Body Frame Patents (Class 296/203.01)
  • Patent number: 10322752
    Abstract: A plurality of metallic bulkheads fixed at predetermined intervals inside a side sill includes a partition wall portion partitioning an inner space of the side sill and a bonding flange portion formed to surround an outer periphery of the partition wall portion and bonded to an inner surface of the side sill and has an I-shaped cross-section. The partition wall portion of one bulkhead fixed to an upper curved portion is disposed to be substantially parallel to a radial direction passing through a curved center of the upper curved portion such that the partition wall portion is propped to prevent the upper curved portion from being crushed when a collision load in a front and rear direction is input to a pillar portion of the side sill to prevent the collapse deformation of the pillar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shotaro Ayuzawa
  • Patent number: 10308286
    Abstract: A rocker assembly for a vehicle comprising a rocker panel and a side sill that enclose an injection molded reinforcement. The reinforcement includes a plurality of intersecting fins that may be provided in horizontal and vertical planes. An intermediate wall formed by frames within four sided cells that define windows. The rocker assembly may include two different types of reinforcements, one with intersecting fins, or walls, extending laterally and one formed by a plurality of longitudinally extending tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Praveenmanickam Renganathan, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, John Michael McGuckin, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 10300959
    Abstract: A vehicle rear body structure includes a rear bulkhead that partitions a vehicle interior and a rear trunk and a damper base that is joined to the rear bulkhead through a wheel house. The damper base is joined to the wheel house, and thus a damper supporting portion is formed in a bag shape. The damper supporting portion is coupled to a rear frame through the rear bulkhead and is coupled to the rear frame through a house rear corner ridge. The house rear corner ridge and the rear bulkhead are formed in an inverted V-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihisa Kudoh, Kohei Narita
  • Patent number: 10293859
    Abstract: In a structure which comprises a hinge pillar at a side face portion of a vehicle, a front pillar connected to the hinge pillar, an apron member extending forward from a joint portion of the hinge pillar to the front pillar, and a hinge pillar reinforcement provided at the joint portion of the hinge pillar to the front pillar, a reinforcing member which connects a side face portion and an upper face portion of the hinge pillar reinforcement is provided, and a bead portion which interconnects the upper face portion and the side face portion of the hinge pillar reinforcement in a brace shape is provided and the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kiyoshita, Toshiharu Ikeda, Ken Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10259300
    Abstract: A tailgate support is arranged in a sealing channel between an inner panel of the lid bodyshell and a lateral covering of the rear lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Anika Stahl, Marco Schmidt, Andreas Koenig, Steffen Buchwald, Matthias Pfaeffle
  • Patent number: 10239564
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure may include a front side member formed to extend along a longitudinal direction of a vehicle and respectively disposed on both sides along a width direction of the vehicle; a side sill member formed to extend along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and disposed on both sides outside of the front side member along the width direction of the vehicle; and a reinforcing member formed to extend along the width direction of the vehicle and having one end portion and the other end portion, respectively coupled to the front side member and the side sill member to connect the front side member and the side sill member, increasing a structural strength to effectively respond to a front collision accident and a front small overlap collision accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Ildo Kim
  • Patent number: 10183704
    Abstract: A vehicle body has a side sill, which has an upper wall and a lower wall, and a floor plate. The side sill and the floor plate are connected to each other. The side sill has a hollow profile, and the floor plate is designed such as to overlap the upper wall and/or the lower wall of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jyrki Majamaeki
  • Patent number: 10173255
    Abstract: A metal extrusion and nodes based structure is provided. The structure comprises one or more arc members connected by one or more node members, wherein the arc comprises (i) a wing feature which is configured to mate with one or more non-structural components, (ii) an internal passage feature which is configured to be inserted into a connecting feature of the corresponding node member, and (iii) one or more keying features formed from a mating interface with the corresponding node member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Eahab Nagi El Naga, Richard Winston Hoyle, Kevin Robert Czinger
  • Patent number: 10160493
    Abstract: A vehicle framework structure includes a tunnel, a pair of rockers, a dash cross-member, a front side member rear and a floor reinforcement. The tunnel is disposed at a vehicle width direction central portion of a floor panel of a vehicle. The rockers are disposed at each vehicle width direction outer sides of the floor panel. The dash cross-member connects front portions of the rockers with the tunnel. A front side member is disposed at the vehicle front-and-rear direction front side of the floor panel. The front side member rear is provided under the floor panel at the vehicle front-and-rear direction rear side of the front side member. A vehicle front-and-rear direction front portion of the floor reinforcement is disposed between the dash cross-member and the floor panel, and the floor reinforcement is joined to the floor panel and to the front side member rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hyuga Atsumi, Kenichiro Yoshimoto, Junichi Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10137935
