Front Patents (Class 296/187.09)
  • Patent number: 10894563
    Abstract: A vehicle framework structure includes: a framework body portion extending in a vehicle front-rear direction in a vehicle end portion in a vehicle width direction, the framework body portion forming a closed section by an inner panel constituting an inner part of the framework body portion in the vehicle width direction and an outer panel constituting an outer part of the framework body portion in the vehicle width direction; and a reinforcing member placed inside the closed section of the framework body portion, the reinforcing member including a body portion inclined from the vehicle front-rear direction and provided over the inner panel and the outer panel, and a flange portion extending from an outer peripheral edge of the body portion and joined to the inner panel and the outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 10864944
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes a first frame rail and a second frame rail elongated along a vehicle-longitudinal axis and spaced from each other along a cross-vehicle axis. The vehicle frame includes a cross-beam elongated along the cross-vehicle axis between the first frame rail and the second frame rail. The cross-beam includes a first groove and a second groove both proximate the first frame rail and spaced from each other along the cross-vehicle axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yalla Mussa Abushawashi, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Benjamin Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10850773
    Abstract: A chassis for a motor vehicle includes a longitudinal axis, at least one longitudinal member, and a front bumper fastened to the longitudinal member. The front bumper includes a region protruding over the longitudinal member in the lateral direction (y-direction). The chassis includes a support which has a transverse limb and a longitudinal limb. The longitudinal member has an outer face and the support is fastened at the transverse limb to the outer face of the longitudinal member. The transverse limb extends laterally to the outer face. The longitudinal limb adjoins the transverse limb laterally on the outside and extends in the longitudinal direction away from the front bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Schneider, Dominik Mueller, Marius Sawatzki, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 10843733
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes: a pair of front side frames disposed on a front side of a vehicle to be in parallel with each other along a vehicle front-rear direction; lower members and gussets (load receiving portions) disposed at front ends in the vehicle front-rear direction of the front side frames so as to extend outward in a vehicle width direction; front wheels disposed outward in the vehicle width direction of the front side frames; and right and left side sills extending in the vehicle front-rear direction. Vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the load receiving portions are positioned outward in the vehicle width direction of vehicle-width-direction inner end portions of the front wheels, and vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the front wheels are positioned outward in the vehicle width direction of vehicle-width-direction inner end portions of front ends in the vehicle front-rear direction of the side sills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Yoshida, Yuya Abe
  • Patent number: 10836434
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes: a rocker outer constituted by a high tensile steel material and extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, the rocker outer including a first upper flange portion; a rocker inner constituted by a high tensile steel material and extending in the vehicle front-rear direction, the rocker inner including a second upper flange portion; a front pillar inner extending in a vehicle up-down direction being sandwiched between the rocker outer and the rocker inner; and a bracket joined to the first upper flange portion with a weld nut being fixed to the bracket. The first upper flange portion and the second upper flange portion are bolted together such that a bolt is inserted, from inside in the vehicle width direction, into respective boles provided in the second upper flange portion, the front pillar inner, and the first upper flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuma Otoguro, Jumpei Nishide
  • Patent number: 10807646
    Abstract: A suspension tower is coupled to a front side member at a portion of the front side member located frontward from a front pillar. A frontal vehicle structure includes a coupling member including a front end coupled to the suspension tower and a rear end coupled to the front pillar. The coupling member includes an outer panel and an inner panel that form a closed cross-sectional structure. The outer panel includes a weak portion arranged between a joined portion of the coupling member joined to the suspension tower and a joined portion of the coupling member joined to the front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sakata, Kosei Ota, Koichi Enoki
  • Patent number: 10807548
    Abstract: A vehicle front body structure includes a pair of right and left side frames, a bumper beam, and a load transfer member. The pair of side frames extends in a front-to-rear direction of a vehicle. The bumper beam disposed in front of the side frames and extending in a vehicle width direction. The load transfer member is coupled to a side surface of each of the side frames facing outward in the vehicle width direction, and obliquely extends outward in the vehicle width direction, toward the bumper beam. The load transfer member includes a first deformation facilitating portion formed in an edge of the load transfer member facing a rear of the vehicle at a position far from an end of the load transfer member facing inward in the vehicle width direction by a distance equal to or longer than a width of the side frame in a planer view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Wada
