Reinforcement Patents (Class 296/146.6)
  • Patent number: 11254195
    Abstract: A vehicle-body structure of a vehicle comprises a vehicle-body frame member forming an opening portion for entrance at a vehicle side part and a front side door provided so as to open and close the opening portion, wherein the front side door comprises a door panel portion and reinforcement portions provided at a peripheral part of the door panel portion such that the reinforcement portions overlap with the vehicle-body frame member in a vehicle side view, the reinforcement portions being made of a plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Honda, Tomohito Okuyama, Takehisa Kohira, Ryuji Nonaka, Toshiyuki Gendo, Ken Ueki, Isamu Kizaki
  • Patent number: 11235646
    Abstract: A side door comprises a door panel portion and a reinforcement portion (a lower-side reinforcement portion and others). The door panel portion is provided to cover an opening portion for entrance and configured such that its peripheral part overlaps with an opening-portion-forming vehicle-body frame member (a side sill and others) in a vehicle side view. The reinforcement portion is provided at the peripheral part of the door panel portion such that it overlaps with the opening-portion-forming vehicle-body frame member in the vehicle side view, thereby reinforcing the peripheral part of the door panel portion against a collision load applied to the side door from a vehicle side. The reinforcement portion is provided at a portion of the peripheral part of the door panel portion which includes a part corresponding to the vehicle-width-direction-extending vehicle-body frame member (a first floor cross member and others).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Suzuki, Masanori Honda, Tomohito Okuyama, Ryuji Nonaka, Hideaki Fujii, Noboru Shouno, Daisuke Nakayama, Isamu Kizaki, Eri Kaiki, Yuichi Sugimura, Taei Shibahara, Orie Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11235645
    Abstract: A stiffening structure for an automotive door panel part according to the present invention includes a door outer panel 3 made of a metal sheet curved along a height direction, and in which a character line 3a is formed; and an impact beam 5 disposed at an inner surface side of the door outer panel 3. The stiffening structure improves tensile rigidity of the door outer panel 3 by attaching a stiffening member 7 made of resin to the inner surface of the door outer panel 3. The stiffening member 7 includes vertical bone portions 9 extending in a streak shape from the impact beam 5 to the character line 3a along a curve of the door outer panel 3. The vertical bone portions 9 are arranged at a predetermined interval in a front-rear direction of the door outer panel 3, and outer surface of the vertical bone portions 9 is bonded to the inner surface of the door outer panel 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakagawa, Takanobu Saito, Kazuhiko Higai, Yoshikiyo Tamai
  • Patent number: 11173771
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shock-absorbing member including: an exterior material 110 for an automobile; a first reinforcing member 122 that is disposed adjacent to the exterior material 110 and whose cross section orthogonal to the extending direction has a height, in the direction orthogonal to the exterior material 110, that is greater than the width in the S direction along the exterior material 110; a second reinforcing member 124 that is disposed adjacent to the exterior material 110 and whose cross section orthogonal to the extending direction has a height, in the direction orthogonal to the exterior material 110, that is greater than the width in the direction along the exterior material 110; an intersecting part where the first reinforcing member 122 and the second reinforcing member intersect and overlap; and a joint that joins the first reinforcing member 122 and the second reinforcing member 124 at the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiya Suzuki, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Tasuku Zeniya, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11135905
    Abstract: A side door assembly is provided for an automotive vehicle body having a side opening. The side door assembly includes a front casting for hinged connection to the vehicle body. A rear casting is also provided for latch connection of the vehicle door assembly to the vehicle. An extrusion and/or extrusions connect the front and rear castings providing a side door assembly that is extremely light, enhancing the ability of the driver to enjoy the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BESTOP, INC
    Inventors: Eric D. Getzschman, George C. Stickles, William H. Haberkamp
  • Patent number: 11124050
    Abstract: A door beam including an aluminum alloy extruded material of a closed section structure having a welded part along the longitudinal direction, webs and an outer flange are inhibited from buckling and further the welded part in the outer flange is inhibited from breaking at the time of collision. In a cross section of an aluminum alloy extruded material perpendicular to the extrusion direction, each of the webs includes an outer part connected to the outer flange and an inner part connected to an inner flange and the thickness of the outer part is larger than the thickness of the inner part. Each of the outer parts is positioned in a region outside a cross section center of the aluminum alloy extruded material in the vehicle body width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yoshida, Takahiro Shikama
  • Patent number: 11124248
    Abstract: A tailgate panel assembly for a vehicle includes an outer panel and an inner panel. The outer panel and the inner panel are directly joined to each other at an outer side with respect to a widthwise direction of the vehicle. An extended panel is joined to the inner panel and to the outer panel at an inner side with respect to the widthwise direction of the vehicle, thereby forming a closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Duck-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11091012
