Buffer Or Bumper Type Patents (Class 293/102)
  • Patent number: 10336271
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to bumper beams having a closed cross-section, the closed cross-section being formed by one or more metal plates. The metal plates include a plurality of holes and a plurality of projections, wherein the projections engage with corresponding holes to retain the closed cross-section. The present disclosure further relates to rocker panels having a closed cross-section, the closed cross-section being formed by one or more metal plates, and the metal plates including a plurality of holes and a plurality of projections, wherein the projections engage with corresponding holes to retain the closed cross-section. The present disclosure further relates to methods of manufacturing such bumper reinforcing members and rocker panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING A.I.E.
    Inventor: Richard Palisse
  • Patent number: 10328879
    Abstract: A system for airbag deployment within a vehicle may include an airbag, a bumper beam, at least one sensor, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The bumper beam may include a left crush can and a right crush can. The left crush can and the right crush can may each include a first zone associated with a first stiffness in a vehicle longitudinal direction and a second zone associated with a second stiffness in the vehicle longitudinal direction. The sensor may receive one or more signals associated with an impact on the vehicle. The ECU may deploy the airbag at a timing based on one or more characteristics of one or more of the signals and one or more predetermined characteristics associated with the first stiffness of the first zone and the second stiffness of the second zone, thereby providing robust discrimination between a front flat impact mode and an front offset impact mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Siyang Yang, Lando C. Hamlett
  • Patent number: 10300873
    Abstract: An energy absorber for a vehicle, comprising: a continuous beam to extend across a width of vehicle, the beam defining a plurality of inward facing cavities in a center section, with adjacent inward facing cavities separated from one another by an inward facing rib, and at each end portion a plurality of outward facing cavities, with adjacent outward facing cavities separated from one another by an outward facing rib, wherein the center section includes a panel that is continuous on its outward side, and that forms a relative bottom of each of the plurality of inward facing cavities with its inward face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SABIC Global Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Somasekhar Bobba Venkat, Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi, Srikant Sekhar Padhee
  • Patent number: 10288730
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor is provided with a mount that is fixed to an inside-face of the bumper, and a sensor body that is coupled to the mount so as to be exposed outside the bumper through an exposure hole that is provided in the bumper. Compared with a case where an ultrasonic sensor is fixed to a bumper by sandwiching the bumper from inside and outside of the bumper, appearance can be improved, since protrusion outward from the bumper is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Tsuji, Yasushi Nagano, Naoya Azuma
  • Patent number: 10279844
    Abstract: A beam comprising a first portion having a U-shaped cross-section, wherein the U-shape comprises a bottom and a first and a second side wall extending substantially perpendicular to the bottom, and wherein the first and/or the second side wall comprises a first substantially straight portion, a second substantially straight portion and a side transition zone between the first and the second substantially straight portion. The disclosure further relates to bumpers, rocker panels, side impact beams and B-pillars comprising such beams and to vehicles incorporating such components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING A.I.E.
    Inventors: Xavier Valencia Carrio, Sergi Marquez Duran, Lluis Espana De Juan, Christophe Cazes, Gregory Gatard, Vincent Barelli, Emmanuel Leroy, Matthieu Dunand, Matthieu Niess
  • Patent number: 10266137
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided. The vehicle may include at least one crush can, a controller and a pump. The crush can may include front and rear chambers. The controller may receive a first signal indicative of a loading condition generated at the time of an impact, and the pump may displace a nano-porous liquid in response to a second signal from the controller into at least one of the front and rear chambers of the crush can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Saeed David Barbat, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 10259414
    Abstract: An adjustable side guard assembly that fits into the void space formed on a truck that prevents other motor vehicles or objects from entering the void space. The assembly includes an elongated side plate attached to a rigid frame. The rigid frame has two support members that extend pivotally attached to two laterally extending horizontal members. The distal ends of the two horizontal members engage slots formed on the side plate enabling the side plate to be longitudinally adjusted inside the void space. The opposite ends of the two horizontal members are attached to two upper mounting brackets that are attached to the vehicle frame. A diagonal member may be attached at one end of the horizontal member and at an opposite end to a lower mounting bracket attached to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Allied Body Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Keane, Travis Whitaker
