Corners And Joints Patents (Class 296/29)
  • Patent number: 11180198
    Abstract: A vehicle structural assembly includes at least a first member and a second member each having overlapping area. The overlapping area of the first member overlays the overlapping area of the second member where the first member and second member are welded to one another. The overlapping area of the first member defines an overlap extension and the overlapping area of the second member define another overlap extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Grattan, Nicholas Bulski
  • Patent number: 11130440
    Abstract: A vehicle structure assembly, including: a first component including a hem structure defining an internal space disposed along an outer edge thereof; and a second component including one of an outer edge and a corresponding hem structure defining a corresponding internal space, wherein the one of the outer edge and the corresponding hem structure defining the corresponding internal space of the second component is adapted to securely engage the hem structure defining the internal space of the first component, thereby joining the second component to the first component. The first component includes a planar body portion and the hem structure includes a retaining arm or flap structure disposed substantially parallel to the planar body portion, wherein the retaining arm or flap structure and the planar body portion are integrally formed and collectively define the internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Håkan Runius
  • Patent number: 11110968
    Abstract: A floor structure for a vehicle includes: a center floor panel; a plurality of seat crossmembers extending in a width direction of a vehicle; a rail member disposed to be orthogonal to the plurality of seat crossmembers; a pair of side sills disposed on both sides of the center floor panel; and a pair of battery mounting beams coupled to the pair of side sills, respectively, wherein each battery mounting beam is coupled to an inboard sidewall of each side sill, and cylindrical nuts for mounting a battery assembly are individually disposed on the battery mounting beams and the seat crossmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Ahn, Jae Ha Shim, Hee Suk Chung, Young Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10589791
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a first structural member, a second structural member, and a ridge portion. The first structural member has a first linear expansion coefficient and is provided with a joined portion. The second structural member has a second linear expansion coefficient exceeding the first linear expansion coefficient and is provided with a plurality of joining portions at an outer edge portion of the second structural member, and the joining portions are joined to the joined portion. The ridge portion is formed in the outer edge portion to protrude in a plane intersection direction intersecting with a joining surface of the joining portion and is continuous from one of the joining portions to another one of the joining portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Soshiro Murata, Takashi Sagisaka, Ayaka Kagami, Hiroki Hyodo
  • Patent number: 10513886
    Abstract: A splicing metal plate includes at least one pair of an elongated first and second connecting plate, the elongated first connecting plate having a side edge that extends downwardly vertically with an accommodating portion having an opening, the elongated second connecting plate having a side edge that extends downwardly vertically with an embedded portion, and the accommodating portion of the first connecting plate is embedded within the embedded portion of the second connecting plate. A front-end cover connected to a front-end of the first and second connecting plates along a length direction. A rear-end cover connected to a rear-end of the first and second connecting plates along the length direction. A supporting portion for the front-end and rear-end covers disposed at bottom portions of the first and second connecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN GRAND-ONE INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Luhao Leng
  • Patent number: 10513295
    Abstract: A vehicle lower portion structure includes a pair of rocker panels, the rocker panels being separated from each other in a vehicle width direction and extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, an intermediate cross member disposed between the rocker panels and extending in the vehicle width direction, an intermediate connecting member disposed in an end portion of the intermediate cross member in the vehicle width direction and provided with a first contact portion which is contact with the rocker panel and a second contact portion which is contact with the intermediate cross member, a first bonding portion bonding the first contact portion to the rocker panel, and a second bonding portion bonding the second contact portion to the intermediate cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10328669
    Abstract: A method is provided for assembling a stack-up including a first workpiece with a clearance hole and a second workpiece. The method comprises adhering an adhesive to a first face of the first workpiece so as to completely cover and close the clearance hole and securing the second workpiece to a second face of the first workpiece with an adhesive. A stack-up and the method of capturing adhesive squeeze-out during a stack-up assembly process are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Garret Sankey Huff, Amanda Kay Freis
  • Patent number: 10150518
