Crushable Element Patents (Class 188/377)
  • Patent number: 10703484
    Abstract: An aircraft seat assembly for supporting a seat occupant, and a method for fabricating an aircraft seat assembly for supporting a seat occupant are provided. In one non-limiting example, the aircraft seat assembly includes a seat structure and a seat cushion that is supported by the seat structure. A vibration mitigating apparatus is operatively coupled to the seat structure to prevent or reduce vibrations from transferring to the seat occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Knight
  • Patent number: 10696255
    Abstract: An impact absorbing element comprising a tubular body for absorbing the impact energy in a vehicle is proposed, the impact absorbing element having a double honeycomb-shaped cross section and being configured as a 10-face polygonal line, and honeycomb points being configured which are situated at a spacing (b2) from one another of approximately half the overall height (b1) of the impact absorbing element and define a width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Roland Keller, Satish Shivpanor
  • Patent number: 10669004
    Abstract: A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft includes an airframe having a transverse axis and a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular relative to the transverse axis. A transmission and rotor support platform is arranged in the airframe. A transmission is supported by the transmission and rotor support platform. An energy attenuation system mechanically links the transmission and rotor support platform with the airframe. The energy attenuation system includes a first plurality of collapsible support members selectively facilitating rotation of the transmission and rotor support platform about the transverse axis and a second plurality of collapsible support members, the first and second pluralities of support members selectively facilitating translation of the transmission and rotor support platform along an axis that is substantially parallel to the rotor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alan R. Goodworth
  • Patent number: 10660389
    Abstract: A helmet has inner and outer shells separated by a plurality of interconnected relatively soft columns or posts. The columns each have a middle post or pillar section, a capital that is of larger diameter than the post, and a base also of larger transverse dimension than the post. When an impact above a design threshold occurs on the outer shell, the columns, particularly the post sections thereof, near the impact location compress and buckle, dissipating impact kinetic energy, while columns spaced from the impact zone stretch and support more of the impact force. The applied force is therefore reduced and spread out over a relatively large area, and a resultant wave created within the column manifold disperses additional heat, further reducing the force and torque applied on the outer shell and transmitted to the inner shell and onto the skull of a helmet user. A method and mold for fabricating the column manifold are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Richard A. Brandt, Dragoslav Scepanovic
  • Patent number: 10661741
    Abstract: There is provided a crash box comprising a pedestal portion attached to one of two members that are placed in an inward-outward direction of a vehicle; and a bottomed tubular portion integrally molded with the pedestal portion and configured to include a base end portion that is arranged to rise from the pedestal portion and an extended portion that is extended from the base end portion and that has a leading end wall which forms a bottom of the tubular portion and which is attached to the other of the two members, wherein the tubular portion is configured such that a side wall of the extended portion has a smaller thickness than a thickness of a side wall of the base end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Kaneko, Takafumi Hayashi, Katsuhiko Nakajo, Kiyoichi Kita, Jun Shobo, Tamaki Obayashi, Kyosuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 10647358
    Abstract: A hollow interconnecting member for connecting vehicular frame members is provided. The hollow interconnecting member is formed of a metal material and defines a centerline. The hollow interconnecting member comprises a first end and a second end. The centerline extends through the first end and the second end. A plurality of walls cooperate to define a continuous passageway that extends between the first end and the second end and defines a first opening and a second opening at the first end and the second end, respectively. The hollow interconnecting member is formed as an as-cast one-piece construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Brian E. Dressel, Rajendra L. Kakarla, Jason T. Hardesty, Andrew George Bakun, Kevin A. Hothem, Brian C. Bray, Hirotomo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10640066
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam and a fin supported by the bumper beam. The fin extends along an axis from a proximate end proximate to the bumper beam to a distal end distal to the bumper beam. The fin has a sinuous cross section and a thickness each normal to the axis. The thickness at the distal end is less than the thickness at the proximate end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Ching-Hung Chuang, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Ninad Trifale, Nirmal Muralidharan, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10618483
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing assembly includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a first polymer and a first plurality of reinforcing fibers. The first component includes a first peripheral wall defining a first interior compartment. A first interior portion of the first peripheral wall includes a first corrugated surface. A second component includes a second polymer and a second plurality of reinforcing fibers. The second component includes a second peripheral wall. A second interior portion of the second peripheral wall includes a second corrugated surface. The first corrugated surface is complementary to the second corrugated surface. The first corrugated surface is joined to the second corrugated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Newcomb, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 10576921
