Having Condition Responsive Valve Controlling Engine Exhaust Flow Patents (Class 60/602)
  • Patent number: 10001089
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving boost pressure control by adjusting a variable compressor recirculation valve. In one example, a method may include adjusting a position of a continuously variable compressor recirculation valve based on amount of sludge accumulation on the valve. The amount of sludge accumulation may be estimated based on a difference between total intake flow downstream of a compressor recirculation passage outlet but upstream of the passage, and total engine flow entering engine cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 9982612
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing regeneration of an aftertreatment component using exhaust gas recirculation is described. According to various embodiments, an engine system comprises an engine, a turbocharger, a fluid control valve, and a lean NOx catalyst. The engine has a first set cylinders fluidly coupled to an intake manifold and a second set of cylinders having fluidly isolated from the intake manifold of the engine. The fluid control valve is disposed between the first exhaust outlet and the exhaust conduit and is structured to selectively fluidly couple the first exhaust outlet to the exhaust conduit. Also, the lean NOx catalyst has an inlet structured to receive exhaust gases from the exhaust conduit at a position downstream of the turbine outlet and the fluid control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel C. Geckler
  • Patent number: 9964028
    Abstract: A turbocharger system for a light or heavy duty vehicle, a maritime vehicle or a construction vehicle comprises a turbocharger device, an exhaust manifold conduit, a valve, a receptacle for compressed gas and a gas compressor for compressing gas. By opening the valve during a predetermined pulse duration time period, compressed gas may be provided from the receptacle to the exhaust manifold conduit for initial turbocharger compressor spin-up. The turbocharger system further comprises a cooling means configured to decrease temperature of compressed gas provided by the gas compressor, and a heating means configured to increase temperature of the gas pulse generated by opening of the valve. By decreasing the temperature of the compressed gas in the receptacle upstream of the valve and subsequently heating up the generated air pulse before being provided to the exhaust manifold conduit, the response time of the turbocharger device can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Goran Almkvist, Jonas Bjorkholtz, Stefan Brygard
  • Patent number: 9951698
    Abstract: A method of estimating a boost pressure of a turbocharger is disclosed. A throttle body temperature is estimated as a function of engine operating parameters. An intake air mass flow and an exhaust mass flow are estimated as a function of the throttle body temperature. A turbine inlet pressure and a turbine outlet pressure are estimated as a function of engine operating parameters. A turbine speed is estimated as a function of the intake air mass flow, exhaust mass flow and turbine inlet and outlet pressure. The boost pressure is estimated as a function of the turbine speed. Estimation of the maximum boost pressure of a turbocharged internal combustion engine is performed method cyclically as follows: estimating a throttle temperature, estimating an air mass flow and an exhaust mass flow, estimating a turbine inlet pressure and a turbine outlet pressure, estimating a turbine speed, and estimating the maximum boost pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Martin Suchy, Joerg Bernards, Alexander Klein
  • Patent number: 9951708
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control apparatus for an internal combustion engine (10) including a control target (60V, 52) that controls controlled variable (Pim, Regr). The control apparatus according to the invention is capable of selectively performing single control that is control for controlling the controlled variable to a target value thereof (Pimt, Regrt) without considering a change in the controlled variable that acts as a disturbance on the control of the controlled variable, and composite control that is control for controlling the controlled variable to the target value thereof in consideration of the change in the controlled variable that acts as the disturbance on the control of the controlled variable. The controlled variable is controlled to the target value thereof through the single control when an absolute value of a controlled variable change rate (Rpim, Rregr) is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value (Rpimth, Rregrth).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hayato Nakada
  • Patent number: 9938892
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes an exhaust manifold, a main exhaust passage, an auxiliary exhaust passage, a communicating passage, a first switching mechanism, and a second switching mechanism. The main exhaust passage is connected to the exhaust manifold. The auxiliary exhaust passage is connected to the main exhaust passage. The communicating passage connects with the main exhaust passage and the auxiliary exhaust passage. The first switching mechanism switches a communication state of the exhaust manifold among a first state, a second state, and a third state. The second switching mechanism switches a communication state of the communicating passage with the main exhaust passage among a fourth state, a fifth state, and a sixth state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 9932843
