Under Frame Patents (Class 296/204)
  • Patent number: 11634177
    Abstract: A sub-frame mounting combination structure of a vehicle body may include a fender apron side member mounted at the rear end portion of a front side member in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, a first side extension disposed in the transverse direction of the vehicle body and connected to the inside of the fender apron side member, a second side extension disposed in the transverse direction and connected to the outside of the fender apron side member, a tunnel member disposed in the transverse direction connecting the first side extensions at both sides at the center portion of the vehicle body to each other, and having the same phase as the first side extension, and a cap type bracket disposed to cover the fender apron side member at a portion where the fender apron side member and the first and second side extensions are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: HanSeok Song, Songjae Jeong
  • Patent number: 11618505
    Abstract: A frame structure for maintaining energy storage devices of a vehicle in position which is deformed in a controlled way in the event of a side-impact, in such a way to avoid deforming into the location of the vehicle seats. The proposed frame structure is adapted to deform controllably in a centre position align with a location between the vehicle seats. In this way are occupants of the vehicle kept safe since no or less deformation occur in the vehicle seat location. The above advantages are provided by that lateral support members of the frame includes a deformation zone adapted to deform in response to a lateral force exerted on the lateral support member. The deformation zone is located such that, when the frame structure is installed in the vehicle, the deformation zone is aligned with a location between seats of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Aria Ravantab, Fredrik Övgård, Srikanth Varanasi, Sven Ström, Krister Amundsson
  • Patent number: 11608119
    Abstract: A vehicle body combination structure includes a center floor panel extending from a lower portion of a vehicle body along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, and a rear floor panel disposed at a rear of the vehicle body and connected to the center floor panel, wherein one end surface of the center floor panel and one end surface of the rear floor panel are vertically overlapped to form an overlap region, and wherein the rear floor panel and the center floor panel form a wheel base of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Cornoration
    Inventors: Sun Ho Kim, Byoung Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 11584447
    Abstract: An electric vehicle structure may include a floor panel; a center tunnel disposed at a center of the floor panel in a vehicle width direction, extending along a vehicle front-rear direction, and projecting upward from the floor panel; a dash panel disposed at front ends of the floor panel and the center tunnel; and a front reinforcement attached to an inner surface of a peripheral wall of the center tunnel and extending rearward from the dash panel through the center tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyosuke Kawase
  • Patent number: 11524726
    Abstract: The rear frame includes an inclined part that is inclined inward in, a vehicle width direction in going rearward and a horizontal part that extends rearward from a rear end of the inclined part. A rear part of the side sill includes a first enlarged width portion that increases in width inwardly in the vehicle width direction via a bent portion. A front part of the rear frame inclined part includes a second enlarged width portion that increases in width outwardly in the vehicle width direction. A rear end of the first enlarged width portion and a front end of the second enlarged width portion are connected. An inner wall in the vehicle width direction of the first enlarged width portion and an inner wall in the vehicle width direction of the inclined part are linearly continuous in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kota Fujisawa, Takashi Yamada, Kanji Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11433950
    Abstract: A front lower body structure of a vehicle includes a front side rear lower member connected from a front side member disposed on one side of a fender apron to a side sill inner, a center floor side upper member disposed in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and extending from an upper surface of a dash panel to a center floor panel, and a reinforcement bracket connecting the front side rear lower member with the center floor side upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Eon-Pyo Kim, Seung-Tae Song
  • Patent number: 11383286
    Abstract: A metal sheet for press forming has a shape such that a boundary position between the region corresponding to the curved portion and an other region in the region corresponding to a curved portion is rotationally displaced in-plane around a rotational center set at a position on a curved recessed side rather than a position corresponding to a ridge line between a top sheet portion and a vertical wall portion on the curved recessed side, in a direction in which a line length of an outer edge of a position to be formed into the flange portion on a curved protruding side in the region corresponding to a curved portion approaches a line length of an outer edge of the flange portion on the curved protruding side in the press-formed component shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Miyake, Toyohisa Shinmiya, Yuji Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 11351825
