Particular Electrode Structure Or Spacing Patents (Class 313/141)
  • Patent number: 11056859
    Abstract: A spark plug electrode includes an electrode base body made of a first material and an ignition element made of a second material and forming an ignition surface for a spark plug. The electrode base body and the ignition element are integrally joined to each other via a welding seam. A mixing rate for the first or second materials is less than 15 weight percent in a half of the welding seam adjacent to the ignition element. A method for manufacturing a spark plug electrode includes: providing an electrode base body and an ignition element; carrying out a welding process joining the electrode base body and the ignition element while forming a welding seam, where a welding beam guided over the surface of the spark plug electrode by tilting a reflection element, thereby producing a welding seam at a joining point between the electrode base body and the ignition element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Zhuo Tang, Dennis Quest, Stefan Nufer
  • Patent number: 10938187
    Abstract: A prechamber sparkplug includes a housing having a nozzle with a prechamber formed therein, and each of a first set and a second set of electrode prongs within the prechamber. The second set of electrode prongs downwardly depend from attachment points to the housing, and form, together with the first set of electrode prongs, spark gaps within the prechamber. Each of the anode-cathode pairs formed by the sets of electrode prongs is spaced radially inward a clearance distance from the prechamber wall to position the spark gaps in a flow of swirled gases. The flow of swirled gases displaces a flame kernel formed at the spark gaps to inhibit quenching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: James Jay Cress
  • Patent number: 10910796
    Abstract: A spark plug includes: a center electrode; a ground electrode that is provided such that a gap for spark discharge is formed between the center electrode and the ground electrode; and a plug cover covering the center electrode and the ground electrode from a front side to form an auxiliary chamber, the plug cover being provided with a through hole, wherein 60% or more of the auxiliary chamber is present in a sphere. The sphere t has a center at a midpoint of a line segment connecting the center electrode and the ground electrode at a shortest distance on an axial line of the center electrode and is in contact with a point located closest from the center on an inner open end of the through hole is imagined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Gozawa
  • Patent number: 10903628
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing a spark plug which is capable of securing a bonding strength at the middle of a chip while suppressing an occurrence of scattering. The method of manufacturing the spark plug having a ground electrode to which a bonding surface of a chip is welded, has a machining process of machining the ground electrode such that an area located inside an edge of a welding-planned part where the chip is welded on the ground electrode and including a center of the welding-planned part is rougher than a section except the area of the welding-planned part, and a bonding process of bonding the chip to the welding-planned part of the ground electrode after undergoing the machining process by resistance welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Maki
  • Patent number: 10897123
    Abstract: A spark plug includes a center electrode held inside an insulator, a ground electrode that is provided on a housing holding the insulator and faces the center electrode, and a composite chip formed on at least one of the electrodes. In the composite chip, a core having a mount integral with an electrode base material is formed from a Ni alloy material, and a surface layer having a discharge portion covering a protrusion end surface of the core and a side surface coating covering a side surface is formed from a Pt alloy material. The coating thickness S of the side surface coating in the radial direction, the outer diameter D1 of the discharge portion, and the coating length L1 of the side surface coating in the axial direction satisfy: S?D1/20+L1/10?0.005 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuo Abe
  • Patent number: 10879676
    Abstract: A spark plug includes a housing, an isolator arranged in the housing, and a ground electrode arranged on a front surface of the housing on a combustion chamber side. The spark plug further includes a central electrode, a terminal stud, and a resistance element all of which are arranged in the isolator. The resistance element is spatially arranged between the central electrode and the terminal stud and connects the central electrode to the terminal stud. The ground electrode forms a spark gap together with the central electrode. The resistance element contains a resistance material that contains conductive particles and non-conductive particles. At least 80% of the non-conductive particles have a maximum diameter of 20 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Reinsch, Stefan Nufer, Hubertus Braun, Carsten Kuenzel
