Pillar Patents (Class 296/193.06)
  • Patent number: 11959224
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement for an article including a carrier that includes: (i) a mass of polymeric material having an outer surface; and (is) at least one consolidated fibrous insert having an outer surface and including at least one elongated fiber arrangement having a plurality of ordered fibers arranged in a predetermined manner. The fibrous insert is envisioned to adjoin the mass of the polymeric material in a predetermined location for carrying a predetermined load that is subjected upon the predetermined location (thereby effectively providing localized reinforcement to that predetermined location). The fibrous insert and the mass of polymeric material are of compatible materials, structures or both, for allowing the fibrous insert to be at least partially joined to the mass of the polymeric material. Disposed upon at least a portion of the carrier will be a mass of activatable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: ZEPHYROS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Braymand, Eric Chopin, Henry E. Richardson
  • Patent number: 11931786
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hot-stamped part includes: inserting a blank into a heating furnace including a plurality of sections with different temperature ranges; step heating the blank in multiple stages; and soaking the blank at a temperature of about Ac3 to about 1,000° C., wherein in the step of heating the blank, a temperature condition in the heating furnace satisfies the following equation: 0<(Tg?Ti)/Lt<0.025° C./mm, where Tg denotes a soaking temperature (° C.), Ti denotes an initial temperature (° C.) of the heating furnace, and Lt denotes a length (mm) of step heating sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Steel Company
    Inventor: Je Youl Kong
  • Patent number: 11904946
    Abstract: A press-hardened shaped sheet-metal part, in particular a pillar reinforcement for a motor vehicle bodyshell, which has different sheet thicknesses and strengths, with an unhardened first region, or a first region which is hardened only to a small extent, and with a press-hardened second region, wherein the second region has a larger or smaller sheet thickness than the first region. A transition region, which, starting from the first region, has a sheet thickness transition zone, an intermediate zone, and a strength transition zone, is formed between the first region and the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Schnapp, Martin Sittenberger
  • Patent number: 11897163
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an additively manufactured transport structure. The transport structure includes cavities into which components that use an external interface are inserted. A plurality of components are assembled and integrated into the vehicle. In an embodiment, the components and frame are modular, enabling reparability and replacement of single parts in the event of isolated failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, Stuart Paul Macey, David Charles O'Connell, Jon Paul Gunner, Antonio Bernerd Martinez, Narender Shankar Lakshman
  • Patent number: 11897544
    Abstract: Both weight reduction and impact resistance of a center pillar are satisfied while increase in cost is suppressed. A center pillar inner 20 is configured to include: an inner member 21 having an opening 21a to be a place where a retractor of a seat belt is mounted and a side sill mounting portion 21b to be a place where a side sill 30 is mounted; and a CFRP member 22 joined to a surface of the inner member 21, wherein the CFRP member 22 is provided at least between the opening 21a and the side sill mounting portion 21b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi Hamada
  • Patent number: 11851105
    Abstract: The present application relates to a reinforcement element (30) arranged to be attached to a profile (10) for forming a B-pillar for a vehicle, which profile (10) is arranged with attachment areas (22, 24) for door hinges, characterised in that the reinforcement element (30) is designed with two elongated strips (32, 34) of material, wherein the strips (32, 34) are inter-connected at least at one attachment area (22) for door hinges when the reinforcement element (30) is attached to profile (10), wherein the profile (10) is hat-shaped with a central flange (12) and two sides (14, 6), and wherein each strip (32, 34) is attached to the transition area (36, 38) between the central flange (12) and a side (14, 16). The present application also 10 relates to a B-pillar provided with the reinforcement element as well as a method of manufacturing a B-pillar with the reinforcement element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Autotech Engineering S.L.
