With Indicator Or Control Of Power Plant (e.g., Performance) Patents (Class 701/99)
  • Patent number: 11190903
    Abstract: A method for operating a telematics system that determines the current geographic position of a user device with respect to a static boundary separating a first zone and a second zone, determines at least one first parameter, determines a dynamic boundary separating the first zone and the second zone, based on the course of the static boundary, the current geographic position and the at least one first parameter, determines whether the current position of the user device is located in the first zone or the second zone based on the course of the dynamic boundary, and activates or deactivates one or more telematics services depending on the zone the user device is located in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Teodora Guenkova-Luy, Martin Clauss, Andreas Klimke, Oliver Abt
  • Patent number: 11144046
    Abstract: A fault signal recovery apparatus and method for collecting signals obtained in a plant and recovering normal signals from fault signals contained in the measured signals through a machine learning method includes receiving an input X including only normal signals for a plurality of tags, an input U including fault signals for a first group of tags among the plurality of tags and normal signals for a second group of tags, and an input S having information on the first group of tags including fault signals, and estimating and recovering normal signals for the first group of tags including fault signals based on feature information F, recovery model information P, and ensemble learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: DOOSAN HEAVY INDUSTRIES & CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jee Hun Park, Hyun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11136934
    Abstract: A misfire detection device for an internal combustion engine includes a storage device and processing circuitry. The storage device stores mapping data. The mapping data is data specifying a mapping that outputs a misfire variable using a rotation waveform variable as an input. The misfire variable is a variable related to a probability that a misfire has occurred in the internal combustion engine. The rotation waveform variable is a variable based on an instantaneous speed variable corresponding to each of discontinuous rotational angle intervals selected from multiple continuous rotational angle intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takumi Anzawa
  • Patent number: 11127231
    Abstract: A system and algorithm-based method of determining engine health and assuring available propulsion power based on historical data reflecting the individual engine's unique performance “fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Alan H. Steinert
  • Patent number: 11112783
    Abstract: An apparatus continually monitors predictive maintenance information and analyzes incoming measurements resulting in recommendations for improving setup information, such as machine information and measurement configurations. Smart sensors generate sensor signals corresponding to the parameters of a machine and a transducer converts the sensor signals into digital sensor data, which is stored into memory. An analyzer determines current operating characteristics of each machine and runs an improvement cycle in which it calculates new setup information. For example, the analyzer may calculate a new alert limit, which is a new measurement configuration that may be saved in the database as a new stored measurement configuration replacing an old measurement configuration. The analyzer may also calculate new machine information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Computational Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Hayzen, Christopher G. Hilemon
  • Patent number: 11094146
    Abstract: An electrical system for a vehicle may include a main power supply and a power supply controller electrically connected to the main power supply and configured to selectively electrically connect the main power supply to, and disconnect the main power supply from, a vehicle subsystem. The electrical system may also include a supervisor power supply controller configured to receive signals indicative of an operational status of the vehicle, and determine, based at least in part on the signals, expected signals associated with operation of a plurality of vehicle subsystems. The supervisor power supply controller may also receive signals associated with operation of a vehicle subsystem, and determine that the signals associated with operation of the vehicle subsystem are indicative of a fault. The supervisor power supply controller may cause the power supply controller associated with the vehicle subsystem to disconnect the vehicle subsystem from the main power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Mash
  • Patent number: 11055801
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to optimizing vehicle driver performance and route travel. Specifically, tracking an activity level, such as a number of steps of a fleet vehicle driver may enable a fleet management system to increase both an efficiency of a particular fleet vehicle driver and an overall efficiency of the entire fleet. As such, the present disclosure provides for the determination of inefficiencies in a fleet vehicle driver stop location, and optimizes the routes for each fleet vehicle in a fleet management system based on the tracked information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Champa, Kevin Haugh
  • Patent number: 11050269
    Abstract: A charge control device can include a plurality of control units that are mutually connected by a communication line and control charging of different batteries. The control units can each include a communication state acquisition unit that acquires a communication state of another control unit of the control units through the communication line. The control units can each include a detection unit that detects an abnormality of the other control unit based on the communication state of the other control unit acquired by the communication state acquisition unit. The control units can each include a suppression unit that suppresses an operation of the other control unit for which an abnormality is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Shiiyama, Ryo Oshima, Ryuichi Kimata
  • Patent number: 11047327
    Abstract: A misfire detection device for an internal combustion engine includes a storage device and processing circuitry. The storage device stores mapping data. The mapping data is data specifying a mapping that outputs a misfire variable using a rotation waveform variable as an input. The misfire variable is a variable related to a probability that a misfire has occurred in the internal combustion engine. The rotation waveform variable is a variable based on an instantaneous speed variable corresponding to each of discontinuous rotational angle intervals selected from multiple continuous rotational angle intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takumi Anzawa
  • Patent number: 10948076
    Abstract: A method for operating an electrically actuable feed pump in a hydraulic circuit, which draws in fluid from a fluid sump with a normal supplying of fluid. The fluid circulated in the hydraulic circuit can be returned back, and air is sucked in at least partially with an undersupply of fluid. The electric motor is integrated in a control circuit, which is provided with a control unit, which actuates the electric motor based on an actual rotational speed and a setpoint rotational speed with an actuation rotational speed. The evaluation unit compares the actual rotational speed to a reference rotational speed and in particular always with an identical current consumption. The evaluation unit then determines based on the comparison whether a fluid undersupply is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Stefan Ammler