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure are directed to turbine assemblies for turbocharger systems. In some implementations, turbine housings include a body that defines an inlet for fluid communication with a fluid source, and a wall, the wall dividing the inlet into an inner inlet and an outer inlet, and a fluid guide assembly disposed within the housing, the fluid guide assembly including a plurality of vanes that demarcate an inner volute and an outer volute within the housing, the inner volute being in fluid communication with the inner inlet and the outer volute being in fluid communication with the outer inlet, each vane of the plurality of vanes being fixed at a respective angle relative to a radial direction, the plurality of vanes guiding fluid flow from the outer volute to the inner volute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham C. Narehood, Vahidin Alajbegovic, John P. Watson
  • Patent number: 9932884
    Abstract: A power system includes an engine including an exhaust line, a turbine in the exhaust line, a bypass line connected to the exhaust line upstream of the turbine and comprising a controllable bypass valve, and a controller arranged to control opening of the bypass valve to bypass the turbine when, for example, the engine is operated such that power is transmitted from the crankshaft to the turbine shaft, and/or at least one of an engine load, an engine speed, and an exhaust line pressure are below predetermined levels. A method of operating a power system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventor: Thomas Alan Horne
  • Patent number: 9926863
    Abstract: A method to control the wastegate valve wastegate in a turbocharged internal combustion engine suited to allow air to directly flow from the intake manifold to the exhaust manifold; the method providing for determining a control law which provides an objective opening of an actuator controlling the wastegate valve as a function of a contribution in the absence of air flow directly from the intake manifold to the exhaust manifold and a contribution as a function of the quantity of air directly flowing from the intake manifold to the exhaust manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Magneti Marelll S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Panciroli
  • Patent number: 9925974
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling hybrid vehicle engine operation, where the vehicle engine comprises one or more cylinders dedicated to recirculating exhaust to an intake manifold. In one example, during an engine cold-start event or other event where temperature of one or more exhaust catalysts are below a temperature needed for catalytic activity, fuel injection to the dedicated exhaust gas recirculation cylinder(s) is maintained shut off, while its intake and exhaust valves are maintained activated, thus enabling the dedicated exhaust gas recirculation cylinder(s) to route air to the intake manifold of the engine, resulting in exhaust gas lean of stoichiometry that may serve to heat the catalyst. In this way, during cold start events and other events where temperature of one or more exhaust catalysts are below a temperature for catalytic activity, combustion stability issues may be avoided, and exhaust catalyst(s) rapidly heated, thereby reducing undesired tailpipe emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 9926887
    Abstract: A fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is managed to determine if the fuel and oil mixture contains the correct ratio for a motor. The fuel tank containing a fuel and oil mixture is monitored. A fuel to oil ratio is selected for the motor. A combined viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture is calculated with respect to the fuel to oil ratio, and the temperature of the fuel and oil mixture. The combined viscosity is used to determine a predetermined range of the combined viscosity. The viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture within the fuel tank is measured as a measured viscosity. If the measured viscosity of the fuel and oil mixture does not correspond with the predetermined range, then a user may be alerted that the measured viscosity does not correspond with the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz, Jing Zhang
  • Patent number: 9915195
    Abstract: Exhaust gas from a first outlet port (5) of a cylinder (3) of a combustion engine (2) can flow through the first turbocharger (7), and exhaust gas from a second outlet port (6) of the cylinder (3) can flow through the second turbocharger (17). A first connecting duct (28) can supply the second turbine (19) with exhaust gas from the first turbine (9). The first connecting duct (28) is connected to a first bypass duct (29) that issues into a tailpipe line (32) downstream of the second turbine (19) to bypass the second turbine (19). The first bypass duct (29) has a second control valve (44) that can block the first bypass duct (29). The first connecting duct (28) has a first control valve (43) that can block the first connecting duct (28) to prevent exhaust gas from flowing through the first turbine (9) to the second turbine (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Werner Verdoorn
  • Patent number: 9909490
