Made Of Tubular Members Patents (Class 296/205)
  • Patent number: 10343727
    Abstract: A rear deck post assembly is provided for reinforcing a cargo bed of a utility vehicle. The assembly includes a first deck mount coupled to a vehicle frame, and a first rear deck post coupled to the first deck mount. A second deck mount is provided coupled to the vehicle frame and spaced apart from the first deck mount. A second rear deck post is coupled to the second deck mount. A deck sill component is provided longitudinally extending between the first deck post and the second deck post. Deck bolts may be used to couple the deck sill component, deck mounts, and deck posts to the vehicle frame. The first and second deck mounts and deck posts may be a cast aluminum alloy, a cast magnesium alloy, or a fiber reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Hihara, Christopher M. Higgins, Scott P. Robison, Scott L. Frederick, Adam D. Holmstrom
  • Patent number: 10150519
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for designing a reinforcement structure. The reinforcement structure includes a deck sill with a connecting end, having substantially uniform area moment of inertia throughout a length of the deck sill. Also, the reinforcement structure includes a rear post with a connecting end and a free end, having a varying area moment of inertia, and where the rear post is attached to the deck sill in a substantially perpendicular manner by attaching the connecting end of the deck sill to the connecting end of the rear post forming the reinforcement structure that limits deflection of the free end of the rear post to a target value upon application of a cantilever force at the free end of the rear post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Higgins, James J. Chung
  • Patent number: 10023234
    Abstract: An All-Terrain Vehicle with a frame comprising an arcuate shape or an elevated portion with an apex. In one embodiment, the arcuate shape or elevated portion with an apex is located between a rear axis and a front axis such that there is additional clearance over a typical non arcuate frame or a flat frame for a given ride height. The arcuate shape may be a lateral arcuate shape. The frame may also provide for additional structural strength. The frame may also include the ability to attach periphery accessories such as an engine cage, a passenger cage, trailing arms, power train and transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Kariniemi
  • Patent number: 9643659
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure has a floor tunnel that projects into a vehicle interior on an underfloor of a vehicle, that is formed in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and that has a floor tunnel front end part disposed at a vehicle front of the floor tunnel, and floor tunnel members, a front end ridge line part, a first vehicle body front section reinforcing member that covers, from an outside of the vehicle, a whole of the floor tunnel front end part, from a vehicle upper end to a root of each of the floor tunnel members, and that is provided in the vehicle longitudinal direction along the front end ridge line part, and front side members, each of which has a lower end root that is connected to a dash panel, and each of which extends forward from the lower end root.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Ohigashi, Tomoyuki Kaneda, Yukio Morita
  • Patent number: 9381945
    Abstract: A structure for coupling roof rails using a side two-buck structure includes a floor formed of a bottom of a vehicle body, side inner panels coupled to both side surfaces of the floor, and roof rails coupled to upper portions of the side inner panels. A method for coupling roof rails includes coupling side inner arms to side surfaces of a vehicle floor, coupling a cross shaped joint part to an upper portion of the side inner arm, coupling a side inner reinforcement part to outer surfaces of the side inner arm and the joint part, coupling the roof rail to an upper portion of the side inner reinforcement part and an upper surface of the joint part, coupling a side outer reinforcement panel to an outer portion of the side inner reinforcement part, and coupling a side outer panel to an outer portion of the side outer reinforcement panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Seok-Ju Gim, Young-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9248868
    Abstract: A vehicle front end structure includes a longitudinally extending upper tube, and a longitudinally extending lower tube. The upper and lower tubes are conjoined to each other along a substantial portion of the total length of the tubes. The front end structure also includes a coupling bracket that is secured to an outer wall of each of the upper and lower tubes near a rear edge of the tubes. The coupling bracket also includes an extension tab cantilevered from the rear edge of the tubes. Additionally, the front end structure includes a hinge pillar defining a first vertical mounting surface secured to an inner wall of the upper and lower tubes. The hinge pillar also defines a second vertical mounting surface secured to the extension tab of the coupling bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Kimberly Ann Lazarz, Robert G. Starbowski, Donald L. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9228629
