With Baffle Patents (Class 220/563)
  • Patent number: 11052754
    Abstract: A fuel tank made of a resin includes: a tank body having walls facing each other therein; and an internal strut including both ends fixed to the facing walls respectively. The internal strut has a grid shape such that through holes are arranged as viewed from a side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: YACHIYO INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Alan Lichti, Matthew Maples
  • Patent number: 10997803
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting a fuel tank diagnostic. In one example, a method comprises sealing a fuel tank of a vehicle, retrieving data related to fuel tank pressure from a crowd of vehicles, and indicating the fuel tank of the vehicle being diagnosed is degraded responsive to data related to fuel tank pressure from the crowd insufficiently correlating with a set of data related to fuel tank pressure from the vehicle. In this way, fuel tank degradation may be indicated without coupling the fuel tank of the vehicle to atmosphere, which may reduce a release of undesired evaporative emissions to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Scott Alan Bohr, Wolfgang Krings
  • Patent number: 10766358
    Abstract: A reinforcement structure made of plastic material for plastic vehicle tank. The reinforcement structure has a first portion comprising at least one weak section and at least one strong section, which are designed so that the weak section breaks before the strong section, when the first portion is under mechanical stress, the reinforcement structure also has at least one second portion designed to reduce the slosh noise, the second portion extends from the strong section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Hyeon-Gyun Kim, Se-Hyung Park, Young-Man Kim, Laurent Duez
  • Patent number: 10494059
    Abstract: A system that controls an impact load resulting from a fluid under an internal/external force is provided. The system senses an impact load, of a fluid under an internal/external force and attenuates the impact load. The present invention includes a floating means arranged horizontally inside an amount of fluid in an open space or in a sealed interior, a position adjustment means is vertically connected to the floating means and positioned inside the fluid, a sensing means disposed inside the fluid, on the floating means, the position adjustment means, or a structure in the periphery senses a measurement object. A controller predicts/monitors and predicts/controls fluid dynamics-related forces, hull stress, six-degree-of-freedom movements, and positions in connection with a transportation means or maritime structure. The floating means, the position adjustment means, and the sensing means are installed thereon, and use the value from the measurement object transmitted from the sensing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CYTRONIQ CO. LTD
    Inventor: Michael MyungSub Lee
  • Patent number: 10458399
    Abstract: A precision additive dosing device comprising a liquid additive tank, dosing pump, filter, electric actuator, and pump control unit. Upon completion of fueling, the control unit is input with the corresponding volume of fuel just delivered. The pump starts until a time is reached that achieves the correct blend of additive for the fuel. The dosing pump delivers a constant volume of additive with time being the only variable to achieve the correct ratio of additive to fuel. Operation of the pump may be delayed or the time of pump operation may be increased during low ambient temperatures by the pump control circuit. Additionally, a heater may be used to heat the additive in similarly low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Harry Stephen Matson
  • Patent number: 10436386
    Abstract: A modular pressure vessel suitable for housing, storage, and/or supplying a pressurized fluid is disclosed. In one aspect, the modular pressure vessel comprises removable end-caps attached to each end of a center section. The center section includes longitudinal rails. In another aspect, methods for manufacturing the modular pressure vessel are described, including extrusion processes for the center section. The modular pressure vessel allows for various components to be easily swapped out or changed, such as the end-caps, or components easily installed and removed from inside the pressure vessel, such as a compressor and related components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: AccuAir Control Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Reno N. Heon, Dustin B. Heon
  • Patent number: 10259316
    Abstract: A stiffness reinforcement device for a fuel tank of a vehicle may include a body including a pair of pillars formed at both lateral end portions of the body; an upper fusing portion molded to an upper part of the body integrally and fused to an upper plate of the fuel tank; and a lower fusing portion molded to a lower part of the body integrally and fused to a lower plate of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bo Sung Lee, Bu Yeol Ryu, Ju Tae Song
  • Patent number: 10245944
    Abstract: A tank mounted on a working vehicle is provided with an exterior member including a first plate unit, a second plate unit, a third plate unit, a fourth plate unit, a fifth plate unit, and a sixth plate unit, a first baffle plate joined to a first inner surface of the first plate unit, a second inner surface of the second plate unit, and a third inner surface of the third plate unit, and a second baffle plate joined to a fourth inner surface of the fourth plate unit, a fifth inner surface of the fifth plate unit, and a sixth inner surface of the sixth plate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Takeda, Naoki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10232703
