Plastic Deformation Or Breakage Of Retarder Element (e.g., Impact Absorber) Patents (Class 188/371)
  • Patent number: 10710529
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle, in particular for a front part of the motor vehicle, includes a bumper crossbeam and a deformation element arranged in front of the bumper crossbeam. The deformation element has a bending section, the end of which is in contact with a surface or which comes into contact with the surface in the event of a collision, in particular a front collision of the motor vehicle. The end of the bending section is designed such that it can move along the surface as a result of the collision, wherein the surface has an engaging device with which the end of the bending section can be, in particular, engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10710531
    Abstract: A shock absorber system includes a body, a component, and at least one primary attachment that secures the component on the body. A secondary attachment is configured to secure the component to the body upon breakage of the primary attachment. The secondary attachment includes a single-use shock absorber and a cable that is attached to the body and secured through the single-use shock absorber to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yalla Abushawashi, Marwan Elbkaily, Tushar Kamble, Abdelrahim Khal
  • Patent number: 10703234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a seat carrier for a vehicle seat having a position displacement device for the vehicle seat, which is secured to at least one transverse seat carrier which is arranged on the base of the vehicle, and having a deformation device which is arranged between the position displacement device and the transverse seat carrier and which absorbs by means of deformation catapult movements of vehicle occupants which occur in the event of a collision. It is proposed that at least one crashbox be provided between the position displacement device and the transverse seat carrier as a deformation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Johannes A. Varcus
  • Patent number: 10703403
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis. Also included is an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly, the upper jacket assembly translatable along the steering column axis relative to the lower jacket assembly. Further included is an energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket, the energy absorption strap having an aperture defined therein. Yet further included is a rake bolt extending through the lower jacket and through the aperture of the energy absorption strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler M. Reno, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Randy Jones
  • Patent number: 10661819
    Abstract: A motor-adjustable steering column may include a support unit that is connectable to a vehicle body and holds an adjustment unit. The adjustment unit may include a steering spindle mounted in a casing unit rotatably about a longitudinal axis. The casing unit may include an outer casing tube that receives an inner casing tube in an axially displaceable, telescopic fashion. An adjustment drive may be connected to the inner and outer casing tubes. The inner casing tube can be retracted and deployed axially relative to the outer casing tube. An intermediate casing tube may be disposed coaxially between the inner and outer casing tubes so as to be axially displaceable in telescopic fashion relative to the inner and outer casing tubes. The intermediate casing tube can be axially retracted and deployed relative to the inner and outer casing tubes by the adjustment drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Thomas Heitz, Daniel Kreutz, Francisco Sinis Jáuregui
  • Patent number: 10625695
    Abstract: The present invention provides buckling inducing-type vehicle crash boxes. The buckling inducing-type vehicle crash boxes are arranged at both ends of a back beam and comprise: a box body part; and a reinforcing part, which is formed in a lattice shape, is formed to integrally protrude from the outer surface of the box body part, induce buckling along the longitudinal direction of the box body part by an external impact, and absorb energy generated by to the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG Hausys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Jin Choi, Dong-Won Kim, Yong-Han Kang, Hee-June Kim, Kang-Hyun Song, Sang-Gyu Cho, Kye-Woong Byun
  • Patent number: 10562389
    Abstract: An inlet-air management device for a motor vehicle may include a flexible duct for guiding the air entering via a motor vehicle grille and a shutter device fixed in the flexible duct. Additionally, an inlet-air management device is configured to be fixed in a motor vehicle via the flexible duct. Further, the shutter device is then being suspended in the motor vehicle via the flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: Frédéric Vacca
  • Patent number: 10507862
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column pipe, an outer column A, a fixed bracket, a stopper bracket, and a tightening tool. The stopper bracket has a first suspended plate-like portion and a second suspended plate-like portion. A telescopic long hole and an impact absorbing long hole into which a bolt shaft can be inserted from the front side toward the rear side are formed in each of the first and second suspended plate-like portions. A first collapse portion that is bent by colliding with the bolt shaft is provided between the telescopic long hole and the impact absorbing long hole of either the first suspended plate-like portion or the second suspended plate-like portion. A second collapse portion is provided as an inclined side on either the top sides or the bottom sides of the impact absorbing long holes of the first and second suspended plate-like portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Abe, Takuya Aiba