    Abstract: A beam has a first exterior surface and a second exterior surface opposite the first exterior surface with an opening extending through the beam. A sleeve member extends through the opening from the first exterior surface to the second exterior surface. A first collar defines a first aperture with a first end of the sleeve member extending through the first aperture. The first collar contacts the first exterior surface. A second collar has a second attachment flange that overlays a portion of the second exterior surface of the beam. The second collar has a second aperture with the sleeve member extending therethrough. The first collar and the second collar are positioned and fixedly attached to the beam such that the sleeve member is spaced apart from interior surfaces of the beam that define the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10053176
    Abstract: A fuel tank of a motorcycle is disposed between a head pipe and a rider's seat. A cylindrical body forming a filler port is disposed at an upper portion of a tank main body of the fuel tank. A first mounting portion is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical body projecting from the upper portion of the tank main body. A tank upper portion cover is mounted on the first mounting portion so as to cover an upper portion of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryuji Kajio, Takeshi Kashihara, Satoshi Morotomi
  • Patent number: 9944157
    Abstract: A window molding includes a main body and a lip part. The body includes an upper surface configured to be affixed to an inner surface of a window and the body is configured to be arranged between the inner surface and a bottom surface part of a frame. The lip part is provided on a portion of the body located on the peripheral wall part side of the frame. In an assembled state, at least a portion of the lip part extends to be closer to the bottom surface part as approaching from the body side to the peripheral wall part side, and a distance from the upper surface to the bottom surface part is defined as L. When the molding is in an unloaded state, the lip part has a portion in which the distance from the upper surface is longer than L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventor: Akira Moriyama
  • Patent number: 9938719
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to building panel including an end portion along one perimeter side thereof and a dovetail configuration along the end portion. The disclosed subject matter also relates to joints formed between such building panel, electrical/telecommunications, plumbing and HVAC chases and conduits in the building panels and procedures for manufacturing the building panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Derleth
  • Patent number: 9845599
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention included structural decking systems with at least a four-layered seam and methods for manufacturing and assembling structural decking systems with at least four-layered seams. The decking panels may be provided with an edge having an exposed “male lip” with two layers, and an opposite edge having a “female lip” with two layers. Individual panels may be coupled together by placing the female lip of a first panel over the male lip of an adjacent panel, thus creating an unjoined seam. In order to couple the panels together, the panels may be secured through various couplings configurations. The couplings may be formed by deforming, cutting, and/or welding the seam. Not only do the couplings help prevent vertical separation between adjacent panels, the couplings minimize lateral shifting along the seam, and ensure a desired level of shear strength in the seam and across the structural decking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NUCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Hansen Bogh, Christopher Lawrence Brown, Jeffrey Reino Martin
  • Patent number: 9840288
    Abstract: A joint for a motor vehicle body comprises a first structural member fabricated from aluminum attached to a second structural member fabricated from steel. The second structural member has an adjoining portion that is in substantially juxtaposed abutting relation with the first structural member when the second structural member is attached to the first structural member. The second structural member has a ramp portion terminating in a bare exposed edge on the second structural member and upon which the bare exposed edge is disposed. The bare exposed edge is displaced from the first structural member to form a gap between the first structural member and the bare exposed edge to prevent corrosion of the bare exposed edge without the use of adhesives and sealants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Kimberly Ann Lazarz, Jack Lashbrook, Chris Verschaeve
  • Patent number: 9803361
    Abstract: A moveable and demountable wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a lower trim assembly that is both removably connected to a wall panel of the wall panel system and pivotably connected to a floor channel of the wall panel system. The lower trim panel is further configured to adjust in conjunction with wall panel height adjustments made by one or more height adjustment assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ALLSTEEL Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Scott Shovar, Matthew C. Brown
  • Patent number: 9611878
    Abstract: A tethered fastener assembly includes a first connector portion, a second connector portion, and a tether portion. The tether portion couples the first connector portion to the second connector portion and includes a first releasable holding feature, a first cooperating releasable holding feature, a second releasable holding feature, and a second cooperating releasable holding feature. The first releasable holding feature is engageable with the first cooperating releasable holding feature. The second releasable holding feature is engageable with the second cooperating releasable holding feature. The first releasable holding feature engages the first cooperating releasable holding feature, and the second releasable holding feature engages the second cooperating releasable holding feature, to retain the tether portion in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Steven Michael Benedetti, Wayne Robert Boylan, Grant Gerbasi Garrett
  • Patent number: 9381953
    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 0.3D or higher for functioning as a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Wada, Masaaki Mizumura, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9370997
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a tail trim using a clad metal plate, and a tail trim made of a clad metal plate, which thus enables decrease in weight and improved corrosion resistance, and which further enables increased heat resistance. The method includes rolling two washed metal materials to obtain an initial clad metal plate, and then heat treating and further rolling the initial clad metal plate to obtain a final clad metal plate; pressing the final clad metal plate, thus forming a main tail trim and a housing, the housing including a tail trim upper cover and a tail trim lower cover; and subjecting the main tail trim and the housing to tungsten inert gas welding, thus manufacturing the tail trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Yeol Yoo, Gwang Min Yoon
  • Patent number: 9290134
    Abstract: A coupling assembly can couple first and second panels together. The second panel defines a panel hole. The coupling assembly includes a clip configured to be at least partially received in the panel hole. Moreover, the clip extending from the first panel and includes a clip body and at least one resilient leg extending from the clip body. The clip body extends along a longitudinal axis. The clip defines a clip hole extending into the clip body along the longitudinal axis. The coupling assembly further includes an insert comprising a polymer. The insert is at least partially disposed in the clip hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David T. Renke, Ronald Edward Chupick
  • Patent number: 9221324
    Abstract: A structure of an exterior door strip includes a mounting portion mounted to an outer side of a outer door panel positioned, and a SUS trim coupled to an outer side of the mounting portion, and including: a first mounting portion formed in a longitudinal direction and having an end piece; a bridge connected to an other end of the first mounting portion; and a second mounting portion connected to the other end of the bridge and having a screw hole, in which the first mounting portion, the bridge, and the second mounting portion are integrally formed, and torque caused by screw engagement of the second mounting portion is not transmitted to the first mounting portion, thereby resolving a problem regarding quality in external appearance of the vehicle, preventing corrosion caused by rain water, and reducing production costs of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung-Sik Kong, Chang-Dong Kim, Young-Joon Park, Seung-Hwan Lee, Won-Seok Jun, Joon-Young Hong
  • Patent number: 9157720
    Abstract: A method of establishing a dimensional reference datum for a vehicle front end assembly is provided. The method includes locating a positioning and reinforcement structure proximate a front end of a vehicle chassis. Also included is operably coupling the positioning and reinforcement structure to a first vehicle component, wherein the positioning and reinforcement structure is moveable relative to the first vehicle component. Further included is fixedly centering the positioning and reinforcement structure relative to a second vehicle component. Yet further included is positioning and operably coupling a plurality of front end components based on the dimensional reference datum provided by the fixed centered position of the positioning and reinforcement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Mark L. Felzien, Duane T. Vanpamel, Derek L. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9156419
    Abstract: A bumper attachment structure includes a flange of a bumper fascia provided with a guide portion protruding therefrom and a flange of a fender panel having an insertion hole into which the guide portion can be inserted. The bumper attachment structure also includes an attachment bracket having a groove in which the guide portion can be housed and an insertion fitting portion in which a tip portion of the attachment bracket can fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Yotsunaga, Tomoaki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9145174
    Abstract: At a bracket, a length in a vehicle vertical direction of a second supporting leg portion is set to be longer than a length in the vehicle vertical direction of a first supporting leg portion. A height position in the vehicle vertical direction of the second supporting portion is set to be lower than that of a first supporting portion. At the bracket, a first bent portion is formed at an upper portion of the first supporting leg portion, and a second bent portion is formed at an upper portion of the second supporting leg portion. The first bent portion and the second supporting leg portion are bent so as to be convex toward sides of moving apart from one another. A region of the first supporting leg portion and a region of the second supporting leg portion are connected by a connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Iwano
  • Patent number: 9061644
    Abstract: A gusset for use with a roll-over protection system of work a vehicle is disclosed. The gusset may include a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall and an outer face extending between the first and second sidewalls. The outer face may at least partially define an opening. The opening may be configured such that at least one of the first sidewall or the second side wall deforms relative to the outer face when the work vehicle experiences a roll-over event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Shane M. Scott
  • Patent number: 9039061
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vehicle frame, includes: forming compatible threads on a first rail composed of a first material and a second rail composed of a second material; forming a pair of locators on the first and second rails, said locators configured to indicate an alignment condition of the first rail and second rail when screwed together; and screwing together the first rail and second rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Wagner, Michael M. Azzouz, Eric William Barrett, Xiaoming Chen, John Martin Knittel, Sanjay Mehta, John Joseph Uicker, Jeff A. Wallace
  • Patent number: 9033401
    Abstract: A vehicle roof frame includes an adhering structure having an adhesive carrier and an expanding structural adhesive coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the adhesive carrier. The expanding structural adhesive includes an installation state and a structural state, and the structural state has a larger volume than the installation state. The vehicle roof frame also includes a plurality of vehicle frame members that cooperate to form a frame joint and a joint cavity defined within the frame joint. The adhering structure is disposed within the joint cavity and the adhesive carrier and the expanding structural adhesive in the structural state substantially occupies the joint cavity and fixably couples the plurality of framing members such that the frame joint is free of supplemental mechanical connections proximate the joint cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner, Mark Keller, Bruno M. Barthelemy
  • Publication number: 20150115640
    Abstract: In a method for connecting at least two structural units for a body of a vehicle, which structural units have in each case at least one carrier unit which is in the form of a hollow profile and which has at least one reinforcement element arranged in the carrier unit, the respective reinforcement element is connected by means of structural foam to the corresponding carrier unit, wherein the reinforcement elements of the two structural units are formed in each case with a joining portion and are joined to one another. The structural units to be connected are aligned, and the reinforcement elements are pre-fixed in the carrier units before a heat treatment of the structural units, and are finally fixed by foaming and/or adhesive bonding after the heat treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventor: Anja Jäschke
  • Patent number: 9004568
    Abstract: In a cowling fastening structure (1) for fastening a first cowling member (2) and a second cowling member (3) to each other by using a clip (30), the two cowling members are provided with opposing walls (13, 21) having a mutually aligned through holes (15, 26) formed therein, the clip is provided with a first member (31) and a second member (32) joined by a hinge (33). A free end of the first member formed with an engagement hole (39) is passed through the through holes, and a free end of the second member formed with an engagement claw (44) is passed around the opposing walls so as to engage the engagement claw with the engagement hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Inoue, Yotaro Abe, Hajime Naoi
  • Patent number: 8998296
    Abstract: A method for producing a body-in-white of a passenger car is provided. A support structure assigned to the body-in-white of the motor vehicle and which includes at least one support part is produced. The support part of the support structure is, depending on a variant of the motor vehicle, at least in some regions provided with at least one reinforcing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Konrad Eipper
  • Patent number: 8991905
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear floor structure characterized as follows is provided. The front end of a rear floor panel in a vehicle longitudinal direction includes a front wall extending between a pair of side sills. The front wall forms an arc whose central part in a vehicle width direction projects upward from the floor. The front wall lower end is joined to a rear end of a main floor panel. A cross member forms an arc whose central part in the vehicle width direction projects upward from the floor, and extends along the front wall with the central part of the cross member in the vehicle width direction placed on a floor tunnel. The cross member ends, in the vehicle width direction, are joined to the side sills and main floor panel. The cross member central part in the vehicle width direction is joined to the floor tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Shinei Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8979156
    Abstract: A vehicle panel attachment arrangement includes a vehicle panel, a clip supporting section, a first wall section, a second wall section and at least one resilient arm. The clip supporting section defines a shaft receiving hole extending therethrough. The first and second wall sections extend from the vehicle panel to first and second sides of the clip supporting section. The clip supporting section further defines a shaft insertion slot open to the shaft receiving hole. The shaft insertion slot extends in a radial direction from the shaft receiving hole between the first and second side walls. The at least one resilient arm extends from one of the clip supporting section and the first wall section in a direction perpendicular to the radial direction. A portion of the at least one resilient arm is aligned with the clip supporting section and another portion of the at least one resilient arm is offset from the clip supporting section as viewed in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Mally
  • Publication number: 20150069778