    Inventors: Hans Bodin, Martin Holmberg, Joakim Johansson, Sofia Nayström
  • Patent number: 11820434
    Abstract: This vehicle body side structure includes: side sills provided at both end portions of a floor section in a width direction of a vehicle and extending in a forward/rearward direction of the vehicle; a pillar extending upward from each of the side sills and having a pillar outer provided on an outside in the width direction of the vehicle; a crushing member provided inward in the width direction of the vehicle with respect to the pillar outer and having a lower portion joined to the side sill and extending above the side sill; and an impactor which is provided above the crushing member, which is joined to an inside of the pillar outer in the width direction of the vehicle, and in which the impactor and the crushing member at least partially overlap in an upward/downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hasegawa, Hitomi Yamada, Ryotaro Takeuchi, Takayuki Fujii
  • Patent number: 11801797
    Abstract: A vehicle body side part structure includes: a center pillar having a base expanding in a fan shape; an inner center pillar having filling openings formed in vicinity to front and rear inwardly-curved corners of the base; a center pillar stiffener defining a filled space to extend in a front-rear direction between the center pillar stiffener and inner center pillar; a side sill joined to lower ends of the inner center pillar and center pillar stiffener; and a partition member having front and rear cover portions and a main body integrated with the cover portions. The partition member includes a filled space partitioner to partition the filled space into a first filled space located closer to one of the inwardly-curved corners and a second filled space located closer to the other of the inwardly-curved corners so as to have a volume substantially equal to that of the first filled space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Tahara, Kenji Nishida
  • Patent number: 11801897
    Abstract: In a frame member, the hardness of a sheet-thickness-direction central section in a portion where a softening layer is provided is greater than or equal to 400 Hv, the softening layer has hardness smaller by at least 10 Hv than the hardness of the sheet-thickness-direction central section in the portion where the softening layer is provided, the thickness of the softening layer is greater than or equal to 2% of the sheet thickness but smaller than 20% of the sheet thickness, the hardness of the softening layer at the surface is greater than or equal to 0.5 times the hardness of the sheet-thickness-direction central section but smaller than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuri Toda, Hiroaki Kubota, Hiroyuki Kawata, Daisuke Maeda
  • Patent number: 11767063
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle, and in particular a vehicle body structure for a motor vehicle, with an extended roof reinforcement structure. An example vehicle includes an A-pillar, a roof side rail, a dash panel, and a reinforcement structure extending at least partially through the roof side rail and the A-pillar to a front end forward of the dash panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Prescott Hickey, Christopher John May, Michael Kozak, Jamil M. Alwan, Chelliah Madasamy, Matthew B. Makowski, Mazhar Mohammed Hussain
  • Patent number: 11767062
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to reinforcing a vehicle pillar. The vehicle pillar includes a corner member and a reinforcement member. The reinforcement member is additively manufactured and may utilize functionally graded materials. The reinforcement member may be directly deposited on the corner member or may be manufactured separately and coupled thereafter to the corner member. The reinforcement member includes a first component, and a second component. Additionally, the reinforcement member may include a third component that extend angularly from the first and second component to form a Y-shaped structure. The reinforcement member can include multiple attachment joints that facilitate consolidating and coupling the reinforcement member with various vehicle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mike James Freeman
  • Patent number: 11731570
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a header for a vehicle upper body structure. The header includes an elongated body extending between a first side and a second side. The elongated body includes a polymer and a plurality of fibers. The elongated body includes a front end and a back end. The front end is configured to be coupled to a windshield. The back end is configured to be coupled to a roof. At least a portion of the elongated body has a transparency of greater than or equal to about 4%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Newcomb, Joung Min Choi, Julien P. Mourou
  • Patent number: 11731706
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a roof siderail outer includes an upper flange, a first portion that is disposed across a gap from a roof siderail inner, and a second portion disposed between the first portion and the upper flange. A boundary line between the upper flange and the second portion is configured of a first bent portion that is bent to form a valley crease line on an outer face of the roof siderail outer. A boundary line between the second portion and the first portion is configured of a second bent portion that is bent to form a ridge crease line on the outer face. The second bent portion extends toward the first bent portion in a rearward direction, and is connected to the first bent portion. The upper flange is welded to a rear pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sachiko Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11702146