  • Patent number: 10479396
    Abstract: A second toothed member is configured to change its position between a meshing position where first teeth mesh with second teeth and a meshing releasing position where the first teeth do not mesh with the second teeth. A first toothed member and a facing member move together with an upper jacket. The second toothed member located at the meshing position receives an impact from the first toothed member so as to collide against an impact absorbing member after rupture of a guide shaft and deform the impact absorbing member. The second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position receives an impact from the facing member so as to cause rupture of the guide shaft and deformation of the impact absorbing member to occur concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rika Kagawa, Kiyoto Takei, Akihiro Takami, Tomoki Arai, Hideyoshi Hanai, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Hiroshi Obata
  • Patent number: 10471981
    Abstract: A buckling control assembly for a steering column energy absorption strap assembly is provided. The buckling control assembly includes an inner energy absorption strap operatively coupled to a steering column jacket. Also included is an outer energy absorption strap surrounding at least a portion of the inner energy absorption strap and operatively coupled to the steering column jacket. Further included is a strap constraining structure disposed on a constraint side of the outer energy absorption strap to inhibit buckling of the outer energy absorption strap in a first direction, the outer energy absorption strap having a free side unconstrained to accommodate buckling of the outer energy absorption strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Messing, Benjamin D. Reichard, Matthew J-T Vincent, Robert Dubay
  • Patent number: 10364017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to structural component for an aircraft. The structural component comprises a body with a first surface and a lug that extends out of the first surface. The body and lug comprise a composite material and are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven Evans
  • Patent number: 10336373
    Abstract: A lateral energy absorption system includes a first carbon structure. The first carbon structure includes a first plurality of carbon tubes. The first plurality of carbon tubes have a first end with a first width and a second end with a second width. The first plurality of carbon tubes define a first taper between the second end and the first end that facilitates crumpling of the first plurality of carbon tubes during an impact. A first plurality of carbon flanges connects the carbon tubes together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Peter Tutzer
  • Patent number: 10315683
    Abstract: One steering column assembly includes an outer jacket having a first end, a cavity defined by an inner surface extending from the first end, and protrusions extending from the inner surface into the cavity. Each protrusion includes a front end at or adjacent the first end, a rear end, and a curved contact surface telescopically supporting an inner jacket. The front end has first and second endpoints, the rear end has third and fourth endpoints, and one side connects the first and third endpoints while another side connects the second and fourth endpoints. Each protrusion is configured such that, when the front and rear ends and the sides are projected onto a flat surface and an angle is measured between one straight line passing through the first and third endpoints and another straight line passing through the second and fourth endpoints, the measurement is from one to fifteen degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Sascha Fricke
  • Patent number: 10279834
    Abstract: A rake adjustment mechanism of a steering column assembly includes a lower jacket defining a first tapered slot and a second tapered slot, the first and second tapered slots disposed on opposing sides of the lower jacket. Also included is a rake bracket coupled to the lower jacket. Further included is a first rake guide and a second rake guide, each rake guide a single, integrally formed component and disposed between the lower jacket and rake bracket, the first rake guide disposed at least partially within the first tapered slot and the second rake guide disposed at least partially within the second tapered slot, each rake guide translatable within the tapered slot in an axial direction of the lower jacket. Yet further included is a rake bolt extending through the lower jacket, the rake bracket and the first and second rake guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott A. Stinebring, Robert D. Maida, Nicholas M. Messing
  • Patent number: 10239551
    Abstract: A steering wheel device that can absorb an applied impact load. A steering wheel device includes a lower cover that covers a steering column side of the steering wheel. The lower cover includes: a bottom member facing the steering column; an open portion which at a center of the bottom member and through which a steering shaft passes; slit portions formed on both sides, the slit portions being bent and curved in predetermined shapes; buffer portions formed in the bottom member and outlined by the slit portions, the buffer portions having a free end formed on a vehicle front side and a stationary end formed on a vehicle rear side; and bridge members that can be broken and bridge each of slit portions on the free end side of each of the buffer portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Kumagawa