    Abstract: A support for a motor vehicle body-in-white includes a straight longitudinal portion that includes at least one cavity which is delimited by walls of the support and inside of which a reinforcing element is accommodated and is fastened in the longitudinal direction of the support. The reinforcing element is force-locked to the support so as to be fastened in the longitudinal direction of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andre Koch, Stefan Mieslinger
  • Patent number: 10112231
    Abstract: A cast part includes a metallic functional region. The functional region extends in a first direction from a first side to a second side of the cast part. The cast part has a surrounding region at least partially surrounding the functional region. The functional region is shaped by a friction-based process. Further disclosed is a piece of equipment, such as an electrical machine which includes a further component and a device for securing the further component against twisting. The device has a connection between the functional region of the cast part and the further component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Handwerker, Jean Pierre Bergmann, René Schürer, Markus Johannes, Maximilian Sünnemann
  • Patent number: 10112650
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly includes a main frame part including a side sill extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle frame assembly. The side sill has a C-shaped cross-section with a top and bottom walls, an inboard sidewall interconnecting the top and bottom walls, and an open outboard sidewall. A rear frame part is secured to the main frame part and includes a rear frame member extending in the longitudinal direction. The rear frame member has a U-shaped cross-section with an inboard and outboard sidewalls, a bottom wall interconnecting the inboard and outboard sidewalls, and an open top wall. The inboard sidewall at a rearward end portion of the side sill includes a section bulging away from the open outboard sidewall in a lateral direction of the vehicle frame assembly, and the inboard sidewall of the rear frame member is secured to the bulging section of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Neil D. Salmons, Robb L. Augustine
  • Patent number: 10086873
    Abstract: A motor vehicle sub-frame is provided. That motor vehicle sub-frame includes a front cross member, a rear cross member and first and second side rails connected to the front and rear cross members at each side of the sub-frame. The side rails both include a first component having a first extrusion axis and a second component having a second extrusion axis. The first and second components are joined together so that the two components effectively form an at least partially closed or boxed construction providing enhanced bending and torsion resistances while minimizing component weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoming Chen, David Anthony Wagner, Gerald J. Heath, Michael M. Azzouz, Tsung-Hsiun Li
  • Patent number: 10011160
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a right pillar, a left pillar, a high voltage equipment-accommodation portion, a high voltage equipment, and a high voltage equipment-protection cover. The right pillar is provided at a right end part. The left pillar is provided at a left end part. The high voltage equipment-accommodation portion is provided between the pillars. The high voltage equipment is provided in the high voltage equipment-accommodation portion and has a front face. The high voltage equipment-protection cover covers the high voltage equipment-accommodation portion to cover the front face. The high voltage equipment-protection cover includes a right extension portion and a left extension portion. Each of the extension portions has a groove portion or a bent portion. Each of the extension portions is bent toward front at the groove portion or the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Mitani, Koichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9969440
    Abstract: A joining structure of vehicle framework members includes: a first vehicle framework member formed by a lightweight metal material having a rectangular closed cross section shape in a sectional view orthogonal to an extension direction of the first vehicle framework member; a second vehicle framework member formed by a lightweight metal material having a hat shape in the sectional view orthogonal to the extension direction, the second vehicle framework member covering the first vehicle framework member; an offset flange portion that is a portion of a flange portion formed at an end portion at the opening side of the second vehicle framework member, and that protrudes to an opposite side of the flange portion from the opening side; and a protrusion portion that protrudes from an end portion of the offset flange portion at the opening side, and that is joined to the first vehicle framework member by heat-welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9889811
    Abstract: A foldable roll-over protection structure is provided for use on a vehicle movable in a generally fore-and-aft direction. The foldable roll-over protection structure includes a frame comprising a base section and an upper section. The base section is connectable to the vehicle. The upper section is swingable relative to the base section between a forward position in which the upper section projects forwardly from the base section, a rearward position in which the upper section projects rearwardly from the base section, and an upright position positioned between the forward and rearward positions. A hinge assembly swingably interconnects the sections of the frame. The hinge assembly is configured to releasably secure the upper section in each of the positions of the upper section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Full Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Schlup, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9878743