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a vehicle body element connecting joint for connecting a first body element to a second body element, which connecting joint comprises first and second elongate profiles arranged along adjacent edges of the first and second body elements, respectively. The connecting joint comprises a first projection protruding from the first elongate profile parallel to a side surface of the first elongate profile and extending towards a free end of the first elongate profile, a first recess arranged in a side surface of the second elongate profile and arranged parallel to an edge of the second elongate profile, wherein the first projection is inserted into the first recess. A first and second dovetail section protrude from the first and second elongate profile, respectively At least one fastening strip contacts the first and second dovetail sections to clamp the first and second elongate profiles to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Bus Corporation
    Inventor: Lars Carlden
  • Patent number: 11691590
    Abstract: A seat belt mounting bracket mounting structure includes a pillar portion, a connecting member connecting the pillar portion and another forward pillar portion positioned in front of the vehicle body of the pillar portion, and a seat belt mounting bracket mounted at a cross position of the pillar portion and the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haehoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11679816
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure having a side roof rail, a B-pillar and a bracket. The side roof rail has an inboard surface. The B-pillar has an upper end portion that overlays a portion of the inboard surface of the roof rail. The B-pillar extends downward from the roof rail. The bracket has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is fixedly attached to the upper end portion of the B-pillar. The bracket further has a first rib and a second rib spaced apart from the first rib. The first rib and the second rib extend from the first portion of the bracket upward toward the second portion of the bracket. The first portion of the bracket further defines a slot located between the first rib and the second rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bobby Fuentes, Fumio Tejima, Satoshi Sakurai, Atsushi Adachi
  • Patent number: 11679810
    Abstract: A vehicle body side structure 1 includes a roof side rail 2, a center pillar 3, a first joint portion 5, a second joint portion 6, and a third joint portion 7. The first joint portion 5 joins a roof side rail outer 22 and a roof side rail inner at a corner portion 10 formed by the roof side rail 2 and the center pillar 3. The second joint portion 6 joins a center pillar outer 32 and a roof side rail inner at the corner portion 10. The third joint portion 7 joins a center pillar inner and the center pillar outer 32 at the corner portion 10. The first joint portion 5, the second joint portion 6, and the third joint portion 7 are continuously provided from an upper side to a lower side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Miyahara
  • Patent number: 11673610
    Abstract: A door hinge mount of a side external panel for a vehicle, may provide the door hinge mount, capable of being formed of a material, requiring low initial investment expenses, and securing the same level of rigidity as in the case where a steel material is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun Cheol Yun
  • Patent number: 11643147
    Abstract: An objective of the present disclosure is to provide a front pillar outer that is inexpensive, lightweight and strong. A front pillar outer includes a glass-face-side flange part, a door-side flange part, and a main body part that connects the glass-face-side flange part and the door-side flange part to each other. In a partial area of the door-side flange part in a longitudinal direction thereof, a first plate part that is connected to a side edge of the door-side flange part is folded so that the first plate part is overlaid on the door-side flange part. In a partial area of the glass-face-side flange part in a longitudinal direction thereof, a second plate part that is connected to a side edge of the glass-face-side flange part is folded so that the second plate part is overlaid on the glass-face-side flange part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Otsuka, Masafumi Azuma, Naoki Kimoto
  • Patent number: 11643149
    Abstract: A welded steel part obtained by welding a first sheet with a second sheet, at least one with a coating of aluminum alloy. The welding uses a welding wire which, after melting and cooling, constitutes a weld bead connecting the first sheet to the second sheet and being part of said welded steel part. The respective peripheral edge of the first and second sheets are in a joggled edge type configuration in which the peripheral edge of the first sheet is arranged above, and on or near the upper face of an end portion of the peripheral edge of the second sheet which is extended by an inclined junction portion, at least one part of the upper face of the inclined junction portion delimits at least laterally with the edge of the peripheral edge of the first sheet a groove receiving the weld bead, the inclined joining portion extending by a welding portion in longitudinal continuity with the peripheral edge of the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Jessy Haouas
  • Patent number: 11634178
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide a front pillar outer that has high strength and high rigidity. In an area in which the first door-side flange part and a second door-side flange part overlap with each other, the first door-side flange part and the second door-side flange part are joined to each other. In an area in which the first glass-face-side flange part and the second glass-face-side flange part overlap with each other, the first glass-face-side flange part and the second glass-face-side flange part are joined to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Otsuka, Masafumi Azuma, Naoki Kimoto
  • Patent number: 11623555