    Abstract: A stabilization system for an adjustable ride height military vehicle includes a support member fixedly coupled with an underside of the military vehicle and extending in a downwards direction from the underside of the military vehicle. The support member is configured to engage a ground surface directly below the military vehicle when the military vehicle lowers from a first position to a second position. The support member is configured to provide additional stability for the military vehicle during a ballistics operation through the engagement between the support member and the ground surface when the military vehicle is lowered to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan F. Rowe
  • Patent number: 11345412
    Abstract: In a vehicle bottom structure, a floor panel to which a cross member is fixed is connected to a rocker inner which is a skeleton member. The floor panel and the rocker inner are sealed from a lower side by a lower seal member, but a region near the reinforcement member is a lower non-sealed part which cannot be sealed. Further, the floor panel and the rocker inner are sealed from an upper side by an upper seal member, but a region near the cross member is an upper non-sealed part which cannot be sealed. On respective sides of the upper non-sealed part, connecting seal members are provided, so that the lower seal member and the upper seal member are connected and a waterproof line is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Domon, Akira Nishino, Hideki Kanki
  • Patent number: 11325654
    Abstract: A front vehicle-body structure includes a front wheel including a wheel; and a side sill that extends in a front-rear direction on a rear side of the front wheel and has side sill inner and outer portions positioned on vehicle-width-direction inner and outer sides, respectively. Vehicle-width-direction end portions of the inner and outer portions are joined at a joined portion formed by the vehicle-width-direction end portions abutting against each other. The inner portion has a higher buckling strength in the front-rear direction than the outer portion. The joined portion has a second joined portion extending inclined to the vehicle-width-direction outer side toward a rear side, and a first joined portion bent from the second joined portion, extending to a front side, and positioned on a front-end portion of the side sill closer to the vehicle-width-direction inner side than a center line of the wheel in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Ebisumoto, Takeshi Nakamura, Hirotaka Natsume, Yuki Kataoka, Manabu Tatsuda, Ippei Kuroda, Satoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11318992
    Abstract: A first body cross-member is disposed on body mounts and fixed to the body mounts through outer brackets and mount bolts that are fastening members. A battery and a cooling blower that is a battery accessory provided on an outer side of the battery in a vehicle width direction are installed on a vehicle body, between a pair of rockers. The rockers have a closed cross-sectional structure, and a brace that is a reinforcing member is housed in a battery flanking portion of each rocker that is a portion corresponding to the cooling blower in position in a vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sasaoka
  • Patent number: 11279417
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody structure includes a catalyst disposed in a front portion of an exhaust pipe; a cover member for covering the catalyst from above; and a heat insulator disposed inside a tunnel portion behind the catalyst and configured to cover the exhaust pipe from above. The heat insulator is disposed away from the tunnel portion by a predetermined gap in an up-down direction. A front portion of the heat insulator and a rear portion of the cover member are disposed in such a way as to overlap each other. A front end of the heat insulator is disposed on the upper side with respect to a rear end of the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironobu Sakashita, Masaru Chikita, Kazuhiro Kageyama, Kohei Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 11280091
    Abstract: A joist is disclosed. The joist includes a first leg portion, a second leg portion, and a central portion, wherein each of the first leg portion and the second leg portion define a first side, a second side, and a distal side, a first lap portion and a second lap portion located at the central portion, and one or more stiffener defined within each of the first side, the second side, and the distal side of the first leg portion and the second leg portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Trilogy Structural, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Roach, Andrew Kays
  • Patent number: 11260908
    Abstract: A structural member 10 includes a hat member 1 and a closing plate 2. The length LY of the tubular portion formed by the hat member 1 and the closing plate 2 is 6 or more times the height H of a pair of side walls 11 and 12. Each of the side walls 11 and 12 includes a high-strength portion 11A or 12A and low-strength portions 11B or 12B. The high-strength portion has a yield strength not less than 500 MPa. The low-strength portions have a yield strength of 60 to 85% of that of the high-strength portion. Each high-strength portion extends a distance not less than (?)H and not more than 3H as measured in the direction in which the ridges extend, and is provided such that the high-strength portions of the pair of side walls face each other. A pair of low-strength portions sandwich the associated high-strength portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirose, Yuichi Ishimori, Hiroshi Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 11254267
    Abstract: A vehicle undercover mounting bracket for mounting an undercover body is provided. The vehicle undercover mounting bracket includes a frame-side mounting portion mounted on a side rail of a truck frame, an undercover-side mounting portion mounted on the undercover body and spaced apart from the frame-side mounting portion in a longitudinal direction of the side rail, and a connecting portion which extends in the longitudinal direction of the side rail and connects the frame-side mounting portion and the undercover-side mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Dong Ku Seon