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retention system for an automotive door impact protection beam. The system comprises a bracket coupled to a door panel of a vehicle, the bracket comprising an aperture, and an impact protection beam coupled to the bracket and positioned adjacent to the door panel of the vehicle. The system further comprises a longitudinal primary face that includes a longitudinally extending mast comprising a stiffening bead and a hook end, wherein the mast extends through the aperture of the bracket, a first coupling shoulder coupled to the door panel, a shelf projecting laterally from a top edge of the primary face, a longitudinal secondary face projecting from an edge of the shelf; and a second coupling shoulder coupled to the door panel. The shelf includes an opening that is longer and wider than the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 11065945
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes an inner panel, an outer panel, a guard beam and a reinforcing member. The guard beam extends laterally in a cavity between the inner and outer panels. The reinforcing member disposed in the cavity and being positioned on a floor of the vehicle door structure below the guard beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Marlo Martino, Richard Dryja, Christopher Herrala
  • Patent number: 11052951
    Abstract: A device can be used for reinforcing a vehicle body, which includes a front side inner panel and a side outer reinforce complement assembled to the front side inner panel. The device includes a bulkhead section formed in a closed space between the front side inner panel and the side outer reinforce complement. The front side inner panel and the side outer reinforce complement are cross-linked to each other by the bulkhead section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Do Hwan Ahn
  • Patent number: 11052734
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure that can displace inward a region directly above a lower end of a door built-in center pillar while preventing displacement of a door lower surface to absorb lateral collision energy immediately after lateral collision is provided. In the vehicle door structure including a door built-in center pillar extending from an upper end to a lower end at a front end in a rear door of a biparting door system, a reinforcement is provided on a door lower surface below the door built-in center pillar, a part of the lower end of the door built-in center pillar is mounted to the reinforcement, and a low rigidity portion having lower rigidity than an upper part the door built-in center pillar is provided directly above the lower end of the door built-in center pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Horita, Daisuke Nakazato, Junya Yokogawa, Tomoki Takahashi, Ishii Shoki
  • Patent number: 11046156
    Abstract: A vehicle door for use in a vehicle body comprising a rocker (20) is described. The vehicle door comprises an inner door panel (11) and an outer door panel (13), wherein the door further comprises a reinforcement element (12) arranged in a lower portion of the door such that when the door is mounted in the vehicle body, the reinforcement element (12) is at the height of the rocker (20) and such that when a side impact is received by the door the reinforcement element with the inner door panel is supported by the vehicle rocker. The reinforcement element (12) is a U-shaped bracket that extends from the inner door panel (11) to the outer door panel (13), the U-shaped bracket (12) being arranged with an open side facing the inner panel. The disclosure further relates to a vehicle having a vehicle body that comprises a rocker and such a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING, S.L.
    Inventor: Julio Peidro Aparici
  • Patent number: 10974578
    Abstract: A door impact beam is provided. The beam includes a beam body that has a W-shaped cross section and a reinforcement portion. The reinforcement portion is disposed in middle of the beam body and has a width greater than that of the beam body. Additionally, the reinforcement portion has first and second edges that are symmetrically convex with respect to a central axis of the beam body and the first and second edges have a curved streamlined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hee Jin Im, Hyun Sup Kim
  • Patent number: 10960738
    Abstract: An arrangement for the transfer of collision forces possibly resulting from a crash event from one body part to another body part of a motor vehicle, with a hollow profile acting as a crash profile, which hollow profile runs in the main direction of travel or transversely to the main direction of travel is loaded on pressure in the case of the crash event, and is frontally supported on each of the body parts. The hollow profile is frontally supported on the respective body part by means of interposition of in each case a load transfer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helge Herten, Volker Hohm, Tobias Stroehlein, Krino Bornemann, Philipp Hoermann
  • Patent number: 10953929
    Abstract: A reinforcement unit joins a B-pillar and a side sill of a vehicle. The side sill includes an inner side sill panel and an outer side sill panel having an upper flange and a lower flange. The reinforcement unit includes an outer reinforcement member located between the inner panel and the outer panel of the side sill, the outer reinforcement member having an upper flange and a lower flange, an inner reinforcement member located between the inner panel and the outer panel of the side sill, and a shear plate attached to the upper flange and to the lower flange of the outer panel and spanning from the upper flange to the lower flange between the outer reinforcement member and the inner reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Leblanc, Aron K. Madsen, Joseph M. Riggsby, Timothy J. Palesano
  • Patent number: 10953820