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower structure includes a gadget that couples a cross member and a center pillar to each other. The gadget has a first extension portion that is extended along a vertical direction, and a second extension portion that is extended from an upper end of the first extension portion toward a center axis of the center pillar, and is connected to the center pillar in the vehicle width direction. A ridgeline that extends from the cross member toward the center pillar is formed between the first extension portion and the second extension portion. The first extension portion is located only at one of a vehicle body front side of the center pillar and a vehicle body rear side of the center pillar. The second extension portion is extended at least from the upper end of the first extension portion to the center axis of the center pillar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Torii
  • Publication number: 20150069777
    Abstract: A structure for coupling vehicle members is disclosed, wherein in a coupling structure for coupling a front side member having a side inner member and a side outer member to a front fender apron member together, the front fender apron member is coupled to the side outer member together with a fender apron inner panel, the side outer member has a side outer front member and a side outer rear member, and the front fender apron member has a rear side of a bottom end joined the side outer rear member of the front side member, and a lower front extended end portion formed as one unit and joined a side inner member inserted between the side outer front member and the side outer rear member of the front side member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seungwon An, Seung Hyun KANG, Seong Woo CHOI
  • 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: 8967671
    Abstract: A bolting structure of a sub-frame includes a reinforcer mounting the sub-frame through a side member. The reinforcer includes: a reinforcing member disposed to intersect with the side member in a cross shape and bolted, together with the side member, to a lower panel; an inner pipe disposed at the side member from surfaces interfacing between the reinforcing member and the side member; an outer pipe disposed at the reinforcing member from the surfaces interfacing between the reinforcing member and the side member and inserted into the sub-frame; and a bolt bolted to the inner pipe through the outer pipe and fixing the sub-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Dae Kim, Nam Young Lee, Seung Hyun Kang
  • Publication number: 20150054298
    Abstract: A connecting element for a vehicle body substructure and a panel element having different heat expansion coefficients are provided. The connecting unit penetrates an opening in a plate of the substructure. A plate of the paneling element is held with play in the direction of its surface normal is in a groove of the connecting unit. The connecting unit includes a bushing having two parts that are moveable against one another in the direction of the surface normal, between which the other plate is held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Hayrullah Calisoglu, Wolfgang Rasel
  • Patent number: 8960776
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly, system and method includes a vehicle frame assembly having a variable length longitudinal frame component. The longitudinal frame component is formed at a first length when used on a first vehicle type and formed at a second length when used on a second vehicle type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Boettcher, Ceby Philip
  • Patent number: 8960775
    Abstract: The center pillar outer member (36) of a center pillar (22) which supports a roof (17) is halved into a center pillar outer upper section (37) and a center pillar outer lower section (38). The center pillar outer member (36) is provided with a connection recess (41) at which the center pillar outer lower section (38) is joined to the center pillar outer upper section (37), and is also provided with a seal member (42) which covers the connection recess (41). The seal member (42) continues to the front upper seal (43) and the rear upper seal (44), respectively, of a front door opening seal (31) and a rear door opening seal (33), the front and rear upper seals (43, 44) extending along a roof side rail (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Nagai, Kenichi Kitayama, Yasunori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150028626
    Abstract: A catcher bracket disposed between a powertrain and a sub-frame of a vehicle. The catcher bracket defines a load path in a collision that is sufficient to displace the powertrain that directs the force of the impact through the catcher bracket to a sub-frame of the vehicle. The sub-frame is connected to the body structure of the vehicle by fasteners that fracture to decouple the powertrain and sub-frame from the body structure of the vehicle to reduce the collision pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sriram Gopal, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi, John Vincent Fazio, Matthew B. Makowski, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Patent number: 8925991
    Abstract: A reinforced frame structure for a vehicle is provided. The frame structure includes a frame portion having a first portion and a pair of wall portions extending therefrom. A first reinforcement is rigidly coupled to the wall portions, and the first portion, the wall portions, and first reinforcement combine to define an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Garo Caliskan, John Edward Huber, Michael M Azzouz, Satish Ganti
  • 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: 8894136