  • Patent number: 11214310
    Abstract: A vehicle body on which a high voltage battery is mounted is provided. The vehicle body includes a vehicle body floor on which a battery is placed stably, side sills disposed on both lateral sides of the vehicle body floor, respectively, to extend in forward and backward directions, a plurality of coupling members, wherein front portions of the coupling members are combined with respective front side members, rear portions of the coupling members are combined with the side sills, respectively, and each coupling member connects, in an extension line, between the respective front side member and the respective side sill in the forward and backward directions, and a cross member that extends across the vehicle body floor and couples the coupling members, wherein each end of the cross member is combined with the respective side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Deok Hwa Hong, Hee Seouk Chung, Byeong Cheon Lee, Hyun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11180194
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle body and a vehicle. The vehicle body includes: two A pillars; a front impact beam; two front longitudinal beams having front ends connected to the front impact beam, and each of the front longitudinal beams being connected to the A-pillar at the same side therewith by means of a plurality of force transmission paths; a dash panel having lower portion provided with a dash centre aisle and connected to the two A-pillars; an dash upper cross member provided at an upper portion of the dash panel; a dash lower vertical member having an upper end connected to the dash upper cross member and a lower end extending to the dash centre aisle; and two front floor longitudinal beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: GREAT WALL MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Changyi Wang, Zengshou Liu, Lu Zhang, Hui Zong, Xiaoying Li, Siyuan Dong, Xiaoxu Han, Wei Wei, Haopeng Guo
  • Patent number: 11180197
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower structure includes: an undercover having an opening and a first fixing portion disposed around the opening; a cover member having a second fixing portion and detachably attached to the undercover to close the opening; and a fixing member configured to detachably attach the second fixing portion to the first fixing portion, the fixing member being fixed to the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion from a lower side of the undercover. The undercover includes a general portion and the first fixing portion, and at least the general portion and the first fixing portion are made of a board member having a constant thickness. The second fixing portion of the cover member is thicker than the board member. The second fixing portion of the cover member is located over an upper surface of the undercover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kota Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 11173966
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle body and a vehicle. The vehicle body includes: a front longitudinal beam; a first bracket; an upper side beam having a front lower end connected to an outer end of the first bracket; a front floor longitudinal beam having a front end connected to a rear end of the front longitudinal beam and having a linear configuration; a rocker panel having a front end connected to the rear end of the front longitudinal beam; and a rear floor longitudinal beam connected to a rear end of the front floor longitudinal beam and a rear end of the rocker panel to make the front floor longitudinal beam, the rocker panel, and the rear floor longitudinal beam form a closed-loop force transmission structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: GREAT WALL MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jingjie Xiao, Yanyan Chen, Mingzhao Zhang, Hui Zong, Zengshou Liu, Siyuan Dong, Xiaoxu Han, Xiaoying Li, Changyi Wang, Wei Wei
  • Patent number: 11173965
    Abstract: A rear vehicle-body structure comprises a rear-floor front part on which a rear seat is placed and which is inclined such that a front side thereof is located at a higher level than a rear side thereof, a right-and-left reinforcing extension having a rear end that is positioned on both sides, in a vehicle width direction, of the rear-floor front part. The right-and-left reinforcing extension extends forwardly and inwardly, in the vehicle width direction, from the rear end. The rear vehicle-body structure further includes a right-and-left second reinforcing extension provided on an outward side in the vehicle width direction of the right-and-left first reinforcing extension, and is configured to extend forwardly and outwardly in the vehicle width direction from a vicinity of the rear end of the right-and-left first reinforcing extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tsukamoto, Akiyoshi Masuda, Kouji Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11167801
    Abstract: A front body for a vehicle includes: a front dash cross member disposed under a dash panel and having first and second ends respectively connected to front side members; a front lower cross member extending in a transverse direction of the vehicle; a front center support member extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and located under an engine room of the vehicle; and a center member having a front end connected to the front dash cross member, and extending rearward along a floor of the vehicle. In particular, the front center support member have a front end connected to the front lower cross member and a rear end connected to the front dash cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 11130534