    Abstract: A hollow columnar shock absorbing member (1) has an axis (O), a plurality of rectangular walls (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d) extending parallel to axis (O), and a polygonal cross-section perpendicular to axis (O), the shock absorbing member extending in the direction of axis (O) and absorbing externally-applied impact energy while buckling in the direction of axis (O). Shock absorbing member (1) is provided with at least two flanges (2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) protruding from at least two edges (1e, 1f, 1g, 1h) formed by at least two sets of neighboring walls among a plurality of walls, and the at least two flanges are arranged so that the directions of protrusion of the flanges from the edges are directed to the same direction with respect to a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 9211914
    Abstract: A chassis (10) for a vehicle is disclosed which combines rigidity, speed of manufacture, and a small environmental footprint. Such a chassis comprises a framework of interconnected tubular sections (12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 28) and at least one sheet (50) bonded to the framework. Laser cutting, CNC bending, and computer-controlled welding mean that the required production time can be kept to 120 seconds and the rigidity of the structure as a whole is sufficient. Such a chassis also has an exceptionally low carbon footprint. The sheet can be metallic, such as Aluminium or Aluminium honeycomb, or it can be a composite material such as one comprising a paper-based core and a fibre-reinforced plastics coating. The sheet can be non-flat, and is preferably a concave geometry such as a tub. It can be composed of a plurality of sections, ideally joined by a method allowing a positional tolerance so that any tolerance in the construction of the framework can be accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Gordon Murray Design Limited
    Inventor: Ian Gordon Murray
  • Patent number: 9168706
    Abstract: A joint element made of fiber-reinforced plastic having at least three tubular and/or profile-shaped connection regions. The joint element has at least one V-shaped or U-shaped rigid wall element, which is arranged between two connection regions and is connected to the fiber-reinforced plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Thomas Auer, Wolfgang Dietz, Christoph Krammer, Andrea Pretzler
  • Patent number: 9126549
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a sound insulation structure for a vehicle, which is capable of adequately retaining an elongated line component, such as a wiring harness, a pipe or a cable, while suppressing deterioration in sound insulation performance by a sound insulator. In the sound insulation structure, a sound insulator is provided in a void space surrounded by: a front fender panel; a cowl side member disposed on a vehicle inward side with respect to the front fender panel to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction; and a mud guard disposed just below the front fender panel and the cowl side member to form a wheel housing. The sound insulator is formed using an elastically-deformable urethane foam. The sound insulator is formed with a slit capable of clamping a regenerative brake wiring harness laid to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction and pass through the void space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuneki Shimanaka
  • Patent number: 9079618
    Abstract: A pair of right-and-left roof rails, a roof panel provided between the roof rails, a roof reinforcement extending in a vehicle width direction below the roof panel, a center pillar, and a gusset joined to an end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the roof reinforcement are provided. Further, a node-shaped plate member is provided inside the roof rail at a position which overlaps the roof reinforcement longitudinally and vertically. Accordingly, buckling of a portion of the roof reinforcement which is located in the vicinity of a roof side can be restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Ishigame, Yuichi Sugimura, Sakayu Terada, Keizo Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9045104
    Abstract: A rough-terrain traveling vehicle equipped with a front seat roll bar and a rear seat roll bar is adapted to allow use of only the front seat roll bar. The front seat roll bar includes a top middle cross pipe extending left and right in the vehicle width direction, and left and right middle side pipes extending to the top middle cross pipe. Left and right gussets are provided at left and right assembly points where the left and right middle side pipes and the top middle cross pipe each are connected. When attachment screws are inserted into the left and right gussets, the rear seat roll bar is joined to the front seat roll bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kuroda, Tadashi Oshima
  • Patent number: 9016774
    Abstract: A chassis for a vehicle is disclosed which combines rigidity, speed of manufacture, and a small environmental footprint. Such a chassis comprises a framework of Interconnected tubular sections (14, 18) and at least one composite sheet (50) bonded to the framework, at least part of the composite sheet being of unidirectional fibers. The sheet can be non-flat, and is preferably a concave geometry such as a tub. It can be composed of a plurality of sections (78, 80). The part of the composite sheet that Is of unidirectional fibers extends obliquely rearwardly from a tubular section on one side of the chassis toward a further tubular section on another side of the chassis, the fibers also being oriented obliquely rearwardly In the same sense. A further similar part extends in the opposite direction/symmetrically, overlapping as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Gordon Murray Design Limited
    Inventor: Ian Gordon Murray
  • Publication number: 20150108793