  • Patent number: 10788187
    Abstract: An arrangement of a headlight on a vehicle with protection from damage for the event of a crash, wherein the headlight has a housing with which it is attached to a body of the vehicle by at least one molded attachment feature. A sheet metal element is designed such that it forms a sliding surface for the body in the event of a crash and is arranged on the housing of the headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Franz-Georg Willeke
  • Patent number: 10780921
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structure includes a pair of side rails extending along the length of a vehicle, and outriggers coupled to the side rails, respectively, to protrude further outward in the vehicle width direction with respect to the corresponding side rails. The outrigger includes a cab mounting bracket joined to the side rail. The cab mounting bracket includes a rear end side that is inclined inward in the vehicle width direction as it goes rearward. The cab mounting bracket further includes, in the middle of the rear end, a bent portion which is bent to have a convex shape toward the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sentaro Tasaka, Masahiro Onoda, Shinya Saito, Shumpei Yamada
  • Patent number: 10730370
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes: a door hinge member mounted on a vehicle body; a door inner panel that constitutes a side door of an automobile; a door outer panel that is mounted on an outer side of the door inner panel in a vehicle width direction, and constitutes the side door of the automobile; and a door impact beam that is disposed between the door inner panel and the door outer panel, a first end side of the door impact beam being mounted on the door inner panel through a mounting member, a second end side of the door impact beam being rotatably mounted on the door hinge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsunori Mori
  • Patent number: 10717471
    Abstract: A vehicle having a front trunk and a method of controlling a vehicle to access the trunk may include raising a hood from a closed position adjacent body structure to a fully open position with the hood oriented horizontally to provide access to a front trunk, raising a grille with the hood; and pivoting the grille about a hinge affixed to the hood. Front trunk lighting and bins maybe included in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Mark A. Wisneski
  • Patent number: 10703418
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provide for stabilizing the front upper body of an automobile. Some embodiments operate in context of an electric car, or other electric vehicle. For example, the front body of an automobile can include a right front wheelhouse and a left front wheelhouse, coupled with a right front suspension assembly and a left front suspension assembly, respectively. The front body can also include a plenum, which can include a large panel situated behind the vehicle dashboard. A stabilization assembly can include a cross-rail to tie the right and left front wheelhouses together, thereby stabilizing lateral and/or other vibrations across the left and right front suspension assemblies. The stabilization assembly can also include a plenum tie-rail to tie both front wheelhouses to the plenum, which can improve stiffness of the upper plenum and can improve front-impact crash performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 10696329
    Abstract: An automotive front side frame including a bent portion having a bent form, in at least a portion, comprises an outer frame including a front outer portion and a rear outer portion disposed further to a rear of a vehicle frame than the front outer portion and formed to have tensile strength higher than tensile strength of the front outer portion; and an inner frame including a front inner portion and a rear inner portion disposed further to the rear of the vehicle frame than the front inner portion and formed to have tensile strength higher than tensile strength of the front inner portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Ji-Woong Ha, Jae-Hyun Kim, Yeon-Sik Kang
  • Patent number: 10676134
    Abstract: A dash cross member which extends in a vehicle width direction is provided at a dash panel. A hinge-pillar reinforcing member which rigidly connects a hinge pillar to a side sill is provided at a lower end portion of the hinge pillar. A load-transmission portion (a dash reinforcement) to transmit a load which is inputted to the hinge-pillar reinforcing member in an inward direction of the vehicle width direction to the dash cross member is provided at the dash panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Uchiba, Atsushi Kawamoto, Hiroto Kido, Yasushi Ishikawa, Daisuke Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 10647361
    Abstract: A frame (extension frame) extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of a powertrain mounted at a front portion of a vehicle includes front-side and rear-side high strength portions which are spaced apart, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, from each other and a low strength portion which is positioned, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, between the both high strength portions. The low strength portion has a lower bending strength than each of the both high strength portions. A specified portion which is a part of the low strength portion is positioned on the outward side, in the vehicle width direction, of and in front of a part of the powertrain (oil pan) which is located at the same level as the specified portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanamaru, Hiroto Kido, Yasushi Ishikawa, Atsushi Kawamoto, Yuuki Uchiba