    Abstract: A front vehicle body comprises a front frame, an apron reinforcement, and a suspension housing. The suspension housing comprises first and second open cross-sections extending in a vehicle width direction and interconnecting the front frame and the apron reinforcement. The suspension housing includes first joint portions which are joined to an outer face of the front frame and second joint portions which are joined to an inner face of the front frame. The first joint portions and the second joint portions are arranged on an end portion of the suspension housing which is positioned on a front-frame side such that they are alternately aligned in a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Maruyama, Hidenori Matsuoka, Shigeaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9868476
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a non-metallic member, metallic disk, and metallic member. The metallic disk is rigidly affixed to the non-metallic member such that a periphery of the disk is encompassed by the non-metallic member while an outer surface of the disk remains exposed. The metallic member is secured to the non-metallic member by a spot weld extending from the metallic member, through the outer surface, and into the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Daniel Pastrick
  • Patent number: 9855972
    Abstract: A vehicle roof support structure including a pair of reinforcing truss members. The roof support structure includes a header, a roof bow, right and left roof rails, and a center roof support. The trusses form triangular reinforcing structures on the driver-side and passenger-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Viktor Kostrominov, Darrin Neil Wagner, Edgar Edward Donabedian
  • Patent number: 9838409
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device in a network analyzes data indicative of a behavior of a network using a supervised anomaly detection model. The device determines whether the supervised anomaly detection model detected an anomaly in the network from the analyzed data. The device trains an unsupervised anomaly detection model, based on a determination that no anomalies were detected by the supervised anomaly detection model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabien Flacher, Grégory Mermoud, Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Sukrit Dasgupta
  • Patent number: 9834257
    Abstract: A subframe structure for a front of the vehicle includes a front subframe made of steel and a rear subframe made of a light metal. The front subframe comprises left and right side members extending in approximately parallel with each other and including flange sections, the rear subframe comprises left and right rear side sections including flange sections, and a rear cross section connecting the left and right rear side sections. The left and right rear side sections are stacked on the left and right side members, and the flange section are joined together so as to define left and right closed sections, therebetween, and the left and right side members are further fastened to the left and right rear side sections by bolts extending through the left and right closed sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shosuke Ohhama, Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9815145
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly has a first frame member defining a first frame member axis and a slot and having a first frame member connection portion adjacent the slot. A second frame member defining a second frame member axis has a projection and a second frame member connection portion adjacent thereto. The projection is received in the slot. The first frame member connection portion is connected to the second frame member connection portion to form a connection region in which the second frame member axis is disposed at a non-zero angle to the first frame member axis in the connection region. The method of assembling the frame includes inserting the projection into the slot, contacting the connection portions to each other to form the connection region with the members being positioned for connection with their axes disposed at a non-zero angle to each other, and connecting the connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Bruno Larocque, Simon Filion, Pascal Jacques, Jean Guillemette, David Brouillette, David Rousseau
  • Patent number: 9764777
    Abstract: A different materials joint structure includes: an iron member; an aluminum member disposed on the iron member and integrally joined with the iron member; and a sealant disposed between the iron member and the aluminum member. The aluminum member includes a lateral edge section projecting outwardly from the iron member and extending downwardly, the lateral edge section and a surface of a lateral end of the iron member define a concave section therebetween, and the sealant protruding outwardly from a position between lateral sections of the iron member and the aluminum member is held in the concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shosuke Ohhama, Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9738324
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a support structure for use with a vehicle, the vehicle having a frame to which the support structure is attached. The support structure can include an elongated pillar defining a hollow portion extending therethrough. The elongated pillar can also define at least two rectangular channels approximately rectangular in cross-section extending through the hollow portion along a direction of elongation of the pillar. The elongated pillar can also define one other channel having a non-parallelogram cross-section extending through the hollow portion along a direction of elongation of the pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fabian J. Vigil, Kurtis Ray Horner, Edward Bach, Hirokazu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9630658
    Abstract: A vehicular subframe structure comprises a light alloy member including a left side section and a right side section each extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and a cross section extending in a width direction of the vehicle, and a steel plate member including a left thinned plate section and a right thinned plate section each extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle. When the light alloy member is stacked on the steel plate member they are joined together by friction stir welding from a side of the light alloy member, thereby forming a closed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shosuke Ohhama, Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9592856