    Abstract: A system for reducing fuel slosh noise in a storage tank is described. In one particular example, the system comprises a slatted baffle with angularly arranged louvers extending therefrom to reduce sloshing noise in the tank by redirecting fuel waves while preventing surface wave collisions in the tank. In this way, the louvered baffle has the ability to provide different fuel flows based on the direction of flow incident on the slatted baffle, which may enhance the driving experience, particularly in hybrid and start-stop vehicles, where periods exist in the drive cycle where background engine noise is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dhaval P. Vaishnav, Maria Fernanda Maya Diaz, Mike Dong, Mohammad Usman
  • Patent number: 10196151
    Abstract: A rotorcraft includes a fuselage having a fuel tank receiving assembly with a fuel tank positioned therein. The fuel tank including a plurality of interconnected fuel bags operable to contain liquid fuel. A network of straps is disposed about the fuel tank forming a restraint assembly. The network of straps includes at least one perimeter strap extending at least partially about at least two fuel bags and at least one surrounding strap extending at least partially about the at least two fuel bags. The at least one perimeter strap has at least two intersections with the at least one surrounding strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peryea, Michael Reaugh Smith, Douglas Hamelwright, Jr., Albert G. Brand, Nicholas J. Plagianos, Joshua Emrich, Timothy Carr
  • Patent number: 10086695
    Abstract: A liquid tank includes a tank wall enclosing a tank volume and at least one relief structure facing the tank volume on an inner side of the tank wall. The relief structure is formed as one-piece with the tank wall. Two shell parts can be joined along a joining surface to make a section of the tank wall. One of the shell parts can include a tank bottom. At least one part of the relief structure can be formed on the tank bottom. The relief structure can include projections protruding into the tank volume along a local direction of projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Ganthaler, Walter Kral
  • Patent number: 9956869
    Abstract: Fuel tank made of thermoplastic material comprising baffle components provided therein in the form of at least one baffle element (2) comprising at least one wall portion (4) which is clamped approximately centrally and/or at the end, so that said wall portion may perform relative movements in relation to the tank, caused by splashing movements of the fuel, at least one fastening foot being provided for the clamping, the base thereof being provided with at least one through-hole, through which the fastening foot is riveted and/or welded to the tank wall (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Esser
  • Patent number: 9840145
    Abstract: An improved fuel tank is disclosed that includes a plurality of recessed ribs formed in the fuel tank adjacent a fuel filter. The fuel filter is received in a pocket formed in the lateral side of the fuel tank by a front side wall and rear side wall that extend from the lateral side to a recessed wall. The ribs include an inner portion, a transverse portion and an outer portion. The recessed ribs have upper and lower walls that converge toward a base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Viktor Kostrominov, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Mustafa Usuf, Bakhtyar Baig
  • Patent number: 9493068
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly comprises a fuel reservoir and a fuel flow control baffle positioned within the fuel reservoir to reduce the fluid energy/momentum of moving fuel. The fuel flow control baffle further comprises a sheet assembly including a first sheet layer and a second sheet layer, perforations defining attenuation channels, extending through said first and second sheet layers through which moving fuel flows into the fuel flow control baffle and a web positioned between the sheet layers to maintain the layers in a separated, three-dimensional relationship, wherein the web operates to absorb the fluid energy/momentum of the moving fuel and to reverse the fuel flow back through the flow attenuation channels. The fuel control baffle can be easily varied in length to permit usage in multiple locations inside the same tank, and in other different tank designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fan Li, Stephen D. Sibal, Gordon R. McAllister
  • Patent number: 9463690
    Abstract: A neck assembly of a fuel system component comprises a housing. The housing comprises a sleeve having a first end portion positioned exterior to the fuel system component and a longitudinally opposed second end portion. The housing further comprises an encapsulation ring extending radially outwardly from the second end portion of the sleeve and encapsulated within a wall of the fuel system component. The neck assembly further comprises a valve cartridge at least partially received within the sleeve and secured thereto. The valve cartridge comprises a conduit having a first end portion positioned exterior to the fuel system component and a longitudinally opposed second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Salflex Polymers Limited
    Inventors: Jeff Yager, Daniel Butum, William Matthew Foster
  • Patent number: 9242549
    Abstract: A method of blow molding a reservoir, such as an automotive fuel tank, may include one or more steps. In one step, the reservoir is at least partially formed to have a first wall and a second wall. The first wall defines a first interior and the second wall defines a second interior that may be open to the first interior. In another step, the second wall is contracted inwardly before its material hardens. After contraction, the volume of the second interior is reduced. The contraction may be performed via a mold tool assembly having one or more moveable tool segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: TI AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Andreas W. Dobmaier, Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Peter Grauer, Gerrit A. Michaelis