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for pressure control in a boosted engine system. A variable geometry turbine (VGT) geometry, and/or wastegate (WG), and/or an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve opening is adjusted at least based on a difference between the exhaust pressure and an intake pressure in order to reduce the difference between exhaust and intake manifold pressures, thereby reducing pumping work losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Hand, III, Thomas Alan Brewbaker, Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Brien Lloyd Fulton
  • Patent number: 9909454
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger (1) having a compressor (2) which has a compressor housing (3), a turbine (4) which has a turbine housing (5), a bearing housing (6) between the compressor housing (3) and the turbine housing (5), and a control capsule (7) which has a housing (8) on which is provided a retaining device (9) which interacts with a fastening device (10) on the turbocharger in order to fix the control capsule (6) to the compressor housing (3), the turbine housing (5) or the bearing housing (6). The retaining device (9) is arranged on an outer circumferential region (11) of the control capsule (7), and the fastening device (10) fixes the retaining device (9) in a non-positively locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Leif Heidingsfelder, Thomas Ramb, Thomas Fitting, Michael Stilgenbauer, Ralf Christmann
  • Patent number: 9903296
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device (26) for a turbocharger (17) for supplying compressed intake air to an internal combustion engine (1). The control device includes: a storage part (27) configured to pre-store a map (33); a detection part (28) configured to a characteristic parameter; a calculation part (29) configured to obtain an efficiency ? of the turbocharger on the basis of the detected characteristic parameter; a determination part (30) configured to determine presence of deterioration of the turbocharger by comparing the detected characteristic parameter and the obtained efficiency ? with the map (33); and an informing part (31) configured to inform a user of a maintenance request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9897106
    Abstract: A rotary machine support device is used for supporting a rotary machine including a hearing housing with a flange and a rotary shaft. The rotary machine support device includes a support portion which supports the rotary machine. The support portion includes: a mounting flange capable of contacting the flange; and arms, each arm including a holding portion which holds the mounting flange and the flange together while pressing the flanges contacting each other inward from outside in the radial direction thereof. The holding portion includes a pair of claw pieces. In addition, at least one of the mounting flange and a groove portion formed between the pair of claw pieces is formed in a tapered shape, and the tapered shape is formed so that the width thereof in the opposing direction of the flange and the mounting flange gradually decreases outward from inside in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Tezuka, Kenkichi Murata, Tatsuya Fukui, Masanori Okada, Fumiaki Ogino
  • Patent number: 9896994
    Abstract: Upon request for start-up of an engine, a control apparatus controls the opening/closing action of a waste gate valve in accordance with the temperature Te of the engine before cranking and, if the temperature Te of the engine is equal to or lower than a first set temperature Te1, sets the waste gate valve in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayatoshi Matsunaga, Yasuo Yamaguchi, Shinichi Murata
  • Patent number: 9890718
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine of this invention includes: a turbo-supercharger; an exhaust gas purifying catalyst disposed in an exhaust passage on the downstream side of a turbine; and a WGV capable of opening and closing an exhaust bypass passage that bypasses the turbine. At the time of a catalyst warm-up request, catalyst warm-up control that opens the WGV and retards the ignition timing is executed. If the sensitivity of control of an intake air amount by a throttle valve is high, the intake air amount is controlled using the throttle valve during execution of the catalyst warm-up control. If the control sensitivity is low, the intake air amount is controlled using the WGV during execution of the catalyst warm-up control. When the WGV degree of opening is controlled toward a closed side during execution of the intake air amount control using the WGV, a retard amount of the ignition timing is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Tsunooka
  • Patent number: 9884539
    Abstract: A transport refrigeration system (10) includes a refrigerant vapor compression transport unit (12) including a compressor (14). A drive unit is utilized to provide power to the compressor. The drive unit includes a diesel powered engine (32) and a diesel particulate filter in operable communication with the diesel powered engine to filter combustion particulates from an exhaust gas output from the diesel powered engine. An air control valve is in operable communication with the diesel powered engine to control a flow of air into an air inlet of the diesel powered engine, thereby controlling an exhaust gas temperature of the diesel engine to aid in regeneration of the diesel particulate filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: CARRIER CORPORATION, DINEX A/S
    Inventors: John T. Steele, Benjamin Edward Ferguson, Garrison S. Moseley, Daniel M. Maybury, Rasmus Sorensen
  • Patent number: 9879595