  • Patent number: 10254401
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a sonar sensor includes the sonar sensor provided with a detection plane for detecting a distance to an object by sending an ultrasound from the detection plane and receiving a reflective wave reflected by the object, a resin member in which a hole is formed and on which the sonar sensor is mounted, and a holder that has a cover for covering the detection plane and holds the sonar sensor. The sonar sensor is installed in the holder. The holder is attached to the resin member so that the cover is inserted into the hole from an inside of the resin member and an outer surface of the cover is made flush-surfaced with an outer surface of the resin member. At least the cover is made of resin in the holder. According to the mounting structure, painting cost can be reduced by commonalizing painting materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Suyama
  • Patent number: 10232811
    Abstract: A connecting structure is structured to connect a vehicle bumper reinforcement to another portion of a vehicle. The connecting structure includes a first portion having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. A second portion is coupled to the first portion, the second portion also having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement, and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. At least one fold is positioned along an edge of the second portion. Through connections between the connecting structure and the bumper reinforcement, collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement is transmitted to the at least one fold, which then acts to absorb the collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10207666
    Abstract: A bumper for a vehicle includes a bumper crossbeam and two crash boxes extending away from a back of the bumper crossbeam. A one-piece blank made of fiber-reinforced sheet material extends from a wall section of the bumper crossbeam connecting the crash boxes, right into the crash boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Holderried, Tommy Hechtel, Fabian Fuerst
  • Patent number: 10179558
    Abstract: The bumper reinforcement has a front surface flange, an upper surface web, a lower surface web, an upper lip, and a lower lip. An end of the upper surface web on the upper lip side is thicker than a center. When a collision load is applied to the front surface flange, the upper surface web extending in a direction orthogonal to the front surface flange from vicinity of an upper end of the front surface flange is deformed in an outward opened direction, and the upper lip extending downward from an extension end of the upper surface web is deformed in an inward closed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Kaneko, Kiyoichi Kita, Jun Shobo, Kyosuke Matsui, Yuta Takanami, Hirofumi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10173734
    Abstract: An attachment joint for attaching a first panel to a second panel includes a threaded bolt, a cooperating speed nut, and a support plate interposed between the speed nut and a surface of the first panel opposite a mating surface of the first panel. The support plate is configured to engage and support a contour formed in an edge of the first panel. A motor vehicle panel subassembly including a first panel having a mating surface and an opposed surface and including at least one contour formed in an edge thereof and a second panel having a cooperating mating surface and a cooperating edge contour is assembled using the described attachment joint. The first panel may be a plastic motor vehicle fascia and the second panel may be a metal motor vehicle body panel such as a fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company Brasil LTDA
    Inventors: Victor Ferauche, Rubens Faria
  • Patent number: 10166940
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a base, a grille and a bumper. The grille is supported by the base, and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. The bumper is supported by the base below the grille. In the retracted position a front terminal portion of the grille is offset from a front terminal portion of the bumper, and in the extended position the front terminal portion of the grille is generally aligned with the front terminal portion of the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Noel Pingston, Sudip Sankar Bhattacharjee, Mustafa Ahmed, Harsha Kusnoorkar, Bhujanga Kumar Adapa
  • Patent number: 10160414
    Abstract: A method of mounting a bumper to the body structure of a motor vehicle using a locating member having an lamp-engagement portion for engaging a lamp, and a fixing portion. The fixing portion is movably coupled to the lamp-engagement portion. The method includes attaching the fixing portion to the body structure so that the locating member is movable relative to the body structure. The locating member is positioned such that the lamp engagement portion engages the lamp and the locating member is fixedly mounted to the body structure. The bumper is located in an aligned position in relation to the lamp using an alignment portion of the locating member. The bumper is then fixed in the aligned positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Craig Mawston, Phil Harrison
  • Patent number: 10155493
    Abstract: A beam article for a vehicle includes a plurality of separate elongated metal sheets attached together to form generally planar walls of an elongated tubular structure. At least one of the plurality of separate elongated metal sheets has a shear wall that is disposed along a hollow interior of the elongated tubular structure and is attached at opposing walls of the elongated tubular structure. At least one of the plurality of separate elongated metal sheets comprises an edge that abuts a side surface of an adjacent one of the plurality of separate elongated metal sheets to define a non-radiused perpendicular weld corner along the elongated tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Matecki, Jonathon J. Pothoven