  • Patent number: 10868408
    Abstract: A spark plug that can suppress pre-ignition of a combustible air-fuel mixture that has flowed into the sub-chamber. The spark plug includes a ground electrode that joins to a metal shell and forms a spark gap; and a cap member that covers a center electrode and the ground electrode and forms a sub-chamber. A first fused portion that joins the metal shell and the cap member is located on the front-end side relative to the spark gap. At least a part of a first facing portion at which the metal shell and the cap member face each other is located on the sub-chamber side relative to the first fused portion. The first fused portion is not formed in an inner peripheral surface of the metal shell and an inner peripheral surface of the cap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Gozawa, Kenji Ban
  • Patent number: 10868409
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spark plug in which a first electrode has a tip joined to an electrode base through a fusion zone. In a cross section of the first electrode taken along a center axis, an interface of the fusion zone and a tip includes a first region, a second region and a base point present on at least one side of the cross section. The base point is a point connection of the first and second regions and is located farthest away from the imaginary straight line in the direction parallel to the center axis. The base point is positioned so as to satisfy a condition of 0.1?X/W?0.4 where W is a length of the interface in a direction perpendicular to the center axis; and X is a distance between the base point and the center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryouki Yagi, Masahiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10833486
    Abstract: A spark plug having excellent ignitability including a rod-shaped center electrode; a ground electrode that includes a facing portion facing a front end portion of the center electrode and forms a discharge gap between the facing portion and the front end portion of the center electrode; an insulator; a metal shell; and a cover portion that covers, from a front end side of the spark plug, the front end portion of the center electrode and the facing portion of the ground electrode to form a pre-chamber and includes injection holes that are through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Gozawa, Kenji Ban, Daiki Goto
  • Patent number: 10826279
    Abstract: A spark plug having a shell with a ground electrode recess. A ground electrode having an insertion end, a firing end, and a round cross-sectional profile toward the insertion end is inserted into the ground electrode recess of the shell. An attachment portion surrounds at least a portion of the ground electrode and includes a solidified bonding material at a connection interface between the ground electrode and the shell. In some implementations, the ground electrode can have a copper core that extends further into the shell, past the distal end of the insulator. In some embodiments, the ground electrode has a sheath surrounding the copper core that has aluminum and a high weight percentage of nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Santana, Andreas Zeh, Rene Trebbels, Sofian Oeij, Kevin Miller, John Burrows, Sam Roe
  • Patent number: 10811850
    Abstract: In a spark plug for an internal combustion engine, a discharge gap is formed between a central electrode and a ground electrode in an axial direction of the spark plug. An insulator of a cylindrical shape has an axial hole and an insulator front end part. The axial hole is formed in the insulator, into which the central electrode is arranged and supported. The insulator front end part projects further toward a front side of the insulator in the axial direction of the spark plug than a location of an opening part formed at a front end side of the axial hole. The discharge gasp is formed in an auxiliary combustion chamber. The outer peripheral side of the auxiliary combustion chamber is covered with the insulator front end part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Kawata, Fumiaki Aoki, Daisuke Tanaka, Ryota Wakasugi, Kanechiyo Terada, Tetsuya Miwa, Akimitsu Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10804682
