, a rotary gear configured to transfer the rotary motion from the flexible drive shaft to the rotor to rotate the drive tube, and a watertight seal disposed between the stator and the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, OLYMPUS ENDO TECHNOLOGY AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 9895965
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a dual state hydromount in order to passively introduce air underneath a decoupler such that the stiffness of the air pocket adds to the stiffness of the decoupler, thereby increasing a level of damping available in a vehicle ride mode, the ride mode defined by vehicle speeds greater than a threshold speed. In one example, a dual state hydromount is described wherein a partitioning structure may be alternately coupled to either vacuum or atmosphere, and when coupled to atmosphere an air spring is created under the decoupler via the passive directing of air to the decoupler via a one way check valve. In this way, introduction of an air spring is achieved without additional active control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Mathai, Hassan Dakhlallah, Nagari Achar
  • Patent number: 9849912
    Abstract: A vehicle body anti-collision structure, which is mounted within a vehicle body covering and used for buffering an impact force applied to a vehicle body, the structure having two buffering frames capable of buffering the applied impact force and a connecting frame, wherein the connecting frame is disposed at the bottom end of the vehicle body and fixed to a chassis of the vehicle body, and the two buffering frames are respectively disposed at the front end and rear end of the vehicle body and are fixed to both ends of the connecting frame. The above-mentioned vehicle body anti-collision structure is of an overall structure, such that when the buffering frames at the front and rear of the vehicle body are impacted, the impact force will be dispersed to the whole vehicle body anti-collision structure and the chassis, instead of being completely withstood by themselves, so that a greater impact force can be withstood, improving the safety of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ZHILUN DRIVING TECHNOLOGY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shugang Gong, Ping Yang, Changwei Zhu, Zhihua Hu, Jinjun Li
  • Patent number: 9849774
    Abstract: A mount for supporting a motor vehicle radiator in a substantially upright, transverse orientation. The mount includes a resiliently flexible pair of opposed grip members that grip a support portion of the radiator. The mount is configured such that, when the support portion of the radiator is placed between the grip members and the support portion is urged against the mount, the grip members exert a gripping force on the support portion to retain the support portion therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: William Hutchins
  • Patent number: 9828058
    Abstract: A swingarm supporting structure can prevent rigidity of a case from becoming excessive and can improve a degree of freedom of design. The swingarm supporting structure includes: a case in which a power unit is stored; and a bracket for freely pivotally supporting a swingarm up and down through a pivot shaft. The swingarm supports an axle, and the bracket is detachably fixed to the case in a fixed direction intersecting the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Daisuke Saeki
  • Patent number: 9816599
    Abstract: A modular transmission support secures a variety of transmissions to various vehicle frames. The modular transmission support comprises a pair of frame mounting brackets including a series of holes, slots or other openings to allow for user-selectable positioning and attachment of a crossmember for mounting a transmission. The crossmember comprises one or more trusses and a mounting pad or a set of mounting pads that may be secured at various positions at a concave section of the crossmember's trusses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Victor Products LLC
    Inventor: Lloyd Brooks Compton
  • Patent number: 9772003
    Abstract: A laminar flow path (34) is opened into the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) from inner peripheral surfaces that face in radial directions of the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) being aimed in circumferential directions of the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) among wall surfaces defining the vortex chambers (33a and 33b). A communication hole (32b) is opened into the vortex chamber (33a and 33b) from an end surface that faces in a direction of center axis of the vortex chamber (33a and 33b) being aimed in a direction of a center axis among the wall surfaces defining the vortex chamber (33a and 33b). Blocking members (36a and 36b) extending in the direction of the center axis so as to surround the communication hole (32b) from an outside in the radial direction are provided within the vortex chambers (33a and 33b). The blocking members (36a and 36b) are provided with flow openings (37a and 37b) penetrating the blocking members (36a and 36b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Ueki
  • Patent number: 9719576
    Abstract: A vibration isolator includes a partition member (15) that partitions a liquid chamber (16) in a first mounting member (11) into a primary liquid chamber (16a) using an elastic body (13) as a part of a wall surface thereof and a secondary liquid chamber (16b), and a movable member (23) housed in a housing chamber (20) provided within the partition member (15), the movable member being free to be deformed or displaced in an axial direction of the first mounting member (11). The partition member (15) is provided with a plurality of communicating holes (22) that extend from a portion of the partition member (15) which is exposed to the primary or secondary liquid chamber (16a or 16b) toward the inside of the partition member and are open toward the movable member (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Nagasawa, Akira Ueki, Shuhei Ono, Yasuyuki Nagashima