    Abstract: An exhaust control apparatus for an engine is provided. The apparatus includes a turbocharger, a high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) device, a low-pressure EGR device, and a flap controller. The turbocharger includes a turbine, a compressor, and movable flaps, and rotates the turbine by exhaust gas to drive the compressor so as to boost intake air. The high-pressure EGR device recirculates, within a first engine operating range, the exhaust gas from a position of an exhaust passage upstream of the turbine to a position of an intake passage downstream of the compressor. The low-pressure EGR device recirculates, within a second engine operating range, the exhaust gas from a position of the exhaust passage downstream of the turbine to a position of the intake passage upstream of the compressor. The flap controller controls flap openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kenjiro Konomi, Nobuo Yunoki, Kotaro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9869239
    Abstract: A wastegate valve is arranged in a communication passage that bypasses the exhaust turbine of a turbocharger arranged in the exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine. When the opening degree of the wastegate valve is controlled to the fully closed opening degree, a determination value is calculated based on the operation state of the internal combustion engine, and the turbo rotation speed is detected. When the turbo rotation speed is less than the determination value, a drive force is increased in the direction for closing the wastegate valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Saeki
  • Patent number: 9869238
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger (1), with: a turbine housing (2) which has a turbine housing inlet (8) and a turbine housing outlet (9) for exhaust gas, and which has a wastegate duct between the turbine housing inlet (8) and the turbine housing outlet (9), and a flap arrangement (10) comprising a pivotable flap lever (12), a flap plate (11), which is connected to the flap lever (12), for opening and closing the wastegate duct, and having a spring element (17) which is arranged between the flap lever (12) and a disc (18) fastened to the flap plate (11). The spring element (17) has an outer circumferential region (23) which is supported on a sliding contact surface (20), which is of curved form, of the flap lever (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stilgenbauer, Matthias Ruh, Gerald Schall
  • Patent number: 9856802
    Abstract: There is provided a controller, for a supercharger-equipped internal combustion engine, that can accurately estimate a supercharging pressure, without providing a pressure sensor for detecting the supercharging pressure. In a controller for a supercharger-equipped internal combustion engine, a correction value for correcting a supercharging pressure estimation value is changed so that an effective opening area estimation value, estimated based on a supercharging pressure estimation value and the like, approaches a preliminarily set effective opening area default value corresponding to a throttle opening degree detection value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Michihisa Yokono, Hideki Hagari
  • Patent number: 9856783
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger includes a turbine housing and a wastegate which is disposed in the turbine housing. The turbine housing is water-cooled. An electric wastegate actuator is an integrated constituent part of the turbine housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Bogner, Ralf Böning, Ralph-Maurice Kömpel, Marc Hiller, Roland Herfurth
  • Patent number: 9856785
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger (1) having a compressor (2) which has a compressor housing (3); having a turbine (4) which has a turbine housing (5); and having a charge-pressure regulating device (6). The charge-pressure regulating device (6) has at least two flap arrangements (7, 8) and two bypass duct openings (9, 10) assigned to the flap arrangements (7, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stilgenbauer, Mathias Weber, Rolf Sauerstein
  • Patent number: 9856784
    Abstract: An exhaust turbocharger has a wastegate valve and a thrust circulation valve, which can be actuated by a single, common actuator. The actuation of the thrust circulation valve is dependent on the positioning velocity of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Kronschnabl, Roland Herfurth, Christoph Sparrer
  • Patent number: 9822697
    Abstract: A method for controlling a turbine of an engine system to achieve a desired boost pressure is provided. The method determines a desired exhaust gas pressure based on the desired boost pressure by using a model for a power balance between the turbine and a compressor of the engine system. The method generates a base command for controlling a position of a vane of the turbine based on a ratio of the desired exhaust gas pressure to a measured turbine outlet pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ping Ge, Yue-Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 9816414
    Abstract: An adaptive valve assembly includes a pipe defining a passageway for conducting engine exhaust gases, a pivot shaft supported by the pipe, and a valve body coupled to the pivot shaft. The valve body is moveable between an open position where exhaust gas flow through the passageway is increased and a closed position where exhaust gas flow through the passageway is reduced. A resilient member biases the valve body toward the closed position. A retainer assembly includes at least one damping feature that engages the resilient member to dampen vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC
    Inventor: Kwin Abram
  • Patent number: 9810231
    Abstract: A turbocharger assembly can include a housing with a through bore and an axial face disposed in the through bore; a locating plate with a keyed opening attached to the housing; and a journal bearing disposed in the through bore where the journal bearing includes a keyed compressor end and an enlarged outer portion defined between two axial faces by an outer diameter and an axial length where the axial face disposed in the through bore of the housing, the locating plate, and the two axial faces of the journal bearing axially locate the journal bearing in the through bore and where the keyed opening of the locating plate and the keyed compressor end of the journal bearing azimuthally locate the journal bearing in the through bore. Various other examples of devices, assemblies, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Daguin, Joel Castan, Nicolas Vazeille, Dominique Armand, Steven Liu, Yong Jun Chen, Shinichi Adachi
  • Patent number: 9797302
    Abstract: An engine control system with a variable turbocharger may include an engine including a cylinder generating power by combustion of a fuel, a variable turbocharger including a turbine rotated by exhaust gas exhausted by the engine, and a compressor rotated in synchronization with the turbine and compressing external air and supplying the compressed air to the cylinder, a vane adjusting flow area of exhaust gas supplied to the turbine, and a controller dividing an operation region of a vehicle into a steady-speed driving region, an acceleration driving region, and a deceleration driving region from a fuel amount supplied to the cylinder and a required torque of the engine, and controlling opening of the vane and an injection timing of fuel injected into the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Buom-sik Shin
  • Patent number: 9784197
    Abstract: There is provided an internal combustion engine control apparatus having an exhaust gas recirculation amount estimation unit that learns the relationship between an exhaust gas recirculation valve opening area calculated by an exhaust gas recirculation valve opening area calculation unit and an opening degree of the exhaust gas recirculation valve and estimates an recirculation amount of exhaust gas utilized in controlling an internal combustion engine, based on the relationship between the exhaust gas recirculation valve opening area and the opening degree of the exhaust gas recirculation valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Makino, Hideki Hagari, Takuo Watanuki
  • Patent number: 9777653
    Abstract: Embodiments for controlling exhaust gas turbines are provided. In one embodiment, a method for controlling a turbocharger arrangement of an internal combustion engine, the turbocharger arrangement having at least a first exhaust-gas turbine and a second exhaust-gas turbine arranged downstream of the first, and an exhaust-gas aftertreatment system being arranged downstream of the second exhaust-gas turbine comprises, in a warm-up mode, controlling at least one exhaust-gas turbine so as to increase an inlet temperature of an exhaust-gas flow at the inlet into the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system. In this way, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system may be rapidly heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Simon Petrovic
  • Patent number: 9765686
    Abstract: In a valve drive apparatus, which drives a first valve and a second valve of a supercharger, a first rod is rotatably connected to a first valve lever shaft at one end part thereof to drive the first valve and is connected to a shaft at the other end part thereof, and a second rod is rotatably connected to a second valve lever shaft at one end part thereof to drive the second valve and is connected to a second member at the other end part thereof. A spring is placed between a first engaging part of the first member and a second engaging part of the second member and urges the first member and the second member to urge a first contact part of the first member and a second contact part of the second member toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Yamaguchi, Etsugo Yanagida, Tetsuji Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9759141
    Abstract: A first recirculation system includes a first adjuster to adjust the exhaust-gas flow rate in a first path connecting an upstream position of a turbine of a VG turbocharger to a downstream position of a compressor. A second recirculation system includes a second adjuster to adjust the exhaust-gas flow rate in a second path connecting a downstream position of the turbine to an upstream position of the compressor. A recirculation controller switches between a single use activating the first or second recirculation system and a combination use activating both systems by controlling the adjusters. A pressure controller executes feedback control of an intake-system pressure through adjusting the opening of vanes, and executes feedforward control without the feedback control during a predetermined period from the switching from the single use to the combination use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kuniki Kanayama, Satoshi Nakazawa, Koji Kondo
  • Patent number: 9759125