  • Patent number: 10611327
    Abstract: An outer body part assembly for a vehicle, including an outer skin and a support member fixed to the outer skin. The outer skin is attached on a structural module of the vehicle via the support member, the support member includes a main body and a flange edge arranged around the main body and connected with the outer skin, the main body is in the form of mesh structure and includes a contact portion for supporting the outer skin and a reinforcement rib projecting from the contact portion for reinforcing the contact portion. The assembly prevents the outer skin from sinking, benefiting from the lightweight of the main body of the mesh structure, and the main body meets the supporting strength requirements by enhancing the strength of the mesh structure with the reinforcement ribs. In addition, the mesh structure also provides an effective energy absorption in case of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Compagnie Plastic Omnium, Yanfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems
    Inventors: Hailong Du, Zhongyu Ma
  • Patent number: 10589790
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure is provided including a battery pack, a lower cross member, and an impact absorbing structure. The battery pack is mounted at a vehicle lower side of a floor panel of a vehicle. The lower cross member is disposed at the vehicle lower side of a front cross member at a lower section of a front end of the vehicle, and extends along a vehicle width direction. The impact absorbing structure is provided between the lower cross member and the battery pack, and absorbs collision energy from collision load input from a vehicle front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 10549785
    Abstract: A side body frame of a vehicle includes a collision load decentralization member coupled to an A pillar of a side outer panel, the A pillar being divided into a lower reinforcement part, an intermediate reinforcement part, and an upper reinforcement part, where the collision load decentralization member decentralizes a collision load transferred from a tire by a collision deformation to a door load decentralization flow path passing through the intermediate reinforcement part and a side sill load decentralization flow path passing through the lower reinforcement part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hae-Hoon Lee, Yong-Bai Joo, Sung-Gae Wee, Dae-Myoung Park, Won-Gun Kim, Jin-Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10526015
    Abstract: A push arm is coupled to a vehicle frame proximate an intersection of a first side member and a first cross-member. A rear surface of the push arm is located adjacent to a front suspension structure with a gap defined therebetween. The push arm extends forward and laterally outward such that a front surface of the push arm is located outboard of and spaced apart from a front end of the first side member. An energy absorbing structure is positioned within the gap and is attached to the rear surface of the push arm and is spaced apart from the front suspension structure in a non-impacted state. The energy absorbing structure is configured such that in response to an off-center impact event, impact force to the energy absorbing structure pushes the energy absorbing structure into contact with the front suspension structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takemi Nishikawa, Kazunori Iimi, Takao Tani, Hideo Aimoto, Naoki Kamizawa, Patrick Dean Grattan, Perry McConnell
  • Patent number: 10518814
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle body front part structure including: a pair of left and right front side frames extending in a vehicle front-rear direction; and a front bulkhead connected to front end portions of the front side frames, wherein the front bulkhead includes a pair of upper and lower lateral frame parts extending in a left-right direction, and a pair of left and right vertical frame parts extending in an upper-lower direction to connect vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the lateral frame parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Matsuoka, Tomohito Kamada, Isamu Nakanishi, Akira Haga
  • Patent number: 10479406
    Abstract: A motor vehicle assembly includes a front end module, a front suspension and a SORB structure connected to the front end module and the front suspension. That SORB structure includes a cross member, a first crush horn, a second crush horn, a first support bracket and a second support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott J. Bell, Jeffrey A. Walesch, Jayanth Kumar Basavalingiah, Richard F. Huddleston, III
  • Patent number: 10479410
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a powertrain, a pair of side members, a suspension member, a first load transmission member and a second load transmission member. The powertrain has an engine and a continuously variable transmission that are juxtaposed to each other along the vehicle width direction. The side members are disposed on the outside of the power train in the vehicle width direction. The suspension member is disposed below the side members. The first and second load transmission members mounted to the side members and the suspension member. In the power train, the continuously variable transmission is disposed on the load-transmission-member side, and has a pair of variable speed pulleys (an input-side pulley and an output-side pulley). Thus, the load received by the first and second load transmission members can be reliably transmitted to the engine through the variable speed pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Hosomi, Tsuyoshi Matsunaga, Ryuuji Ootani
  • Patent number: 10479409