  • Patent number: 10144458
    Abstract: A connection arrangement is provided between a fiber-plastic composite profiled part and a vehicle body frame part. An intermediate piece is connected to the vehicle body frame part. The intermediate piece has a connection portion which is plug-connected and adhesively bonded to an end of the fiber-plastic composite profiled part. The end of the fiber-plastic composite profiled part is plugged onto the connection portion of the intermediate piece and is adhesively bonded on the inner surface to the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maximilian Wilhelm, Andreas Forster, Julia Wagner
  • Patent number: 10118585
    Abstract: A safety guard which functions to push objects lying in the path of a vehicle out of the path of the wheels of the vehicle, such as a school bus, for safety purposes includes a front guard includes a first, fixed guard section and a second, movable guard section positioned at an angle of at least 30° in front of at least one wheel of the vehicle beneath the vehicle. More particularly, the first and second guard sections are hingedly interconnected such that the second guard section can pivot or otherwise shift from a first operational position to at least a second operational position relative to the first guard section upon engagement with an animate or inanimate object. At the same time, the second guard section is biased or otherwise forcibly shiftable by an actuator, such as a shock absorbing device, toward the first operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Public Transportation Safety Int'l. Corp.
    Inventor: Mark B. Barron
  • Patent number: 10065588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crash box having a plurality of hollow chambers which extend over the longitudinal extent of the crash box, a first hollow chamber being arranged offset in terms of height with respect to a second hollow chamber and a third hollow chamber in the mounted position. Here, the first hollow chamber is separated by means of a dividing wall from the second and third hollow chambers which are preferably arranged next to one another above or below the first hollow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Schiller, Christian Handing
  • Patent number: 10029524
    Abstract: The disclosed inventive concept provides a robust tow hook mounting structure for use with vehicles having curved frames in which the tow hook remains fixed to the vehicle during a front end impact event. The structure includes weld nuts aligned in a vehicle longitudinal direction. A frame reinforcement to which the tow hook is attached is welded to the front tip of the curved frame. Mounting bolts are aligned in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle to secure the tow hook and the tow hook reinforcement to the frame weld nuts. The shear capacity of the mounting bolts is higher than the towing capacity and the crash load during an impact event. The structure generates high bending moments that trigger favorable bending deformations in the kick down area of the frame in which the structure functions as a backup arrangement in an impact event and reduces high crash pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jungmao Michael Chang, Daniel J. McCarthy, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, John Martin Knittel, Viktor Kostrominov
  • Patent number: 10023140
    Abstract: A bumper assembly for a motor vehicle comprising a cross member that extends transverse the motor vehicle, and has an open hat-shaped hollow profile with a rear-sided web and legs, extending from the web, wherein flanges extend from a free end of the legs in the vertical direction; and an opening pointing away from the motor vehicle, in the longitudinal direction. At least one closing plate is arranged allowing the opening to be completely closed in the vertical direction and arranged allowing a partial length of less than 50% of the length of the opening to be closed in the transverse direction; and that the flanges are offset from each other with an offset in the longitudinal direction; and that the cross member has a varying cross section over its length, wherein a central region is offset upwards from the end regions with a height offset to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Arns
  • Patent number: 10005408
    Abstract: In an embodiment, multi-stage energy absorbing system can comprise: a thermoplastic flanged frame and a crush lobe having a proximal base aligned with the flanged frame and a distal end protruding from the flanged frame. The crush lobe comprises a central slab and slab pairs such that the crush lobe comprises a total of 2i+1 slabs, wherein i is the number of slab pairs and is greater than or equal to 1. The slabs are disposed in a stepped arrangement and configured to absorb impact energy by collapsing in a telescopic manner with increasing energy level. The single energy-absorbing system is able to absorb low energy impact associated with vehicle-to-pedestrian impact; simultaneously with the ability to mitigate damageability associated with low-speed vehicle-to-barrier impact, as well as damageability associated with vehicle-to-vehicle moderate speed impact, head-on, as well as at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Somasekhar Venkat Bobba, Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi, Matthew D. Marks
  • Patent number: 10005409