  • Patent number: 10214243
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes two frame rails fixed relative to each other and each having a tubular shape defining an exterior surface and an interior surface, a crush-initiating notch on each exterior surface, and a reinforcement extending along each interior surface and positioned in a vehicle-rearward direction from the notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Tushar B. Kamble, Gururaj Aralikatti, Greg Gombert, Benjamin Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10099638
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a beam and a plurality of members attached to and positioned sequentially along the beam. Each member includes an outer tube extending transverse to the beam and an inner tube extending parallel to and in the outer tube. Adjacent ones of the members are configured to contact each other when both adjacent ones of the members are deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Jamel E. Belwafa, Saeed David Barbat, Rahul Arora
  • Patent number: 10081391
    Abstract: A vehicle structural beam includes four inner walls, four outer walls, and a plurality of ribs. The four outer walls and the four inner walls respectively form outer and inner rectangular tubes. The inner tube is disposed within the outer tube such that the outer walls are non-parallel with the inner walls. Each of the plurality of ribs are disposed between the outer and inner walls. The plurality of ribs is arranged to define a plurality of triangular and/or quadrilateral cells between the outer and inner tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tau Tyan
  • Patent number: 10077077
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes side rails, rail tips, and a tension member. The side rails extend longitudinally in a front portion of the vehicle on left and right sides of a central longitudinal axis of the vehicle. The rail tips have a plurality of flat walls that define a hollow polygonal body disposed about a tip axis. The rail tips have proximal and distal ends. The proximal end is fixedly coupled to a forward terminal end of the side rail inboard of an outer quarter of a total vehicle width. The rail tip extends outboard and forward such that the distal end is disposed within the outer quarter. The flat walls have a forward wall thickness that is less than a rearward wall thickness. The tension member is fixedly coupled to the distal ends and spans laterally therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: James V Legray, Bryan G Mrozinski, Adrian J Purvis, Scott E Zilincik
  • Patent number: 10059374
    Abstract: An impact absorption unit provided between an inside member and an outside member that form a vehicle body and configured to absorb an impact may include: a first absorption body which includes composite material and protrudes from an inside surface of the inside member toward the outer member, with an open receiving space formed in the first absorption body; and a second absorption body which includes composite material and protrudes from an inside surface of the outside member toward the inside member such that the second absorption body is inserted into the open receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Don Pyun, Chang Dong Kim, Min Soo Kim, Hoon Chang
  • Patent number: 10035525
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing device, in particular for a rail-car, extends along an axis and has an attachment member, which can be connected to a fixed structure, an impact member, designed to withstand an impact, and an energy-absorbing member, constituted by a first tube and a second tube, which are coaxial and are made of composite material in order to collapse and hence absorb energy in the event of impact; the first tube is fixed to the attachment member, whereas the second tube is fixed to the impact member and is axially slidable, during impact, guided by the first tube; the radial thickness of the two tubes decreases along the axis, towards their free ends; in a non-collapsed resting condition, the axial gaps present between the two free ends and the attachment and impact members are substantially the same so that the two tubes start to collapse simultaneously in the event of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI RAIL ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Lenzi, Angelo Surini, Samuele Pacini
  • Patent number: 9969421
    Abstract: An energy absorption device for a steering column for a motor vehicle may include a bending bracket for energy absorption in a crash event. The bending bracket may comprise a first fastening element and a second fastening element, with the first fastening element being displaceable relative to the second fastening element if, in a crash event, the bending bracket is deformed along a guide track delimited by a start and an end. The energy absorption device may further include one or more collision elements arranged on the guide track. An example collision element may interact with the first fastening element or an element on a retaining part that is secured to the first fastening element such that the collision element, the first fastening element, and/or the element on the retaining part are deformed and absorb additional energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventors: Arne Klepp, Hansjörg Sulser, Felipe Segatto, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 9944322