    Abstract: There are provided a pair of roof rails, a roof panel, a front header, a pair of front pillars, and a pair of center pillars, and a pair of front inclination roof reinforcements provided at a lower face of the roof panel. Each of the front inclination roof reinforcements is configured to extend obliquely from its front portion which is joined to the front header to its rear portion which is positioned on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, relative to the front portion and joined to a portion located in the vicinity of a joint portion of the center pillar and the roof rail. Thereby, the torsional rigidity of a vehicle body can be properly improved, so that the maneuverability/stability of a vehicle can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Keizo Kawasaki, Kenichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9573625
    Abstract: A structure of a front side member of a vehicle includes a front side member body mounted to a lower right side and a lower left side of the vehicle and extending along a length direction of the vehicle. The front side member includes a variable thickness part formed along the length of the vehicle and having a thickness that varies along the height of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 9540052
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame assembly supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members, and a powertrain assembly. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes a body generally surrounding the frame assembly and including a hood, dashboard assembly, and a side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Burt, II, Brent C. Eaton, Michael C. Bohnsack, Andrew J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9527530
    Abstract: The present invention is a vehicle body structure, including: a pair of side members disposed under a vehicle cabin where front seats and a rear seat are disposed on both sides in a vehicle width direction and extending along a vehicle front-rear direction; a front seat cross member provided so as to extend along the vehicle width direction on a lower side of the front seats and coupling together the side members; a rear seat cross member provided so as to extend along the vehicle width direction on a lower side of the rear seat and coupling together the side members on a rear side of the front seat cross member; and coupling members provided so as to extend along the vehicle front-rear direction further on an inner side in the vehicle width direction than the side members and coupling together the front seat cross member and the rear seat cross member, wherein the front seat cross member and the rear seat cross member have a branch structure, with portions thereof on both end sides in the vehicle width direc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taichi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9415810
    Abstract: The present invention in one or more embodiments provides a vehicle roof structure which includes a cast node including a pillar portion for receiving a pillar and a roof-rail portion for receiving a roof rail, the roof-rail portion having first and second ends, which may have a closed first cross-section and a closed second cross-section, respectively. The closed first cross-section may be different from the closed second cross-section such that the first and second ends are to receive two individual roof rails of different dimensions. The closed first cross-section may be larger in opening dimension than the closed second cross-section, when the first end is positioned closer to a front of the vehicle than the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, Fubang Wu, Jacob Wesley Zindel, Mei Li, Yijung Chen
  • Patent number: 9394005
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for deflecting a vehicle wheel away from a foot well to reduce the chances for intrusion into the foot well during certain collisions, such as foot well intruding impact events. In some embodiments, the system may comprise an expandable structure comprising a rigid material. The expandable structure may be configured to be positioned in a wheel well of a vehicle and may be configured to actuate from a first, contracted configuration to a second, expanded configuration, and to deflect a vehicle wheel away from a foot well of the vehicle during an impact event to reduce the chances of the vehicle wheel entering the foot well during the impact event. The system may further comprise an inflator configured to deliver a fluid to the expandable structure during actuation so as to expand the expandable structure from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Mark L. Enders
  • Patent number: 9321486
    Abstract: An understructure for a motor vehicle includes two side members and multiple cross members fastened to the side members in each case via adapters. The adapters each include two identical shells which are each connected at the face end to a cross member and side member and to one another alongside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9266568
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower section structure has a rocker that extends in a vehicle body front-rear direction at an outside in a vehicle width direction of a floor panel; and a dashboard cross member that extends in the vehicle width direction at a lower side of a dashboard panel, and an outside end portion of the dashboard cross member in the vehicle width direction is superimposed on and connected to an upper face of the rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Nishino, Gen Nishida, Hideyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Kasai, Daisuke Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9260152
    Abstract: A sub-frame and component configuration for mounting on a motorcycle include a body frame structure including a main frame portion; and a sub-frame portion, he sub-frame is fixedly secured to the main frame portion and is configured for receiving and securing thereon a drop seat providing a rider with a seating area that is relatively closer to the ground than the seating area of a conventional motorcycle seat. A method of mounting the sub-frame on a motorcycle includes: fixedly securing a drop seat sub-frame portion onto a main frame portion, wherein the drop seat sub-frame portion is configured for receiving and securing thereon a drop seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Gary D. Chipp