    Abstract: An upper reinforcement for a door trim panel includes a reinforcement channel, and a rib extending across the reinforcement channel. More particularly, the rib includes a first end section that engages a first wall of the channel, a second end section that engages a third wall of the channel and an intermediate section that extends across a window in the second wall of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, George David Aucott, Amit Chakravarty
  • Patent number: 10882383
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly includes an inner door panel, an outer door panel and an energy absorbing member. The outer door panel being configured such that at least a portion of an outer periphery thereof is fixed to an outer periphery of the inner door panel, the inner door panel and the outer door panel defining a hollow interior therebetween. The hollow interior has an upper end and a lower end. The energy absorbing member is installed within the hollow interior between the inner door panel and the outer door panel. The energy absorbing member has an outboard end surface with a first predetermined surface area and an inboard end surface having a second predetermined surface area greater than the first predetermined surface area. The energy absorbing member is spaced apart from the upper end of the hollow interior and being spaced apart from the lower end of the hollow interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Semsettin Subutay Akarca, Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10864805
    Abstract: A vehicle door is described, including: a bracket that is configured to support a window during opening and closing; a door locking mechanism that is positioned proximate (e.g., near or adjacent to) the bracket; and an absorption member that is configured and positioned to absorb energy from an impact with the vehicle door to thereby protect the door locking mechanism. The absorption member includes a body defining an internal channel that is configured to receive the bracket in an interference fit such that the absorption member is fixedly securable to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Kovie, Richard Dryja, David Iozzo
  • Patent number: 10864806
    Abstract: A door of a vehicle may include a first door module forming a door skeleton; and a second door module coupled with the first door module and forming a door window; and where the second door module is made of a relatively lightweight material as compared to the first door module and a reinforcement member is coupled along external edge portions of the first door module and the second door module, reducing weight and cost of the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Duckyang Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongmin Jeon, Kwang Seub Kim
  • Patent number: 10864810
    Abstract: A vehicle battery cradle has first and second side beams. Each side beam has a first and second end. The first and second side beams are spaced from one another and positioned substantially parallel to one another. A center beam, with a first and second end, is positioned between the first and second side beams. A cross beam is secured with a first end of the first, second and center beams. The cross beam, with a first and second end, is substantially transverse to the first, second and center beams. A truss is coupled with the cross beam. The truss stabilizes the cradle. The second ends of the first and second side beams include a mechanism to secure the cradle with the vehicle body. The first and second ends of the cross beam include a mechanism to secure the cradle with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Grzegorz Sopel, Brett Giem, Surya Yerva, Bryan Masternak
  • Patent number: 10843641
    Abstract: An insulating material for insulating a structural element in a vehicle including a support element with a first surface and a second surface, and an expandable material which is arranged on the support element. The expandable material is arranged here on a first sub-region of the first surface of the support element, and a second sub-region of the first surface is free from expandable material. The first sub-region is configured here in such a manner that the first surface of the support element is completely covered with expanded material after expansion of the expandable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Stefan Ulmann
  • Patent number: 10836437
    Abstract: A vehicle with improved body—closure impact performance may include a frame having an outer side and an inner side, the frame comprising a door opening, a door sill secured to the frame and extending along an edge of the door opening, the door sill extruded to comprise an elongate cavity; and a door secured to the frame and comprising an elongate protrusion, the door movable between an open position and a closed position, where the elongate cavity is positioned to receive the elongate protrusion when the door is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Murray, Geoffrey Daniel Young
  • Patent number: 10822033
    Abstract: A vehicle structure provided with a hollow structural member includes one or more reinforcement members that are located in the hollow structural member and include a foaming member. The hollow structural member includes a first hollow structural portion that is configured by a first panel portion, a second hollow structural portion that is configured by a second panel portion, and a third hollow structural portion that is configured by a third panel portion and couples the first and second hollow structural portions to each other. The one or more reinforcement members include at least one of first and second reinforcement members. The first reinforcement member includes a first foaming member connected to the first and third panel portions. The second reinforcement member includes a second foaming member connected to the second and third panel portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: IIDA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ichimaru
  • Patent number: 10744860