    Abstract: A subframe for a vehicle includes a subframe structure and a rear end joint. The rear end joint is formed on the subframe structure for attachment to a floor via a bolt. The rear end joint defines a notch, having a collar surrounding the bolt. The rear end joint is configured such that, upon impact, the rear end joint interacts with the bolt to break the collar, split the notch, and detach the subframe structure from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saied Nusier, David Anthony Wagner, Matthew John Zaluzec
  • Patent number: 9862412
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a steering column assembly is provided. The assembly includes a tubular jacket having a first end and a second end, a steering shaft at least partially disposed within the tubular jacket, and an elastic vibration damper disposed between the steering shaft and the tubular jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh
  • Patent number: 9849913
    Abstract: A vehicle front section structure including: a front side member that includes an inside sidewall portion; a first wall portion that configures part of a power unit support section, and that is joined to the inside sidewall portion by a first join portion; a second wall portion that configures part of the power unit support section, and that is joined to the inside sidewall portion by a second join portion; and a low rigidity portion of the inside sidewall portion that is disposed at another side in a vehicle front-rear direction, and the vehicle lower side, of the first join portion, that is disposed further toward one side in the vehicle front-rear direction than the second join portion, and that has lower rigidity than a portion of the inside sidewall portion further toward the one side in the vehicle front-rear direction than the first join portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Chitoshi Sugano
  • Patent number: 9828030
    Abstract: Longitudinal members for motor vehicles may generally include a supporting element that is releasably connectable to an energy absorption mechanism. The supporting element may typically include a joining zone that can be used to secure the supporting element to one or more chassis or drive components of the motor vehicle. The supporting element and the energy absorption mechanism may be comprised of fiber-reinforced plastic. More specifically, the supporting element may be comprised of a plurality of length portions having different fiber orientations. For example, a first length portion may have fibers oriented substantially parallel to a horizontal longitudinal plane about which the supporting element is positioned, whereas a second length portion between the first length portion and the energy absorption mechanism may have intersecting fibers oriented oblique to the horizontal longitudinal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Lothar Patberg, Stefan Mayer, Torsten Krahnert, Werner Hufenbach, Enrico Ladusch, Jens Werner, André Kieβling, Alexander Herbig, Jörn Kiele, Martin Lepper
  • Patent number: 9821833
    Abstract: An energy absorbing member is fixed to an outer periphery of an inner column, extends in a front-rear direction and is introduced into a slit of an outer column. During a secondary collision, a tightening rod is displaced forward together with the outer column, so that the energy absorbing member is vertically restrained to the tightening rod and the inner column from a up-down direction, is crushed by the tightening rod and generates impact absorption load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Ko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9789897
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a column pipe, an outer column, a fixed bracket, a stopper bracket, and a clamping tool. The stopper bracket has a first suspending planar portion and a second suspending planar portion. A telescopic slot and an impact absorbing slot are formed in the first and second suspending planar portions. A first collapsing portion, which is configured as a protruding plate piece positioned between the telescopic slot and the impact absorbing slot of the first suspending planar portion and bent by colliding with a bolt shaft in an event of a secondary collision, is provided in the first and second suspending planar portions. A second collapsing portion, the height dimension of which decreases toward a trailing end is provided in the impact absorbing slot of one of the first suspending planar portion and the second suspending planar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuya Yamamoto, Takuya Aiba, Tatsuya Abe
  • Patent number: 9764707
    Abstract: A structure of an underrun protection bound to a plurality of brackets disposed at the front or rear portion of a frame of a vehicle is disclosed. The structure has a hollow having a closed section defined by a distal face of a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a proximal face of the longitudinal direction, an upper face, and a lower face. A plurality of lightening holes are formed in line along an extending direction of the underrun protection on at least one of the distal face and the proximal face. The plurality of lightening holes have diameters in vertical direction set larger as departing farther from binder parts each at which the underrun protection is bound to one of the plurality of brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Shigeki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9718434