    Abstract: A cross member for an automotive chassis structure includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion extends along a longitudinal axis, and includes a generally U-shaped cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The second portion extends along the longitudinal axis, and includes a generally inverted U-shaped cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The first portion and the second portion are attached together to define a tubular structure that extends along the longitudinal axis, and defines a hollow interior region. The first portion and the second portion each include and are manufactured from a thermoplastic material reinforced with carbon fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: TEIJIN LIMITED, GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Len V. Peschansky, Frank Burger, Joseph M. Madafferi, Yutaka Yagi
  • Patent number: 9004535
    Abstract: A chassis for an electric vehicle comprises: a base frame, a front frame, a rear frame, two side frames, four suspension devices and four wheels. The front frame and the rear frame have the front arc-shaped tube and the arc-shaped rear tube fixed to the base frame, the arc-shaped tubes can not only reduce the number of tubes required but also increase the area of thrust force as compared to the straight tubes. Besides, the arc of the arc-shaped tubes avoids a connection point of an acute angle. Moreover, the height is larger than the width, which will produce less torque on the base frame as compared to that if the height is smaller than the width, thus preventing the torque acted on the base frame from damaging the connection points and improving the structural strength of the chassis at the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Energy Control Limited.
    Inventor: Donald P. H. Wu
  • Patent number: 8998307
    Abstract: A header beam couples between A-pillars of a vehicle frame. The header beam is formed from a generally straight beam segment that is extruded to have a hollow body portion with supportive legs extending within the hollow interior along the length of the beam segment, defining uninterrupted forward and rearward box sections for supporting continuous load paths on the header beam. The end portions of the beam segment are clamped and the beam segment is stretch bent to form a curvature between the end portions that remain generally straight. A front flange extends forward along the body portion and is struck proximate the end portions to form an edge that is parallel to the curvature formed between the end portions. The end portions are attached to the A-pillars and the edge of the front flange is attached to a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Joyce, Jack Lashbrook, Duncan Whipps, Christopher John May, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 8991909
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a main frame having a plurality of members; and a reinforcing member that is made of a reinforced resin and that is disposed at a junction where two members out of the plurality of members intersect a point from two directions or a bent portion of one member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsuda, Jun Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8974136
    Abstract: A connection arrangement for connecting two tube pieces of a crossmember for a vehicle has a first attachment element made of a first material, wherein the first attachment element is provided for a solid material-bonded connection to at least a first tube piece which comprises the first material. Furthermore, the first attachment element has a second attachment element which is fastened to the first attachment element, wherein the second attachment element consists essentially of a second material differing from the first material, wherein the second attachment element is provided for a solid material-bonded connection to a second tube piece which comprises the second material. Furthermore, a crossmember has such a connection arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: PROGRESS-WERK Oberkirch AG
    Inventors: Stephan Kasper, Franz Mayer, Arnaud Offner, Hansjoerg Schmieder, Daniel Vogel
  • Patent number: 8915530
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of manufacturing vehicle frame assemblies. Some of the disclosed methods include forming a key and receptor arrangement between an interconnecting member, having a first material composition, and a cross-member, having a second material composition; attaching the interconnecting member and cross-member via the key and receptor arrangement at one location; inserting the interconnecting member and cross-member in a side rail; and welding the interconnecting member to the side rail at another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Wagner, Michael M. Azzouz, Ari Garo Caliskan, Yuksel Gur, Sunil K. Kasaragod, Xiaoming Chen, John Edward Huber, Parameswararao Pothuraju, Jeffery Wallace
  • Patent number: 8915326
    Abstract: An axle beam arrangement on a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, has two longitudinal beams and at least one cross beam connecting the two longitudinal beams. At least one of the beams has in an installation state of the vehicle a clearance between the beam stop region and a vehicle-side stop structure, in particular a body structure. The beam has in the beam stop region at least one stop and reinforcing element which reinforces the beam stop region and which is constructed and arranged so that it comes into supporting contact with the stop structure when the beam moves toward the stop structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Peter Leibl
  • Patent number: 8894133
