Having A Means For Heating The Catalyst Patents (Class 60/300)
  • Patent number: 11187125
    Abstract: An electric heating type support includes: an electrically conductive honeycomb structure including a pillar shaped honeycomb structure portion composed of conductive ceramics, the pillar shaped honeycomb structure portion including: an outer peripheral wall; and porous partition walls disposed on an inner side of the outer peripheral wall, the porous partition walls defining a plurality of cells, each cell penetrating from one end face to other end face to form a flow path; and a pair of metal terminals disposed so as to face each other across a central axis of the pillar shaped honeycomb structure portion, each metal terminal being joined to a surface of the electrically conductive honeycomb structure via a welded portion so as to follow a surface shape of the electrically conductive honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Naoya Takase
  • Patent number: 11125131
    Abstract: A heat generation system including: a liquid storage tank; a heating element including: a reaction container having a storage space, and a porous body stored in the storage space, and loaded with an exothermic reaction solid that causes an exothermic reaction when being in contact with the liquid; a liquid injection mechanism member including: a liquid flow pipe that communicates between the liquid storage tank and the storage space of the reaction container, through which the liquid flows, and an injection unit that injects the liquid into the storage space; and discharge mechanism member including: a discharge pipe that communicates with the storage space of the reaction container, and a discharge unit that discharges a liquid product generated by the exothermic reaction caused by contact between the liquid and the exothermic reaction solid, and a vaporized material of the liquid, from the storage space through the discharge pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Miyairi, Shinichi Miwa
  • Patent number: 11105289
    Abstract: A method and control device for monitoring the function of a particulate filter in an exhaust gas duct of an internal combustion engine. A soot emission in the exhaust gas duct downstream from the particulate filter is determined with a particle sensor, an expected soot emission after a limit particulate filter at the location of the particle sensor is simulated and a comparison value is ascertained. A good particulate filter is found if the measured soot emission is less than the comparison value of the simulated soot emission. A defective particulate filter is found if the measured soot emission is higher than the comparison value of the simulated soot emission. The simulated soot emission is determined as being a simulated soot particle concentration at the installation site of the particle sensor such that a basic soot concentration in a soot concentration model is corrected at least with an oxygen correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Patrik Herberger
  • Patent number: 11078820
    Abstract: A method for producing a honeycomb structure having at least one at least partially structured metal foil, such that, in subregions of the honeycomb structure, a portion of the at least one metal foil is arranged spaced apart from an adjacently arranged portion of the at least one metal foil so as to be electrically insulated by an air gap therebetween, includes: providing the at least one metal foil; providing a forming plate having a bearing surface and having at least one first web structure extending from the bearing surface in an axial direction, the first web structure extending in a plane parallel to the bearing surface and defining the air gap to be produced in the honeycomb structure; and arranging the at least one metal foil on the bearing surface in the first web structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: VITESCO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Alf Niedmann, Emmanuel Kraus, Alexander Möseler, Ferdi Kurth, Harald Kraus
  • Patent number: 11073095
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving efficiency of an exhaust gas after treatment system of a vehicle. In one example, a first group of engine cylinders is operated with a rich air-fuel ratio continuously while a second group of engine cylinders is operated with a lean air-fuel ratio continuously. The rich and lean exhaust gases from the two groups of engine cylinders may be oxidized within an exhaust gas after treatment system to improve catalyst efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond Martin, John Eric Rollinger, Benjamin M. Rocci
  • Patent number: 11028759
    Abstract: A heater system for an exhaust system is provided. The heater system includes a heater disposed in an exhaust conduit. The heater includes a plurality of heating elements disposed in the exhaust conduit. A heating control module controls the plurality of heating elements differently according to operating conditions specific to each heating element. In other forms, the heater system for an exhaust system has a plurality of heating zones, instead of a plurality of heating elements. The heating control module controls the plurality of heating zones differently according to operating conditions specific to each heating zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark D. Everly, James Pradun, Sanhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11002172