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an energy absorber comprises: a plurality of crush lobes, wherein the base, sides and outer wall comprise a first thermoplastic material; and a composite insert in the energy absorber, wherein the insert comprises a second plastic material and reinforcement, and wherein the composite insert is a separate element that is disposed in located at an area of the crush lobes, wherein the area is the side and/or the outer wall, and wherein the area has an area height and an area width. In an embodiment, a corner energy absorber can comprise: a plurality of layers with a plurality of ribs connecting the layers, wherein the layers and ribs comprise a first thermoplastic material; a composite insert comprising a second plastic material and reinforcement, and wherein the composite insert is a separate element that is disposed in the layers, the ribs, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Sudhakar Ramamoorthy Marur, Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi
  • Patent number: 10000170
    Abstract: A bumper beam is comprised of a hat-shaped profile (11) with a cover (12). The cover faces outward from the vehicle and has vertical depressions (21) at the locations of the fastening portions (18, 19) of the bumper beam, as well as horizontal depressions between said fastening portions. The sides (14, 15) of the hat-shaped profile have depressions directed in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Gestamp Hardtech AB
    Inventor: Johan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9975506
    Abstract: An impact beam for a motor vehicle, said impact beam includes a front wall, a rear wall and at least two transverse walls connecting the front wall and the rear wall. The front wall has a single-layered section and a multilayered section, wherein the multilayered section is formed by a first and a second front wall section, wherein the first front wall section is fixedly connected with the second front wall section, wherein at least the single-layered front wall section, the rear wall and the at least two transverse walls together enclose a hollow chamber. The front wall, the rear wall and the transverse walls are configured in one-piece and of a same material, wherein the impact beam is made of a longitudinal starting section with a constant U-shaped cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Handing
  • Patent number: 9937885
    Abstract: A front under-run protection assembly for a medium duty truck. The front under-run protection assembly includes a front bar assembly and a support assembly. The support assembly includes a beam and attachment plates. The front bar assembly has a bar positioned under the bumper of the truck and shaped to match the bumper shape. The front bar assembly includes a plurality of strengthening gussets attached to a back side of the bar. The bar assembly is attached to the support assembly which is in turn attached to the frame of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SportChassis, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm Allen, James Burnam, Nicholas Walenciak, Kenneth Wagnon
  • Patent number: 9937957
    Abstract: A vehicle body may include a crossmember and a longitudinal member. The vehicle body helps ensure improved load absorption in collision events with small overlap between the crossmember and another vehicle or object. The deformation capabilities of the vehicle body in collision events involving a full surface area of the crossmember are not substantially impaired. Form-fitting members that comprise connection partners may be provided for the longitudinal member, wherein the form-fitting members ensure that a load path of collision energy is introduced into the longitudinal member selectively in the event of a collision with small overlap. A form-fitting member may form a form-fitting connection in a direction of the longitudinal member in the event of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Martin Kibben, Lothar Patberg, Rolf Peter Röttger, Markus Zörnack
  • Patent number: 9902351
    Abstract: A method of making a hybrid energy absorbing beam, comprises: forming a polymer member comprising a first portion, wherein the first portion includes a first ledge and a connecting ledge connected by a first portion wall; and a rib extending from the first portion wall, wherein a cross-section of the rib taken along a line, A-A, comprises a first channel formed from an opening between a channel wall and a first traverse wall of a lobe, wherein the lobe comprises the first traverse wall and a second traverse wall with a connecting wall disposed between the first traverse wall and the second traverse wall; wherein the first channel extends along a portion of a length, Lp, of the polymer member; and forming a metal/composite member; and attaching the polymer member to the metal/composite member on an opposite side of the polymer member as the connecting wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V
    Inventors: Somasekhar Venkat Bobba, Matthew D. Marks, Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi
  • Patent number: 9873397
    Abstract: A vehicle body component for a motor vehicle is described, wherein the component is metallurgically connected to at least one other component, wherein the components have a flat contact area with each other, wherein one of the components is constructed as a solder-plated sheet part, and the metallurgical connection is brought about by a furnace soldering procedure. In particular, the vehicle body component is constructed as a bumper consisting of a bumper strut (SFT) extending substantially over the vehicle width and of at least one carrier (T) that carries the bumper strut (SFT) opposite the vehicle body, wherein at least one of the components is a solder-plated sheet part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Garnweidner
  • Patent number: 9868411