    Abstract: An energy absorber according to various embodiments can include a structure having a predetermined cross-sectional profile. A hollow profile is formed within the structure. The pre-determined cross-sectional profile of the structure is configured based on a deceleration-time profile that includes a first period and a second period. The first period is defined by a substantially sharp and linear increase in magnitude of the deceleration of an impact until a maximum deceleration value is achieved. The second period is defined by a rapid decrease in the magnitude of the deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Louis G. Hector, Jr., Anil K. Sachdev, Jeff Wang, Hanif Muhammad, Nilesh D. Mankame
  • Patent number: 9701344
    Abstract: A bead portion is provided at a compression-side wall portion to be recessed toward an inside of a main closed cross section. A first reinforcing member is provided in the closed cross section and joined to a tension-side wall portion so as to form a first sub cross section extending in a longitudinal direction between the tension-side wall portion and the first reinforcing member. A second reinforcing member is provided in the closed cross section and joined to a portion of the compression-side wall portion where the bead portion is provided so as to form a second sub cross section extending vertically between the portion of the compression-side wall portion and the second reinforcing member. The first and second reinforcing members are configured to be spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Kodama, Chikara Kawamura, Masanori Honda
  • Patent number: 9694842
    Abstract: A first plate of a stationary bracket has long holes which extend parallel to a column movement direction, and through which large-diameter portions of suspension bolts are passed. The inner circumferences of the long holes include: recessed curved surface portions of end portions in a direction opposite to the column movement direction; first inner edge portions which are on the side of a middle position between the long holes; and second inner edge portions. In a secondary collision, when the one suspension bolt slides over the first inner edge portion of the long hole, for example, a gap is formed between the other suspension bolt and the second inner edge portion of the long hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Tanaka, Susumu Imagaki, Atsushi Tano, Hiroshi Kawakami, Kenji Imamura
  • Patent number: 9682676
    Abstract: The impact absorber disposed between a vehicle panel and a trim has a hollow main body with a first wall disposed adjacent the trim and a second wall disposed adjacent the vehicle panel and opposed to the first wall. The hollow main body is defined by a first portion and a second portion. The impact absorber has at least one first concave rib formed in the second portion by recessing the first and second walls such that they approach each other and joining tips of recessed first and second walls each other, and at least one groove-like depression formed in the first portion by recessing the second wall. The first portion is greater than the second portion in a total thickness from the first wall to second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruo Tamada
  • Patent number: 9677231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method for energy dissipation with a deformable, longitudinally extending material strip which comprises a longitudinal axis and is installed into a cable which can be subjected to tension; and with a deformation device which is also installed into the cable and cooperates with the material strip, characterized in that the material strip, upon application of a tension force to the cable along its longitudinal axis, can be guided in a straight line through the deformation device and in so doing can be deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Trumer Schutzbauten GesmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Stelzer, Daniel Jäger
  • Patent number: 9663051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crashbox for a bumper system of a motor vehicle, comprising an upper wall and a lower wall, wherein the crashbox is divided in the longitudinal extent thereof into a first length portion and an adjoining second length portion (4), wherein, in the first length portion, a longitudinal plane of the upper wall intersects a central longitudinal plane of the crashbox at an angle ?1, and a longitudinal plane of the lower wall intersects the central longitudinal plane of the crashbox at an angle ?2, wherein the following holds true: ?5°??1?5° and ?5°??2?5°, and wherein, in the second length portion, a longitudinal plane of the upper wall (1) intersects a longitudinal plane of the lower wall at an angle ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Rabe, Andreas Schiller, Christian Handing, Dariusz Straznikiewicz
  • Patent number: 9656695
    Abstract: A vehicle rear portion structure includes: a rear side member front-rear direction; a shock absorbing member that is placed at the rear side of the rear side member; and a lower bracket that has a reinforcement portion that is joined to a rear end portion of the rear side member, a load receiving portion that extends downward from a rear end portion of the reinforcement portion and to which the shock absorbing member is joined, and a load transmitting bead portion that is disposed spanning the distance between the load receiving portion and a lower wall portion of the reinforcement portion, with a length L to which the load transmitting bead portion projects in the vehicle front-rear direction becoming longer heading from the load receiving portion to the reinforcement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroto Suzuki, Hideyuki Takahashi, Wenfeng Li
  • Patent number: 9637076
