Under Frame Patents (Class 296/204)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10167022
    Abstract: A vehicular underframe structure may an include a lower panel including a composite material and having a central portion curved upwards along a longitudinal direction thereof; an upper panel including a composite material and combined on the lower panel wherein an undersurface thereof faces an upper surface of the lower panel with an internal compartment formed therebetween; and a rib portion provided in the internal compartment and having a lower rib integrally protruding upwards from the upper surface of the lower panel and an upper rib integrally protruding downwards from the undersurface of the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hanwha Advanced Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Moon Seop Lee, Huen Sick Min, Jeong Min Cho, Chang Dong Kim, Kun Ha Song, Joung Myung Lim
  • Patent number: 10112653
    Abstract: A vehicle lower structure includes a front side frame coupled to a floor frame, and an outrigger extending outward in the vehicle-width direction from the front side frame to a side sill. A reinforcing member extends obliquely rearward in the vehicle-width direction from the side sill to the front side frame. The reinforcing member has a curved portion curved upward in the middle thereof and is formed substantially in a V shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuya Abe
  • Patent number: 10071768
    Abstract: Since a front side frame, whose rear end is fixed to a front face of a dashboard lower panel of a vehicle body formed into a bathtub shape, includes a fixed portion, an inclined portion, a bent portion and a horizontal portion, when the collision load of a frontal collision is input into the front end of the front side frame, the fixed portion and the bent portion buckle so as to bend back, and the upper face of the inclined part abuts against the front face of the dashboard lower panel, thus making it possible to absorb the collision energy by deformation of the front side frame itself, and to increase the area over which the load is transmitted from the front side frame to the dashboard lower panel to thus disperse the load, thereby reducing the reaction force required for the dashboard lower panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeto Yasuhara, Tomoya Yabu, Katsuyuki Awano
  • Patent number: 9981698
    Abstract: A tunnel structure in an electric vehicle for providing a protected battery storage location and for increasing the stiffness of a vehicle's body structure. The tunnel structure may include a floor portion coupled to the floor of the vehicle, a front portion coupled to the vehicle firewall, and a paneled portion extending between the front portion and the floor portion. The tunnel structure may also include a plurality of panels and ridges that extend from the front portion toward a rear edge of the floor portion. The specific arrangement of the panels and ridges can improve the transfer of energy in the event of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jens Maier
  • Patent number: 9950743
    Abstract: In a vehicle subframe, one of a pair of cross members includes a lower member open to a lower side of a vehicle, with an upper wall thereof having an upper wall recess depressed downward, an upper member arranged so as to cover the upper wall recess from above the vehicle and connected to the lower member, an inside space defined by the lower member and the upper member in cooperation, and a holding member connected to the lower member and the upper member in a mode in which the holding member is sandwiched between the lower member and the upper member, while penetrating the inside space in a longitudinal direction, to hold a component to be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: F-TECH INC.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 9950747
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to obtain a vehicle body component such that problems relating to conventionally proposed technology can be solved, thereby preventing increases in the number of components or manufacturing steps for reinforcement, for example. A bumper reinforce (10) includes a first component (11) and a second component (21) that are formed from channel steel with approximately U-shaped lateral cross section, and is configured by connecting the ends of the components (11, 21). Connecting portions (13, 23) of the first component (11) and the second component (21) respectively have slits (31, 41) along a direction in which the components (11, 21) are arranged. The components (11, 21) are connected with the components (11, 21) overlapping each other in a staggered manner on both upper and lower sides across the slits (31, 41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunji Mashio, Yuki Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9914481
    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: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koushi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 9868466
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a main frame, an upper frame disposed in an upward direction and an outward direction of the main frame, an engine, and a reinforcing unit different from an upper suspension holder for supporting an upper suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Takeshi Abe, Takatomo Watamori
  • Patent number: 9821857