  • Patent number: 9174532
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a structural body and a membrane. The membrane extends vertically between and is attached to a top wall and a bottom wall of the structural body, and substantially extends between a first side wall and a second side wall of the structural body. The membrane defines a plurality of venting apertures operable to allow liquid fuel to move therethrough. The membrane is flexible, and includes a length, measured between a top edge and a bottom edge of the membrane, that is greater than a height of the structural body, which is measured between the top wall and the bottom wall of the structural body. The flexibility of the membrane and the length of the membrane allow the membrane to flex and move to absorb kinetic energy of fuel moving within the structural body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kristin M. Demare, William L. Villaire
  • Patent number: 9061623
    Abstract: A container for use on a dump truck style transport trailer is described, and specifically a container for transporting a fluid mixture such as a slurry or sludge is described. The container has interior hinging baffles for dividing the container into compartments and preventing the contents in the container from moving around during transport. The container has a tailgate that is connected to the baffles such that pivoting the tailgate causes the baffles to pivot. The container also includes a sealable lid that can be opened for loading contents into the container and closed for preventing spillage of the contents during transportation. A cleaning system and heating system for the container are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: OCULUS TRANSPORT LTD.
    Inventors: Michael MacLean, Henry James Klassen
  • Patent number: 9004308
    Abstract: A lined transport tank for mounting to a truck is provided. The tank has a lined tank body. The tank body has an inner surface. A baffle is removably connected to the inner surface of the tank body. A retaining system is removably connecting the baffle to the inner surface of the tank body. The retaining system has a pair of elongated members fixedly connected to the inner surface of the tank body. The pair of elongated members is restraining movement of the baffle in a first direction. A retainer is connected to the pair of elongated members. The retainer is restraining movement of the baffle in a second direction. The second direction is different from the first direction. A retaining system for removably connecting an element to a surface is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ferus Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Eugene Spencer, Zachary B. Spencer, Travis Balaski
  • Publication number: 20150069070
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel tank according to the present invention has a structure in which a chamber space (10) of a baffle body (6) is formed at a point away from an inner surface of a tank body (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norifumi Iwaya, Hiroaki Kageyama, Takayuki Sano, Kenichi Kunii
  • Patent number: 8973778
    Abstract: A self-adjusting connector for attaching a fuel tank accessory component to a wall of a fuel tank includes a mounting portion, a flange portion and a load-accommodating portion. The mounting portion is adapted to be attached to a wall of a fuel tank at an attachment site The flange portion is adapted to be attached to a fuel tank accessory component. And the load-accommodating portion is situated between the mounting portion and the flange portion and permits the mounting portion and the flange portion to move relative to one another. In at least some implementations, the relative movement permits loads applied by the fuel tank wall, such as due to temperature or other changes in the wall, to be accommodated without undue stress on the accessory component or undue reaction forces on the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Bernd M. Nickel
  • Publication number: 20150060468
    Abstract: A vehicle tank having a container and a pair of spaced apart baffle plates directly connected to walls of the container to define a swirl pot. The baffle plates have at least one orifice which lies spatially above the swirl pot, and within the swirl pot, the baffle plates have valves to allow an inflow of fuel into the swirl pot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jörg GROSS, Bernd KAHLER, Michael SCHMID
  • Patent number: 8967327
    Abstract: A device and method for a baffling, sealing, or reinforcement that includes one or more flow channel structures selectively formed in a carrier for achieving improved connection between the carrier and an expandable material attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventor: Blake Synnestvedt
  • Publication number: 20150053693
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a structural body and a membrane. The membrane extends vertically between and is attached to a top wall and a bottom wall of the structural body, and substantially extends between a first side wall and a second side wall of the structural body. The membrane defines a plurality of venting apertures operable to allow liquid fuel to move therethrough. The membrane is flexible, and includes a length, measured between a top edge and a bottom edge of the membrane, that is greater than a height of the structural body, which is measured between the top wall and the bottom wall of the structural body. The flexibility of the membrane and the length of the membrane allow the membrane to flex and move to absorb kinetic energy of fuel moving within the structural body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kristin M. Demare, William L. Villaire
