Abstract: A wheel for a utility vehicle includes a first attaching face with which the wheel is to be attached to a hub of a vehicle body, and a second attaching face with which the wheel inversed in a vehicle width direction is to be attached to the hub. The wheel is structured such that the first attaching face is, when attached to the hub, offset outward in the vehicle width direction with respect to a center line in the vehicle width direction of the wheel, and the second attaching face is, when attached to the hub, offset inward in the vehicle width direction with respect to the center line in the vehicle width direction of the wheel.
Abstract: A sensor module configured to detect a vibration of a mechanical component includes a base connectable to the mechanical component, at least one spacer extending from the base, and a circuit board connected to the base by the spacer such that a mechanical vibration is transmitted from the component to the base to the spacer to the circuit board. The circuit board includes a circuit and wirelessly transmits signals indicative of a detected vibration. The spacer includes a body portion and a pin portion projecting from an end of the body portion. The pin portion extends into the at least one hole, and the body portion is blocked from passing though the at least one hole by contact with a region of a first side of the circuit board surrounding the at least one hole.
March 13, 2018
Date of Patent:
July 7, 2020
Olivier Cheve, Johannes Biegner, Jens Graf, Simon Hubert
Abstract: A one-part wheel which is made of fiber composites without interruption of fibers with excellent mechanical properties and with low weight at the same time as well as a process for the manufacture thereof. The wheel has especially a rim well as well as a wheel disk passing over into a wheel flange of the rim well, where the wheel disk is formed at least partly by fiber layers, which run from the rim well over a wheel flange and the wheel disk. The wheel is manufactured by a multipart mold with parts displaceable at least in the axial direction. The mold is completely removed after the deposition of fibers or remains as a lost core in the wheel.
December 3, 2012
December 25, 2014
Jens Werner, Christian Köhler, André Bartsch, Sandro Mäke, Michael Dressler, Martin Lepper, Werner Hufenbach
Abstract: A vehicle wheel according to the present invention includes a hollow-state hollow portion and a solid-state non-hollow portion inside an outboard bead seat in a radial direction, which are provided in series in a circumferential direction of the wheel, the non-hollow portion having a cross section with a larger area than a hole cross section of a valve hole and having the valve hole formed therein. This structure prevents a sealing structure for ensuring hermetic performance from being complicated as compared to a wheel having the valve hole in the hollow portion, thus simplifying a mounting structure of an air valve. A method for manufacturing such a vehicle wheel allows formation of the valve hole in the non-hollow portion. Machining dust generated through a cutting process can thus be prevented from entering the hollow portion and remaining therein.
Abstract: A method of molding a fibre-reinforced composite wheel using a mold assembly. The mold assembly includes an annular rim mold portion for defining an outer surface of a rim of the wheel and a disc mold portion for defining a front surface of a disc portion of the wheel. The method comprises the steps of: locating at a first part of reinforcement fabric within the mold assembly around the rim mold portion; locating at a second part of reinforcement fabric within the mold assembly over the disc mold portion; sealing the mold assembly with a flexible mold element to form a substantially fluid tight mold cavity, the flexible mold element comprising a flexible polymer component for defining an inner surface of the rim of the wheel and a rear surface of the disc portion of the wheel; introducing a resin into the mold cavity by withdrawing air from the mold cavity through an inlet at a convenient location on the mold assembly; and curing the resin to form an integral fibre-reinforced composite wheel.
August 31, 2009
August 25, 2011
Cfusion Pty Ltd
Matthew Dingle, Donald Brett Gass, Ashley Denmead, David Dellios
Abstract: A vehicle wheel includes a rim having an inner peripheral surface, and a center disc portion spaced radially inwardly from the inner peripheral surface. The center disc portion includes a body having a plurality of protruding portions separated from each other by curved recesses. The wheel further includes a plurality of structural arms with each structural arm having a first arm end attached to the inner peripheral surface of the rim at a first weld attachment interface and a second arm end received within one of the curved recesses of the body. Each of the second arm ends is attached to the center disc portion at a second weld attachment interface.
February 15, 2010
February 24, 2011
Andre Fior, Marcio Aparecido de Oliveira, Fernando T. Mitsuyassu
Abstract: This invention relates to a unitary steel wheel as well as the apparatus and method of producing a unitary steel wheel. The unitary wheel comprises wheel rim and disc portions. In one embodiment, the unitary wheel of this invention further comprise a one-piece wheel of 5° and 15° drop center rims, providing a generally circular steel blank from a sheet stock of pre-determined substantially uniform thickness. The bank preferably has a center hole having a predetermined size. The blank is performed in a spinning machine to a predetermined profile and shape. The perform is further spun and flow formed in a spinning machine, the perform being positioned between an outer roll and inner mandrel and held against a clamping plate. The inner mandrel comprises an outboard surface, which conforms to the predetermined inner diameter of the rim.
Abstract: This invention relates to an improved method for forming a full face fabricated vehicle wheel and includes the steps of: (a) providing a disc blank formed from a metal material; (b) subjecting the disc blank to a metal stamping operation to produce a partially formed non-bowl shaped full face wheel disc having at least one stamped pocket formed therein; (c) forming at least one decorative window in the partially formed full face wheel disc; (d) coining a back side of the window in the partially formed full face wheel disc; (e) trimming an outer edge of the partially formed full face wheel disc to a predetermined diameter; (f) forming a center hub hole in the partially formed full face wheel disc; (g) subjecting the partially formed full face wheel disc to one or more final metal forming operations to form at least one of an outer flange and a plurality of lug bolt mounting holes in the partially formed wheel disc so as to produce a finished full face wheel disc; and (h) securing the full face wheel disc to a