    Abstract: A exhaust-gas heat management system includes a catalytic converter in the exhaust-gas train of an internal-combustion engine, a cover enclosing the catalytic converter, and thereby realizing a cavity for holding a latent-heat storage PCM, at least two fluid connections between the cavity and the collecting vessel, and a pump device for activating and deactivating a PCM circuit between the cavity and the collecting vessel by means of the fluid connections. A method comprises determining an operating state of the internal combustion engine, determining the catalytic converter temperature, determining the PCM temperature, activating the PCM circuit if the PCM temperature is above a phase transition temperature of the PCM, and the internal combustion engine is in a switched-on operating state or the internal combustion engine is in a switched-off operating state and the catalytic converter temperature is below a light-off temperature of the catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Martin Wirth, Lars Kaufmann, Mehmet Toeremis, Daniel Benjamin Kok
  • Patent number: 10914212
    Abstract: A method is provided for powering a 48V electrically heated catalyst of a catalytic converter of a vehicle without using a 48V battery. The method provides a 12V battery. An electrical energy storage device is electrically connected between the electrically heated catalyst and the 12V battery. The electrical energy storage device is charged by the 12V battery so as to store a voltage of 12V that can then be switched to 48V. The electrically heated catalyst is powered with 48V supplied by the charged electrical energy storage device. A system for performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies USA, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Bargman, Brian J. McKay, Abhid Akram Abubeckar Mohamed Sahul
  • Patent number: 10836277
    Abstract: A system for supplying heat to an exhaust gas after-treatment system of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is provided. The system includes a heat transfer device that transfers heat generated by at least one component of an electric system of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to the exhaust gas after-treatment system of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Schreiber, Ingmar Langer
  • Patent number: 10610699
    Abstract: This invention relates to a therapeutic device for treating a human or animal body, comprising an array of infrared-emitting elements in an attachment means for attaching to the body part to be treated, said infrared-emitting elements being in the form of sintered ceramic plates and made from a mixture of infrared-emitting oxides having specific spectral luminance covering at least a part of the 3-7 micrometer wavelength spectrum and having a peak wavelength between 3 and 7 micrometers, that provides an effective means to healing the body. A locally administrable heating means may be used for escalated healing effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Aldi Far-IR Products, Incorporated
    Inventor: Albert Chin-Tang Wey
  • Patent number: 10570794
    Abstract: An electrically heated catalyst device that can uniformly heat a catalyst via comb-shaped electrodes even when current is repeatedly made to flow through the electrodes. The device includes a carrier having a metal catalyst supported thereon, a pair of comb-shaped electrodes each having wire portions, a base layer between each comb-shaped electrode and the carrier, and a fixation layer for fixing each wire portion on the base layer. The fixation layer is rectangular in shape when the outer peripheral surface of the carrier is seen from a direction orthogonal to the central axis of the carrier along the longitudinal direction of the device. A pair of opposite first sides of the fixation layer are parallel with the extending direction of each wire portion on opposite sides thereof, and a pair of second sides coupling opposite ends of the first sides are orthogonal to the extending direction of each wire portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rentaro Mori, Takeo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10443476
    Abstract: A catalyst device includes a catalyst support, a tubular portion, which accommodates the catalyst support, a holding mat, which holds the catalyst support, an insulator provided over the outer circumferential surface of the tubular portion, and a heat insulating member arranged between the insulator and the tubular portion. The region of the outer circumferential surface of the tubular portion between the upstream end and the downstream end in the exhaust gas flowing direction is divided into two subregions arranged in a direction of the axis of the tubular portion. Of the two subregions, the subregion on the upstream side is defined as an upstream subregion, and the subregion on the downstream side is defined as a downstream subregion. The area that is covered with the heat insulating member in the downstream subregion is smaller than the area that is covered with the heat insulating member in the upstream subregion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Shioda