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection device for a motor vehicle includes a bumper crossmember and a deformation element which is arranged on the bumper crossmember and which has a first element and a second element which are displaceable relative to each other in the event of a collision of the motor vehicle, and a mechanical locking mechanism. The locking mechanism has a movable locking element which is pretensionable or is pretensioned with a spring device and which is arranged on the first element or on the second element, and with a depression or step to which the other of the first element and the second element can be latched in a form-fitting manner. In the event of a high displacement speed which is greater than or equal to a predetermined second displacement speed, the locking mechanism prevents displacement of the first element relative to the second element by means of self-locking of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Hiermaier, Oeztzan Akif, Gerhard Fichtinger, Wilhelm Riedl
  • Patent number: 10578178
    Abstract: An energy absorber (10, 10?, 1010, 1110) includes a monolithic length of ductile material (20,1020,1120) comprising a first end (20a, 1020a, 1120a) and a second end (20b, 1020b, 1120b). The material is formed to include at least a first longitudinally extending section (40, 401, 1040, 1140) that extends continuously between the ends, a first discontinuous section (50a, 50a? 1050a, 1150a) extending longitudinally from the first end toward the second end and at least a second discontinuous section (50b, 50b?, 1050b, 1150b) extending longitudinally from the second end toward the first end. The first longitudinally extending section is deformed over at least a portion thereof out of a plane running through both ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Justin Shane Patton, Brian C Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10538213
    Abstract: A vehicle frame member includes a first wall portion formed into a band plate shape extending in a predetermined direction, a second wall portion and a third wall portion formed into a band plate shape extending in the predetermined direction, the second wall portion and the third wall portion extending in a first direction and in a second direction, respectively, from opposite ends of the first wall portion in a width direction of the first wall portion. Respective recessed groove portions extending in the predetermined direction are formed on respective outer surfaces of the second wall portion and the third wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohei Hodoya, Kiyoichi Kita, Jun Shobo
  • Patent number: 10486636
    Abstract: A side pillar air curtain guide includes a main body having a ramp receiver and an air curtain ramp insert connected to the main body. The air curtain ramp insert is of honeycomb construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Fabricio Villacres Mesias, Alfredo Cuevas Vega, Hector Hernandez Hernandez, Robert Ralph Armitage, Jr., Amy Marie Boardman
  • Patent number: 10487465
    Abstract: A guardrail extruder head includes: top and bottom feeder channels; an impact plate having a face for facing oncoming traffic, wherein the face of the impact plate has an upper substantially planar area and a lower substantially planar area separated by a horizontal tooth projecting out between the upper and lower areas; a top plate connecting the impact plate to the top feeder channel; a bottom plate connecting the impact plate to the bottom feeder channel; a front extruder plate coupled between the top and bottom plates; a curved deflector plate attached to the front extruder plate and coupled between the top and bottom plates; a front brace on the front extruder plate near the curved deflector plate and coupled between the top and bottom plates; a back extruder plate opposite to the front extruder plate and coupled between the top and bottom plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Harman, Donald Leo Monin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10464516
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing knee bolster frame (10) for a vehicle (1) comprises a longitudinal knee contact member (20), a first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) and a second energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (40). The first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) and the second energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (40) extend in a transverse direction (Y) and are spaced apart on the longitudinal knee contact member (20). The longitudinal knee contact member (20) has a knee contact surface (22) for receiving a part of a knee (80) of an occupant (P) upon a collision. The first energy-absorbing transverse bracket member (30) has a cross section defining an open profile, and is adapted at one end (32) to engage with a vehicle interior component (100), and includes a plurality of first deformation segments (34A-N) configured for absorbing energy generated by a knee impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christer Gewert, Henrik Hellekant
  • Patent number: 10428894
    Abstract: Provided is a resin-made impact absorption member including: an impact absorption portion which includes a fiber-reinforced resin material containing reinforcing fibers and a thermoplastic resin and has a hollow structure including an outer cylindrical portion and a hollow portion, in which the reinforcing fiber has an average fiber length of 1 mm to 100 mm, the thermoplastic resin has a fracture elongation of 10% or more, the fiber-reinforced resin material has a compressive elastic modulus of 10 GPa or more and a compressive strength of 150 MPa to 500 MPa, and in the impact absorption portion, a maximum value of a ratio L1/t1 of a distance L1 from a position of the center of gravity to the outer cylindrical portion on a same section in a sectional shape in a direction orthogonal to an impact absorption direction, to a thickness t1 of the outer cylindrical portion, is 40 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Shuhei Onoue, Tadashi Yamaji, Keizo Yokoyama, Kohei Oka