    Abstract: An outer skin module of a vehicle door has a side impact support for stiffening the vehicle door, a shell-shaped outer skin having a shell edge, and a peripheral mounting frame on its edge, which is connected to the shell edge of the outer skin for fixing the outer skin to a door shell of the vehicle door. The mounting frame and the side impact support are designed as one-piece module components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Soldner, Markus Vallerius
  • Patent number: 10744929
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methodologies for transportation vehicle fit-up can include a tuning assembly for tuning the spatial relationship between an accessory and adjacent portions of the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Davis Maxwell Woody
  • Patent number: 10688843
    Abstract: A torsion beam of a vehicle torsion beam suspension has a closed cross section. A beam center portion has an inverse substantially v-shaped cross section or a substantially v-shaped cross section. Circumference increasing portions having a longer circumferential length toward the beam ends are disposed at opposite sides of the beam center portion. Each circumference increasing portion has a beam width that is a width in the fore and aft direction of a vehicle body, the beam width gradually increasing toward a beam end, and increasing at a higher rate as a position of the beam width is closer to the beam end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Y-TEC CORPORATION, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nishimura, Masayuki Jobira, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Hideaki Kawaguchi, Nobuyuki Nakado, Shun Kuwako
  • Patent number: 10603991
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a bracket-integrated double-layer door impact beam is provided. The apparatus includes a lower mold having a lower cavity formed with a base material molded to have a “U”-shaped cross section and a predetermined length. The base material is seated on the lower cavity. A lower electrode terminal is disposed in the lower mold to contact the base material. An upper mold has an upper cavity therein and is coupled with the lower mold to pressurize both end portions of the “U”-shaped cross section of the base material inward to form the base material with an “O”-shaped cross section. An upper electrode terminal is disposed in the upper mold to contact the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Seojin Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youn-Il Jung, Ho-Jung Jeong
  • Patent number: 10589603
    Abstract: A vehicle side door internally includes an impact beam which extends along a longitudinal axis of a door. The impact beam is attached to a door inner panel via an outer extension. An inner extension is attached inside the outer extension. A distance along thickness of the door between the inner extension and the impact beam is shorter in a close proximity section than in a longitudinally neighboring area. Because the load received by the inner extension via the close proximity section is transferred to joint portions connecting to the outer extension, the load received by the outer extension from the impact beam is dispersed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10549610
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes an outer panel, an inner panel including an inner wall portion, a side wall portion, and a flange portion, an impact beam provided so to extend between the outer panel and the inner wall portion on a surface parallel to inner wall portion, and a bracket including a fixed portion, a joint portion, and a recessed portion. The recessed portion recesses toward an inner-panel side such that a tip end of the impact beam is distanced from the bracket. In an extending direction of the impact beam, a yield strength of a region from the fixed portion to a tip end position of the impact beam for a load applied from the outer panel-side is lower than a yield strength of a region from the tip end position of the impact beam to the joint portion for the load applied from the outer-panel side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10549707
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first pillar. The vehicle includes a second pillar having a distal end and spaced from the first pillar. The vehicle includes an extendible member supported by the first pillar and moveable from a retracted position where the extendible member has a first length to an extended position where the extendible member extends to the second pillar spaced from the distal end and has a second length greater than the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Saied Nusier, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche
  • Patent number: 10544616
    Abstract: The technology relates to assisting in the closing of a vehicle door by automatically pulling a door closed. One or more computing devices having one or more processors may receive, from one or more sensors, information indicating that a door on the vehicle is not closed. In response to the received information indicating that the door is not closed, the one or more computing devices may determine to send a triggering signal to close the door. The one or more computing devices may send the triggering signal to the actuator and the actuator may receive the triggering signal. In response to receiving the triggering signal the actuator may be activated to close the door of the vehicle without user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Craig Lombrozo, Andrew Paul Warburton, Robert John Ellis
  • Patent number: 10518614
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes: a door inner including a body wall portion, a first opposed wall portion, and a second opposed wall portion; a door outer panel; an impact beam; an impact beam extension including a door-inner-side end portion and a fixed end; and a first reinforcement including a support portion fixed to the first opposed wall portion and a free end portion extending from the support portion toward the impact beam, wherein the impact beam extension and the free end portion are configured to be fitted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsunori Ando
  • Patent number: 10518615