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine (20) has two exhaust valves (24, 25) for each combustion chamber, to permit separation of blow-down and expulsion phases of an exhaust stroke. The separate exhaust streams are directed to different geometries of an exhaust turbocharger (30), so as to make best use thereof. Variable exhaust valve timing, and bypass passage for the exhaust streams are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Alan Baker, James Turner
  • Patent number: 9752518
    Abstract: A method for the load-dependent opening and closing of a blow-off valve flap of an internal combustion engine with a turbocharger is provided, in which by at least one detector on an internal combustion engine inlet side, at least one air pressure value, one air mass flow value and/or an opening position of a valve of the suction pipe are detected and transmitted to a control device. By the control device from the received values a current load of the internal combustion engine is determined, and by the control device based on the determined current load of the internal combustion engine and/or of the turbocharger, control inputs for an actuator of the blow-off valve flap are generated and transmitted to the actuator. The blow-off valve flap is completely opened, partially opened, minimally opened or closed and held in the respective position by the actuator dependent on the current load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Landsmann, Baris Camurtay, Joerg Bernards
  • Patent number: 9746002
    Abstract: There is provided a turbocharger which can reduce whirl vibration. The turbocharger includes a shaft connecting a turbine and a compressor, a bearing housing having a bearing portion turnably supporting the shaft, and a sliding bearing interposed between the shaft and the bearing portion. The bearing portion is formed of an aluminum-based material, the shaft is formed of a steel material, and the sliding bearing is formed of a copper-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TAIHO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Takama, Satoru Kanbara, Keijiro Maki, Ryuji Naruse
  • Patent number: 9744980
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and systems are provided for enhancing engine operation through data-sharing among vehicles. In one embodiment, a method includes determining whether a first value of a first operating parameter produced by a first vehicle is corrupted or unavailable; receiving a second value of the first operating parameter produced by a second vehicle that is proximate to the first vehicle; adjusting the second value by a first adjustment factor, the first adjustment factor based on a first value of a global positioning system (GPS) position of the first vehicle produced by the first vehicle and a second value of a GPS position of the second vehicle produced by the second vehicle; and in response to determining that the first value is corrupted or unavailable, controlling operation of an engine of the first vehicle based on the adjusted second value of the first operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Luke Henry, Patricia Lacy
  • Patent number: 9745859
    Abstract: An object is to provide an axial flow turbine of radial-inflow type whereby it is possible to suppress a decrease in turbine efficiency due to tip leakage, and a turbocharger having the same. An axial flow turbine of radial-inflow type includes a housing having a scroll part for swirling working fluid flowing into the housing (40) along a circumferential direction of a rotation shaft and a bend part (52) for changing a flow direction of the working fluid flowing inwardly in the radial direction from the scroll part into a direction along the axial direction to direct the working fluid to turbine blades (30). The bend part includes a tip-side inner wall surface (60) of a bend shape at least in a region at an upstream side, in the axial direction, of a portion (36H) of a leading edge (36) of the turbine blades, the portion being adjacent to a hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Takata, Katsuyuki Osako
  • Patent number: 9732669
    Abstract: Various methods for compensating variation in the geometry and position of linkages and valve seats in wastegate assemblies are provided. In one example, a method of operating a wastegate in an internal combustion engine comprises, at engine startup, placing a wastegate valve at a seat, recording a position of the seat and associating the seat position with one or more operating parameters, and modifying a position of a wastegate actuator based on the seat position throughout engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yan Wang, Vladimir V. Kokotovic, Amey Y. Karnik, Eric Luehrsen, Gregory Patrick McConville
  • Patent number: 9726081
    Abstract: An exhaust-gas turbocharger having a compressor with a compressor wheel, a turbine with a turbine wheel, a shaft on which the compressor wheel and the turbine wheel are arranged, a control rod for actuating an adjustment apparatus of the exhaust-gas turbocharger, and an actuator for moving the control rod. A damping apparatus with an elastic element is fixedly connected to the control rod and projects in two opposite directions from the control rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Raduz Zahoransky, Ralf Christmann
  • Patent number: 9719414
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a waste gate module includes a support bracket connecting the waste gate module and a turbocharger housing, and a coupling protrusion formed on a face of the support bracket and that faces the waste gate module, where the coupling protrusion has an end coupled to the waste gate module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Dong Ho Chu, Do Geun Jung, Sung Kwan Bae