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure includes a pair of left and right side frames, a cross member, a pair of sub-frames, projections, and buckling structures. The pair of left and right side frames extend in a front-rear direction. The cross member is coupled to a lower side of the pair of left and right side frames and extends in a left-right direction. The pair of sub-frames are coupled to a lower side of the cross member and extend in the front-rear direction. Each projection is disposed on a front end side of the corresponding sub-frame and projects from the corresponding side frame outward in the left-right direction in a plan view. Each buckling structure is formed in the corresponding sub-frame and causes the sub-frame to buckle such that the corresponding projection comes into contact with the cross member when an impact load is applied to the projection from a front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Fujiwara, Yosuke Hachisu, Kenichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10464609
    Abstract: A structural support system, for a vehicle having a central axis extending from a front of the vehicle to a rear of the vehicle, includes a radiator cross member, a lower load beam having a rearward end coupled to a frame of the vehicle, and a forward end coupled to the radiator cross member, the lower load beam oriented at an angle relative to the central axis and extending outwardly as the lower load beam extends toward the front of the vehicle, a front end module (FEM) coupled to the radiator cross member, and an impact block coupled to a transmission of the vehicle. During an impact event where an object impacts the FEM, the FEM and the radiator cross member are configured to absorb an impact load resulting from the impact event and bend rearward and inboard toward the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Sayeed S Ahmed, Derek Chance, Sreenivas Vedula, Pradeep Salla, Rajkumar Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10457332
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structure of a front part of the bodyshell of a vehicle, notably a motor vehicle. According to the invention, the structure of the front part comprises reinforcing means secured to the A-pillar (5) and to the corresponding ends of the bodywork elements (1) so as to strengthen the connections between the A-pillar (5) and the bodywork elements (1) so as to prevent these connections from breaking in the event of a frontal impact of the vehicle. The invention applies to the automotive industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PSA Automobiles SA
    Inventors: Marc Peru, Mathieu Penloup
  • Patent number: 10421423
    Abstract: An integrated side member having an impact absorbing structure may include a side member upper part connected to a front coupling end portion to be connected to a crash box, the side member upper part being formed in a ā€˜Uā€™ shape by connecting its left and right members to each other, side member lower parts fastened to the side member upper part, and a dash cross member coupled to a lower portion of the side member upper part and between both side member lower parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Se-Ho Ryu
  • Patent number: 10421493
    Abstract: A torque box includes a box body extending along a longitudinal axis and a reaction wall coupled to the box body. The reaction wall is obliquely angled relative to the longitudinal axis to receive an offset load. The torque box further includes a plurality of ribs coupled to the reaction wall. Each of the plurality of ribs is oriented perpendicularly to the reaction wall to resist the offset frontal load received by the reaction wall. The torque box also includes a bridge rail coupled to the box body. The bridge rail is configured to allow load transfer between the frame rail and the rocker panel. At least a portion of the bridge rail is obliquely angled relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, John R. Sulik, II, Keith J. Saari
  • Patent number: 10377420
    Abstract: An off-center impact reinforcement structure includes a push arm proximate rearward of a front portion of the vehicle frame. The push arm extends in a forward and laterally outboard direction from a front side member. A rear surface of the push arm is located below the first side member. During an initial stage of an off-center impact event in which a stationary barrier directly impacts a front surface of the push arm, impacting forces from the off-center impact event move the rear surface of the push arm into contact with brackets that extend downward from the front side member and transfer through the push arm to brackets and to the vehicle frame. In a second stage, a rear surface of the push arm contacts the vehicle frame as the push arm pivots with the front surface of the push arm moving in a laterally outboard direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Iimi, Takemi Nishikawa, Takao Tani, Hideo Aimoto, Naoki Kamizawa, Christopher Robert Hartley, Patrick Dean Grattan, Joseph Bruno Buratto, Perry McConnell, David James Wozniak, Michael James McGory, Gunnar Mason, Matthew Michael Gapinski
  • Patent number: 10279841
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure including: a front side member that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction at a vehicle transverse direction outer side portion of a vehicle front portion and includes a projecting portion that projects-out toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side at an outer side wall at a front end portion; a spacer that is provided at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of the front side member and is fastened to the outer side wall at a vehicle front side of the projecting portion, and that has an adjacent portion that is adjacent to a vehicle transverse direction outer side of the projecting portion; and an engaging portion that is formed at the spacer and is disposed at a vehicle front side with respect to the projecting portion, and that engages with a front end of the projecting portion in the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Ito, Yuji Takahashi, Ryoji Matsumoto, Hironori Kadoi, Yutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 10239559