  • Patent number: 10920626
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling an angular position of a camshaft relative to an angular position of a crankshaft includes detecting rotational movement of an electric motor output shaft controlling a camshaft phaser; detecting rotational movement of the crankshaft; determining the relative difference between the rotational movement of the electric motor output shaft and the rotational movement of the crankshaft; and determining whether the angular position of the camshaft relative to the angular position of the crankshaft is advancing, retarding, or remaining constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BORGWARNER, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Brown
  • Patent number: 10910103
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various examples of a surgical procedure analysis system for extracting an actual procedure duration that involves actual surgical tool-tissue interactions from a total procedure duration of a surgical procedure. In one aspect, the process for generating the haptic feedback signal includes the steps of: obtaining the total procedure duration of the surgical procedure; receiving a set of operating room (OR) data from a set of OR data sources collected during the surgical procedure; analyzing the set of OR data to detect a set of non-surgical events during the surgical procedure that do not involve surgical tool-tissue interactions; extracting a set of durations corresponding to the set of events; and determining the actual procedure duration by subtracting the combined set of durations corresponding to the set of events from the total procedure duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Jagadish Venkataraman, Pablo Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 10891623
    Abstract: A method for reporting vehicle fuel data includes operatively connecting an onboard computing device to a data bus of a vehicle. Using the onboard computing device, the method further includes continuously electronically monitoring and obtaining vehicle operation data. The vehicle operation data includes vehicle fuel consumption data, mileage data, and GPS location data. The vehicle operation data and driver identification data are electronically recorded and stored in a memory device of the onboard computing device. A fuel data log is electronically generated using the vehicle operation data continuously monitored, obtained and calculated from the data bus of the vehicle, and stored in the memory device of the onboard computing device. Using data processing software, the method further includes electronically generating a fuel data report incorporating portions of the fuel data log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Innovative Global Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Alan C. Lesesky
  • Patent number: 10876526
    Abstract: A method for operating a speed-controlled fluid pump includes: providing an electrical control current for the fluid pump; providing a maximum value for the electrical control current, which maximum value corresponds to a maximum permissible pressure at an outlet side of the fluid pump; providing a threshold value for the control current, the threshold value corresponding to a further maximum permissible pressure at the outlet side of the fluid pump and is predefined in dependence upon at least one boundary condition, the threshold value being less than the maximum value for the electrical control current; and controlling the fluid pump with not more than the threshold value for the control current, if it has been determined that the at least one boundary condition holds, so as to limit the pressure at the outlet side of the fluid pump to a value provided for the at least one boundary condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Graf, Heiko Jausel
  • Patent number: 10871081
    Abstract: The present application provides a method of evaluating valve creep damage in a turbine by a data acquisition system. The method may include the steps of receiving a number of operating parameters from a number of sensors including steam temperatures and steam pressures about the valve over time, generating a design material model for the valve, determining an indicator for consumed creep lifetime based on the steam temperature and steam pressures about the valve over time as compared to the design material model, and altering one or more of the operating parameters and/or initiating repair procedures based upon the consumed creep lifetime indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Reigl
  • Patent number: 10759545
    Abstract: A propulsion system for an aircraft includes at least one gas turbine engine, an electric auxiliary fan driving motor configured to selectively receive electric power input from one or more electric power sources, and at least one auxiliary propulsion fan configured to selectively receive a motive force from either or both of the at least one gas turbine engine and the electric auxiliary fan driving motor. The propulsion system also includes a controller configured to establish a plurality of takeoff thrust settings of the at least one gas turbine engine and the electric auxiliary fan driving motor such that a minimum total aircraft thrust required for takeoff of the aircraft is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frederick M. Schwarz, Zubair Ahmed Baig
  • Patent number: 10731582
    Abstract: A method, system, and engine are configured to determine a parameter based on rotational speeds of a crankshaft, over at least three cylinder combustion cycles. The method, system, and engine determine two or more estimated crankshaft rotational speeds at two or more positions in a leading cylinder combustion cycle, two or more estimated crankshaft rotational speeds at two or more positions in a middle cylinder combustion cycle, and two or more estimated crankshaft rotational speeds at two or more positions in a following cylinder combustion cycle. The method, system, and engine are configured to determine a calculated metric based on each of the determined leading estimated crankshaft rotational speeds, the determined middle estimated crankshaft rotational speeds, and the determined following estimated crankshaft rotational speeds. An engine parameter, such as misfire, is then determined based on the calculated metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J Kalweit, Julian R Verdejo, David S Mathews
  • Patent number: 10710592
    Abstract: A system and method for path planning of autonomous vehicles based on gradient are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: generating and scoring a first suggested trajectory for an autonomous vehicle; generating a trajectory gradient based on the first suggested trajectory; generating and scoring a second suggested trajectory for the autonomous vehicle, the second suggested trajectory being based on the first suggested trajectory and a human driving model; and outputting the second suggested trajectory if the score corresponding to the second suggested trajectory is within a score differential threshold relative to the score corresponding to the first suggested trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Wutu Lin, Xiaodi Hou
  • Patent number: 10627832
    Abstract: A graphical user interface allowing one or more users to rapidly perceive and respond to varying operational states. Glyphs depicting differing levels of detail are provided for a top-level manager versus a lower-level operator. As applied to the vehicle paradigm, each individual glyph presents information as to the vehicle's current assigned task, mode, state, status, and its progress in completing that task. Each display shows multiple glyphs representing multiple vehicles. A vehicle m need of attention rises in the depiction whereas a vehicle not needing attention remains in a low position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc.