  • Patent number: 10428727
    Abstract: A system for increasing temperature in an exhaust aftertreatment system upstream of an exhaust aftertreatment device, such as a selective catalyst reduction (SCR) device, is provided. In one form, the system includes a component within an exhaust stream being exposed to exhaust flow and temperatures of at least 200° C. At least one surface of the component includes an adhered ceramic coating that functions as a catalyst to accelerate heating of the exhaust flow. In another form, a secondary catalyst is adhered to the ceramic coating. The component may be a part or parts of a turbocharger, such as nozzles, vanes, runners, and blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Deren Wang, Harold Huimin Sun, Xin Liu, Douglas Allen Dobson
  • Patent number: 10287955
    Abstract: A module for the metered provision of a liquid includes a chamber having a chamber wall enclosing, at least partially, a chamber space of the chamber. The chamber is surrounded at least partially by a hood. At least one cavity is arranged between the hood and the separated chamber and the hood is heatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Hodgson, Georges Maguin, Philippe Mertes, Michael Metral, Sven Schepers, Christian Vorsmann
  • Patent number: 10273906
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling exhaust catalyst temperature during an engine cold-start by water injection. In one example, a method may include during the engine cold-start, injecting water into an intake of an engine based on the exhaust catalyst temperature and accumulating water molecules within an exhaust catalyst to generate heat within the exhaust catalyst. In this way, by generating and storing heat within the exhaust catalyst, the exhaust catalyst may be heated up rapidly, thus reducing catalyst light-off time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Daniel A. Makled, David John Kubinski, Richard E. Soltis
  • Patent number: 10180094
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine, wherein a chemical thermal storage device is provided with a first heater including a first element generating heat when chemically adsorbing a reaction medium supplied from a storage part through a first connection pipe and desorbing the reaction medium if heated by the heat of exhaust in a state chemically adsorbing the reaction medium and a second heater including a second element generating heat when chemically adsorbing a reaction medium supplied from a storage part through a second connection pipe and desorbing the reaction medium if heated by the heat of exhaust in a state chemically adsorbing the reaction medium and wherein the control device controls the opening degrees of the first valve and the second valve so that the reaction medium supplied to the second heater is preferentially recovered at the storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 9765670
    Abstract: An engine exhaust system comprising an exhaust pipe routing an exhaust flow through a bend, and being in fluid communication with a catalyst downstream of the bend. An injector mounted to the exterior of the exhaust pipe, the injector with a tip disposed within the exhaust pipe at the bend, for injecting liquid reductant into the exhaust pipe. A shield member mounted in the exhaust pipe, the shield member comprising a generally tubular or frustoconical structure having a proximal and a distal end, the proximal end being disposed such that the injection tip is inside the shield member, the distal end being disposed towards a centerline of the exhaust pipe. A vane mounted in relation to the shield member, the vane being arranged to direct a proportion of exhaust flow from upstream of the bend in a substantially arcuate path into the proximal end of the shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Liebherr Machines Bulle SA
    Inventors: Duncan J Arrowsmith, Diego Simón Davila, Brian G Bates, Nicolas Belle, Nicolas Talavera, Regis Vonarb
  • Patent number: 9677449
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for controlling the temperature of an exhaust reductant used within an exhaust treatment system of a work vehicle may generally include a tank having a plurality of walls defining an enclosed volume for containing the exhaust reductant. The tank may also include a threaded port defined through a first wall of the plurality of walls. The system may also include an electric heating device having a mounting portion and a heating element. The mounting portion may be configured to be screwed into the threaded port to couple to the electric heating device to the tank. In addition, the system may include a controller communicatively coupled to the electric heating device that is configured to control the operation of the electric heating device based on a temperature associated with the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: William Adamson, Eran Salzman
  • Patent number: 9493153
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, an electrically heated catalyst configured to purify exhaust gas of the engine, and a controller configured to control energizing power to the electrically heated catalyst. The controller is configured to determine the energizing power based on a vehicle speed of the vehicle and an acceleration of the vehicle, when energizing the electrically heated catalyst before the engine is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keita Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9488084