    Abstract: A front pillar structure of a vehicle may include an outer side panel disposed on an outer side in a traverse direction of a vehicle, an inner side panel attached to the outer side panel with an opening formed therebetween, and a reinforcement inserted through the opening between the inner side panel and the outer side panel, wherein the reinforcement may be attached to the outer side panel and the inner side panel to close the opening to have a closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Suk Jun Chai
  • Patent number: 8876160
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis for motor homes, busses and similar vehicles is provided. In an embodiment, the chassis includes anti-camber to counteract the bending action provided by the engine being mounted rear ward of the rear axle(s) of the vehicle such that the rear axle(s) act as a fulcrum causing crowning of the chassis. Further, embodiments of the invention utilize through the frame construction for lateral support members to increase storage space of a basement region and to increase strength of the welded joints of the various structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Kyle Olson, Roy Frank Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 8833832
    Abstract: A node is configured for connecting body portions of a vehicle. The node includes a first portion configured for attachment to a first vehicle body portion, and a second portion configured for attachment to a second vehicle body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Duncan Whipps
  • Patent number: 8820813
    Abstract: A structural hydroformed joint member has projecting portions (30a, 30b) formed integrally on an outer peripheral face of a hollow main tube part (20) by hydroforming an element tube with an outside diameter D. In this case, both intersecting planes (35a, 35b), which are projecting planes of end faces (33a, 33b) of the projecting portions (30a, 30b) toward the main tube part (20), share a plane perpendicular to the main axis (40) of the main tube part (20) only in portions (36a, 36b) of the intersecting planes (35a, 35b). At that time, by setting areas of the portions (36a, 36b) to 30% or more and 90% or less relative to an area of each of the intersecting planes (35a, 35b), a projecting height of each of the projecting portions (30a, 30b) is 0.3 D or higher for functioning as a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Wada, Masaaki Mizumura, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8794692
    Abstract: A gull wing door assembly for an all-terrain utility vehicle (UTV) includes a hinge assembly configured to attach to an upper portion of the cage of the UTV, the hinge assembly having a rotational axis substantially parallel to the ground when attached to the cage, and a door configured to movably attach to the hinge assembly. The door may have a frame, one or more panels, a latch, and a lift-assist device such as a gas-strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Marshall Burke
  • Patent number: 8783721
    Abstract: A metallic hollow columnar member with a polygonal cross-section having at least five vertices and sides extending between the vertices, is disclosed. The polygonal cross-section is divided by two vertices (A, B) with small inside angles into two perimeter segments with a perimeter comprising one or more sides, and at least one of the two perimeter segments contains at least four sides. The respective inside angles of at least three vertices (V(i)) included in the perimeter segment which includes the at least four sides are equal to or less than 180°, the distance (SS(i)) between each of the at least three vertices (V(i)) and a straight line (L) connecting the two vertices (A, B) is shorter than ½ of the distance between the two vertices (A, B), and the inside angle of the vertex (C) with the smallest inside angle among the at least three vertices (V(i)) is larger than the inside angles of the two vertices (A, B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirose, Takashi Ariga, Shigeru Yonemura
  • Patent number: 8770605
    Abstract: A chassis frame (1) including connection members (13) each configured by a pipe that is connected to a vehicle body frame. Each connection member (13) is provided with an attachment part (2) at an end of the pipe. The attachment part (2) includes a flat attachment face (21) formed by flatly crashing an end of the pipe to form the overlapped portion where a plate of the pipe is overlapped. The flat attachment face (21) is provided on a center in left and right direction of the overlapped portion. A shape of the end of the pipe is a substantially gate shape in its cross section. The attachment part (2) further includes longitudinal ribs (22) bending from the flat attachment face (21) to both left and right sides of the overlapped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisya, Hiruta-Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Urata, Kenichi Suzuki, Junji Ishii, Yoshitaka Noda, Mitsuyori Gurita
  • Patent number: 8746785
    Abstract: An exhaust heat recovery apparatus (3) is installed below a floor supported by both side members (11, 12) of a vehicle to recover heat from exhaust gas passing through an exhaust pipe (1) of an internal combustion engine. Assistance members (15, 16), which extend in the fore-and-aft direction of the vehicle, are provided between the both side members (11, 12) of the vehicle. The exhaust heat recovery apparatus (3) is installed close to one of the assistance members (15, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takato Ishihata, Mamoru Yashima, Yoshihiro Kamiya
  • Patent number: 8739939