  • Patent number: 9169038
    Abstract: A transport container made from lightweight construction boards, having a base and upright walls extending around the base. In order to manufacture the transport container in a more cost-effective, more rugged and more easily reparable manner, the walls, at their lower end, have a flap which extends along the edge of the walls and is angled in the direction of the base and which is connected to the base. Wherein an upwardly curved channel is between the angled flap and the edge, and the walls, at their upper end, have an upwardly curving beading which has a shape which corresponds to the channel at the lower end of the walls. In order to obtain improved stability, the transport container, which is constructed in a modular manner, may be provided with a concealed frame of metal tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Steiner
  • Patent number: 9145171
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a rear vehicle body with a reinforcing structure is disclosed. The reinforcing structure includes at least two legs starting out from a common center. A face side formed by each of the legs is at least partially structurally connected with a side wall of the rear vehicle body. The reinforcing structure has a section which over at least a portion of the reinforcing structure includes a top-hat shaped cross section having material sections which projecting laterally towards the outside at least partially serve as a flange for fastening to the side wall or another part of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Boris Kuenkler, Karsten Bohle, Lothar Harzheim
  • Patent number: 9139235
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes an outside rail section having an upper flange, a lower flange, and an inward facing cavity between the upper and lower flanges. An inside rail section is coupled along the upper and lower flanges of the outside rail section and has an outward facing cavity that aligns with the inward facing cavity to enclose an interior volume. A pair of hydroform tubes extending vertically through apertures at spaced longitudinal locations in the upper flange and engage a bottom surface of the inward cavity to define a pillar for supporting a vehicle roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Craig, Jason Scott Balzer, Kumar Mahadevan, Zhenyan Gao, Yuan Zhou
  • Patent number: 9126247
    Abstract: An outer panel for a pillar of a vehicle includes a central portion, flanges at opposite sides thereof for bonding to an inner panel, and opposite side portions between the central portion and the flange portions in a transverse sectional shape, wherein each of the side portions located at opposite sides of the central portion has a collision energy absorbing section having a thickness that is smaller than that of the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 9016775
    Abstract: A lightweight construction element (2) for a body of a motor vehicle (1) with a support frame (3) having four frame parts (5, 6, 7, 8), which essentially spans a square and with panelling (4) mounted on the support frame (3). The the support frame (3) is made of a fiber-reinforced plastic and has at least two intersecting braces (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20) that are designed according to bionic aspects and in which the intersection or intersections (15, 18) are connected and each of which join two of the frame parts (5, 6, 7, 8) perpendicular to one another with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Philipp Gneiting, Kamal Idrisi
  • Patent number: 9004535
    Abstract: A chassis for an electric vehicle comprises: a base frame, a front frame, a rear frame, two side frames, four suspension devices and four wheels. The front frame and the rear frame have the front arc-shaped tube and the arc-shaped rear tube fixed to the base frame, the arc-shaped tubes can not only reduce the number of tubes required but also increase the area of thrust force as compared to the straight tubes. Besides, the arc of the arc-shaped tubes avoids a connection point of an acute angle. Moreover, the height is larger than the width, which will produce less torque on the base frame as compared to that if the height is smaller than the width, thus preventing the torque acted on the base frame from damaging the connection points and improving the structural strength of the chassis at the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Energy Control Limited.
    Inventor: Donald P. H. Wu
  • Patent number: 8998296
    Abstract: A method for producing a body-in-white of a passenger car is provided. A support structure assigned to the body-in-white of the motor vehicle and which includes at least one support part is produced. The support part of the support structure is, depending on a variant of the motor vehicle, at least in some regions provided with at least one reinforcing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Konrad Eipper
  • Patent number: 8985605
    Abstract: A rear shock absorber mounting structure for a vehicle includes a rear shock absorber upper cover which may be mounted on a wheel housing and on which a rear shock absorber may be engaged and supported, an inner dual rail member which may be mounted on an inner surface of the wheel housing, which may be oriented toward a vehicle interior along a width direction of a vehicle, and an outer dual rail member which may be mounted on an outer surface of the wheel housing, which may be oriented toward an outside of the vehicle interior along the width direction of the vehicle, and thereby, the rear shock absorber mounting structure may be configured by a simple structure, and mounting stiffness of the rear shock absorber may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Cho, Dae Seung Kim
  • Publication number: 20150076866