    Abstract: A vehicle frame is provided. The vehicle frame includes a body frame, a subframe mounted to the body frame, and a bumper frame coupled to the body frame. The bumper frame includes a beam having a first end and a second end. The vehicle frame also includes at least one brace coupling the beam to the subframe adjacent to at least one of the beam ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anthony John Leanza, Brian Christopher Bray
  • Patent number: 10214244
    Abstract: There are provided an outer panel, an inner panel, a second reinforcement provided in the main closed-cross section and cooperates with the outer panel to form a sub closed-cross section extending longitudinally, a bead portion formed at a portion of the inner panel which is located at a position corresponding to the second reinforcement, and configured to be a starting point causing bending of a front side frame toward the second reinforcement when a collision load is applied in a vehicle collision, and a second attaching member provided at a position located on a front-end side of the front side frame relatively to the second reinforcement and configured to make the second reinforcement crushable in a bending direction in the vehicle collision. The second attaching member comprises a knot-shaped member provided inside the main closed-cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiro Kamei, Masanobu Hanazaki, Chikara Kawamura, Masaki Motoki
  • Patent number: 10173730
    Abstract: An outrigger is connected to a front end part of an apron upper member, and further, is extended from its connected part up to that area of a front side member which is on its front end side and on its outer side in a vehicle width direction so as to be connected to the front side member. One end part of a connecting support member is connected to a connecting portion between the outrigger and the apron upper member. The connecting support member extends inward in the vehicle width direction in a plan view of a vehicle from its connected part, so as to be connected to the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Hirota
  • Patent number: 10137933
    Abstract: A load management assembly can manage and/or absorb the energy from an external force applied to a vehicle. The load management assembly includes a frame rail and a mounting bracket coupled to the frame rail. In addition, the load management assembly includes a shield coupled to the frame rail. The shield partly surrounds the mounting bracket in order to protect the mounting bracket from an external force and to redirect a load path of the external force. The load management assembly may further include a reinforcement bracket to assist in directing the load path of the external force. The reinforcement bracket is coupled to the frame rail and may be in contact with the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Huai-yang Chiang, Vikas V. Joshi, Gheorghe Barbuta, Hari Prasada Reddy Lingala, Frank Burger, Len V. Peschansky
  • Patent number: 10118579
    Abstract: An impact energy absorbing device for a vehicle includes a plurality of cells that are grouped together to form a matrix structure defining a mounting region and a contact region. The cells crush along their respective longitudinal axes when exposed to an impact force on the contact region. Each of the longitudinal axes of the plurality of cells in the matrix structure diverges with respect to neighboring cells in a direction from the mounting region to the contact region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Alex Lakic
  • Patent number: 10118645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a longitudinal beam for a motor vehicle, having a body, of hollow cross section and extending in the longitudinal direction, with a front connection for a cross-member and a rear connection to a motor vehicle body, said longitudinal beam being characterized in that the longitudinal beam is produced from a multi-layer steel having a homogeneous wall thickness as a hot-formed and press-hardened component and has at least one reinforcement patch, wherein the multi-layer steel has a central layer and at least one outer layer made of a ferritic stainless steel alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Henning Von Watzdorf, Georg Frost, Martin Schroeter
  • Patent number: 10112651
    Abstract: Front side frames and respective floor frames form upper horizontal portions, inclined portions, and lower horizontal portions. Each of the upper horizontal portions substantially horizontally extends. Each of the inclined portions is formed so as to extend rearward and so as to be inclined downward from a rear end of the upper horizontal portion. Each of the lower horizontal portions substantially horizontally extends rearward from a rear end of the inclined portion. A horizontal wall-shaped first reinforcing member extends rearward from the upper horizontal portion, and a vertical wall-shaped second reinforcing member extends from a rear end of the first reinforcing member to a bottom of the inclined portion. Front subframe supports that support the subframe are provided under triangular sectional portions formed by the inclined portion, the first reinforcing member and the second reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Takeda
  • Patent number: 10046805