    Abstract: A brake system for a vehicle can include a brake actuator, an equalizer operably connected to the actuator, and two brake wires that are each connected to the equalizer and extend to first and second brake assemblies. The first and second brake wires can extend in a first direction extending from a front of the vehicle toward a rear of the vehicle. The first brake wire can cross over the second brake wire at least once and possibly twice, each time in a direction transverse to the first direction. Additionally, the first and second brake wires can each include a cover that protects a respective wire. The covers can be in contact with each other at the crossover point for the wires to minimize noise, friction and to improve operating ability and durability of the brake wires. The various features, such as the cross-over configuration, the contacting wires, and/or the covers, also make it possible to minimize the space requirements for the wires in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Aaron Mears, Hiroki Ishikawa, Kevin Scott Katerberg
  • Patent number: 8727428
    Abstract: A front part body structure of a vehicle, includes: an upper frame which is extended in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, one end of which is joined to a front pillar, and which includes an inner panel and an outer panel, the outer panel that is divided in a dividing part in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and a first partition wall which is provided between the inner panel and the outer panel, one end of which is joined to the inner panel, and the other end of which is fastened and fixed to the dividing part of the outer panel by means of a fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Takeuchi, Akihiro Matsui
  • Publication number: 20140132032
    Abstract: A frame for a cab of a mobile machine includes a primary tube, formed by hydroforming, connected to a secondary tube. The primary tube includes first and second about vertically extending portions and an about horizontally extending portion. The about vertically extending portions are configured to be connected to the mobile machine, and the about horizontally extending portion is disposed between the about vertically extending portions. Dimensions of a cross-section of the primary tube vary along a length of a portion of the primary tube. A secondary tube is connected to the primary tube to another cab frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Robert Gerke, Dominick Brian Rivara, Kent Michael Levy, Donald Lemont Stamets
  • Patent number: 8720984
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body structure of a vehicle which comprises at least one vehicle-body forming member forming a closed-section portion continuously in a specified direction, a partition member extending in the specified direction and partitioning an inside of the closed-section portion, and a bulkhead provided in the closed-section portion and joined to the vehicle-body forming member, the bulkhead is joined to an inner face of the vehicle-body forming member at specified positions which are located on both sides of the partition member, and the bulkhead is joined to a specified portion of the partition member which is located in the vicinity of opening portions formed at the partition member or to an end portion of the partition member in the specified direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Kurogi, Tsuyoshi Sugihara, Kohya Nakagawa, Kuniaki Nagao, Sakayu Terada, Miho Kowaki, Akira Iyoshi, Shigeaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8714632
    Abstract: A modular vehicle includes a base body having a frame, driver compartment, chassis, motor and wheels, a removable modular component adapted to be locked and unlocked therefrom, and locks that fasten the removable modular component within the base body. The removable modular component provides added structural rigidity to the frame when installed, and can comprise at least 20 percent of the overall volume and at least 20 percent of the overall weight of the entire vehicle. Locks permit the modular component to be removed and replaced with another removable modular component when said locks are unlocked. Various modular components can be directed toward medical, weapons, fire equipment, rescue equipment, hunting supplies, reconnaissance, command center, outback vehicle, or a survival camper. A triangular truss support system provides increased support and protection for the underside of the vehicle, such as for when the vehicle runs over an IED or other destructive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Darco Trust
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8708390
    Abstract: In a vehicle-body structure of a vehicle which comprises vehicle-body forming members forming a closed-section portion and having a dent portion which dents toward an inside of the closed-section portion, and a reinforcing member provided in the closed-section portion and joined to the vehicle-body forming members, a joint portion of the vehicle-body forming members and the reinforcing member includes a rigid joint portion where the vehicle-body forming members and the reinforcing member are joined with a direct contact thereof and a flexible joint portion where the vehicle-body forming members and the reinforcing member are joined via a damping member provided therebetween, and this joint portion is provided at or in the vicinity of the dent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Kurogi, Tsuyoshi Sugihara, Kohya Nakagawa, Kuniaki Nagao, Sakayu Terada, Miho Kowaki, Akira Iyoshi, Shigeaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8702160