  • Patent number: 8960483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reservoir tank, particularly for receiving a reducing agent for metering into the exhaust gas tract of an internal combustion engine. A spill basin is accommodated in the hollow space of the reservoir tank. At the base region, the spill basin is radially and axially guided into a recess of the reservoir tank base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Haeberer, Matthias Horn
  • Patent number: 8919376
    Abstract: A system and method to mitigate the effect of hydrodynamic ram. The system including a chamber adapted to receive fluid and a core disposed within the chamber. A plurality of columns extend through the core and a plurality of orifices extend through the thickness of the columns. The method includes channeling a portion of a vapor bubble to an ullage space disposed within the chamber with the plurality of columns and changing the fluid state of the vapor bubble with a plurality of orifices extending through the thickness of the plurality of columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Elliot Sparks
  • Patent number: 8857651
    Abstract: A spherical hollow filling body is provided for filling containers for combustible and inflammable liquids or gases. The filling body is used for preventing explosive combustion processes and explosions, for extinguishing fires, as protection against corrosion in tanks, for separating fuels and water, as protection against bacteria and fungi in fuel tanks, as protection against theft, for reducing hydrocarbon emissions, for increasing the stability and safety of tanks in the event of a crash, for reducing the boil-off effect of hydrogen, for applications in the chemical industry, for deriving static electricity from fuel containers, for protection against electromagnetic interferences, for reducing the B.L.E.V.E. effect, for increasing the filling quantity of gas containers, for heating and cooling liquids and gases, and for reducing evaporation loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Kurt Stelzl
  • Patent number: 8844754
    Abstract: A fuel tank made of plastic, in the interior of which an insert (2) is located, wherein the insert should enclose a space (3), wherein the fuel tank should offer the greatest possible economy of space, and the fuel tank and the insert should have a simple form. For this purpose, a box made of plastic and open at the top is attached to the inside of the upper wall (1) of the fuel tank as an insert (2), wherein the box forms a closed space (3) together with the wall (1) of the tank, wherein the insert (2) comprises a bottom (5) and side walls (6, 7, 8, 9), the upper edges of which are connected in a bonded manner to the wall (1) of the tank. The insert (2) contains inner parts (20-26) that are integral therewith and has at least one fitting (13-16) on the side walls (6, 7, 8, 9) for connecting a pipe line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Pozgainer, Mark Polifke
  • Patent number: 8844565
    Abstract: An anti-vibration system for a fluid reservoir. The system includes a baffle disposed within the fluid reservoir. The baffle includes a mounting mechanism and one or more apertures. The mounting mechanism is adapted to mount the baffle within the reservoir. In addition, and a reservoir cover, enclosing the fluid reservoir, includes receiving fixtures to receive the mounting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Wirth
  • Publication number: 20140246440
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating fluid container for a motor vehicle, said container including a container body which is assembled from at least two injection-moulded shells (2a, 2b) of thermoplastic plastics material which are complementary to each other. The shells (2a, 2b) are provided in each case with integrally moulded structures which extend into the free container volume in such a manner that they bring about a restriction of a fluid surge created, for instance, in the container. At least some of the structures on each of the two shells are to welded together at least in part or in a punctiform manner approximately in the joining plane (8) of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Kopiec
  • Patent number: 8821725
    Abstract: A slurry handling and disposal system is provided for waste slurry and particulates. The system includes a waste bin provided with support structures for retaining a flexible removable filter element with a filter element supported above a floor of the waste bin. The particulate matter component of a volume of the waste slurry and particulates deposited in the filter element is retained in said filter element while the liquid component of the waste slurry and particulates are collected in a base portion of the waste bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Charles Weston
  • Patent number: 8820559
    Abstract: A container for shipping and storing flowable materials includes generally planar walls that form or enclose a generally-box shaped vessel for holding flowable material. The container includes a plurality of corner fittings and optionally a plurality of connecting members that provide a frame structure to support the corner fittings. The corner fittings enable the container to be lifted and to be secured to a transport platform, transport vehicle, and/or another container. The vessel walls may be composed of a material that is not as strong or as dense as the material that forms the corner fittings and/or connecting members. The vessel walls may be corrugated and/or include a support structure overlaid on their exterior surface to increase the strength of the walls. The vessel interior may contain baffles to reduce sloshing and increase the strength of the vessel walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lake Effect Advisors, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Beitler, Rebecca A. Ayers, Christian B. Beaudoin, Ryan Joseph Johnson
  • Patent number: 8789720
    Abstract: A fuel tank which has partition walls capable of flowing fuel into a fuel suction port more easily at the time of the acceleration/deceleration of a vehicle is provided. A fuel tank 11 for vehicle has a fuel suction port 22 through which a fuel pump sucks fuel in the fuel tank 11 from the lower portion of the inner space of the fuel tank 11, a first partition wall 31 surrounding one of the front and and the rear and the sides of the fuel suction port 22 to have an opening to the other of the front and the rear and preventing the fuel from moving to one of the front and the rear, and a second partition wall 32 surrounding the sides and the other of the front and the rear of the first partition wall 31 to have an opening to one of the front and the rear and preventing the fuel from moving to the other of the front and the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Hidenori Arisawa
  • Publication number: 20140197176
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. In one example approach, a fuel tank for a vehicle comprises a wave catcher extending through an interior of the fuel tank and coupled to a front wall and a first side wall of the fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Randall Pearce
  • Patent number: 8746359
    Abstract: The invention relates to an element (7) intended to decrease the risk of explosion when handling fuel inside a container (1). The element is adapted to be positioned inside the container and is arranged to suppress a possible combustion of the fuel inside the container. The invention also relates to a use of such an element inside a container to decrease the risk for explosion when handling fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Roger Rüdén
  • Publication number: 20140144915
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for suppressing sloshing. An apparatus for suppressing sloshing according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a plurality of buoyant blocks and connecting members connecting the buoyant blocks and can float on a liquid cargo in a liquid cargo storage tank, the buoyant block includes a buoyant body having buoyancy to float on liquid, a first foam member covering the buoyant body and absorbing the liquid, and a first cover covering the first foam member, and the first foam member has through-holes formed through the first foam member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sooho Lee, Byenghee Yun, Byeongsoo Kim, Sangeon Chun, Jonghak Kim, Young-Min Lee, Jeongoh Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140144914
    Abstract: A fuel tank baffle assembly is provided for installation in a fuel tank, the baffle assembly comprising a main body having a first end section, a second end section, and an intermediate section interconnecting the first and second end sections. Operably associated with the main body is at least one deployable auxiliary baffle structure. The auxiliary baffle structure is configured to be positioned in an undeployed state during installation into a fuel tank, thereby defining a first installation width of the baffle assembly. Following installation, the auxiliary baffle structure is deployed into an extended position, thereby defining an operational width for subsequent usage. The operational width is greater than the installation width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Yager, James D. Anchak, JR., Michael Grant Lieblang
  • Publication number: 20140138388
    Abstract: A device and method for a baffling, sealing, or reinforcement that includes one or more flow channel structures selectively formed in a carrier for achieving improved connection between the carrier and an expandable material attached thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Blake Synnestvedt
  • Patent number: 8727173
    Abstract: A baffle system for guiding fuel stored within a fuel tank is disclosed. The baffle system may include first and second baffle walls. Each of the first and second baffle walls may be formed from inner, intermediate, and outer portions. Each inner portion may extend from the respective intermediate portion. Each outer portion may extend from the respective intermediate portion, with an angle at a junction of the outer and intermediate portions being between approximately 120 degrees and 150 degrees. The first and second baffles walls may form a partially-closed volume with the first and second inner and intermediate portions, where the partially-closed volume may be configured to retain fuel guided into the volume by the first and second outer portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Edward Schwark, Robert Joseph Egging, James Lester Greene, Mario Roberto Giovannini
  • Patent number: 8720732
    Abstract: A plastic fuel tank including an upper wall, a lower wall and at least two compartments, such compartments being established by a dividing wall including a part of the tank upper and lower walls, this dividing wall having at least opening enabling free flow of liquids between the at least two compartments and at least opening enabling free flow of vapors between the at least two compartments, such openings occupying less than 80% of the dividing wall, the at least 20% remaining of the dividing wall being constituted by at least one kiss point formed by welding together a multiplicity of contact points of the upper and lower walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (SociétéAnonyme)
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Vincent Cuvelier, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen, Benoit Devaux
  • Patent number: 8714390
    Abstract: A container for operating media of motor vehicles which is chemically stable both in respect of the fuel carried and in respect of additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Steyr Fuel Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Kögel
  • Patent number: 8708190
    Abstract: An anti-sloshing apparatus comprising: a plurality of buoyant members having buoyancy to be floated on the surface of liquid; a foam member having open cell structure to absorb the liquid and covering the buoyant member; and a connecting member to connect the adjacent buoyant members one another, allows effectively preventing liquid cargo sloshing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Eon Chun
  • Patent number: 8684219
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8657142
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8636162
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly for vehicles including a fuel tank shell having reduced wall thickness, accordingly resulting in a reduced total mass of the tank assembly. The fuel tank shell comprises two half shells connected to one another and having at least one support member attached thereto for providing structural support to the fuel tank shell. In particular, the support member may be positioned internally or externally to the fuel tank with such a positioning being selected so as to offer support in at least one area where the stress level exerted on the fuel tank shell is maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Les Industries Spectra/Premium, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Schoen, Todd Marentette, Steve Fontaine, Cory Borghi, Doug Olgren, Leslie Menec, Mark Church
  • Publication number: 20140014664
    Abstract: A tank for holding liquid having internal partitions. The partitions have enlarged bottom ends fillable with liquid and restable on the bottom wall of the tank to limit sideways movement of the partitions. The partitions are mounted to the tank only above the liquid within the tank by a channel that loosely receives the top ends of the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wolfe, Andrew J. Sander
  • Patent number: 8616403
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel filler port device that is of a fuel tank for a straddled vehicle and that can utilize the upper space of the fuel tank without leading to an increase in size of a fuel filler guide tube. The fuel filler port device (60) of a fuel tank for a straddled vehicle is provided with: a fuel filler guide tube (61) that extends from the fuel filler port (53) provided to the upper wall of the fuel tank (16) to the interior of the fuel tank (16), and a flame arrester (62) that is disposed at the bottom of the fuel filler guide tube (61); and the flame arrester (62) is provided in a manner allowing a nozzle (N) of a fuel gun inserted from the fuel filler port (53) to be inserted lower than the upper end of the flame arrester (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Hisadomi, Hiroyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 8608011
    Abstract: A fuel tank capable of strongly fusion-bonding a built-in part to an inner surface of an outer wall thereof while protecting the outer wall even when an impact, etc. are applied thereto. In the fuel tank for a motor vehicle, which is formed by blow molding, in which the built-in part is mounted, and which has the outer wall composed of a synthetic resin, a plurality of mounting members adapted to mount the built-in part to the fuel tank are provided on the built-in part so as to be fusion-bonded to the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank. An abutment portion is formed on each of the mounting members for contacting the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank, and an abutment surface and a plurality of abutment pins, each projecting from the abutment surface, are formed in the abutment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Asahara, Tomohide Aoki, Yasuyuki Washiyama
  • Patent number: 8608012
    Abstract: An automotive fuel tank is provided in which a plurality of mounting members are provided on a built-in part which are fusion bonded to an inner surface of an outer wall of the fuel tank so as to attach the built-in part in place in the fuel tank. An abutment portion is formed on the mounting member which is brought into abutment with an inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank. The abutment portion has formed thereon an abutment surface which is made to tightly stick to the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank and elongated projections which project from the abutment surface, whose cross section at their distal end portions is of triangular shape and which penetrate into an interior of the outer wall of the fuel tank, and a height of an apex of the elongated projection from the abutment surface is in the range of 30% to 70% of a thickness of the outer wall of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohide Aoki, Tomohisa Imaeda
  • Patent number: 8602247
    Abstract: A collection device with a collection container and a plurality of conducting elements guided on the collection container is disposed in a fluid container for a motor vehicle. The conducting elements are preferably of one-piece construction together with a collection plate surrounding the collection container. Fluid that sloshes around in the fluid container is fed through the conducting elements and the collection plate to the collection container. This allows the minimum amount of fluid in the fluid container required for the proper operation of the motor vehicle to be kept particularly low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft für Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventor: Karl Smirra