  • Patent number: 10422401
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing structure includes a first mounting fixture having a base and a cavity formed in the base. The cavity is structured to receive a portion of an energy-absorbing member therein. The cavity has at least one wall, a bottom, and at least a pair of opposed crush initiator portions extending between the at least one wall and the bottom. A portion of an energy-absorbing member is inserted into the cavity. The energy-absorbing member is in contact with the first mounting fixture along the first mounting fixture crush initiator portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Umesh N. Gandhi
  • Patent number: 10370092
    Abstract: A vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus comprises at least one shear tab for controlling an amount of impact load applied to a vehicle structure when a vehicle impact event occurs. The vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus further comprises at least one crush tube for limiting the amount of impact load applied to the vehicle structure after the at least one shear tab shears in response to occurrence of the vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Akif O. Bolukbasi, Timothy R. Gleason
  • Patent number: 10330168
    Abstract: A vehicle beam is provided. The vehicle beam may include an outer tube having four outer walls an inner tube having four inner walls inside the outer tube and a first set and a second set of ribs. The first set of ribs may extend from a midpoint of each inner wall to a midpoint of each outer wall. The second set of ribs may extend from a midpoint of each of the first set of ribs to one corner of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tau Tyan
  • Patent number: 10300874
    Abstract: A front-end carrier for a passenger vehicle is disclosed. The front-end carrier has at least one cross member element and at least two lateral strut elements which are connected to one another via the cross member element and extend downward in the vertical direction of the vehicle away from the cross member element. Via the strut elements, the front-end carrier can be supported on a main longitudinal support plane of the passenger vehicle. At least one further load plane is above the main longitudinal support plane and below the cross member element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jens Humpenoeder, Robin Kaiser, Thomas Metzner, Joerg Russ
  • Patent number: 10286933
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a honeycomb type cowcatcher and energy absorber for rail transit vehicles, comprising a high rigidity supporting back frame for cowcatcher and energy absorber, arranged detachably on a frame body of rail transit vehicle; at least one honeycomb type cowcatcher and energy absorber unit fixedly screwed on supporting back frame, applied to absorbing an impact energy generated by collision through plastic deformation; the honeycomb type unit comprises honeycomb structured accommodation cavity, where a honeycomb structure arranged. Through a method of mounting a honeycomb type unit onto the high rigidity supporting back frame, the present invention makes part of energy have been absorbed by the unit before a rigid collision between obstacle and train body happens, thus weakens a relatively large impact afforded by train body, therefore, decreases a damage from obstacle to train body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CANSINGA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Changjie Luo, Wenze Yu, Zhaojing Liu, Shun Hu
  • Patent number: 10286865
    Abstract: A crash box for a vehicle, which mediates a back beam and a side member disposed in a width direction of the vehicle and absorbs crash energy when a crash occurs, may include a connecting body including a front coupling portion coupled to the back beam, a pair of side connecting portions bent from the front coupling portion to face each other, and a rear coupling portion extending from an end portion of each of the side connecting portions by being bent to be coupled to the side member; and a pair of connecting plates coupled to open upper and lower end portions of the connecting body, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., Hanwha Advanced Materials Corporation, Automobile Industrial Ace
    Inventors: Sang Wook Nam, Hyun Gyung Kim, Seok Jae Park, Jeong Du Noh, Ki Jo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10266269
    Abstract: An inertia reel mount for a seat includes a slide, a carriage arranged to support a seatbelt inertia reel, and a damper. The carriage is movable between first and second positions relative to the slide. The damper is fixed to the slide, is arranged between the carriage and the slide to oppose movement of the carriage, and is arranged to absorb kinetic energy from the carriage from sudden acceleration of a seat occupant secured in the seat by the seatbelt as the carriage moves from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barton J. Hainsworth, Walter Thomas Mayo, IV
  • Patent number: 10214866
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Patent number: 10207747
    Abstract: A reinforcement member is provided and includes a reinforcement unit that has a pair of reinforcement unit bodies. Each of the reinforcement unit bodies has a protruding surface protruding from a middle part of the reinforcement unit body relative to a longitudinal direction of the reinforcement unit body. The protruding surfaces of the reinforcement unit bodies are in contact with each other while opposing each other, and opposite end parts of the reinforcement unit have rectangular cross sections when cutting the reinforcement unit perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the reinforcement unit. A plurality of reinforcement units are arranged and the cross sections of the opposite end parts of the reinforcement units form columns and rows of the reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hoon Chang, Dong Keun Yoo, Huen Sick Min