    Abstract: A self-propelled trailer is provided and includes a frame, a pair of rear drive wheels, a steerable wheel, a drive system, a platform and a lifting device. The frame forms an undercarriage chassis upon which the pair of rear drive wheels and steerable wheel secured to an undercarriage chassis along opposite ends thereof. The drive system includes a power system connected to the pair of rear drive wheels and a control system connected to the steerable wheel. The platform is positioned above and secured to the undercarriage chassis, and includes a planar deck and a subframe extending upward from the undercarriage chassis and spacing the planar deck therefrom. The lifting device is secured to the undercarriage chassis and positioned between the steerable wheel and the pair of rear drive wheels with respect to a length of the frame, and includes a crane extending upward from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Jay Beiler
  • Patent number: 11124244
    Abstract: A front body for a vehicle includes: a front dash cross member having first and second ends respectively connected to front side members positioned at both sides of the vehicle; a left front center support member and a right front center support member being a pair of members disposed ahead of the front dash cross member and located under an engine room of the vehicle; and a center member having a front end connected to a center portion of the front dash cross member and extending rearward along a center line of a floor of the vehicle. In particular, the left and right front center support members each have a rear end connected to the center portion of the front dash cross member, extend forward away from each other, and each have a front end connected to the front side members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 11091209
    Abstract: A tray-like vehicle cover member has a flat bottom plate, an edge wall rising from a peripheral edge of the bottom plate, and a flange that is connected to an upper end portion of the edge wall and provided with a plurality of fastening portions to be fastened to a vehicle. In this vehicle cover member, the bottom plate has an annular groove formed in an intermediate portion between the peripheral edge and the center, and a plurality of radial grooves formed to extend radially from the annular groove toward the fastening portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11066102
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to art auxiliary frame for a vehicle, including: a longitudinal member with a first longitudinal member end that may include a first adapter socket configured to accommodate different attachment adapters configured to fix the longitudinal member on different vehicle frames that may include different frame geometries; and a first attachment adapter in the first adapter socket, wherein the first attachment adapter is configured to fix the longitudinal member on a first particular vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Zuber, Oliver Mielke, Thomas Prus-Thorns
  • Patent number: 11059519
    Abstract: A reinforcement arrangement for protecting a vehicle occupant in the event of a frontal collision. The reinforcement arrangement which is configured to be centrally located is attachable to lateral support beams of a frame provides a more weight efficient solution compared to previously used reinforcement arrangement attached to longitudinal beams located in a tunnel structure of the vehicle. The described reinforcement arrangement is further configured to minimize intrusion into the vehicle interior in the event of a frontal collision, and to instead direct forces into the frame via the lateral support beams. Thereby, the force can be directed into the frame and not to sensitive components of the energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Håkan Persson, Henrik Ebbinger, Fredrik Övgård
  • Patent number: 11059528
    Abstract: A first strake and a second strake, which are provided in front of a front wheel when viewed from in front of a vehicle, and a passage defined by the first strake and the second strake. The passage is open to a space in front of the vehicle, and the second strake located close to a lateral surface among the first strake and the second strake extends rearward in a front-rear direction of the vehicle from a front end of the second strake and further extends rearward curving to a rear end of the second strake that is closer to a vehicle lateral side than the front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11027779
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure includes a sub-frame. The sub-frame includes left and right longitudinal frames which extend in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body and a horizontal frame which connects rear portions of the left and right longitudinal frames. The left longitudinal frame includes a steel frame and a light metal frame. A rear member of the steel frame overlaps the light metal frame in a vertical direction and is joined to the light metal frame. The left longitudinal frame includes a bent portion. The bent portion is provided on the front side of the vehicle body with respect to a front end portion of the light metal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Takakuwa
  • Patent number: 11001112
    Abstract: A wheel suspension of a vehicle intended to extend in a transversal direction of the vehicle in association with first and second wheels arranged on opposite sides of the vehicle, comprising: a subframe unit provided with a set of attachment points for attachment of the subframe unit to a vehicle body structure, wherein the subframe unit comprises a cross member extending along the subframe unit in a transversal direction of the vehicle when the subframe unit is attached to the vehicle; at least a first link member arranged on each side of the subframe unit, wherein each first link member is arranged to connect a corresponding wheel or wheel supporting element with the subframe unit via a pivoted connection; and a spring arrangement arranged to act onto each of the first link members so as to provide for a spring suspension of the first and second wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Joakim Weglin, Kjell Sjosten, Åke Malm