    Abstract: An energy absorbing device for a bumper assembly of a vehicle includes a plunger. A deformable wall extends along an axis and defines a cavity for receiving the plunger during relative movement between the plunger and the deformable wall resulting from impact between the bumper assembly and another object. A ledge is fixed to the deformable wall and extends between the cavity and the plunger for collapsing the deformable wall into the cavity. The deformable wall collapses inwardly to eliminate material stack up to accommodate packaging restraints in the design of the bumper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Djamal Eddine Midoun, Laike Misikir, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, Oliver O. Nwankwo, Bin Zhang, Matthew B. Makowski, Kirk David Arthurs
  • Patent number: 9604664
    Abstract: Column moving direction is referred to as first direction, opposite direction to the first direction is referred to as second direction, and direction which is orthogonal to the first direction is referred to as third direction. First suspending bolt is in contact with cylindrical surface which is formed by end portion of first elongated slot in second direction to thereby be positioned in relation to the second direction and the third direction. Second suspending bolt is positioned only in relation to the second direction by inner surface of end portion of second elongated slot in the second direction. Positions of portions of the end portions of the elongated slots which are situated farthest in the second direction are made equal to each other with respect to the second direction, and both the suspending bolts are aligned in position with respect to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Tanaka, Hiroyuki Yao, Shigeru Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9566893
    Abstract: A cargo net including a body having a network of structural members, a first end and a second end, each end defining a sleeve and/or including an elongated strap engagement base. First and second straps, separately formed from the body, ends, sleeves and/or bases, are disposed through the respective sleeves, and/or over the respective bases at the ends. Where the ends include strap slots on opposite ends of the bases, the straps can be weaved through the slots and over the bases. The straps can be ratchet straps and can be generally slidably mounted through the sleeves and/or over the bases or through the strap slots. The ratchet straps can be tightened, thereby further securing cargo under the cargo net. The body, first end, second end, sleeves and/or bases can be monolithically formed as a single piece structure. A method of using the cargo net also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ratchet Net, LLC
    Inventor: Melvin R. Blohm
  • Patent number: 9469264
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a rail extension comprises: an energy absorber comprising a polymer body, wherein the energy absorber comprises cells formed by cell walls extending a length of the energy absorber and forming cavities therethrough; each side of the energy absorber comprises an open channel wherein the channel is defined by walls of adjacent cells; a vehicle attachment tab extending from at least one of the cell walls at one end of the energy absorber; and a first vehicle attachment tab gusset extending between the vehicle attachment tab and the cell wall on one side of an opening in the vehicle attachment; wherein the energy absorber and the vehicle attachment tab were formed as one-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi, Arunachala Parameshwara, Shingo Imai, Matthew D. Marks
  • Patent number: 9423020
    Abstract: In a shift lever device, a width dimension of left ribs and right ribs is set larger than a diameter dimension of a left support shaft portion and a right support shaft portion. In the event of an impact load being imparted to a shift lever in different directions to a control lever axial direction, the left rib and the right rib are broken in this impact load direction since the left rib and the right rib are formed so as to face the whole diameter of the left support shaft portion and the right support shaft portion. Impact load can accordingly be absorbed even in the event that an impact load is imparted to the shift lever in different directions to a control lever axial direction. Namely, impact load can be absorbed for impact load directions within a range of a specific angle. Dependency on the impact load direction is accordingly suppressed when absorbing an impact load imparted to the shift lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nakanishi, Daisuke Yamamoto, Ryo Saito
  • Patent number: 9421402
    Abstract: A fall detection device for a lifeline, intended to be mounted on an energy absorber which includes a static portion and a mobile portion secured together, wherein the mobile portion is shifted in the event of a force higher than a force threshold value and actuates an absorber. The fall detection device includes a sensor and trajectory tracking device secured to the end of the static portion or to the end of the mobile portion and able freely to move with the end of the mobile portion or the end of the static portion respectively. This trajectory tracking device is adapted to actuate the sensor when shifting of the mobile portion is data-generating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Total Marketing Services
    Inventors: Jean-Hugues Blaise, Arnaud Plaideau
  • Patent number: 9415735
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame, a bumper, and a crush can that secures the bumper to the frame. The crush can includes a plurality of cells that are arranged in a fanned configuration relative to the frame such that walls of the cells deform during offset impact events to deflect objects away from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Matthew John Zaluzec, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 9409463