  • Patent number: 10202025
    Abstract: A vehicle roof module having a transparent roof element and a roller blind apparatus arranged under the roof element and having a roller blind track, which is wound on a winding shaft and can be pulled out to cover the underside of the roof element, and which is guided by a drain edge when pulled out from the winding shaft, wherein, according to the invention, foam material attached on or around the roof element contains a drain edge body having the drain edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Guido Bott
  • Patent number: 10174540
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a heat-insulated carcass which has an inner container with a cool able interior space for storing food, a refrigeration device for cooling the interior space, an electromechanical opening assisting device, and a door leaf mounted to the carcass for opening and closing the interior space. The opening assisting device contains an actuator configured to open the door leaf automatically by displacement of a control body. The actuator has a displaceable base body, a plunger mounted in the base body as the control body and an overload protection device arresting the plunger in the base body. The overload protection device fixes the plunger rigidly in the base body, for as long as an impact force acting on the plunger remains smaller than a trigger force and to release the plunger from the base body as soon as an impact force acting on the plunger exceeds the trigger force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Adolf Heydel, Nikolaus Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10151108
    Abstract: Architectural precast concrete construction relies on mechanical connectors at discrete location that may be damaged in a blast or seismic event, posing specific design problems to the engineer. These problems can be overcome with proper detailing. The performance of precast concrete cladding wall panel connection details may be enhanced by incorporating a specific connection hardware, herein described, that deforms elastically or inelastically to accommodate relative displacements due to building motion and/or energy associated with blast pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 10119348
    Abstract: An inner barrel assembly for use with a coring tool may include a sleeve located coaxially within an inner barrel in a telescoping manner. The core barrel assembly may also include a cap located above a top end of the sleeve when the inner barrel assembly is in an initial coring position. The cap may include a skirt having a portion extending downwardly from the cap. A coring tool including an inner barrel assembly and methods of forming an inner barrel assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Audun Kvinnesland
  • Patent number: 10087625
    Abstract: Architectural precast concrete construction relies on mechanical connectors at discrete location that may be damaged in a blast or seismic event, posing specific design problems to the engineer. These problems can be overcome with proper detailing. The performance of precast concrete cladding wall panel connection details may be enhanced by incorporating a specific connection hardware, herein described, that deforms elastically or inelastically to accommodate relative displacements due to building motion and/or energy associated with blast pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 10052984
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for an energy attenuating vehicle seating system that includes a seat configured for guided motion relative to a vehicle compartment over a stroking distance, and an energy attenuating component with a first end attached to the seat, a second end configured for attachment to the vehicle compartment, and an intermediate point configured for guided motion relative to the vehicle compartment. The energy attenuating component is configured to remain rigid and prevent the seat from moving under loads less than a predetermined threshold value, yet deform in a progressive, predictable manner in response to a load exceeding the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Armorworks Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Bosen, Joshua Steven Campbell
  • Patent number: 10043597
    Abstract: A package (100) comprising storage packaging (1) as well as a confinement canister (3) for irradiated fuel, the packaging comprising a lateral body (2) which extends around a longitudinal axis (12) of the packaging and which includes an internal surface (22) which delimits a cavity for housing the canister (3), the packaging furthermore comprising at least one assembly (15) forming a guide rail for the canister in the cavity, mounted on the lateral body (2) and protruding at least partly into the housing cavity (4). According to the invention, the assembly forming a guide rail (15) includes an impact shock absorbing element (28) designed to absorb the shock, by plastic deformation, of a lateral impact between the packaging (1) and the confinement canister (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TN INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Vincent De Gasquet, Vianney Chapuis, Stéphane Nallet, Louis Vilela, Christophe Vallentin, Carine Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10036417
    Abstract: A link rod for a motor vehicle, with a connecting rod (4) designed with an open profile that extends in an axial direction (x), which comprises a back (8) and two opposed sidepieces (9, 10) which are connected to one another by the back (8), extending away from the back so as to enclose an angle (a) of less than 180° between them. Two joints (2, 3) are connected to one another by the connecting rod (4), each joint comprises a joint housing (5) and an inner joint component (6) that is fitted and able to move in the housing and extends outwardly therefrom. The connecting rod (4) is embedded, at its respective axial ends, in one of the joint housings (5), and the sidepieces (9, 10) enclose an angle (?) of at least 90° between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen
    Inventors: Frank Nachbar, Volker Grube