  • Patent number: 10926811
    Abstract: The reinforcement member includes a body made of a press hardened steel having a tensile strength greater or equal to 1200 MPa. The body is coated with a zinc-based coating or with an aluminum-based coating and extends along a main direction. The reinforcement member also includes at least one tab extending from the body along a transversal direction forming a non-zero angle with the main direction. The bend between the body and the tab defines an intrados and an extrados. The tab is made of a cold bent part of the body, and the elongation of the extrados is between 10% and 25%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Jimmy Lam, Joël Wilsius, Nicolas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10926664
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to trail compliant side-by-side all terrain vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Larry Sunsdahl, Aaron David Deckard, Marcus Johannes Tullemans, Jason Carl Plugge, Alan A. Meyer, Geoffrey G. White, Brian Michael Safranski
  • Patent number: 10894564
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear portion structure includes a floor panel, rear wheel houses arranged on both sides of the floor panel in a vehicle width direction, a rear seat disposed between the rear wheel houses, braces each arranged at a vehicle cabin inside part above each of the rear wheel houses, and a cross member extending along the vehicle width direction between the braces. The brace is provided with a front side fastening portion positioned on a front side of the brace in a vehicle body front-rear direction and a rear side fastening portion positioned on a rear side of the brace in the vehicle body front-rear direction. Each of end edge portions on both sides of the cross member in a longitudinal direction abuts against one of the front side fastening portion and the rear side fastening portion and is fastened to the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Saeki
  • Patent number: 10882596
    Abstract: In an example, a structural frame is described. The structural frame includes a hub and a plurality of truss members. The hub includes a plurality of hub slots around a perimeter of the hub. The plurality of truss members are configured to couple with the hub and each other. Each truss member is a monolithic structure including: (i) a body extending from a first end of the truss member to a second end of the truss member, (ii) a truss fastener at the first end and configured to couple with a respective one of the plurality of the hub slots of the hub, (iii) a truss slot at the second end and configured to couple to the truss fastener of another one of the plurality of truss members, and (iv) one or more retainers extending along the body between the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sean Richard Cysewski, Christopher Veto
  • Patent number: 10843251
    Abstract: In a method for joining members of the present invention, a B-pillar, a rocker, a side panel served as frame members of a vehicle body, and an elastic body are provided. The B-pillar includes a tubular portion and an extension portion extended from the tubular portion. The rocker includes a first hole portion. The side panel includes a support portion. Next, the tubular portion of the B-pillar is inserted into the first hole portion of the rocker. The elastic body is inserted into the tubular portion of the rocker. The elastic body is pressurized in an axial line L1 direction of the tubular portion of the B-pillar to be expanded outward in a radial direction of the axial line L1, so that the tubular portion of the B-pillar is expanded and deformed to be joined to the first hole portion of the rocker by press-fitting. Further, the extension portion of the B-pillar and the support portion of the side panel are joined by a method different from joining by press-fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maeda, Toru Hashimura, Kenichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10836442
    Abstract: A vehicle skid panel having a main body configured for installation to a forward area of an underside of a vehicle. The main body has a lower surface and an upper surface. The lower surface includes a flat area, a plurality of first offset areas and a plurality of second offset areas. The plurality of first offset areas are offset from the flat area such that the plurality of first offset areas have respective surfaces that are vertically lower than the flat area and the plurality of second offset areas are vertically higher than the flat area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Grattan, Michael McGory, David J Lepley
  • Patent number: 10822035
    Abstract: A vehicle framework structure includes: a pair of rockers extending in a vehicle front-rear direction at both sides in a vehicle width direction; a pair of die-cast members, each die-cast member being joined to at least one of a front end portion or a rear end portion of one of the pair of rockers; a first cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction and being connected to the pair of die-cast members; and a second cross-member provided to the pair of die-cast members, at one of a front side or a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction relative to the first cross-member, the second cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction and connecting the pair of die-cast members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10730564