    Abstract: A device for the treatment of exhaust gases includes at least a first honeycomb body through which the exhaust gas can flow and a second honeycomb body through which the exhaust gas can flow. The first honeycomb body and the second honeycomb body are disposed in series in an exhaust line and a first cross-sectional area of the first honeycomb body is smaller than a second cross-sectional area of the second honeycomb body. The first honeycomb body is disposed eccentrically in the exhaust line. One of the honeycomb bodies, which is electrically heatable, can be connected to a multiplicity of supporting honeycomb bodies for easy installation in a multiplicity of different vehicle models. A motor vehicle having the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Thomas Nagel, Ferdi Kurth
  • Patent number: 9416703
    Abstract: A mixer configuration for mixing an additive with an exhaust gas stream includes at least one overflow surface which is disposed in a mixing section of an exhaust pipe. The exhaust pipe has a cross section and a main flow direction of the exhaust gas stream. The at least one overflow surface is disposed centrally in the mixing section, is directed along the main flow direction of the exhaust gas stream and has a multiplicity of closed depressions. The mixer configuration permits an excellent mixture of the exhaust gas stream with an additive, without generating a high flow resistance in the process. A motor vehicle having a mixer configuration is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Thomas Nagel, Peter Alberti
  • Patent number: 9303388
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes an engine, an exhaust gas purification apparatus, a reducing agent tank, an engine coolant circuit, a branch path, a valve, an accepting portion, and a valve control unit. The exhaust gas purification apparatus purifies a nitrogen oxide in an exhaust gas. The reducing agent tank stores a reducing agent to be supplied to the exhaust gas purification apparatus. The engine coolant circuit includes a water pump for circulating a engine coolant through a circulation path as the engine is driven. The branch path is provided for heat exchange between the engine coolant and the reducing agent in the reducing agent tank. The valve controls supply of the engine coolant into the branch path. The accepting portion accepts an operation instruction from an operator. The valve control unit gives an instruction for an opening operation of the valve in response to the operation instruction from the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Mori, Kazuyoshi Morimoto, Hiroshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9222387
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for an internal combustion engine provided with an electrically heated catalyst which heats a catalyst having an ability to purify an exhaust gas by heat from a heat generation element which generates heat by the supply of electric power, provision is made for a decision unit that decides a restraint amount for energy inputted to the electrically heated catalyst through the exhaust gas so that a heat generation element internal temperature difference, which is a difference in temperature between predetermined portions in the heat generation element of the electrically heated catalyst at the time of cold starting of the internal combustion engine, falls within a predetermined temperature range; and a control unit that controls an operating state of the internal combustion engine according to the restraint amount for the input energy decided by the decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noriaki Kumagai, Mamoru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9181833
    Abstract: Electricity is suppressed from flowing to a case of an electrically heated catalyst. In the electrically heated catalyst which is provided with a heat generation element adapted to be electrically energized to generate heat, the case in which the heat generation element is received, an inner pipe arranged between the heat generation element and the case for insulating electricity, an inner mat arranged between the heat generation element and the inner pipe, and an outer mat arranged between the inner pipe and the case, the inner pipe includes a tubular portion that is arranged in the surrounding of the heat generation element and is formed in parallel to a central axis of the heat generation element, and a downstream side inclination portion that is arranged at the downstream side of the tubular portion, with an inside diameter thereof becoming smaller in a direction toward a downstream side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mamoru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9140171
    Abstract: A flange component part (1) for a component of an exhaust gas system for an internal combustion engine, in particular of a vehicle, has a flange (2), which extends in a flange plane (4) and has a pipe section (3), which projects away from the flange (2) at a longitudinal center axis (5), which is perpendicular to the flange plane (4). A cost-efficient producibility results when the flange component (1) is a sheet metal mold, which is produced from a single metal sheet (6) by means of metal forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Eberspächer Exhaust Technology GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Schmitt, Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9121322