    Abstract: A bumper module for a vehicle includes at least one shaped part that is unitarily deep-drawn from a sheet material. The shaped part has two connecting flanges facing a back side for fastening to side members of the vehicle and an arch which is pre-curved towards a front side connecting the connecting flanges. At least in lateral portions of the arch, the sheet material is laid into folds, which are elongated from the back side towards the front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fabian Fuerst, Tommy Hechtel, Theobald Hock, Torsten Radusch
  • Patent number: 9849914
    Abstract: A front body structure of a vehicle for enhanced crash protection includes: a front bumper beam extending transversely across a body of the vehicle; a pair of longitudinal sidemembers extending longitudinally along the vehicle body; a front bumper tip enclosure attached to the front bumper beam and substantially enclosing an end portion of the front bumper beam; and a sidemember angle tie extending at an angle with respect to the longitudinal sidemembers, a front end of the sidemember angle tie attached to the front bumper tip enclosure, and a rear end of the sidemember angle tie attached to one of the longitudinal sidemembers. The sidemember angle tie changes a direction of an impact load on the vehicle body to a longitudinal direction by transferring the impact load along an angular path to the one of the longitudinal sidemembers to which the sidemember angle tie is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Elliott, Christopher Roche, Jashwanth Reddy, Bavneet Brar
  • Patent number: 9827935
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a center component defining a center chamber therein and first and second side components defining first and second chambers therein, respectively. The first and second side components are coupled to opposing ends of the center component with the first and second chambers in fluid communication with the center chamber. The center, first side and second side components are configured to extend substantially across a width of a vehicle. The apparatus further includes first, second and third pressure sensors in communication with the first, second and center chambers, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, David James Tippy
  • Patent number: 9783153
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper beam, an actuator, and a lower stiffener. The actuator includes a base mounted to the bumper beam, and a rod moveably engaged with the base along a vertical axis. The lower stiffener is fixed to the rod. Depending on pre-determined vehicle speeds, the lower stiffener moves from a deployed position to a retracted position based on pedestrian leg impact considerations and to reduce the likelihood of lower stiffener damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Iskander Farooq, James Chih Cheng, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 9764704
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes an elongated beam and a pair of crush cans. The elongated beam includes a plurality of reinforcing walls extending horizontally that define a gap in a central portion of the beam. The pair of crush can assemblies is attached to the beam at transversely spaced locations relative to the central portion of the beam. The central portion of the beam is structured to have less bending resistance than the right and left sides. The reinforcing walls span the crush can assemblies so that the gap facilitates bending the central portion of the beam. A method of making a bumper is also disclosed that includes the steps of selecting a bumper beam and partially removing an upper/central portion and a lower/central portion of the bumper beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, James Chih Cheng, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 9751478
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement composed of a hollow shape material includes: a rear wall; an upper wall; a lower wall; a front wall; a partition wall located between the rear wall and the front wall and extending from the upper wall to the lower wall; an upper support wall and a lower support wall located between the upper wall and the lower wall and extending from the rear wall to the partition wall; and an intermediate support wall located between the upper wall and the lower wall and extending from the front wall to the partition wall. An intersection of the partition wall with the upper support wall is located above an intersection of the partition wall with the intermediate support wall, and an intersection of the partition wall with the lower support wall is located below the intersection of the partition wall with the intermediate support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: Nikkeiken Aluminum Core Technology Company, Ltd., Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi Terada, Shigenori Saito, Shoji Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9707914
    Abstract: A device for mounting a bumper cross-beam onto a vehicle structure, the attachment means having a first end to be fixed to the vehicle structure and a second end designed to be attached to the bumper cross-beam, the attachment means being made from a hollow section profile, the periphery of which includes opposite side walls and substantially parallel opposite outer walls, wherein the hollow section profile includes opposite peripheral chambers, each peripheral chamber being at least delimited by one of opposite outer wall and an inner wall, which is substantially parallel to the outer wall and extends between the opposite side walls, wherein the inner walls are spaced apart from each other by a distance Hi, and the second end includes opposite double-walled flanges, which are spaced apart from each other by a distance H strictly greater than Hi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CONSTELLIUM SINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kutscher, Thomas Spaelte