    Abstract: A recessed portion is formed at a lower face of a frame member provided at a vehicle rear portion and having a closed cross section extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, where a damper of a rear suspension is inserted into and fixed. A front portion of the frame member is joined to a side sill extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction at a position offset outwardly from the frame member. Branch-shaped closed cross sections branching off from the closed cross section inwardly and outwardly relative to the damper are formed at a recessed-portion corresponding position. A front portion of the frame member located in front of the recessed-portion corresponding position extends in an oblique direction forwardly and outwardly and a front end of the frame member is joined to a rear portion of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tsukamoto, Ken Yamada, Akiyoshi Masuda, Hidenori Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10640153
    Abstract: A subframe structure includes a frame front part and a frame rear part in a vehicle front-rear direction. The frame front part and the frame rear part are joined together. The frame front part has a higher strength than the frame rear part. The subframe has different strengths from part to part. The frame front part is made of a galvannealed steel plate (GA steel plate) subjected to an electrodeposition coating. The frame rear part is made of a hot-dip galvanized steel plate (GI steel plate) subjected to an electrodeposition coating. A rear cross member of an aluminum die-casting and a rear cross panel of a hot-dip galvanized steel plate (GI steel plate) are integrally joined together by a friction stir welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsunehisa Hata, Kenichi Kawasaki, Akihiko Asami, Shosuke Ohhama, Tomoyuki Imanishi
  • Patent number: 10625785
    Abstract: In the front part of the front sub-frame (5), provided are a sub-crash can attachment part (12) and a tension rod supporting part (14); a front vehicle body attachment part (13) is provided between the two parts; the sus-cross member (73) is provided in the front vehicle body attachment part (13) and the tension rod supporting part (14); the front-side vehicle body attaching portion (13) includes a sub crash can load transmitting member (30); and the upper face portion (21) of the front vehicle body attachment part (13) and the partition wall (33) of the sub-crash can load transferring member (30) are spaced apart in the vertical direction and extend in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Komiya, Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10611413
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator includes a revolving frame forming a support structure, a cab that is disposed to be positioned on a front side of the revolving frame and in which an operator gets, and a plurality of vibration isolating members that are disposed between the revolving frame and the cab to support the cab on the revolving frame in a vibration isolating state. Further, an intermediate connecting member is disposed for connection between the revolving frame and the vibration isolating member and for a height position adjustment of the cab to the revolving frame. The intermediate connecting member is fixed to the revolving frame from a lower side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10583867
    Abstract: In a lower vehicle-body structure of an automotive vehicle comprising a pair of right-and-left side sills, a floor panel, and a first seat-attaching bracket supporting a front seat, an upper wall portion of the first seat-attaching bracket comprises an attachment portion to which the front seat is attached, a slant portion (connection portion) which extends downward from an outward-side edge side of the attachment portion, and a stepped-down portion which extends from the slant portion toward the side sill, and a bead which protrudes upward and extends from the slant portion toward the side sill in the vehicle width direction is provided at the stepped-down portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kageyama, Hidetaka Goto, Shogo Sakomoto
  • Patent number: 10532777
    Abstract: A vehicle center floor panel is provided. A front end thereof is connected with a dash panel partitioning a front body of the vehicle and a vehicle interior room. A rear end thereof is connected with a rear crossmember disposed at a front end of a rear body to be crossed in a width direction of the vehicle. The center floor panel includes center floor members that have a U-shaped floor tunnel portion and a floor side extended portion formed integrally with the floor tunnel portion to extend toward sides from the floor tunnel portion, and spaced apart in a front and rear direction of the vehicle. Center crossmembers include a U-shaped cross tunnel portion to connect the floor tunnel portions and a cross side extended portion combined to the cross tunnel portion from both sides in a width direction of the vehicle to connect the floor side extended portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Byeong Cheon Lee, Hee Seouk Chung, Hyunsik Kim, Deok Hwa Hong
  • Patent number: 10494026
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle lower section structure including: a frame member that includes a pair of rockers, a front cross member coupled to the pair of rockers through a front coupling member, and a rear cross member coupled to the pair of rockers through a rear coupling member; an intermediate cross member that extends in the vehicle width direction between the front cross member and the rear cross member and that is coupled to the pair of rockers; and a bridging member that includes a rear portion located at a vehicle rear of the bridging member and joined to the rear cross member or the rear coupling member, and that includes a front portion located at a vehicle front of the bridging member and joined to one of the rockers, the front cross member, the front coupling member, or the intermediate cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10407102