    Abstract: A roof handle for vehicles comprises a carrier which can be fixed to a vehicle roof and on which a handle body is pivotably mounted, and is pivotable between a holding position, in which a user exerts a substantially downwardly directed weight force on the handle body, and a starting position, in which the handle body is pivoted by a spring into a folded-up position with respect to the vehicle roof, the carrier comprising a molded body made of plastic on which at least one insert made of metal is provided, and the handle body being held on the insert made of metal via bearing elements. As a result, the roof handle can have a low dead weight and be optimally adapted to the geometry of a vehicle roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: HERO GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Steck, Martin Meister, Milto Benjamin
  • Patent number: 11623693
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a vehicle body capable of suppressing the occurrence of cracks in a center pillar at the time of a side collision. A center pillar stiffener forms a hollow structure with a closed cross section by including a side wall which faces the outer surface of a pillar inner, a front wall which is formed by bending from a front end of the side wall to form a first ridge with the side wall and which is joined to the outer surface of the pillar inner, and a rear wall which is formed by bending from a rear end of the side wall to form a second ridge with the side wall and which is joined to the outer surface of the pillar inner. The pillar stiffener is provided with a bead recessed toward the pillar inner and orthogonal to the first and second ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Yu Iemura
  • Patent number: 11591027
    Abstract: A body structure for a vehicle includes an A-pillar and a side sill, wherein the A-pillar includes a vertical front pillar; a front roof pillar extending from an upper end of the vertical front pillar toward an upper rear side thereof; a first reinforcing plate provided in the vertical front pillar and extending in the same direction with the vertical front pillar; and a second reinforcing plate provided in the front roof pillar extending in the same direction with the front roof pillar. The side sill is connected to a lower end of the vertical front pillar and extending along a horizontal direction. The first reinforcing plate is formed to cover a front door hinge mounting portion in the A-pillar and a connection portion of the vertical front pillar and the side sill. An uncoupled portion is formed between the second reinforcing plate and the first reinforcing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Matsuoka, Jianli Yu, Kai Ling
  • Patent number: 11590832
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle body including a sill and a pillar extending upwardly from the sill defining a door opening. A member is rotatably supported by the sill and is rotatable relative to the sill from an undeployed position to a deployed position. A link is rotatably supported by the pillar and the member. A pyrotechnic actuator is supported by the vehicle body and is connected to the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Patel, Zhibing Deng, Joseph E. Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 11591024
    Abstract: A side body structure of a vehicle can include: a hinge pillar; a front pillar that is coupled to an upper end portion of this hinge pillar via a bent section, extends upward to the rear, and is coupled to a front end portion of a roof side rail via a connected section; and an apron rein that extends forward from a position below the bent section in the hinge pillar, where the bent section can include an energy absorption section that is subjected to out-of-plane deformation in a longitudinal orthogonal direction of the front pillar and thereby can absorb collision energy when the collision energy, which can be directed rearward, is applied to the apron rein. The energy absorption section can be configured to include an outer bead section and an inner bead section respectively provided in an outer member and a lower inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasushi Ishikawa, Yuichi Morita, Ken Fujimoto, Yusaku Yamaguchi, Matsubara Hiroshi, Miyoshi Katsuhisa, Yokogi Yuji
  • Patent number: 11584444
    Abstract: A B-pillar for a vehicle includes an inner plate and an outer plate disposed to be opposite to each other; and a first reinforcing plate, wherein the inner plate and the outer plate forms a cavity, the cavity being surrounded by the inner plate and the outer plate to extend in a vertical direction and have a closed cross section, the first reinforcing plate is disposed in an upper region of the cavity, the first reinforcing plate includes a first reinforcing segment and a second reinforcing segment to be connected with each other, a front edge and a rear edge of the first reinforcing segment are connected to an inner wall surface of the cavity, and a front edge or a rear edge of the second reinforcing segment is apart away from the inner wall surface of the cavity with an interval therebetween to form a notch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Matsuoka, Kai Qiu
  • Patent number: 11584464
    Abstract: A method is for producing a three-dimensional vehicle door frame inner reinforcement element (52) including an inner center pillar part (66), an inner front pillar part (68) and an inner side rail part (64) joining the inner center pillar part (66) and the inner front pillar part (68). The method includes providing an inner center pillar blank, an inner front pillar blank and an inner side rail blank, said inner blanks being substantially planar, assembling the inner center pillar blank and the inner front pillar blank to the inner side rail blank in order to form a substantially planar door frame inner reinforcement blank, and hot stamping the door frame inner reinforcement blank to shape the three-dimensional door frame inner reinforcement element (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Nicolas Schneider, Yves Drouadaine
  • Patent number: 11554814
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle body side structure capable of improving electrodeposition coating of a center pillar, ensuring sealability of door seal members, and further ensuring strength and rigidity. The vehicle body side structure includes front flange bulging portions and rear flange bulging portions on a center pillar inner panel. Further, a center pillar stiffener has front through holes and rear through holes communicating with a first closed cross section. A center pillar outer panel includes front and rear step passages and that communicate the front and rear through holes with a second closed cross section. The center pillar stiffeners is overlapped with the front bulging portions and the rear flange bulging portions so as to form front gap passages and rear gap passages that communicate the first closed cross section with the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kodai Baiju, Hiroyuki Sakai, Yasunobu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11554813
    Abstract: A front pillar upper structure of a vehicle includes an outer member and an inner member. The inner member forms an inner wall of the front pillar upper structure in a vehicle-width direction, and is joined to the outer member forming an outer wall in the vehicle-width direction to form a closed cross-section structure. The inner member includes a flange part, a first wall part, and a second wall part. The second wall part is disposed between the flange part located on the lower side of the inner member and joined to the outer member and the first wall part located above the flange part. The second wall part has an angle of inclination in a range from 41° to 68° to a principal axis of inertia extending in the vehicle-width direction in a cross section substantially vertical to a longitudinal direction of the front pillar upper structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norihiko Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11548562
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle body rear part structure. The vehicle body rear part includes a rear pillar, a damper housing and a gusset. The rear pillar forms a closed cross section by joining a pillar outer to a pillar inner. The gusset connects the damper housing and the rear pillar. The pillar inner is separated into a front inner plate and a rear inner plate with a position above a top wall of the damper housing as a boundary. Bulkhead parts are formed on end edges of the front inner plate and the rear inner plate that face a separation part by bending to have a substantially L-shaped cross section to reinforce the closed cross section between the pillar outer and the bulkhead parts. An upper part of the gusset is combined to the rear pillar to close the separation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Soshino, Mari Takeuchi, Ryoji Inaba, Tatsuya Ohishi, Izuru Sato
  • Patent number: 11548561
    Abstract: A profile includes two end wing portions with substantially a transversal direction (Y), two lateral wall portions having substantially a height direction-(Z), a frontal wall portion having substantially a transversal direction (Y), two curved transition zones (R1, R2) disposed between the lateral wall portions and the frontal wall portion, and two curved transition zones (R3, R4) disposed between the end wing portions and the lateral wall portions. A specific portion of each curved transition zones (R1, R2) between the lateral wall portions and the frontal wall portion has a tensile strength lower than the tensile strength of the rest of the cross-section. This configuration also relates to a longitudinal beam, a cross-member, a pillar, a B-Pillar or a C-Pillar having the profile, and to a vehicle provided thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: AUTOTECH ENGINEERING, S.L.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Leroy, Matthieu Niess, Kira Masaki Gosa
  • Patent number: 11535298
    Abstract: A side sill rigidity reinforcement structure for a vehicle is mounted an inside surface of a side sill of the vehicle, thereby improving rigidity against side collision. the side sill rigidity reinforcement structure includes: a side sill inner 11, a side sill outer 12 disposed outside the side sill inner 11 and bonded to the side sill inner 11, and a side sill reinforcement member 20 installed in a space between the side sill inner 11 and the side sill outer 12. In particular, the side sill reinforcement member 20 has a plurality of portions each having a closed section formed to penetrate in the width direction of the vehicle, and the portions are repeatedly formed in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyung-Hoon Son, Dae-Myoung Park, Seung-Woo Han, Chang-Sup Hwang
  • Patent number: 11505255
    Abstract: A center pillar structure may include a center pillar inner upper connected to a side inner, a center pillar inner connected to the center pillar inner upper in up and down directions, a center pillar reinforcement outer connected to a front pillar reinforcement outer and connected to the center pillar inner along the up and down directions, a center pillar reinforcement disposed along the up and down directions on the inner side between the center pillar inner and the center pillar reinforcement outer, and coupled between front/rear flange combined portions of the center pillar inner and the center pillar reinforcement outer, and a seat belt reinforcement shaped corresponding to the center pillar reinforcement, and connected to the center pillar reinforcement to form an inner closed section along the up and down directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Won Jung Song
  • Patent number: 11498624
    Abstract: An embodiment frame connection structure includes a first body member including an inner portion and an outer portion integrally connected to each other along a transverse direction to form a first closed cross-section and at least one flange extending from the inner portion and the outer portion. It further includes a second body member including an inner portion and an outer portion integrally connected along a longitudinal direction to form a second closed cross-section, wherein the second body member is spot welded to the at least one flange of the first body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Won Ki Song
  • Patent number: 11498621
    Abstract: An embodiment structure includes an outer panel of a side sill, an outer reinforcement member of a rear portion of the side sill coupled to an outer side of the outer panel of the side sill, an inner panel of the rear portion of the side sill coupled to an inner side of the outer panel of the side sill, and an inner reinforcement member of the rear portion of the side sill coupled to an outer side of the inner panel of the rear portion of the side sill and aligned with the outer reinforcement member of the rear portion of the side sill so that a portion of the inner reinforcement member of the rear portion of the side sill is connected to the outer reinforcement member of the rear portion of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Chan Woong Jeon, Hyung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 11485261
    Abstract: A columnar body including: plural elongated plate shaped panel members extending in one direction; and plural weld portions where two width direction end portions of respective panel members out of the plural panel members are welded together to configure a closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunichiro Osa, Junichiro Horii, Takuma Oki, Kousuke Yonemochi
  • Patent number: 11480209
    Abstract: A deformable tapping plate can include a central member including at least two mounting openings and a mounting surface wherein the mounting surface defines a mounting plane. The deformable tapping plate can also include a first attachment pad located adjacent a first end of the central member that is connected to the central member by a first connecting arm. The first attachment pad includes a first attachment surface defining an attachment plane. The first connecting arm can include a first arched portion that projects away from both the mounting plane and the attachment plane and can include a first narrowed apex having a thickness that is less than a thickness of adjacent portions of the first arched portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Adam A. Forti, Thomas J. Lerch, Raymond M. Genick, II
  • Patent number: 11453443
    Abstract: An A-pillar surface of a vehicle, the A-pillar surface includes a cover disposed over an A-pillar such that the cover at least partially forms an exterior surface of the vehicle and defines an airflow path along the exterior surface of the vehicle at a location that is interposed between and separates a windshield and a side window of the vehicle, where the airflow path flows along the windshield toward the side window, over the cover. The cover forms a gutter surface disposed along the windshield and recessed from the airflow path into the exterior surface of the vehicle such that the gutter surface is configured to separate the airflow path from the exterior surface of the vehicle and collect liquid traveling with the airflow path from the windshield to the side window. The cover forms a flow re-attachment surface disposed along the side window to partially define the airflow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pirooz Moradnia, Matthew L. Metka
  • Patent number: 11440594
    Abstract: A front pillar outer includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a first glass-surface-side flange part and a first door-side flange part. The sheet thickness of the second member is thinner than the sheet thickness of the first member. The second member includes a second glass-surface-side flange part and a second door-side flange part. The first door-side flange part protrudes further towards the rear end of the front pillar outer than the first glass-surface-side flange part and a first main body part, and overlaps with the second door-side flange part. The second glass-surface-side flange part overlaps with a rearward region of the first glass-surface-side flange part. A second main body part overlaps with a rearward region of the first main body part. In a region in which the first member overlaps with the second member, the first member is joined to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichiro Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11427259
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar structure is provided including a pillar outer, a pillar inner, a front join section, and a rear join section. The pillar outer and pillar inner includes a first open cross-section and a second open cross-section having an open cross-section profile opening toward a vehicle width direction inner side in cross-section sectioned perpendicular to an extension direction of the pillar outer and the pillar inner. The pillar inner is second open cross-section disposed inside the first open cross-section so as to form a closed cross-section together with the first open cross-section. At the front join section, front walls configuring vehicle front side walls of the first open cross-section of the pillar outer and the second open cross-section of the pillar inner are joined together. At the rear join section, vehicle rear side end portions of the pillar outer and the pillar inner are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sayaka Ishikawa, Kazuki Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11420682
    Abstract: In a vehicle having a large side door opening, a vehicle-body structure suppresses, during a collision in which an apron reinforcement recedes, bending deformation of a hinge pillar at a mounting portion of the apron reinforcement. Embodiments include a reinforcement member inside a closed cross-section of a hinge pillar overlapping a mounting portion of an apron reinforcement in the up-down direction. The reinforcement member includes a body extending in the up-down direction spaced apart from the hinge pillar, a front flange portion at a front portion of the body, a lateral flange portion at a rear portion of the body, a front ridge portion between the body and the front flange portion, and a rear ridge portion between the body and the lateral flange portion. Each of the front ridge portion and the rear ridge portion is continuously provided over the reinforcement member in the vehicle up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuji Muraoka, Yusuke Desaki, Tsuneaki Zenitani, Satoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11414133
    Abstract: A center pillar assembly for a vehicle includes: an outer reinforcement coupled to a side outer body of a vehicle body; an inner reinforcement coupled to the outer reinforcement, the inner reinforcement having an upper section and a lower section; a seat belt upper mounting bracket coupled to the upper section of the inner reinforcement; and a seat belt lower mounting bracket coupled to the lower section of the inner reinforcement. At least a portion of the inner reinforcement has a W-shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Uke Han, Sun Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11364954
    Abstract: There are provided first and second loop-shaped structure sections which are provided to extend continuously along respective lower wall parts, respective right-and-left both side wall parts, and respective upper wall parts of a vehicle body so as to have a loop shape in a vehicle elevational view, respectively. The first and second loop-shaped structure sections are respectively positioned on an forward side and on a rearward side, in a vehicle longitudinal direction, of a damper support section. Each of these sections is formed by a closed-cross section portion where a closed-cross section is partitioned by plural members and/or a thick plate portion having a thicker plate thickness than a vehicle-body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kiyoshita, Yoshikazu Nishimura, Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11358648
    Abstract: A vehicle side body structure having a pillar member including an upper member and a lower member that is joined to the upper member and has a rigidity lower than the upper member, the pillar member partitioning a side part opening of a body into a front part and a rear part; a side door disposed adjacently to the pillar member; and an impact bar provided in the side door, in which a front end portion of the impact bar overlaps with both the upper and lower members in side view while the side door is closed. The upper member has a reinforcing member and the front end portion of the impact bar covers a region of the upper member in which the reinforcing member is present, a region of the upper member in which the reinforcing member is not present, and the lower member in side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tadashi Yamazaki, Takeshi Nakamura, Toshiyuki Gendo
  • Patent number: 11332199
    Abstract: A device for reinforcing, sealing or damping a structural element in a motor vehicle includes: a support with a fastening element for prefixing the device in the structural element; and an expandable adhesive arranged on the support for connecting the support to the structural element; wherein the fastening element is arranged on an elevation of the support, wherein the elevation is raised from a surrounding surface of the support, and wherein the expandable adhesive is arranged at least partially around the elevation on the surrounding surface of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Brett Richardson, Larry Lanore
  • Patent number: 11299020
    Abstract: There are provided 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. The vehicle-body frame member comprises a side sill, the front side door comprises a door panel portion provided with an inner lower portion which overlaps with the side sill in a vehicle wide view and reinforcement portions provided at three side-portions of a peripheral part of the door panel portion which are continuous and include the inner lower portion such that the reinforcement portions overlap with the vehicle-body frame member in a vehicle side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Honda, Tomohito Okuyama, Takehisa Kohira, Ryuji Nonaka, Toshiyuki Gendo, Ken Ueki, Isamu Kizaki, Eri Kaiki
  • Patent number: 11273871
    Abstract: A vehicle side structure includes a pillar which extends vertically at a side of a vehicle, a service hole which is provided at a lower portion of the pillar, a cover that closes the service hole, and a seal which is provided around the full periphery of the cover to seal between a perimeter of the cover and a perimeter of the service hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki Taira, Akira Nishino
  • Patent number: 11267517
    Abstract: This member includes a first sheet material and a second sheet material overlapped with the first sheet material, and the first sheet material and the second sheet material are joined to each other at an interface therebetween by three joint line portions. A first joint line portion includes an A portion whose shortest in-plane distance from a second joint line portion is 20 times or more and 120 times or less a sheet thickness of the first sheet material, a second joint line portion includes a B portion whose shortest in-plane distance from the first joint line portion is 20 times or more and 120 times or less the sheet thickness of the first sheet material, a third joint line portion is in a region interposed between the A portion and the B portion, and has a length of a length component of 250 mm or more in an extension direction of an intermediate line between the first joint line portion and the second joint line portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 11267514
    Abstract: Technical methods described herein include a motor vehicle frame having an improved field of view. The motor vehicle frame includes a pillar body, such as an A-pillar, having an opening positioned between opposite sidewalls of the pillar body. A transparent material is disposed within the opening in the pillar body. The transparent material is selected from materials having a transmission coefficient of at least 50 percent for light in the infrared (IR), visible, and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths and a refractive index between 1 and 2 for visible light, such as polymethylmethacralate (PMMA) or an optically transparent polycarbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Venkateshwar R. Aitharaju, Bradley A. Newcomb, Xiasong Huang