    Abstract: A structure for a side portion of a vehicle body that is configured such that the ends of an arch member are mounted to rail members extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body and such that a roof panel is supported by the arch member. The structure includes the rail members; the arch member, which extends in the width direction of the vehicle and the ends of which are mounted to the rail members; and the roof panel supported by the arch member. In each of the rail members, an outer extension section is integrally provided to a rail outer section and an inner extension section is integrally provided to a rail inner section. The arch member is provided with an arch upper member that can be installed on the outer extension section and an arch lower member that can be installed on the inner extension section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidekazu Shono
  • Patent number: 8888134
    Abstract: A mounting unit for a sub-frame of a vehicle is provided. The mounting unit is used for engaging a front side member with the vehicle's sub-frame. The mounting unit includes a welding seat that is formed as a groove on a lower side of the front side member. The mounting unit further includes a mounting nut assembled with the front side member, a welding flange integrated with an external circumference and a head of the mounting nut and inserted into the welding seat to be combined with the welding seat, and a member seat that is formed outside the welding flange and with which a fender upper connecting member is combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Shin Young Co., Ltd., Sungwoo Hitech Co., Ltd., MS Autotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae Seung Kim, Chang Wook Park, Jang-Su Kim, Mun Yong Lee, Sungyong Park, Daeho Yang, Dae Keun Kim, Sang Hoon Chae, Sang-Lae Lee
  • Publication number: 20140333084
    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 0.3D or higher for functioning as a joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Manabu Wada, Masaaki Mizumura, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8876194
    Abstract: A vehicle front body structure includes a front side member, an A-pillar and a strut tower. The front side member extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The A-pillar is coupled to the front side member. The strut tower is positioned forward of the A-pillar and has an inboard side fixedly attached to an outboard section of the front side member. The strut tower also defines a force receiving surface extending between the inboard side and an outboard side. The force receiving surface of the strut tower is configured and arranged to receive a force directed rearward in the vehicle longitudinal direction and redirect at least a portion of the force in a vehicle lateral direction toward the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Dix, Ryan Corby, Joyce Lam
  • Publication number: 20140319875
    Abstract: A gusset for use with a roll-over protection system of work a vehicle is disclosed. The gusset may include a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall and an outer face extending between the first and second sidewalls. The outer face may at least partially define an opening. The opening may be configured such that at least one of the first sidewall or the second side wall deforms relative to the outer face when the work vehicle experiences a roll-over event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: CNH America, LLC
    Inventor: Shane M. Scott
  • Publication number: 20140306478
    Abstract: An upper end joint portion which has increased rigidity by being bent in a rectangular wave shape and is joined to a roof side rail reinforcement is formed at an upper end portion of a center pillar reinforcement. Then, in the roof side rail reinforcement, longitudinal beads and extending in a direction orthogonal to a vehicle front-back direction are formed further on only the rear side in the vehicle front-back direction than a front-side end edge in the vehicle front-back direction in the upper end joint portion in the upper side in a vehicle up-and-down direction of a joint portion to the center pillar reinforcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Yao, Nobuyuki Torii
  • Publication number: 20140300126
    Abstract: A load-bearing structure of a motor vehicle, having hollow profiles and junction elements to connect the hollow profiles. The hollow profiles may be fastened in receptacles of the junction elements, and the junction elements may have a plurality of of areal webs in a vehicle vertical direction, at least some of the areal webs forming a framework structure which assists the load path in the respective junction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Philipp EHRLICH, Manuel ERLACHER, Bernhard HOFER, Reinhard HOERMANN, Stefan MAIER, Franz PLANKA, Michael RUCKER, Stefan RUD, Anton SPARY, Harald ZACHNEGGER
  • Publication number: 20140292013
    Abstract: An elastically averaged alignment system includes a first alignment portion comprising an alignment member and a first plurality of elastically deformable alignment elements. The alignment system also includes a second alignment portion comprising an elastically deformable alignment member configured and disposed to be received by and deformably and matingly engaged with the alignment member and a second plurality of elastically deformable alignment elements configured and disposed to deformably and matingly engage the first plurality of deformable alignment elements, wherein the engagement of the alignment member and deformable member and first plurality of elastically deformable alignment elements and the second plurality of elastically deformable alignment elements elastically average a predetermined position of the second alignment portion relative to the first alignment portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joel Colombo, Steven E. Morris
  • Publication number: 20140265406
    Abstract: A bicycle frame includes a seat tube and a top tube. A coupling device flexibly couples the top tube to the seat tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Huber, Michael Huber
  • 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