    Abstract: A floor-panel structure for a vehicle includes a front body subassembly, a front floor structure, including a central longitudinal tunnel, two lateral longitudinal beams, connected to the floor structure and the body subassembly, and two intermediate longitudinal beams, which connect the floor structure to the body subassembly and extend in areas between the lateral longitudinal beams and central longitudinal tunnel. The lateral longitudinal beams each include a sheet-metal profile element having an open cross section, a front portion reinforced for withstanding relatively high axial loads, and a remaining portion that is more ductile than said front portion so as to be more liable to collapse. Each lateral longitudinal beam is constituted by a single sheet element of steel, and said reinforced front portion is constituted by a hardened portion obtained by subjecting only the front portion to a thermal treatment using high-frequency induction heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Ghislieri, Massimiliano Bogge, Alessandro Bernardi, Saverio Gariano, Gianfranco Del Nero
  • Patent number: 10399601
    Abstract: A reinforcement member disposed at a front portion of a floor panel is disposed angled toward a vehicle width direction inside on progression from a position (input portion) on a vehicle width direction outside and vehicle front-rear direction front side of the floor panel toward the vehicle front-rear direction rear side. An outer end portion of the reinforcement member is joined to a rocker, and an inner end portion of the reinforcement member is joined to a floor tunnel portion. When the vehicle is involved in a frontal collision, collision load is input in an oblique direction to the position on the vehicle width direction outside and the vehicle front-rear direction front side of the floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koushi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10392053
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame system having a frame rail that extends along and is laterally offset from a longitudinal axis. A body is mounted to the frame system, and includes a rocker panel that extends along the longitudinal axis, and is disposed outboard of the first frame rail. A side load transfer device is positioned between the frame rail and the rocker panel. The side load transfer device is attached to one of the frame rail or the body. The side load transfer device is operable to transfer an applied load from the rocker panel to the frame rail. The applied load being applied to the rocker panel in an inboard direction transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jungryoung Kim, Huai-yang Chiang, Hari Prasada Reddy Lingala, Terry A. Swartzell, Jayavardhan Tallapragada, Warren J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 10343721
    Abstract: A front vehicle body reinforcing structure includes: a shock absorber housing; a fender apron upper member connected to an upper end of an outer surface of the shock absorber housing in the width direction of the vehicle body; a front side member disposed inwardly in the width direction of the vehicle body at a lower portion of the fender apron upper member, and connected to a lower end of an inner surface of the shock absorber housing in the width direction of the vehicle body; and a fender apron member connecting the front side member and the fender apron upper member. The front side member and the fender apron member may form a three-dimensional box structure, and the fender apron member may be inserted into the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Do Hoi Kim, Jongduk Yu, Chang Ho Park, Sung Woo Kim, Jongsoo Kim, Dong Kyu Kim, Hae Woong Kim, Changki Hong
  • Patent number: 10293770
    Abstract: Provided is a load-carrying or non-load carrying structural component for a vehicle having improved impact resistance, such as a gas tank protection shield, an underbody shield, a structural panel, an interior floor, a floor pan, a roof, an exterior surface, a storage area, a glove box, a console box, a trunk, a trunk floor, a truck bed, and combinations thereof. The component has a support structure with ridges, each spaced apart from one another at predetermined intervals, to form a corrugated surface capable of load-carrying. The ridges are longitudinally extending, raised ridges. The corrugated designs provide support structures that are impact resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Teijin Limited
    Inventors: John N. Owens, Mark A. Voss, Bhavesh Shah, Venkateshwar R. Aitharaju, Chris James Tadeusz Wisniewski, Yutaka Yagi, Tsukasa Arai
  • Patent number: 10279843
    Abstract: A reinforcing body is disposed in a closed cross sectional portion constituted by one or more vehicle body components. The reinforcing body is provided with a joining portion to be joined to the vehicle body components. The joining portion includes hard connecting portions connected to the vehicle body components in an abutting state, and a soft connecting portion connected to the vehicle body components via a vibration damping member. The storage shear rigidity (KB?) of the vibration damping member is set in the range: 800 N/mm<KB?<57500 N/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohya Nakagawa, Kuniaki Nagao, Kenichi Yamamoto, Motoyasu Asakawa, Katsuya Himuro
  • Patent number: 10207746
    Abstract: A floor pan assembly is disclosed that includes a side sill extending in a longitudinal direction that has a lower portion and a top surface. The floor pan may include a weld flange having a height H1 that is welded to the lower portion along a full length of the floor pan and an extended weld flange having a height H2 that is higher than H1 and welded to the top surface of the side sill along a limited length of the floor pan. The floor pan may also include a corrugated area integrally provided in the floor pan that includes a plurality of furrows and ridges that extend obliquely relative to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Sean Timothy Ryan, John Michael McGuckin, Pratyaksh Kamath, Praveenmanickam Renganathan