  • Patent number: 9994257
    Abstract: A longitudinal crash beam in an electric vehicle for reducing the effects of a vehicle collision. The crash beam initiates a self-collapsing process in the event of a vehicle collision which may be triggered by the application of a longitudinal force to a set of impressions positioned along the outside surface of the crash beam. The crash beam may include a top side, a right side, a bottom side, a left side, and a plurality of diagonal sides. An upper cross rib, a lower cross rib, and a center rib may extend between the various sides of the crash beam. Benefits of the crash beam include increased rigidity of the vehicle, increased absorption of energy, and increased linearization of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Jens Maier
  • Patent number: 9956934
    Abstract: A rollover protective device (1) for a passenger vehicle has a supporting device (3) extending in the vertical elevation (2) when installed correctly. A crossbar (5) is fastened to the supporting device (3) and extends in a lateral direction (4) when installed correctly. The crossbar (5) is of beam-shaped design and is formed by a sheet metal construction (6) with a deformed front side and/or upper side (7, 8) and an inner supporting structure (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Schmitt, Bjoern Dunst
  • Patent number: 9950594
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door and an impact absorbing structure. The door has an interior panel. The impact absorbing structure is secured to an inner surface of the interior panel. The impact absorbing structure has a centrally located hub and a plurality of spokes extending radially outward from the hub toward a peripheral boundary of the interior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shaikh Akhlaque-E-Rasul, Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav, William Moore Sherwood
  • Patent number: 9919668
    Abstract: A vehicle energy absorption structure includes an energy absorption member made of fiber reinforced resin. At least part, in a thickness direction, of that wall extending in a load input direction of the energy absorption member is provided with a plurality of discontinuous portions discontinued from each other in the load input direction, the plurality of discontinuous portions being arranged along the load input direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Kitakata, Kouki Ikeda, Atsushi Mikuni
  • Patent number: 9902349
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam, an extension, a crush can, and a bracket. The bumper beam extends longitudinally from a first end to a second end. The extension attaches to the first end of the bumper beam and has a segment parallel to the bumper beam and a leg extending transversely relative to the bumper beam. The crush can is attached to the segment. The bracket extends from the extension and is welded to the crush can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Jordan
  • Patent number: 9855971
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a frame impact absorbing part extending from the side of a left front side frame in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body. The frame impact absorbing part includes first and second frame bending members that form a frame tubular body, upper and lower frame flanges projecting outward from the frame tubular body, upper and lower first fragile portions that divide the frame flanges in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, and a plurality of frame rigid portions formed at a rear end of the frame tubular body on the rear side of the vehicle body with respect to the first fragile portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Daido, Tatsuya Ishizaki, Akira Hojo
  • Patent number: 9845619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock for a door or flap, comprising a locking mechanism that consists of a rotary latch (1) and at least one pawl (2) for locking the rotary latch (1), the rotary latch (1) when in the detent position preferably initiating an opening moment in the pawl (2). The design of the rotary latch (1) is such that said latch is deformed under excessive stress in the locked state in such a way that an engagement between the pawl (2) and the rotary latch (1) is maintained or increases. A lock of this type will not open even under excessive stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Armin Handke, Andreas Sohlbach, Matthais Ochtrop
  • Patent number: 9834160
    Abstract: A crash structure for a vehicle includes a crash can having a plurality of indents and a support rail aligned longitudinally with the crash can. The support rail has an inboard surface region having a further indent to facilitate inward deformation of the crash structure, and an opposite surface region having a continuous surface opposite the further indent. A method of manufacturing a crash structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Staines, Steven Busby
  • Patent number: 9828037
    Abstract: A structural beam component for a vehicle comprises: a beam body that has an I-section for at least part of its length, the beam body having first and second sides opposite each other, wherein the I-section extends at least partially along the first and second sides; a crash rail attachment at one end of the beam body, the crash rail attachment providing a fore-aft backup structure for a crash rail in the vehicle; another attachment at an opposite end of the beam body, the other attachment connecting the structural beam component to a side sill of the vehicle; and first and second ribbing on the first and second sides, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Luis E Alanis, Hussein Sanaknaki
  • Patent number: 9828098