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to suppress a decrease in insulation resistance between electrodes and a case in an electrically heated catalyst (EHC). The EHC according to the present invention is provided with a heat generation element that is electrically energized to generate heat thereby to heat a catalyst, a case that receives a heat generation element therein, an insulating member that is arranged between the heat generation element and the case for insulating electricity, electrodes that are connected to the heat generation element through an electrode chamber which is a space located between an inner wall surface of the case and an outer peripheral surface of the heat generation element, and a communication passage that makes communication between a portion of an exhaust system of the internal combustion engine, which is other than a portion thereof in which the electrically heated catalyst is arranged, and the electrode chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Mamoru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9062580
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exhaust gas system (10) for an internal combustion engine (12), having an exhaust gas path which includes at least in sections two parallel exhaust gas lines (34, 36), namely a main line (34) and an auxiliary line (36), an adsorber (46) for reversible sorption of unburnt hydrocarbons (HC) and/or nitrogen oxides (NOx) being situated in the auxiliary line (36); having an adjusting means (48) for selectively guiding an exhaust gas flow into the main line (34) and/or into the auxiliary line (36) and having a main catalytic converter (44) situated downstream from the parallel exhaust gas lines (33, 36). An exhaust gas flow-conducting, gas-permeable element (58) is provided upstream from the adsorber (46), which separates the auxiliary line (36) from the remaining exhaust gas flow-conducting areas. In addition, the adsorber (46) may also be equipped with a particle filtering function and/or a catalytic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jörg-Dieter Baetge, Alf Degen, Markus Paulovsky, Valeri Seiler, Peter Männel
  • Patent number: 9057311
    Abstract: A metal honeycomb structure includes planar and corrugated sheets brazed together at first and second joining portions made of brazing materials applied to the corrugated sheet. The first and second joining portions are located proximate exhaust inlet and outlet of the honeycomb structure. The honeycomb further includes a joining strip joined to a metal outer tube. The joining strip is made of a brazing material applied to an inner wall of the metal outer tube. The second joining portion overlaps the joining strip and has a brazing length larger than a brazing length of the first joining portion which does not overlap the joining strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., GOSHI GIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Horimura, Daiji Kawaguchi, Satoru Suwa, Katsuhiro Iwane, Takafumi Kozaiku
  • Patent number: 9049750
    Abstract: A honeycomb structure body is comprised of a honeycomb body, a pair of electrodes, a pair of electrode terminals and one or more slit sections. The honeycomb body is comprised of a cell formation section and an outer skin section. The outer skin section has a cylindrical shape and covers the cell formation section. The electrodes are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the outer skin section so that the electrodes face with to each other in a radial direction of the honeycomb structure body. Each electrode terminal is formed in an electrode terminal formation section on the corresponding electrode. One or more the slit sections are formed in at least one of an electrode terminal formation section and a circumferential outside section of the electrode terminal formation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikio Ishihara, Tomoo Kawase
  • Patent number: 9046024
    Abstract: The electricity is suppressed from flowing through a case (5) of an electric heating catalyst (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mamoru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9038376
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas recirculation device for an internal combustion engine, a method for controlling an exhaust-gas recirculation device, a drive for a motor vehicle having an exhaust-gas recirculation device, and a motor vehicle having a drive of said type are described. The exhaust-gas recirculation device comprises a turbine, and an exhaust-gas aftertreatment device. The exhaust-gas aftertreatment device has an inlet connected to an outlet of the turbine, and is configured to reduce a pollutant content in the exhaust-gas flow. An electric grid heater is arranged between the outlet of the turbine and the inlet of the exhaust-gas aftertreatment device and is configured to heat the exhaust-gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Petrovic, Christian Winge Vigild