    Abstract: A spark plug including a ground electrode including a base material, a tip having a discharge surface, and a melt portion interposed over an entire area between the tip and the base material and joining the tip to the base material; and a center electrode with a spark gap formed between the center electrode and the discharge surface. The tip has, in an inner area surrounded by an outer peripheral portion of the tip, a thin portion in which a distance between the discharge surface and the melt portion is shorter than a distance between the discharge surface and the melt portion in the outer peripheral portion. The thin portion extends from a part of the outer peripheral portion to a part other than the part of the outer peripheral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Sekizawa, Tomokatsu Kashima, Yasushi Sakakura
  • Patent number: 10790640
    Abstract: In a spark plug for an internal combustion engine, an insulator is held inside a housing such that a proximal end thereof projects in an axial direction. A center electrode is held inside the insulator such that a distal end thereof projects. A terminal fitting is connected to the proximal end of the insulator and provided such that electricity is conducted between the center electrode and the terminal fitting. A ground electrode forms a spark discharge gap between the distal end of the center electrode and the ground electrode. A first gap is formed between the proximal end of the insulator and the terminal fitting, a second gap is formed between a proximal end of the housing and the insulator, and at least one of the first gap and the second gap is filled with a filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masamichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10763646
    Abstract: A spark plug having a metal shell and an insulator, wherein a stepped portion that includes a rear-end-side facing surface that retains an insulator either directly or via another member is provided at an inner periphery of a metal shell. The stepped portion includes a first convex portion that includes the rear-end-side facing surface, a second convex portion that is disposed on a front end side of the first convex portion and that is adjacent to the first convex portion, and a connection portion that connects the first convex portion and the second convex portion to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10720759
    Abstract: The spark plug includes an insulator, a metal shell, and a buffering member. The buffering member is filled in a space that is enclosed by an inner peripheral surface of the metal shell and an outer peripheral surface of the insulator. 3 mm2?L×T is satisfied in a case where: a length in a direction of an axial line of a filled portion filled with the buffering member is defined as a filling length L; a thickness, of a screw portion of the metal shell, that is half a difference left after subtraction of the inner diameter of the metal shell from the pitch diameter of the screw portion is defined as an effective thickness; and a minimum value of the effective thickness of a portion, of the screw portion, present rearward of an inner diameter reduction portion of the metal shell is defined as a minimum thickness T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Imai
  • Patent number: 10714905
    Abstract: A spark plug for an internal combustion engine includes a housing, an insulator, a center electrode, a ground electrode, and a plug cover. The housing has a cylindrical shape. The insulator is held on an inner side of the housing. The insulator has a cylindrical shape. The center electrode is held on an inner side of the insulator. The ground electrode forms a discharge gap with the center electrode. The plug cover, together with the housing, configures an auxiliary combustion chamber in which the discharge gap is arranged. The plug cover includes a spray hole that communicates between the inside and outside of the plug cover. The ground electrode is connected to a plurality of locations on an auxiliary-chamber inner wall surface that includes surfaces of the housing and the plug cover that are exposed to the auxiliary combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Shigenaga, Fumiaki Aoki, Akimitsu Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10714907
    Abstract: A firing tip for a corona igniter is provided. The firing tip includes a base formed of metal, such as nickel, and rivets formed of precious metal, such as iridium. The base includes indentations, and the rivets are disposed in the indentations of the base. The rivet has a melting point and/or wear resistance greater than the base. Typically, the indentations of the base include a concave surface and the rivets have a cylindrical shape matching the shape of the indentations. The rivets can be sharpened to a point. The rivets can include a first piece formed of precious metal and a second piece formed of nickel or nickel alloy, wherein an end of the first piece is welded to an end of the second piece, and the second piece is welded to the base. Alternatively, the rivets can be formed entirely of the precious metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tenneco Inc.
    Inventors: Kristapher I. Mixell, James D. Lykowski, Yusuf Esmail Neemuchwala
  • Patent number: 10714904
    Abstract: A spark plug includes: an insulator with an axial hole; a center electrode held in a front end side of the axial hole; a cylindrical metal shell disposed around the insulator and having a seal part brought into contact with an outer circumferential surface of the insulator; a ground electrode arranged to form a gap with the center electrode; and a cap connected to a front end part of the metal shell to define therein an auxiliary combustion space in which the gap is formed, the cap having at least one through hole formed to provide communication between the auxiliary combustion space and the outside, wherein the condition (B/A)?0.25 is satisfied where A represents a volume of an imaginary space defined at a position frontward of the seal part; and B represents a volume of parts of the ground and center electrodes located in the imaginary space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Gozawa
  • Patent number: 10693280
    Abstract: A spark plug includes a ground electrode that is curved to oppose a tip end surface of a center electrode. A predetermined virtual plane that passes through a center axis of the spark plug along the curved ground electrode faces a flow direction of airflow. The ground electrode includes a main body including: an opposing surface on a first side facing the tip end surface of the center electrode; and a sloped surface on a second side opposite the first side. The main body satisfies 10 [°]?Dg?70 [°], 1.0 [mm]?Th, and 1.5 [mm]?Wd, where Dg is a slope angle of the sloped surface relative to the opposing surface, Th is a thickness of the main body in an insertion direction of the center electrode, and Wd is a width of the ground electrode in a direction perpendicular to the virtual plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Ryohei Akiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10666021
    Abstract: A spark plug electrode assembly and method of manufacturing a spark plug assembly having an inner and outer electrode component, one of which or both being formed using metal injection molding (MIM). Forming at least one of the inner or outer electrode components with MIM allows for the creation of a mechanical lock and a metallurgical bond at an interface between the components such that the components may be joined without a weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Niessner, Rene Trebbels, Andreas Zeh
  • Patent number: 10666022
    Abstract: An ignition plug includes a main metal fitting; an earth electrode having one end fixed to the main metal fitting and including, in a part of the other end, an inclined portion inclined toward the center axis line of the main metal fitting; an earth electrode-side chip joined to the inclined portion; and a center electrode having one end exposed from the main metal fitting. The ignition plug includes: a pedestal which has an elliptic cylindrical shape, is disposed so as to have a minor axis directed toward the earth electrode-side chip, and has an end surface forming an inclined surface inclined along the minor axis with respect to the center axis line; and a center electrode-side chip laser-welded to the inclined surface. The earth electrode-side chip and the center electrode-side chip face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masamichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10651632
    Abstract: A spark plug includes a tip extending in a first direction and an electrode base metal having an extending portion extending in the first direction and connected to the tip through a fusion zone. In a section taken along the first direction and containing a center axis of the tip, in a case where two ends of the interface between the extending portion and the fusion zone are located at the same position with respect to the first direction, the linear distance between the ends is denoted by A, or, in a case where one end is located forward of the other end, the distance from the one end to an intersection between a straight line passing the one end and extending perpendicularly to the center axis and the outline of the fusion zone is denoted by A. The interface length B satisfies a relational expression B/A?1.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Kimura
  • Patent number: 10608416
    Abstract: The spark plug includes: an insulator having an axial hole formed along an axial line; and a metal terminal provided on a rear side of the axial hole of the insulator. The metal terminal has, at a rear end portion thereof, a bottom surface facing rearward and a projection projecting rearward from an outer edge of the bottom surface, and a mark is provided to at least a part of the bottom surface. The Vickers hardness of the projection is 100 HV or higher. A rear end surface of the projection is positioned on a rear side with respect to a rear end of the mark. An area of the rear end surface is 3 mm2 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mai Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10594115
    Abstract: In a spark plug, a discharge gap is formed between a ground electrode and a central electrode. The ground electrode has a rod-shaped part and an opposing part. The opposing part faces the central electrode, and has a flat surface part and a slope surface part. The slope surface part is formed on a part of the opposing part in an extending direction of the ground electrode, and formed on the opposing part and gradually separated from the central electrode along a width direction of the opposing part. The spark plug has a ratio V/W within a range of 0.5<V/W<2.0. V indicates a length of the opposing part measured in a gap formation direction in which the central electrode, the discharge gap and the opposing part are arranged in order. W indicates a length of the opposing part in the ground electrode width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanaka, Fumiaki Aoki, Daisuke Shimamoto, Naoto Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10557450
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes a spark plug which protrudes into a combustion chamber. The spark plug has a central electrode and a ground electrode, and is configured such that a spark is generated between the central electrode and the ground electrode by electrical discharge. The spark plug has a vortex generator that separates an air flow near the ground electrode from the ground electrode and generates a vortex at a downstream side. The central electrode and the ground electrode are placed in a manner such that a spark or a flame deformed by an air flow flowing between the central electrode and the ground electrode enters the trailing vortex, or the spark penetrates through the inside of the trailing vortex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO
    Inventors: Ryou Masuda, Takayuki Fuyuto, Makoto Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10530132
    Abstract: A spark plug includes: a cylindrical mounting bracket attachable to an internal combustion engine; a center electrode that is held by the mounting bracket in an insulated manner and has a first end portion exposed and extended from a first end portion of the mounting bracket; a ground electrode that has a first end side joined to the first end portion of the mounting bracket and has a surface of the second end side extended to be opposed to the first end portion of the center electrode; a convex portion that protrudes from a base material of the ground electrode on the surface of the ground electrode toward the center electrode, has a surface protruded outward, and has surfaces without corners; and a precious metal layer formed on the surface of the convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Hattori, Ryuichi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10498110
    Abstract: A spark plug including a center electrode with a tip welded to a front end portion with a fused portion therebetween. The front end portion contains Ni, Cr, and at least one element selected from a group B consisting of Mn, Si, Al, Ti, rare earth elements, Hf, and Zr. Ni is present in the largest proportion, and Cr is present in the second largest proportion and in an amount of 12% by mass or more. The at least one element selected from the group B is present in a total amount of 0.1% by mass or more. The front end portion satisfies f/e?0.15 and m/e?0.015, where f is the Fe content, e is the sum of the Cr, Si, and Al contents, and m is the Mo content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Sumoyama, Kazuki Ito
  • Patent number: 10454252
    Abstract: A spark plug for an internal combustion engine is provided which has a center electrode and a ground electrode. The ground electrode includes an upright portion extending in a lengthwise direction of the spark plug and an extension bent from the upright portion in a radial direction of the spark plug. The extension has a slant surface which is shaped to be inclined away from the center electrode downstream in a flow of air-fuel mixture within a combustion chamber when the spark plug is mounted in the engine. This results in an increase in in distance by which a starting point on the ground electrode where a spark is created is moved on the slant surface, thereby increasing a length of time the spark is moved downstream and then blown out to increase the probability of successful ignition of the air-fuel mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanaka, Fumiaki Aoki, Akimitsu Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10447014
    Abstract: A spark plug comprising: a first electrode including a tip containing 1r as a main material, and a base member to which the tip is joined; and a second electrode opposed to the tip with a spark gap therebetween. The number of crystal grains appearing in a range of 0.25 mm2 on an arbitrary cross-section of the tip in a first direction connecting the tip and the second electrode within the spark gap, is not less than 20. When a length of each of the crystal grains in the first direction is denoted by Y, and a length of each of the crystal grains in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction is denoted by X, 5 ?m?X?100 ?m and Y/X?1.5 are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Kikai, Daisuke Sumoyama, Takuto Nakada
  • Patent number: 10424901
    Abstract: Provided is a spark plug capable of ensuring fouling resistance with a simple configuration. An insulator includes a step portion formed on an outer circumferential surface thereof. A center electrode is arranged in an axial hole of the insulator. A cylindrical metal shell having a shelf portion formed on an inner circumferential surface thereof is arranged radially outside the insulator. The insulator further includes a front end portion located frontward of the step portion. An outer circumferential surface of the front end portion has an arithmetic average roughness of 0.5 ?m or smaller in a circumferential direction. A recess is formed with a depth of 3 to 20 ?m in at least part of an end surface and the outer circumferential surface of the front end portion so as to extend from the front toward the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jumpei Isasa, Seiji Nakano, Hirokazu Kurono, Kuniharu Tanaka, Yutaka Yokoyama, Haruki Yoshida, Shun Kondo
  • Patent number: 10392309
    Abstract: A ceramic porous body has an alumina porous body made up by binding aggregate alumina particles to each other, the aggregate alumina particles being bound to each other by a compound including gadolinium silicate, lanthanum silicate or yttrium silicate synthesized from a silicate mineral and at least one rare-earth oxide selected from Gd2O3, La2O3, and Y2O3, and an inorganic porous film formed on the alumina porous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NORITAKE CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Hirokazu Watanabe, N. Nair Balagopal
  • Patent number: 10367335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spark plug having a ground electrode in which a weld zone is formed a tip and electrode base. The weld zone has: a back region exposed at an opposite surface of the electrode base; a joint region at which the tip is joined; and a connection region connects the joint region and the back region without being exposed at side surfaces of the electrode base. In a cross section of the ground electrode taken through the side surfaces of the electrode base along a plane passing through the centers of the top and bottom surfaces of the tip, a value of a width of the top surface of the tip being divided by a width of the facing surface of the electrode base is greater than 0.3, and a maximum width of the connection region is larger than a width of the back region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kawashima, Hiroyuki Hazama
  • Patent number: 10355458
    Abstract: Disclosed is a production method of a spark plug in which a ground electrode has an electrode base and a tip welded to a surface of the electrode base via a weld metal. The production method includes an image capture step, an image analysis step and an inspection step. The image capture step is to capture image data about the surface of the electrode base to which the tip has been welded. The image analysis step is to perform analysis of the image data, thereby detecting an edge of the electrode base and an edge of the weld metal, determining a center point of a contour of the weld metal and then detecting an edge of the tip in a specific area of the image data. The inspection step is to inspect a welding position of the tip based on the detected edges of the electrode base and the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuya Shimamura
  • Patent number: 10348060
    Abstract: When one of a center chip and a ground chip of a spark plug is defined as a first chip and another one is defined as a second chip, a discharge starting ridge line, which is a straight ridge line that forms a boundary between two surfaces having different normal line directions, is formed in a portion closest to the second chip in the first chips, and a distance from the discharge starting ridge line to the second chip is configured to be equal at a portion where the first chip and the second chip are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Watanabe, Ryohei Akiyoshi, Ryuichi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10340666
    Abstract: A spark plug having a noble metal tip that is joined to a tip-joining surface of a ground electrode so as to face an end face of a center electrode. When the noble metal tip is projected onto a projection plane parallel to the tip-joining surface, the noble metal tip has an elliptical shape in the projection plane. When the ground electrode is also projected onto the projection plane, an angle of 45° or less is formed between the major axis of the elliptical shape in the projection plane and a straight line extending in the lengthwise direction of the ground electrode and passing through the center of the noble metal tip in the projection plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10340667
    Abstract: A spark plug having a resistor disposed between a metal terminal and a center electrode so as to be electrically connected to the metal terminal and the center electrode, wherein the resistor is in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the insulator. On a cross section taken along the axial line so as to include the axial line, in a case where a plurality of points are plotted at predetermined intervals in a direction of the axial line so as to be present on a partial boundary line, within an arbitrary range in the direction of the axial line, of a boundary line between the insulator and the resistor, and a regression line is drawn by a least-squares method with use of the plurality of points, an average value of distances in a direction perpendicular to the regression line between the regression line and the partial boundary line is 0.1 to 0.3 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Takeichi, Kuniharu Tanaka, Hirokazu Kurono, Haruki Yoshida, Hironori Uegaki
  • Patent number: 10305260
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spark plug including: an insulator having an axial hole formed along an axis of the spark plug; a center electrode disposed in a front end side of the axial hole; and a metal shell fixed around an outer circumference of the insulator, with a front end portion of the insulator protruding frontward from a front end of the metal shell. The front end portion of the insulator consists only of a first section and a second section located adjacent to and frontward of the first section and having an inner diameter larger than that of the first section. The second section has a chamfered area formed on an inner circumferential surface thereof so as to continue to a front end of the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruki Yoshida, Kuniharu Tanaka, Toshinori Takeichi, Michitaka Yamada, Yusuke Nomura
  • Patent number: 10290999
    Abstract: A base end portion of a ground electrode of a spark plug includes a skin portion, an intermediate portion, and a core portion 52. A center cross section CP containing the center axis PX of the spark plug and the center axis EX of the base end portion includes a first multilayer portion in which the intermediate portion is disposed inward of the skin portion and the core portion is disposed inward of the intermediate portion, and a second multilayer portion in which the skin portion and the core portion are in direct contact with each other. The center cross section CP includes an intersection point PI at which a first boundary line BLa between the metallic shell and the skin portion and a second boundary line between the metallic shell and the core portion meet with a third boundary line BLc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Koike, Takehito Kuno
  • Patent number: 10277013
    Abstract: A spark plug includes an insulator body and a central electrode having a spark-end and a terminal-end. The central electrode is disposed within the insulator body, with the spark-end and the terminal-end protruding from the insulator body at opposite ends thereof. A metal electrode surrounds the insulator body and extends to form a gap with the central electrode at the spark-end. A capacitor with metalized inner and outer surfaces is provided, with the metalized inner surface being connected to the central electrode and the metalized outer surface being connected to the metal electrode. A first resistive component is embedded within the central electrode between the capacitor and the terminal-end, and a second resistive component embedded within the central electrode between the capacitor and the spark-end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ming Zheng
  • Patent number: 10218153
    Abstract: A spark plug includes an insulator; a center electrode; a metal shell; and a ground electrode whose base end is fixed to the metal shell. A distal end of the ground electrode includes a first surface facing the center electrode, a second surface facing a side opposite to the first surface, and an inclined surface that is inclined with respect to the second surface. A noble metal tip is partially buried in the inclined surface. A width of the inclined surface is larger than that of the noble metal tip. In this spark plug, A B is satisfied, where A is a distance from a distal end of the ground electrode to a proximal-end-side end portion of the inclined surface and B is a distance from the distal end of the ground electrode to a proximal-end-side end portion of the noble metal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Inoue, Takahiro Karumi
  • Patent number: 10211605
    Abstract: A corona igniter including a hermetic combustion seal between an insulator and center electrode is provided. The combustion seal includes a metallic coating, such as a nickel-based layer applied to a layer of molybdenum-manganese, and the metallic coating is disposed on the insulator inner surface. Optionally, a shot of copper-based powder can be disposed on a head of the center electrode. The center electrode and/or the copper-based powder is then brazed to the metallic coating on the inner surface of the insulator. The process can include applying the metallic coating to the inner surface while applying a metal coating to an outer surface of the insulator. The method further includes brazing the center electrode and/or the copper-based powder to the metallic coating on the inner surface while brazing the metal coating on the outer surface to a metal shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tenneco Inc.
    Inventor: Balakrishnan Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10186846
    Abstract: A system for testing an insulative material for a spark plug comprises a test spark plug having at least a center electrode and an insulator comprised of an insulative material surrounding at least a portion of the center electrode, wherein the insulator has an end that is closed, whereby the closed end of the insulator encloses an end of the center electrode. The system may further include a test engine that simulates engine conditions, wherein a conventional spark plug is installed in a first ignition port of the test engine and the test spark plug is installed in a second ignition portion of the test engine and a control system for controlling ignition signals to the test spark plug and the conventional spark plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Farm Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Jing Zheng, Corey Eiden, Matthew B. Below
  • Patent number: 10186845
    Abstract: An electrode tip for a spark plug, wherein Pt is contained as a main component, 7% by mass or more of Rh is contained, and a total content of Pt and Rh is greater than or equal to 95% by mass. The electrode tip includes: a narrow portion having the same cross-sectional shape in a direction of an axis; and a wide portion which is adjacent to the narrow portion and has a cross-sectional area, in a radial direction, which is greater than the narrow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Sumoyama, Tatsuya Gozawa, Magoki Shimadate, Yusuke Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10181702