  • Patent number: 9708984
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulating method for a turbocharger (1) with a turbine (4) which has a variable turbine geometry (VTG) provided with adjustable guide blades (5), having the following method steps: a) closing the guide blades (5) of the variable turbine geometry (VTG), as a function of the present operating point of the internal combustion engine which is turbocharged by means of the turbocharged (1), to the maximum possible closing position of the guide blades (5) for said operating point, and b) regulating the charge pressure (P2) by adjusting the position of the guide blades (5) in a closed regulating loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Volker Mueller, Ralf Christmann, Gerd Spinner
  • Patent number: 9708988
    Abstract: A control device of an engine including an exhaust gas turbocharger having an exhaust driven turbine with a turbine wheel and a compressor wheel includes an electronic control unit configured to set a target output torque based on a required value of an output torque for the engine, regulate the output torque of the engine to the target output torque, and limit an increase of an actual output torque of the engine from a timing at which a rate of increase of the actual output torque exceeds a predetermined value, when the target output torque is larger by at least a predetermined amount than the actual output torque and the rate of increase of the actual output torque is equal to or smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Shimizu, Osamu Kanai
  • Patent number: 9702297
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for adjusting a turbine boost control actuator based on a single common reference value. In one example, a method for an engine includes adjusting a turbine boost control actuator to control an intake manifold pressure to a limit, the limit based at least in part on one or more of peak cylinder pressure, turbine speed, and a pressure difference across a turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Luke Michael Henry, James Robert Mischler, Samuel Lyle Hazen
  • Patent number: 9689295
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for exhaust gas heat recovery at an exhaust gas heat exchanger. Exhaust gas may flow in both directions through an exhaust bypass passage and the heat exchanger coupled to the bypass passage. Hot or cold EGR may be delivered from the exhaust passage to the engine intake manifold and heat from the exhaust gas may be recovered at the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James Uhrich, Daniel Joseph Styles
  • Patent number: 9682344
    Abstract: A fuel tank and a motor vehicle equipped to recapture, store and recycle atmospheric carbon dioxide is disclosed. In one embodiment, such a vehicle includes a fuel tank which stores carbon dioxide in a same area with the combustible fuel of the vehicle. The fuel tank may include one or more pistons, baffles, bladders, or fixed dividers to separate carbon dioxide storage from fuel storage within a fuel tank area. The fuel tank may share volumetric space between carbon dioxide and fuel within the fuel tank. The fuel tank may be integrally formed into a carbon fiber vehicle body. The fuel tank may be integrally formed into a frame of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen R. Hall
  • Patent number: 9677460
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a branch communication valve in a twin turbocharger system. A branch communication valve may be positioned adjacent to a dividing wall separating a first scroll and a second scroll of the twin turbocharger. In an open position, the branch communication valve increases fluid communication between the first scroll and the second scroll and in a closed position, the branch communication valve decreases fluid communication between the first scroll and the second scroll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Styles, Jack Adams, Keith Michael Plagens, Neal James Corey, David Born, Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9677482
    Abstract: A supercharging system includes an internal combustion engine, a supercharger, and an electronic control unit configured to compute an integrated value of the intake air amount during a predetermined period on the basis of a detected result of a first sensor. The predetermined period is a period from a start of an increase in the supercharging pressure to an end of the increase at the time when the intake air amount is increased in a state where no command to reduce the supercharging pressure by a supercharging pressure reduction mechanism is issued. The electronic control unit is configured to acquire a peak supercharging pressure from a detected result of a second sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to determine whether the supercharging system has an abnormality on the basis of the integrated value of the intake air amount and the peak supercharging pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Katayama, Takuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9677461
    Abstract: Embodiments for vacuum generation are provided. In one example, a method for an engine including a turbocharger having a compressor driven by a turbine comprises generating vacuum via exhaust flow through an ejector, and applying vacuum from the ejector to a wastegate actuator. In this way, vacuum produced via high-pressure exhaust resulting from boosted engine operation may be used to actuate the wastegate valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull