Tank Forms Load Support Patents (Class 280/831)
  • Patent number: 10493843
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a plurality of tanks storing gas in the tanks and arranged in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and each of the tanks includes: a pressure relief device configured to open when a temperature of the tank becomes a predetermined temperature or more; and a release part releasing the gas in the tank in a predetermined direction by the opening of the pressure relief device, wherein the release direction of the gas released from the release part of the front tank located at a frontward position among the plurality of tanks is defined to be a direction directly facing a space between the pressure relief devices of the rear tanks disposed more rearward than the front tank, and a ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Okawachi
  • Patent number: 9995260
    Abstract: A bi-fuel vehicle has an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to provide motive power to the vehicle by combustion of a liquid fuel and gas-phase fuel. The vehicle has a dual fuel tank including a liquid fuel tank to receive liquid fuel, contain the liquid fuel, and supply the liquid fuel for combustion in the ICE. The vehicle has a pressurizable gas-phase fuel tank defined by a wall. A gas-phase fuel is permeable through the wall. The pressurizable gas-phase fuel tank is to receive the gas-phase fuel, contain the gas-phase fuel, and supply the gas-phase fuel for combustion in the ICE. A shell envelops the pressurizable gas-phase fuel tank and defines an interior space of the liquid fuel tank. The wall is in fluid communication with the interior space. The interior space is to receive the permeated gas-phase fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid, Anne M. Dailly, Mei Cai, Herman K. Phlegm, Ronald O. Grover, Jr., Kushal Narayanaswamy
  • Patent number: 9869281
    Abstract: A bi-fuel vehicle includes an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to power the vehicle by combustion of liquid and gas-phase fuels. The vehicle has a dual fuel tank including a pressurizable gas-phase fuel compartment defined by a wall that is permeable by a gas-phase fuel. The gas-phase fuel compartment receives and contains the gas-phase fuel, and supplies the gas-phase fuel for combustion in the ICE. The dual fuel tank includes a liquid fuel compartment to receive and contain liquid fuel, and supply the liquid fuel for combustion in the ICE. A shell envelops the gas-phase fuel compartment, and defines the liquid fuel compartment. An interstitial space between the wall and the shell is in one-way fluid communication with the liquid fuel compartment. The interstitial space receives the permeated gas-phase fuel and channels the permeated gas-phase fuel to the liquid fuel compartment. The dual fuel tank has a vapor recovery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Mei Cai, Anne M. Dailly, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid
  • Patent number: 9499205
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a fuel tank, a battery, a first exoskeleton, and a second exoskeleton. The fuel tank and the battery straddle a driveline and are each disposed below a seating area. The first exoskeleton has a first pair of rails secured to each other by a first cross member. The second exoskeleton has a second pair of rails secured to each other by a second cross member. The first and second exoskeletons surround the fuel tank and battery, respectively, and are configured to absorb energy during an impact to protect the fuel tank and battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Elia, Justin I. Thakolkaran, Corey John Jarocki, William Moore Sherwood, John Patrick Doyle, II
  • Patent number: 9290091
    Abstract: A modularized structure of a fuel device and a rear suspension mounted on a floor panel of a vehicle that uses hydrogen or electricity as fuel, may include a cross member that is coupled to the fuel device and is disposed in a vehicle width direction, both ends thereof being connected to support a wheel hub, respectively, wherein the cross member is mounted to the floor panel in a state of being fastened to the fuel device in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Hak Lee, Young-Gun Cho
  • Patent number: 8950530
    Abstract: A stackable mobile platform vehicle with a body with attached tires and wheels with a load bearing strength of at least 2500 pounds. In some instances the platform vehicle is powered by an electrical motor coupled to a generator which is powered by an internal combustion engine. A large flat load bearing deck on top of the vehicle is sufficient to support the weight of at least one additional stackable mobile platform vehicle. In some instances electricity produced by the generator can by exported from the mobile vehicle platform for use external to the mobile vehicle platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Alan Niedzwiecki
  • Patent number: 8950427
    Abstract: A water transport system comprising a first container, a second container, a mechanical connector fixing the first and second containers to each other and/or a towing vehicle, and a control device. The water transport system may be used in a method of water management for recreational vehicles (RV), trailers, or motor homes. The water transport system may be sized and configured to fit in a bed of the towing vehicle used for towing the RV, trailer, or motor home. The second container may be coupled to a macerator pump of the RV, trailer, or motor home to receive wastewater therefrom and the control device may be configured to automatically shut off the macerator pump when the second container is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Eugene F. Gallo, Amy-Noelle Gallo
  • Publication number: 20150001839
    Abstract: A fuel cell powered vehicle fuel storage system is disclosed having a suspension system, a fuel tank, and a support system, wherein the suspension system, fuel tank, and support system cooperate to carry vehicle structural loads and the reaction loads of the suspension system and to maximize a volume of the fuel tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: James W. Dandalides, David A. Young, Robert Metenmacher
  • Publication number: 20140375043
    Abstract: A modular fuel storage system can include a container, a cover, a storage tank and fuel fill and delivery lines. The container can define an interior space therein and the cover can be configured to engage the container to enclose the interior space. The storage tank can be configured to store and selectively deliver a gaseous fuel. The fuel fill and fuel delivery lines can each be fluidly connected to the storage tank. The fill and delivery lines can each have a coupling connector extending external to the container and terminating in a recess formed in an exterior of the container. The modular fuel storage system can be configured to be assembled in the vehicle such that the cover forms a portion of a floor of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: James W. Finck
  • Patent number: 8905165
    Abstract: An assembly that is configured to receive a cab assembly is described. The assembly includes an undercarriage that is configured to hold hydraulic oil. One or more utility arms are coupled to the undercarriage frame for lifting and lowering attachments coupled to the one or more utility arms. A hydraulic pump is coupled to the undercarriage frame and is configured to operate the one or more utility arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Johnstone
  • Patent number: 8876163
    Abstract: An oil storage tank includes a step member, a first tank part and a second tank part. The step member has a placement face. The first tank part is disposed below the step member to support the step member. The second tank part is coupled to the first tank part and has an upper face a lower face, a first side face, a second side face and a recessed section. The upper face is provided above the placement face. The first side face faces the first tank part and is connected to the upper face and the lower face. The second side face is connected to the upper face, the lower face and the first side face. The recessed section is formed by a sloped face provided to a corner portion at which the upper face, the first side face and the second side face intersect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Nishiyama, Ryouji Shiota, Jun Yonehara
  • Patent number: 8864175
    Abstract: A fuel cell powered vehicle fuel storage system is disclosed having a suspension system, a fuel tank, and a support system, wherein the suspension system, fuel tank, and support system cooperate to carry vehicle structural loads and the reaction loads of the suspension system and to maximize a volume of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James W. Dandalides, David A. Young, Robert Metzenmacher
  • Patent number: 8480131
    Abstract: A fuel vessel assembly for a fuel cell-powered vehicle and a method of increasing the structural rigidity of a fuel cell-powered vehicle. A vessel for storage of hydrogen or related fuel cell-compatible fuel is rigidly attachable to a vehicular frame or related load-bearing structure through one or more shells that extend from the vessel. Loads imparted to one or more of the shell, vessel frame are transmitted between them through the connection between the assembly and the frame such that a load-bearing capability inherent in the frame is enhanced by the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Valentin Schultheis, Thorsten Schutz, Helmut Schuermann, Wolfgang Bleser, Andreas Bleier
  • Patent number: 8465057
    Abstract: A fuel cell powered vehicle fuel storage system is disclosed having a suspension system, a fuel tank, and a support system, wherein the suspension system, fuel tank, and support system cooperate to carry vehicle structural loads and the reaction loads of the suspension system and to maximize a volume of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James W. Dandalides, David A. Young, Robert Metzenmacher
  • Patent number: 8317257
    Abstract: A pneumatic vehicle is provided with a first and second sub-assembly. The first sub-assembly has a chassis supporting an air tank. The second sub-assembly has part of the vehicle body and is bonded to the first-sub-assembly using a structural adhesive. Another pneumatic vehicle is provided with a first and second sub-assembly. The first sub-assembly has a chassis, air tank, part of the vehicle body, a pair of B-pillars, and a pair of rear rails. The second sub-assembly has a part of the vehicle body, a pair of A-pillars, and a pair of roof rails. A vehicle seat is provided with a seat base and upright seat back providing a seating area. A bladder located in the central region of the seating area inflates to provide two bucket seats, and deflates to provide a bench seat. The vehicle seat also has inflatable inserts to provide cushioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Deakin University
    Inventors: Bernard Frank Rolfe, Timothy Ian De Souza, Gregory Ryan Pitts, Stuart James McFarlane Hanafin, Steven Lewis Anthony Agius, Benjamin Paul Adamson, Michael Pio Gordon Pereira, Timothy John Black, Christopher James Hurren, Noel Egan Miller
  • Patent number: 8302997
    Abstract: A system for integrating and embedding a fuel storage tank in the roof of an automotive vehicle is provided. The automotive vehicle may include a roof assembly having inner roof panels and outer roof panels. The roof panels may define a cavity that protrudes into the passenger compartment below the roof line of the automotive vehicle. A pressurized fuel tank may be disposed within the cavity of the roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Jon Veenstra
  • Patent number: 8146948
    Abstract: A motor vehicle frame having parallel frame rails and at least one cross member constructed from a tube. The tube is sealed at its opposite ends by first and second mounting plates to provide a sealed, closed space for the storage of fluids. The mounting plates directly abut the frame rails for attachment of the cross member to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Burns
  • Patent number: 7758075
    Abstract: A supporting structure for a fuel tank in a vehicle includes a suspension arm fixing structure provided under the floor of a vehicle body and having a statically sufficient rigidity, the fuel tank being located so as to partially overlap the suspension arm fixing structure in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and a supporting member provided under the fuel tank so as to extend in the lateral direction of the vehicle being detachably fastened to the suspension arm fixing structure to bring the fuel tank into pressure contact with the floor of the vehicle body by fixing the fuel tank. The supporting member serves also as a reinforcing member for imparting rigidity to the suspension arm fixing structure so that the suspension arm fixing structure can sufficiently sustain a dynamic load during running of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Isayama, Yasunori Oku, Nobuo Kubo, Takuya Yanagida
  • Patent number: 7744127
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly includes a fuel tank, a bracket carried by the fuel tank and having a portion accessible from the outside of the fuel tank to permit the assembly to be mounted to a vehicle, and an outer layer disposed around at least part of the fuel tank and a portion of the bracket to connect the bracket to the fuel tank. In one implementation, the fuel tank includes layers of composite material that have fibers embedded in resin or the like. The bracket is carried or trapped between adjacent layers of the composite material so that the bracket is fixed to the tank. The bracket preferably is connected to the tank at one end and is flexible in at least one direction to accommodate changes in the shape or dimensions of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Reiner Essinger, Thomas Guelll, Thorsten Schuetz, Mirko Schwan
  • Patent number: 7681920
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle with improved protection of a discharge part on a fuel tank. A seat is at least partially arranged above a fuel tank and is fitted on a front load receiving part and a rear load receiving part which are arranged on the fuel tank apart from each other in the front and rear direction of the vehicle. A fuel pump unit has a discharge part for discharging fuel in the fuel tank and supplying the fuel in to an engine. The discharge part is arranged on the fuel tank between the front load receiving part and the rear load receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7607677
    Abstract: A water and compressed air storage trailer hitch, also adaptable as a bumper and trailer hitch, providing for emergency water for both drinking and as an engine coolant. The emergency air storage is of sufficient capacity to fill tires, toys, and a host of other devices, while offering a strong trailer hitch for towing. Various embodiments with various storage capabilities and water and air inlet and outlet fitting options are offered to fit a variety of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Bosak
  • Patent number: 7503586
    Abstract: A tank for containing compressed air for supplying the air to one or more pneumatically-operated components, devices, or systems of a heavy-duty vehicle such as a tractor-trailer or straight truck, also serves as part of the structure of the frame or subframe of the vehicle. The frame or subframe includes a pair of spaced-apart, parallel, elongated and longitudinally extending main members. One or more of the tanks also serve as interconnecting cross members of the frame or subframe structure. Each tank/cross member generally extends between and is perpendicular to the main members and is secured to the main members and/or suspension hangers and/or the air springs to form a rigid, integrated frame or subframe structure having reduced weight, yet which is capable of reacting the loads imparted to the structure by the axle/suspension system during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John Edward Ramsey
  • Patent number: 7481411
    Abstract: A rear impact shock absorbing structure for a fuel cell vehicle. The shock absorbing structure appropriately absorbs shocks in the event of a rear impact, thus preventing hydrogen storage tanks from colliding with a chassis cross member arranged between the hydrogen storage tanks, therefore preventing the hydrogen storage tanks from being broken or damaged. The shock absorbing structure includes a front tank support for supporting a hydrogen storage tank provided in front of a chassis cross member. A rear tank support supports a hydrogen storage tank provided in back of the chassis cross member. Further, a shock absorbing member connects the front and rear tank supports to each other, and is deformed when shocks are applied to the front and rear tank supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jin-Han Jang
  • Patent number: 7416219
    Abstract: A swiveling work machine includes a swivel deck mounted to be pivotable about a vertical axis and a side cover for covering one lateral side on the swivel deck, an accommodating space capable of accommodating a work machine accessory being provided inside the lateral cover. The accommodating space accommodates, as the implement accessory, a work oil tank, a fuel tank and a control valve unit. The work oil tank is disposed at a fore-and-aft intermediate portion on one lateral side on the swivel deck. The fuel tank is disposed forwardly of the work oil tank with forming a gap relative thereto. The control valve unit is disposed upwardly of the fuel tank and longitudinally along the fore/aft direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiki Sato, Shizuo Shimoie, Yoshihiro Kato, Takanori Matsumoto, Kenzo Koga
  • Patent number: 7374145
    Abstract: A reservoir for holding fluid of a vehicle includes a tank and two brackets integrated with the tank to install the tank in the vehicle in an upper portion of the engine compartment. An attaching portion is arranged with each of the brackets to be fixed to the vehicle. A connecting portion is arranged with each of the brackets to connect the attaching portion to the tank. One of the connecting portions has a notch that is deformed or fractured so that the tank can be moved with respect to the vehicle to absorb an impact force that acts on the tank when the tank receives an impact force larger than a predetermined value. The attaching portion has a plurality of rib portions that is deformable or fracturable so that the tank can be moved with respect to the vehicle to absorb force that acts to the tank when the tank receives a force larger than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ohashi, Yasuhisa Hirano, Yoshimasa Hayashi, Yasushi Kira
  • Patent number: 7303211
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis includes a frame defining a cavity, and a tank configured to store compressed hydrogen gas. The tank is at least partially located within the cavity, and is longitudinally oriented with respect to the frame to maximize the fuel-storage capability of the vehicle chassis. In an exemplary embodiment, a floorpan includes a concavity to accommodate at least a portion of the tank, with a corresponding protuberance in the passenger compartment floor surface of the vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, Mohsen D. Shabana
  • Patent number: 7192060
    Abstract: A fluid storage system and vehicle for transporting such fluid storage system are provided. An exemplary fluid storage system includes a fluid storage tank configured for mounting at the rear of the vehicle, the fluid storage tank having a base, at least one enclosing side wall and a tank top that is adapted to form a loading tray of the vehicle. The fluid storage tank may include spaced apart baffles, one or more side windows for observing tank contents and/or a plurality of sealed compartments. Vents may be provided in communication with vent outlets disposed on a loading tray headboard associated with the system/vehicle. Transport vehicles may be provided that include a tray back for supporting goods, the tray back being adapted to form a fluid storage tank. The fluid storage tank formed by the tray back may include structural features of the disclosed fluid storage system, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Manroad Pty Limited
    Inventor: Del Warrick
  • Patent number: 7124454
    Abstract: An ambulance cot is provided having a wheeled carriage, a frame for mounting the wheels, a horizontally oriented patient litter supported from the wheeled carriage and variable, pneumatically powered height scissors frame. The pneumatic actuator is designed to give a patient air-ride transportation and an adjustable height litter for lifting a patient from the ground. The patient litter has a pivoting hinge for transporting a patient down stairs. This pivot will allow the stretcher to pivot to a horizontal angle while going down stairs, for patient support and ease of transportation for said operator below. One embodiment has tracks attached over the wheels to provide a more stable and smooth ride as the cot is moved down stairs. Another embodiment comprises a translational trolley configuration. A hand brake is mounted on the patient litter for braking the tank-like motion of the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Nathan R. Walkingshaw
  • Patent number: 7044504
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a modular component such as a fuel tank on a vehicle includes sub-assembly of the fuel tank on a carrier for installation on the chassis. Alignment is provided by alignment arms extending outwardly from the chassis cooperating with mounting tabs disposed downwardly from the module. The alignment arms are members of a pair of brackets which are attached to the frame rails. The module rests on the brackets when lowered onto the chassis. Frame and module are connected by fasteners between the brackets and the mounting tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Curt J. Studebaker, John M. Ammer
  • Patent number: 7021661
    Abstract: The structural platform (11) of the vehicle comprises two tanks (T1) and (T2) for the storage on a vehicle of fluids under pressure. Each tank comprises at least one network of cells (2) connected to one another via orifices (3), the orifices being conformed so that the flow of fluid caused by the consumption of fluid necessary for the use of the vehicle exhibits only pressure drops which do not affect the use, and being conformed so that, in the event of rupture of one or more cells (2), the leakage flow causes sufficiently large pressure drops to limit the flow thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Conception et Developpement Michelin S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Laurent, David Olsommer, Daniel Walser
  • Patent number: 6974156
    Abstract: A fuel tank structure for a vehicle using gaseous fuel, has a plurality of cylindrical tank main bodies communicating from one another. The plurality of cylindrical tank main bodies are disposed at a fuel tank mount portion in a state of being adjoined from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masami Kosuge, Mitsuo Sugiyama, Mitsuru Sayama, Morio Kuroki, Nagatsugu Mukaibo, Hiroshi Ogasa
  • Patent number: 6953099
    Abstract: A body structure of a fuel cell vehicle which is driven using power generated by a fuel cell. The body structure comprises a frame unit which supports a fuel tank for storing fuel for the fuel cell; a fuel cell box which accommodates the fuel cell, the fuel cell box being disposed in proximity of the frame unit at a floor of the vehicle, a fuel feed pipe which connects the fuel tank and the fuel cell, and a pillar which is disposed at a position, viewed from the side of the vehicle, covering at least a part of the fuel cell box and at least a part of the frame unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawasaki, Tohru Ono
  • Patent number: 6938928
    Abstract: A fuel system for a work vehicle having fewer points of leakage and a secure or virtually damage proof location for the filler tube of the fuel tank is provided. The fuel system includes an integrated fuel tank which includes a fuel tank and a filler tube integrated as one piece and a counterweight having a complementary portion with a hole of sufficient size to allow passage of the filler tube. The integrated tank and the counterweight are arranged to allow the filler tube to pass through and be surrounded by the complementary portion. The complementary portion may also have a door providing additional protection to the filler tube and a secure and stable stepping area for the operator of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jesse Lee Pfohl, Eric Juan Angulo, Christopher Michael Ruden
  • Patent number: 6913100
    Abstract: A fuel container for engine bicycles is formed by a selected section of a hollow frame of the engine bicycle. The fuel container has an inlet at the top end and an outlet at the bottom end thereof. The outlet is connected to a fuel line and has a drain port for discharging fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: McLee Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Tai Chen
  • Patent number: 6905139
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a construction machine in which a superstructure is rotatably mounted on an undercarriage, and is made up of an undercarriage (101) having a hollow frame (104), a superstructure (102) mounted on the undercarriage (101) and a fuel tank (1) formed as one with the hollow frame (104) in a state where a portion of an internal space of the hollow frame (104) is defined as a compartment by partitions (2), with an internal surface of the fuel tank (1) being covered with a resin film (3) in a liquid-tight condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Akahane, Makoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 6837328
    Abstract: The motorcycle frame involves a “bridge frame” in which a motor oil reservoir is incorporated. The bridge frame has two longitudinal tubes arranged at a distance from each other and basically symmetrically to the central longitudinal plane of the motorcycle, the one end of which, respectively, is connected with the steering head bearing tube, and which are connected with each other in the region between the steering head bearing tube and its other end through a front cross tube near the steering head bearing and a rear cross tube. The longitudinal support tubes and the cross tubes form a closed fluid system, which is used as a motor oil reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dietmar Neugebauer, Ralf Moelleken
  • Publication number: 20040140662
    Abstract: The structural platform (11) of the vehicle comprises two tanks (T1) and (T2) for the storage on a vehicle of fluids under pressure. Each tank comprises at least one network of cells (2) connected to one another via orifices (3), the orifices being conformed so that the flow of fluid caused by the consumption of fluid necessary for the use of the vehicle exhibits only pressure drops which do not affect the said use, and being conformed so that, in the event of rupture of one or more cells (2), the leakage flow causes sufficiently large pressure drops to limit the flow thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Applicant: Conception Et Developpement Michelin
    Inventors: Daniel Laurent, David Olsommer, Daniel Walser
  • Publication number: 20040108154
    Abstract: A fuel container for engine bicycles is formed by a selected section of a hollow frame of the engine bicycle. The fuel container has an inlet at the top end and an outlet at the bottom end thereof. The outlet is connected to a fuel line and has a drain port for discharging fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Chien-Tai Chen
  • Patent number: 6723173
    Abstract: A payload transporter, including a truck frame, a body having at least one waste storage tank storage tank, and a vacuum system, wherein the vacuum system is used to remove waste material from a portable toilet, wherein the waste material is stored in the waste storage tank, and wherein the payload transporter transports both the waste and the portable toilet to a preferred location. Special baffles are placed within the compartments to prevent liquid surge during transport and to provide structural support for both the top of the bed when transporting toilets and while the bed is under vacuum. Optionally, fresh water tanks can be included in the payload transporter and used to clean and replenish the portable toilets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph Golladay
  • Patent number: 6481751
    Abstract: A compressed natural gas fuel tank for vehicles employing internal combustion engines. A fuel tank of heavy gauge metal is interposed within the vehicle frame as an integral portion thereof. Overlay channel members are welded or otherwise affixed to the tank and then welded or otherwise affixed to the side rails or channel members of the vehicle frame. The tank, of heavy gauge metal and non-circular cross section, is also welded or otherwise appropriately affixed to the vehicle floor. The tank is capable of receiving natural gas at high pressure levels, while also serving structurally as a frame element, providing continuity of the side rail members of the frame, while also serving to further interconnect the vehicle floor with the side rails. Also presented are tank assemblies in which a tank housing receives a plurality of cylindrical pressure tanks of composite material construction. The cylindrical tanks are nested within the tank housing, which also serves as an integral part of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventors: William F. Davis, Jr., James G. Carothers, Jr., William J. Bees
  • Patent number: 6402199
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mounting assembly for firmly securing a storage tank having a curved bottom wall to a chassis of a vehicle. The mounting assembly includes a pair of longitudinal support structures for securing to the bottom wall of the storage tank, a cross bracket for mounting between the longitudinal support structures, a sub-frame for supporting the longitudinal support structures, and a bracket assembly for securing the cross bracket to the sub-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: United Plastic Fabricating Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley J. Wojnowski
  • Patent number: 6293590
    Abstract: First, second and third fuel tanks 38a, 38b and 38c each packed with adsorbent 39 can be shaped to any desired forms and are installed within space regions 36a, 36b and 36c that are defined by two longitudinal frame beams 26 and 28 and four transverse frame beams 30b, 30c, 30d and 30e. These arrangements provide a space saving mounting structure of fuel tanks on automobiles fueled with natural gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ogasa
  • Patent number: 6257360
    Abstract: A compressed gas vehicle fuel storage system comprised of a plurality of compressed gas pressure cells supported by shock-absorbing foam positioned within a shape-conforming container. The container is dimensioned relative to the compressed gas pressure cells whereby a radial air gap surrounds each compressed gas pressure cell. The radial air gap allows pressure-induced expansion of the pressure cells without resulting in the application of pressure to adjacent pressure cells or physical pressure to the container. The pressure cells are interconnected by a gas control assembly including a thermally activated pressure relief device, a manual safety shut-off valve, and means for connecting the fuel storage system to a vehicle power source and a refueling adapter. The gas control assembly is enclosed by a protective cover attached to the container. The system is attached to the vehicle with straps to enable the chassis to deform as intended in a high-speed collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: John J. Wozniak, Dale B. Tiller, Paul D. Wienhold, Richard J. Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 6186550
    Abstract: A vehicle body frame is formed by a head portion, a main pipe, a center pipe, a pivot frame, lower pipes and a down pipe. The head portion is a casting integrally formed with a head pipe. An oil tank is formed by a main body portion of the head portion, the down pipe, and a joint piece which is connected at a lower end thereof to the lower pipes. A tank space is formed in the main body portion, and a seal wall is integrally formed in the tank space for prohibiting the tank space from communicating with the main pipe. A number of ribs are integrally installed at an inner wall face of the tank space. The oil tank built into the frame of the present invention reduces the number and lengths of welds requiring liquid-tight performance to be as small as possible and as short as possible, and eliminates the need to hermetically seal the main pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horii, Toshio Matsuno
  • Patent number: 6176452
    Abstract: A fuel containment area, and method of forming the same are disclosed herein. A fuel containment area is defined in part by a vehicle interior structure, such as an aircraft wing. Portions of the fuel containment area are provided with elastomeric partial bladders or appliqu{acute over (e)}s to bridge sections of the vehicle interior structure, to provide additional container integrity, and/or to segregate fuel from certain areas of the vehicle interior, e.g., about electrical components, mechanical linkages, or high temperature areas. The appliqu{acute over (e)}s are sealed to the vehicle interior by flexible transition joints to define a continuous, hybrid fuel container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: David Paul Gallegos
  • Patent number: 6173991
    Abstract: A floor for a tank formed of a superstructure and a skin, wherein the superstructure is formed of a pair of spaced floor rails, one on the left and one on the right side of the tank, and a spaced series of normally disposed thereto V-trough struts or cross-members each of which slopes from the interior sidewall edges of the tank toward the center longitudinal axis, while at the same time their respective effective elevation is decreased from the back to the front of the tank, such that the skin attached over the superstructure slopes both inwardly toward the middle of the tank from each side and forwardly from the rear of the tank toward the front of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventors: Edward Piona, Bobby Satterfield, Gobler Pineda
  • Patent number: 5975230
    Abstract: A motorcycle frame is formed of tubular members which are hollow to provide a reservoir for oil used to lubricate the motor of the motorcycle. Fittings are provided within the tubular frame for receiving an oil filler cap, an oil spill hole, an outlet to the oil pump, an oil return inlet, an oil drain, and a crankcase vent. The seating area of the motorcycle frame is dropped closer to the ground due to the elimination of the oil reservoir normally located below the seating area of the frame, while incorporating a dampened rear wheel swing arm frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph Roger Bourget
  • Patent number: 5904372
    Abstract: A gas bomb holding apparatus for industrial vehicles contains a holding device disposed on a rear portion of a vehicle for holding a gas bomb such that it is laid. The holding device includes a receiving stand for supporting a gas bomb and arm members mounted rotatably around a shaft in a cross direction of the vehicle for holding the gas bomb between the receiving stand and the arm members. This holding device has a rear end indicating member for indicating a rear end position of the vehicle to be visually confirmed by a driver. The driver can confirm the rear end position of the vehicle by means of the rear end indicating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ito, Yoshitaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5890740
    Abstract: A pair of rear wheel suspension assemblies are attached to arm brackets provided on a fuel tank which is in turn mounted on a lower surface of a vehicle body by means of mount brackets likewise attached to the fuel tank. An inner frame is incorporated inside the fuel tank. To prevent any deformation of the fuel tank when excessive load is applied to the suspension assemblies, the mount brackets and the arm brackets are made less rigid and provided with less mechanical strength than the parts of the fuel tank at which these brackets are attached. Thus, the fuel tank in effect serves as a subframe so that the rear chassis system can better ensure sufficient mechanical strength and rigidity, and can be easily mounted on a vehicle body without sacrificing the capacity of the fuel tank and without increasing the weight of the chassis structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yozo Kami
  • Patent number: 5782493
    Abstract: A road trailer for carrying both fluid and dry freight which includes an elongated bulk liquid tank which is clad with sheet metal and has a flat base surface which is stepped across its length from a forward low volume zone of the tank to a lower second level, high volume tank zone, a first pair of parallel spine beams which extend over the length of the tank and are attached to its upper surface cladding, a second pair of parallel spine beams which extend over the length of the tank, and follow the stepped contour of the base surface cladding and are again stepped upwardly to project rearwardly from the high volume zone of the tank, vertical planar spacer elements which are located in and spaced over the length of the tank and are fixed directly to the second pair of spine beams and the inner surface walls of the tank cladding, a load deck arrangement over the upper outer surface of the tank, a hitch device on the underside of the low volume zone of the tank, and a wheel and suspension arrangement which is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: GFLT Developments (PTY) Limited
    Inventors: Garth Desmond Bolton, Peter Bennetto, Derick Garzancich