    Abstract: In a frame having a closed-section portion which is formed by joining a first member having a U-shaped section and a second member having a flat-plate shape, a bulkhead is provided in the closed-section portion as a reinforcing member, flanges of the bulkhead and the first and second members are joined with a rigid joint portion where they are joined by a spot welding and a flexible joint portion where they are joined via a damping member. Thereby, transmission of vibrations can be properly restrained, improving the rigidity of the portion having the closed-section portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Kurogi, Tsuyoshi Sugihara, Kohya Nakagawa, Kuniaki Nagao, Sakayu Terada, Miho Kowaki, Akira Iyoshi, Shigeaki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140084635
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a main frame having a plurality of members; and a reinforcing member that is made of a reinforced resin and that is disposed at a junction where two members out of the plurality of members intersect a point from two directions or a bent portion of one member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi MATSUDA, Jun WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20140084634
    Abstract: A first and second pipe materials forming a front side frame are arranged in an up-and-down direction in a first horizontal portion, in a left-and-right direction in a second horizontal portion, and replaced from the up-and-down direction to the left-and-right direction in an inclined portion between the first horizontal portion and the second horizontal portion, and at least in the first horizontal portion and the second horizontal portion, the first and second pipe materials are welded to each other by welds, and therefore, it becomes possible to change in the longitudinal direction the cross-sectional shape or bending stiffness of the front side frame formed by joining the first and second pipe materials without changing the cross-sectional shapes thereof in the longitudinal direction, thus providing the front side frame that has a light weight but has excellent impact absorption performance at the time of a collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youichirou Suzuki, Yoshikatsu Ohta
  • Patent number: 8678485
    Abstract: A lower frame and an upper frame, which configure a main frame, are connected to each other by a first reinforcing frame, a second reinforcing frame, a third reinforcing frame, a fourth reinforcing frame, a fifth reinforcing frame, and a sixth reinforcing frame. A first engine hanger is welded to a lower end of the lower frame such that an atmospheric air communicating hole formed in a side face of the first engine hanger communicates with the inside of the lower frame. A first air vent port and a second air vent port for the lower frame and the upper frame and third air vent port formed in a third reinforcing frame and a fourth reinforcing frame are formed in side faces of the abutting portions so that they are not observed from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kishikawa Keisuke, Masashi Hagimoto
  • Patent number: 8668249
    Abstract: A frame for a cab of a mobile machine includes first and second primary tubes, formed by hydroforming, connected to first and second secondary tubes. The first primary tube includes first and second about vertically extending portions and an about horizontally extending portion. The about vertically extending portions are configured to be connected to the mobile machine, and the about horizontally extending portion is disposed between the about vertically extending portions. The second primary tube includes first and second about vertically extending portions and an about horizontally extending portion. The about vertically extending portions of the second primary tube are configured to be connected to the mobile machine, and the about horizontally extending portion of the second primary tube is disposed between the about vertically extending portions of the second primary tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Robert Gerke, Dominick Brian Rivara, Kent Michael Levy, Donald Lemont Stamets
  • Patent number: 8657368
    Abstract: A mechanism for increasing stiffness of the side-structure of a vehicle, for transferring loads and strain energy, and for improving rigidity from the lower portion of a side pillar, to the underbody structural components of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a hydroformed tube having a horizontal portion, a vertical portion and an arcuate central portion. The upper end of the vertical portion is spot welded to the lower portion of the side pillar. The horizontal portion is received into, and spot welded to, an inner portion of a structural member. The structural member is an L-shaped bracket, and its major portion is spot welded to an inner portion of an elongated beam. The beam is fixedly attached to the side rail of the vehicle. The tubular member, the structural member, and the elongated beam, when connected, form a closed continuous box shaped structure, which reinforces the side-structure of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike James Freeman, Philip John Leonetti, Gene A. Senn, Christopher Kunkel, Shadi M. Al-Thabteh
  • Publication number: 20140049075
    Abstract: A connection arrangement for connecting two tube pieces of a crossmember for a vehicle has a first attachment element made of a first material, wherein the first attachment element is provided for a solid material-bonded connection to at least a first tube piece which comprises the first material. Furthermore, the first attachment element has a second attachment element which is fastened to the first attachment element, wherein the second attachment element consists essentially of a second material differing from the first material, wherein the second attachment element is provided for a solid material-bonded connection to a second tube piece which comprises the second material. Furthermore, a crossmember has such a connection arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Stephan Kasper, Franz Mayer, Arnaud Offner, Hansjoerg Schmieder, Daniel Vogel
  • Patent number: 8651565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carrier element for a motor vehicle made of steel, which comprises at least one closed cross-sectional area and at least one rolled profile produced from a tailored strip, which extends in longitudinal direction of the carrier element. In addition to this, the invention relates to a body of a motor vehicle. The object of making available a carrier element for a motor vehicle that cannot only be produced in a simple manner and can provide high strengths with same manufacturing costs is solved in that through the rolled profile a carrier element having at least one at least partially closed cross-sectional area is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Markus Zörnack, Stephan Drewes, Lothar Patberg
  • Patent number: 8646833
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes hollow left and right side sills. Front ends of the side sills are formed into closed cross sections and substantially inverted-L shapes. The front end of the right side sill is bilaterally symmetrical to the front end of the left side sill. Rear ends of the left and right side sills are formed into substantially square-shaped cross sections. Portions from the front ends to the rear ends of the side sills are formed into closed cross sections which change smoothly from the inverted-L shaped cross sections to the square-shaped cross sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Fujii, Masayo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 8640814
    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 side-by-side all terrain vehicles having plural rows of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Brian M. Safranski, Richard L. Sunsdahl
  • Publication number: 20130278016
    Abstract: A segmented tube formed of a magnesium-based alloy and wrapped or jacketed with a reinforcement to apply a restraining force on the external surface of the tube for resisting fragmentation of the tube by the compressive force applied to the end of the tube serves as a structural member for receiving a compressive stress applied to an end of the tube and acting along the axis of the tube toward the opposing end of the tube. The magnesium alloy tube is comparatively light, and the segmented and wrapped or jacketed tube has an increased capacity to absorb compressive forces. The tubes are useful as components of automotive vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hamid G. Kia, Aihua A. Luo, John N. Owens, James F. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8550545
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle, having: a front-end support frame, including: a driver side rail; and a first bend in the driver side rail configured to change a vertical position of the driver side rail. The driver side rail has a circular cross-sectional configuration in the first bend and a non-circular cross-sectional configuration in another portion of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan Stojkovic, Gerhard Lueschen, Robert Hasse
  • Patent number: 8534706
    Abstract: A vehicle frame having at least one elongated truss. The truss is elongated and generally triangular in cross sectional shape. Consequently, the truss includes three side walls. Each of the side walls is constructed from a sheet material, such as sheet metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Herb Adams
  • Publication number: 20130234473
    Abstract: A reinforcement part for a roof side member of a motor vehicle is provided. The reinforcement part is configured in one piece and includes a first cross section, a second cross section, and a third cross section. The first cross section steadily merges into the second cross section and the second cross section steadily merges into the third cross section. The first cross section, the second cross section and the third cross section vary in vehicle longitudinal direction. The first cross section, the second cross section and the third cross section have a steady contour on a circumference of the reinforcement part and are of a closed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Lange
  • Patent number: 8530015
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement comprising a hollow profile and a ribbed structure, the ribbed structure including a laminar structure of two facing sheets with a first layer of adhesive material that is foamable and located in between the two facing sheets, the ribbed structure having ribs with one or more ends and a second adhesive material that is provided over at least part of the ribs at the one or more ends to bond the ribs at the one or more ends to an interior surface of the hollow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Mendiboure, Eric Chopin, Francois Crouzet, Philippe Fahrner, Serge Bieber
  • Patent number: RE44796
    Abstract: A bladder system and method for reinforcing at least a portion of a structural member, including a flexible barrier member for dividing at least a portion of the structural member being reinforced into one or more sections; and a reinforcement material for filling one or more sections bounded by the flexible barrier member. The reinforcement material filling one or more sections of the structural member can be a pumpable polymeric material, and the flexible barrier member can be a polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Czaplicki, Thomas L. Coon