    Abstract: A vehicle body side frame is a member that absorbs applied impact load by bending under the impact load. The vehicle body side frame includes plural ultrahigh strength portions provided at intervals along a longitudinal direction, and plural high strength portions interposed between the plural ultrahigh strength portions. A tensile strength of the ultrahigh strength portions exceeds 1400 MPa, and a tensile strength of the high strength portions is from 500 MPa to 1000 MPa. The high strength portions are formed with a sheet thickness greater than that of the ultrahigh strength portions. A front stress concentrating portion, a central stress concentrating portion, and a rear stress concentrating portion are respectively formed to a front high strength portion, a central high strength portion, and a rear high strength portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohide Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10017209
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body front structure, a left upper member extends from a left front pillar to the vehicle front side. The left upper member extends substantially horizontally from the left front pillar to a left damper housing, and extends in an inclined manner from the left damper housing to the lower portion. Also, a front member extending in an inclined manner of the left upper member is formed in a substantially M shape in side view such that the front member includes three curve portions of a front curve portion, a center curve portion, and a rear curve portion formed sequentially toward the vehicle rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Takeda
  • Patent number: 10005412
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes: a suspension member, first and second crash boxes, a front cross member and braces. The braces extends obliquely outward in a vehicle width direction and toward a vehicle rearward direction, with front end portions of the braces being fastened to the front cross member and rear end portions of the braces being fastened to arm portions. The braces are equipped with radiator support portions that support a radiator provided at a vehicle front side of a power unit, and with easily deformed portions which, when a crash load has been input, become deformation origins that enable the braces to deform in such a way that the rear end portions move closer to the front cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chitoshi Sugano, Tatsuya Komamura
  • Patent number: 9988089
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle body front structure in which left and right frame side mounting members for connecting the rear ends of left and right bumper beam extensions are provided at the front ends. The left and right front side frames are formed from left and right side inner panels and left and right side outer panels. The left and right side outer panels are formed from left and right rear outer panels and left and right front outer panels. The left and right front outer panels are formed from left and right side plates, left and right upper plates, and left and right lower plates. At least one of the set of the left and right upper plates and the set of the left and right lower plates is formed by members different from the left and right side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamoto, Shinya Kobayashi, Yuki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9981694
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a first bending portion, a second bending portion, and a third bending portion in a left front side frame. An outer panel of the first bending portion includes a first concave portion. An inner panel of the second bending portion includes a second concave portion. The third bending portion is formed to be concave toward an interior. An inner central wall of the inner panel extends flat to the rear side of the vehicle body toward the second bending portion. A left branch gusset extends to tilt from the inner central wall, and the outer panel is joined to a rear surface of the left branch gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., H-ONE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohide Sekiguchi, Hisaharu Kato
  • Patent number: 9956992
    Abstract: An off-center impact reinforcement structure includes a push arm and a first diagonals structure installed to elements of a frame of a vehicle structure. The push arm is coupled to the frame proximate an intersection of a first side member and a first cross-member and extends in a forward and laterally outboard direction from the intersection. The first diagonal structure extends rearward and laterally inboard from proximate the intersection toward a section of a second side member rearward of the first cross-member. The off-center impact reinforcement structure is configured such that during an off-center impact event in which a stationary barrier impacts against a front surface of the push arm during forward movement of the vehicle frame, impacting forces from the impact event are transferred through the push arm to the vehicle frame at the intersection and from the intersection to the first diagonal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Iimi, Takemi Nishikawa, Takao Tani, Hideo Aimoto, Naoki Kamizawa, Christopher Robert Hartley, Patrick Dean Grattan, Joseph Bruno Buratto, Perry McConnell, David James Wozniak, Michael James McGory, Gunnar Mason, Matthew Michael Gapinski
  • Patent number: 9956991
    Abstract: A push arm is coupled to a vehicle frame proximate an intersection of a first side member and a first cross-member. A rear surface of the push arm is located adjacent to a front suspension structure with a gap defined therebetween. The push arm extends forward and laterally outward such that a front surface of the push arm is located outboard of and spaced apart from a front end of the first side member. A energy absorbing structure is positioned within the gap and is attached to the rear surface of the push arm. The energy absorbing structure is spaced apart from the front suspension structure in a non-impacted state. The energy absorbing structure is configured such that in response to an off-center impact event, impact force to the energy absorbing structure pushes the energy absorbing structure into contact with the front suspension structure, such that the energy absorbing structure deforms and absorbs impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takemi Nishikawa, Kazunori Iimi, Takao Tani, Hideo Aimoto, Naoki Kamizawa, Patrick Dean Grattan, Perry McConnell