    Abstract: An upper reinforcement for a door trim panel includes a reinforcement channel, softening features within reinforcement channel, a tab depending from the reinforcement channel, and a trigger feature between the reinforcement channel and the tab whereby the reinforcement channel is released from the tab during a side impact. A method of tuning performance characteristics of the upper reinforcement is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, George David Aucott, Amit Chakravarty
  • Patent number: 10479411
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body that defines a front door opening, and includes an A-pillar framing the front door opening, and a door over the front door opening. The front door includes an inner door panel and an outer door panel defining an interior door cavity therebetween. The vehicle also includes an impact beam and a transfer member housed in the interior door cavity. The impact beam has a forward end that laterally overlaps the A-pillar. The transfer member laterally overlaps the A-pillar in common with the forward end of the impact beam, and faces the inner door panel from laterally between the forward end of the impact beam and the inner door panel. When the vehicle experiences a side impact event, the A-pillar assumes side impact energy via transfer from the forward end of the impact beam through the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaine C. Benson, Keith O'Brien, Justin E. Dominic
  • Patent number: 10442383
    Abstract: An impact absorber to be mounted on a vehicular exterior side surface of a vehicular interior part covering a vehicular panel from a vehicular interior side includes an opposite wall to be opposite the vehicular panel, outer walls extending from edges of the opposite wall toward a vehicular interior side, and mounting portions that are to be fit to mount members included on the vehicular exterior side surface of the vehicular interior part, each of the mounting portions including a basal portion being included at a vehicular interior side end of one of the outer walls and in contact with the vehicular exterior side surface of the vehicular interior part, a distal end portion being on a vehicular exterior side than the basal portion and to be secured to one of the mount members, and an intermediate portion connecting the basal portion and the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Migaki
  • Patent number: 10435088
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a reinforcement or brace that can be installed on the tailgate of a vehicle. The reinforcement can provide structural support for heavier mounted objects, such as tires, as well as allowing for different attachment points. Advantageously, the tailgate hinge does not need to be removed or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 10351175
    Abstract: Motor vehicle hybrid structural part, comprising a main structural part 2 and at least one reinforcement patch the main structural part 2 being embodied as a sheet-metal structural part made of a steel alloy or light metal alloy and the reinforcement patch being made of light metal, which is characterized in that the reinforcement patch is an extruded structural part with at least two wall thicknesses differing from one another in cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Frost, Jochem Grewe, Gero Muellers, Christian Handing
  • Patent number: 10300773
    Abstract: Even when a heavy load is applied to a tailgate of resin, deformation of the tailgate is inhibited. The tailgate includes a window frame portion of resin forming a window opening portion. The window frame portion includes a bottom wall located on the vehicle interior side, and an outer sidewall and an inner sidewall each of which extending from the corresponding either one end of the bottom wall. The tailgate connects the exterior ends of an outer sidewall and an inner sidewall to form a closed cross-section, and includes a hinge reinforcement member fitted to a hinge mechanism. The hinge reinforcement member includes an outer sidewall reinforcement portion along the outer sidewall. The hinge member is fastened to the outer sidewall reinforcement portion and the outer sidewall together by a connection bolt and a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Miyake, Masaru Takata
  • Patent number: 10300771
    Abstract: A vehicle impact absorption structure includes a door trim and an impact absorption member located on an outer side of the door trim in a vehicle width direction. The impact absorption member includes a base plate arranged to face the door trim, a plurality of legs extending from the base plate toward the door trim, and a plate-shaped rigid wall extending from the base plate toward the door trim. Each of the legs is bent between a distal end of the rigid wall and the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Arimoto, Kohei Nasu, Taisuke Nonaka, Kazuhiro Kawamura, Yasuomi Tanaoka
  • Patent number: 10272748
    Abstract: A vehicle may have a rolling chassis with a plurality of tires, and a frame supported by the rolling chassis. The frame may include a floor, a roof, two A-posts, and two C-posts. The A- and C-posts may be connected to each other via the floor and the roof. The floor, roof, A-posts, and C-posts may together form a multi-row enclosure. Open spaces between the A- and C-posts may be unobstructed by additional posts. The vehicle may also include a door disposed within each of the open spaces between the A- and C-posts. The door may include a doorframe, a first hinge configured to pivotally connect the doorframe to the roof, a front-seat door panel, a second hinge configured to pivotally connect the front-seat door panel to the doorframe, a rear-seat door panel, and a third hinge configured to pivotally connect the rear-seat door panel to the doorframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventor: Changhyun Shin
  • Patent number: 10272864
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a monolithic base including a top panel having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The monolithic base includes an attachment panel extending downwardly from the first end at an acute angle. The monolithic base includes an outer panel extending downwardly from the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yi Yang Tay, John Pinkerton, Aleksandar Spasovski, Michael Dong, Joseph Edward Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 10259298