  • Patent number: 9039981
    Abstract: A laminated body composed of a holding member and an inner cylinder is arranged between a heat generation element, which is electrically energized to generate heat, and a case which covers the heat generation element, and the inner cylinder has an upstream side end portion extended to a more upstream side than an upstream side end face of said heat generation element and an upstream side end face of said holding member to form an extension portion, which is formed with a protruding portion protruding to an inner side in a diametrical direction. A flow of an exhaust gas, which flows backwards after colliding with the heat generation element, will be obstructed by said protruding portion. As a result, the backflow exhaust gas stops flowing into a gap between the case and the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mamoru Yoshioka
  • Publication number: 20150135688
    Abstract: A heat storage device includes a reactor, arranged in an exhaust system, having a formed body chemically reacting with ammonia and generating heat, and an ammonia reservoir, connected to the reactor, for storing ammonia. The ammonia reservoir incorporates therein an absorbent physically absorbing ammonia. The ammonia reservoir has a heat-exchanging structure and is temperature controlled by heat exchange with an external heating medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Satoshi Hariu, Takafumi Yamasaki, Hidehito Kubo
  • Patent number: 9027332
    Abstract: An exhaust treatment system may include a burner, a flame sensor assembly and a control module. The flame sensor assembly may be at least partially disposed within the burner and may include an insulator and an electric heating element in heat transfer relation with the insulator. The control module may be in communication with the flame sensor assembly. The control module may determine whether a flame is present in a combustion chamber based on feedback from the flame sensor assembly. The control module may detect contamination on the insulator based on feedback from the flame sensor assembly. The control module may operate the heating element in a first mode in response to detection of a contamination in which the control module causes electrical power to be applied to the heating element to raise a temperature of the heating element to burn contamination off of the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Keith G. Olivier
  • Patent number: 9021793
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an internal combustion engine operatively disposed therein. The engine generates exhaust gases. The vehicle further includes an alternator operatively connected to the engine. The alternator produces DC power. An ultracapacitor is operatively connected to the alternator to receive electrical energy therefrom. The vehicle still further includes an exhaust gas treatment system operatively connected to the engine to receive exhaust gases therefrom. The exhaust gas treatment system includes an electrically heated catalyst (EHC) device electrically connected to the ultracapacitor to selectively heat a catalytic exhaust system component. The ultracapacitor stores energy converted by the alternator from vehicle kinetic energy and releases the stored energy to heat the EHC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chang H. Kim, Eugene V. Gonze, Chandra S. Namuduri, Kenneth J. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 9016045
    Abstract: An exhaust gas treatment system for an internal combustion engine is provided and includes an exhaust gas conduit, a generator, an electrically heated catalyst (“EHC”) device, and a control module. The exhaust gas conduit is in fluid communication with, and is configured to receive an exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine. The generator operates at a generator speed to produce electrical power. The EHC device is in fluid communication with the exhaust gas conduit. The EHC device includes a monolith structure that is divided into a plurality of segments that define discrete resistive paths. The resistive paths are selectively connected to the generator for receiving electrical power. The control module is in communication with the EHC device, the generator, and the internal combustion engine. The control module includes control logic for determining the generator speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eugene V. Gonze, Michael J. Paratore, Jr., Chang H. Kim, Charles E. Solbrig
  • Patent number: 9016051
    Abstract: A burner device placed upstream of an exhaust treatment device mounted in an exhaust pipe to raise a temperature of an exhaust gas, comprises a fuel supply valve for supplying fuel into the exhaust pipe, an igniter that ignites the fuel supplied from the fuel supply valve, and a burner catalyst held in the exhaust pipe through a support member. The support member is formed in a corrugated shape in cross section including outer arc-shaped portions in contact with the exhaust pipe, inner arc-shaped portions in contact with an outer peripheral member of the burner catalyst, and coupling portions for coupling the outer arc-shaped portions and the inner arc-shaped portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9010096