    Abstract: A spark plug wherein when a discharge tip is viewed from a direction of an axial line, a melted portion is formed in at least a region on a second-end side of an electrode base material from a center of a discharge layer, and wherein in a section that includes a center line along a longitudinal direction of a ground electrode and that is parallel to an axial line, a proportion of a length of the melted portion along the longitudinal direction to a length of the discharge tip along the longitudinal direction of the electrode base material is greater than or equal to 76.2%, with the length of the melted portion along the longitudinal direction being within a range in which the discharge tip exists along the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaori Suzuki, Tomoaki Kato
  • Patent number: 10178751
    Abstract: An ignition plug includes a center electrode; a cylindrical insulator that surrounds at least the circumference of a front end portion of the center electrode and that includes a bottom portion at the front side; and a cylindrical metal shell that holds the insulator from the outer circumference side. The center electrode includes a shaft portion that extends along an axial line and a head portion disposed at a front end of the shaft portion. The head portion has a width greater than that of the shaft portion in the radial direction. The insulator includes a first and second insulator. The first insulator has an axial hole and a diameter smaller than the maximum diameter of the head portion. The second insulator is joined to the first insulator. The shaft portion is disposed in the axial hole of the first insulator. The second insulator encloses the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Usami, Kenji Ban
  • Patent number: 10153621
    Abstract: A spark plug having a tip provided on at least one of a center electrode and a ground electrode. The tip includes a body portion, a coating layer, and a high specific resistance layer. The body portion contains mostly Ir. The high specific resistance layer is provided on a side peripheral surface of the body portion, has a Ni content greater than the Ni content of the body portion and less than 50 mass %, and has a thickness of 2 ?m or greater and 45 ?m or less. The coating layer is provided on a side peripheral surface of the high specific resistance layer, contains 50 mass % or more of Ni, and has a thickness of 3 ?m or greater and 20 ?m or less. The tip has a specific resistance of 20×10?8 ?m or less at room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Sumoyama, Takuto Nakada
  • Patent number: 10128638
    Abstract: An ignition plug includes an insulator having an outer-diameter reduction surface and a metal shell. The metal shell includes a rear end portion, a curved deformation portion, and a stepped portion. In a section including an axial line, the average hardness of a surface layer portion, which extends along a specific surface, of a rear end surface of the stepped portion is higher than the average hardness of the rear end portion and the average hardness of the deformation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Kawai, Ryoki Yagi
  • Patent number: 10122154
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a spark plug includes pressing a tip in a first direction from a first surface thereof toward a second surface thereof via a jig when the tip is in contact with an electrode base material; and welding the electrode base material to the tip being pressed by the jig. The jig has a recessed portion which is brought into contact with an edge of the tip, and the recessed portion has a diameter-decreasing portion having an inner dimension that gradually decreases toward a second direction opposite to the first direction. The inner dimension of a first end portion in the first direction of the diameter-decreasing portion is larger than the outer dimension of the edge, and the inner dimension of a second end portion in the second direction of the diameter-decreasing portion is equal to the outer dimension of the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Hidekazu Wakita
  • Patent number: 10116123
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a spark plug insulator that includes a collar portion, a rear body portion located in rear of the collar portion and a leg portion located in front of the collar portion. The inspection method includes: performing measurement of a distance in a radial direction of the insulator between an outer circumferential surface of the leg portion at a first measurement point and an outer circumferential surface of the any portion of the insulator other than the leg portion at a second measurement point, wherein the measurement is performed at a plurality of positions in a circumferential direction of the insulator with no contact to the measurement target; determining, as a circular runout, a difference between maximum and minimum values among measurement results of the distance; and making pass/fail judgment of the insulator based on the determined circular runout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kominami, Hajime Kawano
  • Patent number: 10063036
    Abstract: A spark plug includes an insulator having an axial hole formed therethrough in the direction of an axis of the spark plug, a center electrode disposed in a front side of the axial hole and a metal shell disposed around an outer circumference of the insulator and having a collar-shaped tool engagement portion and a crimp portion located on a rear side of the tool engagement portion and reduced in diameter toward the rear, wherein the crimp portion of the metal shell is made of a carbon steel material having a grain size number equal to or greater than No. 11 as measured according to JIS G 0551.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Kozakai, Satoshi Nagasawa, Akira Suzuki