    Abstract: An impact beam structure of a CFRP door for a vehicle is disclosed. A outer impact beam and an inner impact beam are separately molded and then coupled to each other such that an impact beam is formed. The impact beam is coupled to an inner panel of the CFRP door for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Il Choi, Jae Hyuk Cheong, Jeong Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10246023
    Abstract: A map pocket usable as a trim component for a vehicle door assembly includes an inward-facing, substrate material layer including a polyethylene/polypropylene fibrous, thermoformed material and an outward-facing, A-side material layer including a non-woven, thermoformed material, disposed abuttingly against the substrate material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Gutierrez Guzman, Ivan Escutia Figueroa, Fernando Nava Ortiz
  • Patent number: 10232688
    Abstract: A door latch reinforcement assembly includes a base member including a main wall portion extending laterally from an inboard side of an associated vehicle door to an outboard side of the associated vehicle door and an outboard flange portion extending from an outboard end of the main wall portion along the outboard side of the associated vehicle door. The door latch reinforcement assembly can include a stiffener overlaid onto the main wall portion to reinforce the base member. The assembly can include at least one notch extending into the main wall portion from an inboard end of the main wall portion to define the main wall portion into at least two fingers having distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Schmitt, Nathan D. Roy, Robert H. Bator, Kozo Kusumoto, Christopher J. Mampe
  • Patent number: 10207570
    Abstract: A vehicle rear portion structure that comprises: a first glass that is provided at a vehicle rear portion, and at which is formed a sunken portion that is sunken-in further toward a substantially vehicle lower side than portions adjacent thereto in a vehicle transverse direction; a connecting portion that is provided between the first glass and a second glass, and that leads drainage water, which flows from the sunken portion, to the second glass; and an additional member having a guide portion that extends toward a vehicle rear side from an upper portion of the second glass, and that guides the drainage water from the connecting portion to a position that is away, toward a vehicle rear side, from a vehicle rear side surface of the second glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10173502
    Abstract: A door structure for a vehicle may include an external panel; an internal panel that is mounted to the external panel; and an impact member coupled to the internal panel between the external panel and the internal panel, wherein a protrusion that protrudes to an outside thereof toward a side external panel of a vehicle body from inside the internal panel is integrally provided in the impact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: JeeHoon Seong, Jeong Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10150353
    Abstract: A rear side door 20 designed to open and close an opening formed in a body 40 includes an inner panel 21 and a door beam 24. The door beam 24 is mounted on an inner panel 21 through a bracket 25 placed between the door beam 24 and the inner panel 21, and a patch member 26 is disposed on a tip part 24A of the door beam 24 at a position overlapping the tip part 24A of the door beam 24 in the vehicle widthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Hirakawa, Tamaki Mikami, Takuro Nishida, Takafumi Takayama
  • Patent number: 10112463
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door inner, a beam having a first end and a second end spaced from each other along a longitudinal axis, and a bracket. The bracket is fixed to the door inner and the beam, with the bracket between the door inner and the first end of the beam. The beam includes a cutout extending along the longitudinal axis to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Diego Freitas Araujo, M. Harish Kumar, Michael Tyson, I
  • Patent number: 10106113
    Abstract: A hollow profiled element, includes a plurality of longitudinal edges, which extend in a longitudinal direction and are connected by side walls, wherein a longitudinal edge has at least one depression, the depression base of which extends transversely to the longitudinal direction and at an angle to the side walls forming the longitudinal edge. According to an embodiment of the invention, a side wall forming the longitudinal edge has a transversely extending bulge in the region of the depression, wherein the depression base transitions at the end into the bulge in the region of said side wall and the bulge is designed with a shape that has a convex form in the transition to the depression and drops to the level of the side wall before an opposite longitudinal edge is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Esref Ciklakarsli, Matthias Gotthelf
  • Patent number: 10099541
    Abstract: A vehicle door including a door inner and a reinforcing beam fixed to the door inner. The reinforcing beam includes a first layer and a second layer bonded to each other. The first layer includes a polymer and fibers impregnated in the polymer and extending continuously across the polymer of the first layer. The first layer extends along an axis and has first and second ends spaced from each other on the axis. The second layer includes a polymer and fibers impregnated in the polymer and extending continuously across the polymer of the second layer. The second layer has first and second ends spaced from each other on the axis. The first and second ends of the second layer are each disposed between the first and second ends of the first layer along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Saeed David Barbat