    Abstract: An exhaust treatment system including an exhaust passage in communication with an engine that produces an exhaust. An exhaust canister is coupled to the exhaust passage, and the exhaust canister supports a plurality of exhaust treatment components therein for treating the exhaust, wherein exhaust canister is removable from the exhaust passage, and the exhaust treatment components are removable from the exhaust canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Golin, Dan Owen, Tanay Muthay, Keith Olivier
  • Patent number: 8997470
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purifying device for an internal combustion engine, including: an electrically heated catalyst which has a catalyst carrier supporting a catalyst and a carrier retention unit which is provided on an outer periphery of the catalyst carrier, which retains the catalyst carrier, and which has an electrical insulation property; and a cooling unit which cools the carrier retention unit. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the temperature of the carrier retention unit from becoming high, and it becomes possible to appropriately ensure the insulation property of the electrically heated catalyst. Hence, it becomes possible to expand a condition range in which the current can be applied to the electrically heated catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mamoru Yoshioka, Noriaki Kumagai, Naoya Takagi
  • Patent number: 8997463
    Abstract: A reductant delivery unit for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment for vehicles includes a solenoid operated fluid injector associated with an exhaust gas flow path upstream of a SCR catalytic converter. The fluid injector has a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. The fluid inlet receiving a source of reducing agent and the fluid outlet communicating with the exhaust gas flow path so that the fluid injector controls injection of urea solution into the exhaust gas flow path. The fluid injector has an inlet tube for directing the reducing agent between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. A shield is fixed with respect to the fluid injector and surrounds at least portions of the fluid injector. A coil heater is integral with the fluid injector and is constructed and arranged, when energized, to inductively heat the inlet tube to thereby heat the reducing agent within the inlet tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Bugos, Michael J. Hornby, Perry Czimmek, Keith Shaw, Willem Nicolaas van Vuuren
  • Patent number: 8991161
    Abstract: A process which solves the problem of supplying NO2 in accordance with requirements by means of temperature control of the precatalyst which is decoupled from the operating state of the engine. In an associated apparatus, a precatalyst which contains at least one oxidation component and whose temperature can be controlled independently of the operating state of the engine and an active SCR stage comprising an SCR catalyst with upstream metering facility for a reducing agent from an external source are arranged in series. A particle filter can be arranged between precatalyst and metering facility. The precatalyst preferably additionally contains a nitrogen oxide storage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Umicore AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lothar Mussmann, Ingo Lappas, Andreas Geisselmann, Wilfried Mueller
  • Patent number: 8991158
    Abstract: A device for providing a reducing agent for an exhaust gas system includes a system heating unit for heating a reducing agent and at least one heat conduction element transmitting heat from the system heating unit to at least one of the following components: a tank, a delivery line, a filter, a pump, a valve or a sensor. A thermal heating method using a heat pipe and a motor vehicle having the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Rolf Brueck, Jan Hodgson, Sven Schepers
  • Patent number: 8984866
    Abstract: An exhaust gas post treatment system for an internal combustion engine, including an intake device for taking hydrocarbons into an exhaust gas pipe carrying the exhaust process gas from the internal combustion engine and a treatment device through which exhaust process gas flows downstream of the intake location and which increases the exhaust process gas temperature by oxidation of the hydrocarbons taken in. An exhaust gas post treatment system and a method for operating the same, in that the treatment device has catalytically coated components, the hydrocarbons are at least partly evaporated in the intake device and are modified chemically by cracking reactions and/or by partial oxidation, and the proportion of platinum, at least in a subregion of the catalytic coating of the components, is less than 50% of the overall mass of all the catalytically active substances in this sub region of the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Umicore AG & Co. KG, Deutz AG
    Inventors: Rolf Miebach, Stephan Schraml, Peter Broll, Andreas Geisselmann, Stefan De Buhr, Stéphanie Frantz, Anke Woerz, Frank-Walter Schuetze
  • Patent number: 8984864