    Abstract: Aircraft cargo management systems comprising a support structure comprising a first rail and a second rail, the first rail arranged parallel to the second rail, wherein the first rail has a first exterior face and the second rail has a second exterior face, a wheel mounted on an axle, the axle mounted to the first exterior face and passing through the second exterior face, and a power drive unit (“PDU”) mounted to the axle and configured to rotate the axle about an axis are provided. PDUs comprising an electronic controller housed in a controller housing, a motor housed in a motor housing, and a first connecter mounted to the motor housing and a second connector mounted to the controller housing, the first connector configured to mate with the second connector and to conduct electricity between the motor and the electronic controller are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wesley K. Stegmiller, Aaron J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9821753
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an energy absorber element can comprise: a first support wall and a second support wall, a crush wall joining the first and second support walls together to define a deformable zone; a connection mechanism configured to connect the first and/or second support wall to a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method for using an energy absorber element in a vehicle can comprise: detachably connecting an energy absorber element to a vehicle at a support location for a vehicle component, once the energy absorber element has absorbed energy, detaching the energy absorber element from the vehicle; and separately replacing the energy absorber element from the vehicle component. In some embodiments, the vehicle component is not replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Sudhakar Ramamoorthy Marur, Ankit Kumar Garg, Subrata Nayak, Triloka Chander Tankala, James Robert Wilson
  • Patent number: 9822503
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Patent number: 9809254
    Abstract: An end structure of a motor vehicle body has two longitudinal struts which extend along respective axes have respective ends, on which respective attachment plates are fitted; the attachment plates have respective walls, which are ring-shaped about longitudinal axes and defined frontally by respective faces having substantially vertical and flat resting zones; two supporting plates rest respectively on these resting zones and are fixed to the walls and to two buffering elements, which are substantially coaxial to the struts; the two attachment plates further have respective tabs, which are radiused to said walls at an inner annular perimeter thereof and end with respective edges, which are longitudinally aligned with the supporting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano De Leo, Saverio Gariano, Alessandro Bernardi, Gianfranco Del Nero, Giuseppe Antonio Soddu
  • Patent number: 9789532
    Abstract: On at least one surface of a structural part, on all or part of a hollow section between outer and inner peripheral borders, is associated at least one cover sheet made of rigid metallic material. The at least one cover sheet is mechanically fixed with the edge of the peripheral borders of the structural part, and covers all or part of inner cavities formed on open sides of the part. The at least one cover sheet has a triple function: to increase the rigidity of the structural part, to absorb shock by deforming in a plane while remaining integral with the part, and to allow reduction of the mass of the structural part and optimization of the mass/performance ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT JEAN INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Emile Thomas Di Serio
  • Patent number: 9738130
    Abstract: A suspension arm includes an arm body having a longitudinal shape, a wheel-side attachment portion disposed at one end of the arm body, and a vehicle body-side attachment portion disposed at the other end of the arm body, and is mounted near a drive shaft to extend in a lateral direction of a vehicle, the arm body including an overlap portion that overlaps the drive shaft as viewed from a front in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle, a weak portion having lower strength than the overlap portion being provided between the overlap portion and the wheel-side attachment portion, the arm body having a hollow longitudinal shape, and portions on both sides of the weak portion being quenched by high frequency heating so as to have high strength, such that the weak portion is partially provided at an intermediate position between the overlap portion and the wheel-side attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Michio Suzumori
  • Patent number: 9738290
    Abstract: A transportation unit for a cable transportation system has a chair with a bench; a safety frame movable between an open position and a closed position and having a front bar; and at least one safety barrier, which is fixed to the front bar, extends predominantly between the front bar and the bench when the safety frame is in the closed position, and has a support with an anchoring portion fixed to the front bar, and a projecting portion, which projects from the anchoring portion, is elastically flexible under stress oriented in given or designated directions, and is substantially rigid under stress oriented in other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ROPFIN B.V.
    Inventors: Hannes Fischnaller, Josef Rainer
  • Patent number: 9688123
    Abstract: A load transmission member includes an outside load transmission member attached to one face of a panel member; an inside load transmission member attached to a position corresponding to the outside load transmission member at the other face of the panel member, and a temporary attachment device provided on at least one of the outside load transmission member or the inside load transmission member for temporarily attaching to the panel member. A load is transmitted through the panel member from the outside load transmission member to the inside load transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Hasegawa, Katsusaburo Tsuchikawa
  • Patent number: RE47971
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile vehicle seat and an energy-absorption apparatus coupled to the juvenile vehicle seat. The energy-absorption apparatus is configured to absorb external energy associated with an external impact force applied to the energy-absorption apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Tanner, Kim Tat, Stephen B. Oltman, Meihui Lin