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle floor panel structure comprises a front body sub-unit, a central floor sub-unit, and a rear body sub-unit. The central floor sub-unit comprises a front floor structure including a central longitudinal tunnel, a pair of lateral longitudinal beams, connected to the front floor structure and to the front body sub-unit and two intermediate longitudinal beams which connect the central floor sub-unit to the front body sub-unit and which extend at intermediate areas between the lateral longitudinal beams and the central tunnel. The intermediate longitudinal beams are connected to the upper surface of the front floor structure and have portions which extend in a cantilever fashion from the front edge of the front floor structure and which are connected to said front body sub-unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FCA ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Cesarano, Bogdan Stoenescu, Gianfranco Del Nero
  • Patent number: 9802650
    Abstract: This vehicle of monocoque construction is formed by fastening together resin parts which are an upper body integrally made of a transparent thermoplastic resin composition, a lower body integrally made of a thermoplastic resin composition and a floor integrally made of a thermoplastic resin composition, wherein the vehicle is characterized in that the lower body is provided with a flange part rising up from the entire perimeter of the bottom surface and, in the center of the bottom surface, a convex rib part that continues rearward from the front of the vehicle, and the upper body and the floor being fastened to the flange part and the convex rib part of the lower body. In so doing, there can be provided a vehicle which is lightweight, affords a good field of view during driving, is simple in construction, and has the necessary rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TEIJIN LIMITED
    Inventors: Shintaro Nishida, Yuka Saito, Kunio Iwasaki, Shigeru Aoki
  • Patent number: 9783232
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension extension apparatus. Implementations may include an extension framework of rigid metallic materials having at least one mounting hole through the extension framework at a location in the extension framework in alignment with a mounting feature of a suspension structure of a truck and is also in alignment with a mounting feature of a body of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: John Auston
  • Patent number: 9755262
    Abstract: A resin panel structure capable of improving positioning precision of a resin panel is provided. A resin panel structure includes a fiber reinforced plastic upper panel, a fiber reinforced plastic lower panel disposed below the upper panel, a fiber reinforced plastic core panel that is installed between the upper panel and the lower panel and joined to the upper panel and the lower panel, and includes an opening into which a portion of the upper panel or a portion of the lower panel is inserted, and a joining member that joins the upper panel or the lower panel that is inserted into the opening, and the other of the upper panel or the lower panel, together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koki Ikeda, Tomohiro Sakurai, Kentaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9718496
    Abstract: A rear side member mounted to extend from both sides of a latter half portion of a vehicle body toward a rear of the vehicle is provided. In particular, the rear side member includes fuel tank sections formed as a foremost portion that corresponds to a position of the fuel tank, and rear subframe sections that extend toward a rear of the fuel tank sections and that correspond to a position of a rear subframe. Tire well sections extend backward from the rear subframe sections and correspond to a position of a tire well. Further, the thicknesses of members of the fuel tank sections, the rear subframe sections, and the tire well sections are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Coporation
    Inventors: Deok Hwa Hong, Hee Seouk Chung
  • Patent number: 9676419
    Abstract: A vehicle body bottom structure includes left and right side sills which are provided to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction along outside end portions of a vehicle body in a vehicle width direction, a dash cross member which is coupled to front ends of the left and right side sills, and extends in the vehicle width direction, an outrigger which is connected to a rear end of a front side frame, and coupled to each of the front ends of the left and right side sills, to extend in the vehicle width direction, and a dash lower having a wheel housing portion is clamped to be joined between the dash cross member and the outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Furusaki, Ken Yasui, Masaaki Yamane
  • Patent number: 9637075
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle lower section structure including a rocker that extends in a vehicle front-rear direction at a vehicle width direction outer side, a tunnel section that extends in the vehicle front-rear direction at a central portion in the vehicle width direction, a pair of dash cross members that extend in the vehicle width direction at a lower side of a dash panel, that are separated by the tunnel section, tunnel reinforcement that is disposed at a lower side in the vehicle up-down direction that extends in the vehicle front-rear direction, wherein a first front flange is formed at a front end of the dash cross member in the vehicle front-rear direction, and wherein a second front flange is disposed at a position opposing the first front flange across the dash panel or a floor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hyuga Atsumi, Tetsuo Nuruki, Daisuke Teramoto, Kayoko Hasegawa