    Abstract: An exhaust system for treating exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine is disclosed. The system comprises a three-way catalyst (TWC), a fuel reformer catalyst located downstream of the TWC, and a fuel supply means located upstream of the fuel reformer catalyst. The exhaust gas is split into two portions. The first portion of the exhaust gas bypasses the TWC and contacts the fuel reformer catalyst in the presence of fuel added from the fuel supply means, and is then recycled back to the engine intake. The second portion of the exhaust gas is contacted with the TWC and is then utilized to heat the fuel reformer catalyst before being expelled to atmosphere. The exhaust system allows for maximum heat exchange from the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Kirsty Ellen Cockle, Paul James Millington, Edward James Richard Moss, John Frederick Pignon
  • Publication number: 20150075138
    Abstract: A catalytic converter assembly has a ceramic substrate body with a plurality of cells for passage therethrough of exhaust gases. An emitter electrode for emitting free electrodes is mounted adjacent the substrate body for intercepting exhaust gas flowing at an upstream location of the catalytic converter. A collector electrode for collecting electrons is mounted adjacent the substrate body to intercept exhaust gas flowing at a downstream location of the catalytic converter. An energizing circuit is used to apply a high voltage between the emitter and collector to stimulate the generation of free electrons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Robin Crawford, John Douglas
  • Publication number: 20150075142
    Abstract: In a plug-in hybrid vehicle that includes an EHC, an ECU eliminates a sulfur poisoned state by supplying external electric power to the EHC when it is necessary to eliminate a state in which adhesion to a catalyst in the EHC degrades a function of the catalyst and external charging is being performed. On the other hand, when it is necessary to eliminate the sulfur poisoned state, the external charging is not being performed, and operation of an engine is permitted, the sulfur poisoned state is eliminated by operating the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Yuki Hamasaki
  • Publication number: 20150075137
    Abstract: A catalytic converter assembly has a substrate body with a plurality of cells for passage therethrough of exhaust gases. Metal is located at predetermined locations in the substrate body. An electromagnetic field generator is mounted adjacent the substrate for generating a varying electromagnetic field inductively to heat the metal and so heat the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Robin Crawford, John Douglas
  • Patent number: 8966883
    Abstract: Process for starting an SCR system intended for transporting urea from a tank to the exhaust gases of an engine using a feed line, this system comprising a rotary pump controlled by a controller and driven by a brushless direct current (BLDC) motor that comprises a rotor equipped with at least one permanent magnet and with a stator comprising at least 3 electromagnetic coils in which the direct current can flow according to a given sequence to make the rotor rotate, according to which, before starting the pump, a temperature is measured using a sensor and if this temperature is below a setpoint temperature, before making the rotor rotate, the current is passed through at least one of the coils in a way such that it preheats the pump without making the rotor rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Société)
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Gouriet, Jean-Claude Habumuremyi, Stephane Leonard, Volodia Naydenov
  • Patent number: 8959902
    Abstract: An exhaust aftertreatment system may include a first housing and a burner. The first housing may include first and second chambers. The first chamber may include an exhaust gas inlet receiving exhaust gas from an engine. The second chamber may receive exhaust gas from the first chamber and may include an exhaust gas outlet. The burner may include a second housing and a combustion chamber disposed within the second housing. The second housing may be at least partially disposed within the first chamber. The burner may supply heated gas to the second chamber. The heated gas within the burner may be fluidly isolated from exhaust gas in the first chamber. The second housing may be in a heat transfer relationship with exhaust gas in the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Keith G. Olivier, Nicholas Morley
  • Patent number: 8943814
    Abstract: A warm-up system for an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine includes an electronic control unit that performs warm-up control for warming up an exhaust system component upon start-up of the internal combustion engine and a failure diagnosis performing module of the electronic control unit that performs failure diagnosis for the exhaust system component after the completion of warm-up of the exhaust system component. If the internal combustion engine repeatedly stops before completion of the failure diagnosis for a predetermined period of time, then the electronic control unit changes the warm-up control performed upon start-up of the internal combustion engine to a control that raises the temperature of the exhaust system component more quickly than the warm-up control performed during the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Shibata, Toru Kidokoro, Hiroshi Sawada, Kazuya Takaoka