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for reinforcing a supporting subframe for motor vehicles which is comprised of two longitudinal beams (30) and at least one crossbeam (32, 34), with the links (14, 16, 20, 22) of wheel suspensions on both sides being articulated to the longitudinal beams (30) via radially protruding, fixed mounts (36, 38) by rubber-metal sleeve bearings, and with the longitudinal beams (30) including at least in one region of articulation of a link (14) a longitudinally extending portion (30b) and a transversely extending portion (30c) which define in particular an approximately 90° curvature. According to the invention, the mounts (36, 38) are configured as two brackets, with one of which being supported on the longitudinally extending portion (30b) of the longitudinal beams (30) and the other one of which being supported on the transversely extending portion (30c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Dominik Mohrlock
  • Patent number: 8960778
    Abstract: A revolving frame is provided with left and right vertical plates installed upright on a bottom plate, and a front plate arranged on a front side of the bottom plate and connecting the left and right vertical plates to each other. A left reinforcing plate is provided at a corner where the left vertical plate and the front plate cross each other, and a right reinforcing plate is provided at a corner where the right vertical plate and the front plate cross each other. As a result, the corner portion where the left vertical plate and the front plate cross each other is reinforced by the left reinforcing plate while a left side closed space (LS) is formed, and the corner portion where the right vertical plate and the front plate cross each other is reinforced by the right reinforcing plate while a right side closed space (RS) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8955635
    Abstract: A motorcycle frame assembly (FR) for a motorcycle includes a main frame (1), which extends from above a combustion engine (E) in a direction rearwardly, and a subframe (4) having front and rear end portions connected with the main frame (1) and also having an intermediate portion positioned laterally outside of a cylinder block (26) of the combustion engine (E). The combustion engine (E) is fixed to a motorcycle frame assembly (FR) by means of first, second and third engine mounting areas (M1, M2, M3). The first engine mounting area (M1) is provided in the intermediate portion of the subframe (4) and, also, a damping unit (72) for suppressing vibrations of a to-be-damped region (76) is provided in the to-be-damped region (76) provided at a location remote from the first engine mounting area (M1) in the subframe (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Idaka, Shiken Hayashi, Yota Katsukawa, Yoshitaka Awazu
  • Patent number: 8944492
    Abstract: The description relates to a vehicle frame (1) which forms a safety cell having at least one vehicle seat (5), wherein the vehicle frame (1) comprises at least a floor section (10) and a side sill (20), and wherein at least one transverse element (30) for absorbing transverse forces is provided which is connected to at least the side sill (20) and extends on both sides of the at least one vehicle seat (5), in particular below the vehicle seat, and is arranged above the floor section (10). The description also relates to a vehicle seat (110) which can be adjusted at least between a driving position and an access position, wherein a seat surface (113) of the vehicle seat is substantially horizontal in the access position and is inclined to the rear with respect to the access position in the driving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Hufnagl, Thomas Delos Santos
  • Patent number: 8936302
    Abstract: A flange of a left rear side portion (aluminum member) includes a plane section extending toward a vertical wall of a left side member (steel plate-like member). The left side member includes a bent portion formed as a result of being bent between a flange and the vertical wall of the left side member, and a base section, which serves as a start point at which the bent section starts to be bent from the flange of the left side member. The plane section of the left rear side portion is provided such that it covers an area substantially up to the base section of the left side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyahara, Shosuke Ohhama
  • Patent number: 8931827
    Abstract: A structural mounting insert for sealing between and/or adhering to surfaces of members is described. The insert includes a base member and activatable material about the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Coon, Steve Zdrojewski, Keith Novak
  • Patent number: 8915025
    Abstract: A method of creating a bend in a construction component for use in a transportation vehicle. The method comprises providing a plurality of cuts in the construction component so as to create a region of increased flexibility in the construction component. The method further comprises bending the construction component in the region of increased flexibility so as to cause the construction component to acquire a bent shape, and then rigidifying the construction component in the region of increased flexibility so as to cause said construction component to maintain the acquired bent shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Laflamme, Nicolas Bernier, Mario L'Allier, Alain Robichaud, Gabriel Côté
  • Patent number: 8894132
    Abstract: A three-dimensionally shaped body module component and a method for the production thereof, which is assembled from a plurality of body module segments (1). The body module segments (1) are sections of continuously pultruded fiber plastic composite pultrudates, wherein each pultrudate has a basic structure consisting of endless fibers (20) laid in accordance with the force flux with respect to a predetermined geometry of the component. Furthermore, the basic structure has at least one passage (30) per body module segment (1) for receiving a connecting means (11), so as to connect at least two of the body module segments (1). The fibers (20) laid in accordance with the force flux are laid around the passage (30), and, furthermore, a stabilization structure (40) made from fibers is arranged around it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Stephan Goettker, Jan Krueger, Asmir Salkic, Mirko Sretenovic