    Abstract: A vehicle structural member includes an outer member and an inner member secured to the outer member with a hollow cavity defined between the inner member and the outer member. The vehicle structural member further includes a bracket disposed in the hollow cavity and fixedly secured to the inner member for mounting an auxiliary component to the inner member. The bracket includes a main portion and at least one leg fixedly connecting the main portion to the inner member. The at least one leg includes a bulging portion enabling deformation of the bracket when a force is applied to the main portion of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Taylor Brodoway, Timothy J. Palesano, Bradley J. Smith, Andrew K. Swayne, Nick A. Massaro
  • Patent number: 9403498
    Abstract: An energy absorbing assembly, sometimes referred to as a crush tip assembly, that is mounted to a body-on-frame vehicle, either behind a front or rear bumper, so that the assembly absorbs energy in during a collision. The energy absorbing member is a multi-piece assembly where adjoining segments are secured together with a welded joint that may include a non-linear portion having one or more junction features. The specific arrangement of the non-linear portion, along with other optional secondary features like strengthening ribs, holes, slots, etc., can be used to achieve more desirable energy profiles during a collision event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Shiloh Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Hoschouer, Stephen A. Fetsko
  • Patent number: 9321317
    Abstract: A vehicle component with at least two connection points, a structural component that extends between the connection points and rigidly connects them with one another. The structural component comprises at least one insert made of a ductile material and at least two connection zones that support or form the two connection points, at least one of the zones comprises plastic. The structural component comprises at least one intermediate section that connects the two connection zones rigidly to one another and comprises the insert or is formed by the insert, this section is more ductile than at least one of the two connection zones and, in relation to a mechanical overload of the structural component, forms a locally delimited weak-point or region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: John Gleason, Dirk Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 9308881
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a component for an underrun protection device can comprise: a housing member (10), comprising a main body (100) having a base plate (108) with a top wall (103), bottom wall (109), and optional side walls (104), extending from one side of the base plate (108) to form a housing (115); an arm (101) extending from another side of the base plate (108), wherein the arm (101) comprises a base (109) in contact with the base plate (108), arm sides (105) that extend from the base (109) toward a connection area (107), wherein the arm sides (105) form an arm channel (113); a body polymeric insert (200) comprising body insert ribs (202) and body insert channels (204); and an arm polymeric insert (300) comprising arm insert ribs (302) and arm insert channels (304), wherein the arm polymeric insert (300) is located in the arm channel (113).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventor: Somasekhar Bobba
  • Patent number: 9150179
    Abstract: The deformation element has a profile part and may be of U-shaped profile with legs in cross section or may be of single-shear configuration. The deformation element has at least one side wall formed in the manner of an accordion with z-shaped deformation folds. The predefined deformation folds are provided in a direction transverse to an acting force and are arranged opposed to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9150237
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering column for a motor vehicle comprising a steering spindle, which is mounted rotatably about its axis in a steering spindle bearing unit, a holding part, which is designed to connect the steering spindle bearing unit directly or indirectly to the body of the motor vehicle, wherein at least one of the components of the steering column is at least partially formed from a material that contains reinforcing fibers, wherein the reinforcing fibers are arranged along paths on a wall surface and, by means of multiple holding fibers, which run at an angle that is greater than 0° in relation to the paths of the reinforcing fibers and enclose the reinforcing fibers, are fixed on the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventors: Thomas Heitz, Sebastian Regner, Arne Schacht
  • Patent number: RE46861
    Abstract: A crash attenuator for decelerating an impacting vehicle includes a first end that can be releasably secured to a vehicle, and a second end that is longitudinally spaced from the first end. The second end includes an impact member that is movable in the longitudinal direction from a pre-impact position to an impact position. At least a pair of spaced deformable attenuator members extend in a longitudinal direction and have a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal ends are staggered downstream from the impact member in the pre-impact position. At least a portion of the deformable attenuator members are bent in a non-outboard direction as the impact member is moved from the pre-impact position to the impact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. LaTurner, Michael J. Buehler, Brent S. Sindorf