  • Patent number: 9944324
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle frame structure including: a pair of right and left side rails; a cross member that bridges the side rails in the vehicle width direction; a bumper reinforcement that is placed on the front side of the side rails; load bearing portions that are disposed at vehicle width direction outer side surfaces of the side rails; curved portions that are disposed in the bumper reinforcement, curve toward the vehicle rear side heading outward in the vehicle width direction in sections of the bumper reinforcement at the vehicle width direction outer sides of the side rails; and projecting portions that are secured to rear surfaces of the curved portions of the bumper reinforcement, that project toward the vehicle rear side, that are placed with gaps between them and the load bearing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuya Asai
  • Patent number: 9932071
    Abstract: An energy absorbing assembly includes a beam that extends in a first direction, a structural member that extends in a second direction transverse to the beam, a load transfer structure that restrains motion of the beam relative to the structural member by transferring lateral loads between the beam and the structural member, and a recess defined in the structural member. The beam is connected to the structural member within the recess and extends out of the recess. The beam is configured to shorten during an impact to define a failed portion of the beam, and the beam is connected to the structural member such that the failed portion of the beam is at least partially receivable in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tommaso P. Rivellini, Andrzej T. Baranski, Jean Paul Montant, Erik Mikael Fermer
  • Patent number: 9914480
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a cross member installed across right and left front side frames. The left front side frame has a frame bending section provided above a left suspension arm. The frame bending section is formed so as to be bendable when subjected to a frontal impact load. A left reinforcing member is disposed below the frame bending section and is mounted across the cross member and the dash cross member. The left reinforcing member is fastened to a rear fastening portion. The left reinforcing member has a bending section that is bendable downward when subjected to an impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9873460
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a left tunnel frame extending along a floor tunnel to a dash lower panel, a left dash frame extending upward from a front end of the left tunnel frame to a dash upper panel, and a dash cross member extending in a vehicle-body width direction and across the left dash frame. The left dash frame is provided on a vehicle-cabin-side surface of the dash lower panel. The dash cross member is provided on an engine-room-side surface of the dash lower panel. The dash cross member bridges a left front pillar and a right front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Tatsuwaki, Patrick Ellison
  • Patent number: 9873461
    Abstract: A plastic fender is provided for coping with thermal deformation. Additionally, an apparatus is provided which makes an effect of allowing the plastic fender to move to cope with thermal deformation, by integrally forming a bellows shape with a mounting portion of the plastic fender. The plastic fender includes a hood line portion, a bumper line portion, and a door line portion. Additionally, mounting portions are formed along an edge of each of the hood line portion, the bumper line portion, and the door line portion, respectively. The plastic fender includes a bellows-shaped portion that is formed on the mounting portions and is moveable to cope with the thermal deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Suk-Jun Chai, Ji-Yong Shin
  • Patent number: 9868467
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicle body front portion structure including: a front side member main body to which a bead is formed at rear portion of an outer-side side wall portion, and is joined to a front side member base portion such that the front side member base portion covers a portion of an outer circumferential surface of the front side member main body located at vehicle body rear side of the bead. Abutting ribs extending in vehicle body front-rear direction are provided at a portion of the front side member base portion. The abutting ribs include a front-side extended portion located at a side portion of the bead and extends towards vehicle body front side beyond a portion that protrudes in vehicle body transverse direction, and include an abutting portion that faces towards vehicle body front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: RE47671
    Abstract: A first projection portion projecting outward, in a vehicle width direction, from a front side frame is provided. A front end of the first projection portion is located at the same position, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, as a connection portion of a crash can to the front side frame or located in back of the connection portion. An outward side face of the first projection portion is configured to slant rearward and inward in a plan view. The first projection portion and a power unit are arranged to overlap each other in the vehicle longitudinal direction. Accordingly, an impact transmitted to a vehicle-compartment side in a small overlap collision can be reduced, restraining repair costs of the crash can broken in a low-speed collision as well as maintaining appropriate design flexibility of a vehicle-body front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakamura, Hiroaki Takeshita, Masanobu Kobashi