  • Patent number: 9694776
    Abstract: A lateral access limitation system for a vehicle includes a first structural member configured to be coupled to a side portion of the vehicle, a second structural member including a first end and an opposing second end, the first end and the opposing second end of the second structural member releasably coupled to the first structural member, and a third structural member coupled to the second structural member. The third structural member is positioned to prevent unintended access to a protected region. The second structural member and the third structural member are configured to selectively pivot about both the first end and the opposing second end of the second structural member to facilitate accessing the protected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Nelson, Troy L. Meyers, Matthew P. Deinema
  • Patent number: 9616832
    Abstract: One bumper system for a vehicle includes a bumper bracket and a deformation element connected to the bumper bracket. The bumper bracket is composed of a metallic workpiece with an undulating form such that the bumper bracket has at least one undulation trough and at least two undulation peaks, and reinforcement zones are formed in regions of the undulation trough. Another bumper system for a vehicle includes a bumper bracket and a deformation element connected to the bumper bracket. The bumper bracket has an undulating form such that the bumper bracket has a plurality of undulation troughs and a plurality of undulation peaks, and reinforcement zones are formed in each undulation trough. In each system, a second deformation element may be connected to the bumper bracket, and at least one characteristic of the reinforcement zones may increase or decrease between the deformation elements and a middle of the bumper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Rolf Peter Röttger, Martin Kibben, Markus Zörnack
  • Patent number: 9616831
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper upper member that is reinforced in a vehicle vertical direction against a bumper energy absorber structure. The bumper upper member includes a vertical rigidity flange that extends outwardly toward the bumper energy absorber that limits movement of the bumper upper member in response to a downward vertical force, which can improve static subjective rigidity, while maintaining pedestrian performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Frederick, Manpreet Singh, Matthew A. Jansma
  • Patent number: 9586546
    Abstract: A front structure of a vehicle includes two side members extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and a bumper beam located in front of the side members and extending in a lateral direction of the vehicle. The bumper beam is fixed to the side members and includes outer sections located outward in the lateral direction from the corresponding side members. A transfer portion extends generally rearward in the front-rear direction from at least one of the outer sections. An insertion portion is inserted into the at least one of the outer sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Matsuo, Kenta Nomura
  • Patent number: 9586545
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bumper for a motor vehicle, in particular a front bumper, having at least two deformation bodies which are at a distance from one another and of which the center or longitudinal axes, in the mounted state, are oriented substantially parallel to the direction of travel of the motor vehicle, and having a plurality of crossmembers which have a closed profile and which are arranged one above the other and are connected to the deformation bodies. The crossmembers are formed from a group of at least three crossmembers, wherein the respective crossmember of the group has a cross-sectional profile which comprises at least five corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Martin Kibben, Rolf Peter Röttger, Markus Zörnack
  • Patent number: 9580029
    Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper reinforcement beam, a bumper energy absorber member coupled to a face of the bumper reinforcement beam, and a bumper cover reinforcement coupled to the bumper reinforcement beam, the bumper cover reinforcement including a base portion and an outward extending portion extending outward of the base portion in a vehicle longitudinal direction to an end, the bumper cover support portion including a horizontally extending portion and a vertically extending portion, where the at least one of the horizontally extending portion decreases in dimension in the vehicle lateral direction and the vertically extending portion decreases in dimension in the vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Thomas Hammer, Aaron Richard Steinhilb
  • Patent number: 9573543
    Abstract: A vehicle including a bumper assembly includes a bumper reinforcement beam that extends generally in a vehicle lateral direction. The bumper reinforcement beam has a front face, a rear face opposite the front face and a top extending between the front face and the rear face. A bumper cover is located above the bumper reinforcement beam in a vehicle vertical direction. A bumper cover reinforcement includes an anchor portion supported on the bumper reinforcement beam and a bumper cover support portion extending outwardly from the anchor portion toward the bumper cover. The bumper cover support portion is arranged and configured to resist a downward force applied to the bumper cover in the vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Thomas Hammer, Aaron Richard Steinhilb
  • Patent number: 9566924
    Abstract: A vehicle shock absorbing member, which has a tubular shape having a plurality of flat plate-shaped sidewalls and having a closed section, in which, of the plurality of sidewalls, each of a pair of sidewalls located on right and left sides and separated from each other in a lateral direction of a vehicle has a groove portion formed extending in an axial direction of the tubular shape so as to be recessed inward, which is disposed between a vehicle body-side member and a bumper member in such an attitude that the axial direction corresponds to a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and which, when subjected to a compressive load, is crushed like an a bellows in the axial direction to absorb impact energy, a pair of flat plate-shaped partition walls being formed in the tubular shape integrally with the tubular shape so as to be separated from each other in a vertical direction and so as to couple the pair of sidewalls, and the upper partition wall being tilted downward and the lower partition wall being tilte
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakanishi, Yutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 9539965
    Abstract: A bumper for a vehicle is provided where the bumper adapted to induce torque of the bumper during a collision, the bumper having a crush box. The bumper includes a bumper beam having an outer surface, a moment inducer extending away from the outer surface of the bumper beam, the moment inducer positioned adjacent to the distal end of the bumper beam. The moment inducer is rigid and adapted to transfer force (energy) rather than absorbing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 9527465
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement beam includes a beam having a length and mounts at ends of the beam and cross sectional shapes at various locations along the length, including a first cross sectional shape near ends of the beam providing a first bending moment and a second cross sectional shape at a center of the beam providing a second bending moment different than the first bending moment, and further including intermediate cross sectional shapes between the ends and center having intermediate bending moments between the first and second bending moments. The cross sections may define open C-shapes or may include a tubular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Johnson, Brian E. Malkowski, Brian P. Oxley
  • Patent number: 9452724
    Abstract: A bumper beam has a hat-shaped profile (11) with a cover (12) which is recessed into the hat-shaped profile and is welded to the sides (16, 17) of the hat-shaped profile, inside the hat-shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Gestamp Hardtech AB
    Inventor: Johan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9434334
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a corner energy absorber, comprises: a plurality of layers with a plurality of ribs connecting the layers, wherein the layers and ribs comprise a first thermoplastic material; a composite insert comprising a second plastic material and reinforcement, wherein the second plastic material is different than the first thermoplastic material, and wherein the composite insert is disposed in the layers, the ribs, or both; an extension configured to extend into the end of a bumper beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Sudhakar Ramamoorthy Marur, Dhanendra Kumar Nagwanshi
  • Patent number: 9421985
    Abstract: A rail vehicle having an attached deformation zone is presented. The rail vehicle has at least one end transverse beam provided in an end face region and corner pillars arranged substantially vertically and extend from the end transverse beam. The deformation zone is provided at the end face having a front transverse beam arranged parallel to the end transverse beam and spaced therefrom in an end-face direction and at least one force transmission element arranged between the end transverse beam and the front transverse beam. The element transmits longitudinal compressive forces between the end transverse beam and the front transverse beam without plastic deformation up to a defined value and failing when the defined value is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens AG Oesterreich
    Inventors: Richard Graf, Philipp Heinzl, Markus Seitzberger
  • Patent number: 9399437
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement is formed of a 7000 series aluminum alloy hollow extrusion and has crushed end portions. A portion of the end portions is heated to a temperature of 400° C. or more for reversion treatment, the heated portion is subjected to cold crushing, and then the whole bumper reinforcement is subjected to age hardening. Because of the age hardening, the heated portion has higher Vickers hardness than non-heated portions by Hv 10 or more. This compensates for a decrease in reaction force in a collision of an end portion resulting from a decrease in the section modulus of the crushed portion and thereby suppresses a decrease in energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Narikazu Hashimoto, Tsunetake Tsuyoshi, Shingo Shimoaka, Hiroyuki Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 9376074
    Abstract: A curved sandwich impact structure for a vehicle having a micro-truss core. In one embodiment, the sandwich impact structure includes a micro-truss layer sandwiched between two facesheets, a micro-truss layer designed for energy absorption on the outside of one of the facesheets, and a fascia panel in contact with the energy absorbing micro-truss layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jacob M. Hundley, Nilesh D. Mankame, Alan J. Jacobsen, Eric C. Clough, Hanif Muhammad, Stuart J. Brown, Elisabeth J. Berger