    Inventors: Micael Vignati, Larry Bunch, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Matt Johnson
  • Patent number: 10611259
    Abstract: This application discusses various ways to adjust the performance of a variable input control in accordance with previous use data. In some embodiments, the previous use data can be associated with particular users of the variable input control. In this way, a response provided by the user input control can be adjusted to accommodate particular patterns of use on a user by user basis. In some embodiments, the variable input control can take the form of an accelerator pedal of a vehicle. Performance of the accelerator pedal can be adjusted by changing an amount of engine power provided for a particular accelerator pedal position. The adjustment can arrange commonly utilized power settings in the middle of the accelerator pedal range of motion to make manipulation of the accelerator pedal more comfortable and convenient for each user of the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 10562517
    Abstract: A method of controlling driving of a vehicle when battery charging is limited is provided. The method includes calculating a target wheel torque from a speed of the vehicle, calculating a target motor torque from a differential gear device of the vehicle, and calculating a discharge power of a hybrid starter generator when the target motor torque and a motor charging limitation torque are compared with each other and the target motor torque is greater than the motor charging limitation torque. A fuel injection of the vehicle is blocked and an engine clutch is disengaged when the discharge power of the hybrid starter generator and a discharging limitation power of the hybrid starter generator are compared with each other and the discharge power of the hybrid starter generator is less than the discharging limitation power of the hybrid starter generator. Additionally, an engine reference speed of the vehicle is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Dong Jun Shin
  • Patent number: 10521981
    Abstract: One example aspect of the present disclosure relates to a method for scheduling a vehicle wash. The method can include receiving, at one or more computing devices, data indicative of an actual performance efficiency factor, wherein the data is collected from one or more sensors. The method can include determining, at the one or more computing devices, an expected performance efficiency factor based on a model. The method can include performing, at the one or more computing devices, a comparison of the actual performance efficiency factor with the expected performance efficiency factor. The method can include scheduling, at the one or more computing devices, the vehicle wash based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Russell Bult, Mark Lawrence Darnell, David Michael Lax
  • Patent number: 10410514
    Abstract: A display controller is able to selectively perform a rearward normal display mode in which a first view-angle image is displayed in the display unit as an image of a first area of the rearward image and a rearward enlarged display mode in which a second view-angle image is displayed in the display unit as an image of a second area of the rearward image smaller than the first view-angle image in an enlarged manner. The display controller performs the rearward enlarged display mode when: an upward slope of a road on which an own car is traveling has increased; a vehicle speed of the own car has decreased after the upward slope of the road has increased; there is no preceding car that is closely lined up with the own car; and there is a following car that is not closely lined up with the own car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10369900
    Abstract: A DC charging circuit has a pair of switches and a battery pack with a maximum voltage capacity, and a power inverter module (PIM). The pair of switches connects/disconnects the battery pack to/from the PIM. An electric machine has phase windings sharing a motor neutral terminal. The phase windings are electrically connected to respective switching pair of the PIM. A switching module has one or two additional switches selectively connecting the PIM to the station, and a center switch selectively connecting the station to the motor neutral terminal. A controller executes a method that establishes a boost mode of the PIM when the maximum voltage capacity exceeds the maximum charging voltage. The boost mode is established by closing the pair of switches of the RESS, closing the center switch of the switching module and one of the additional switches, and opening the other additional switch if present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Brendan M. Conlon
  • Patent number: 10355746
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for transmitting first electromagnetic waves that propagate on a surface of a component of a transit system, and receiving second electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of the component of the transit system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10337945
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fuel leak in a fuel system of an aircraft having at least two engines, where both a first engine and a second engine are each assigned a tank device and each at least one sensor device connected to a control and evaluation device. By means of the at least one sensor device, values for the assigned engine are determined from a group of defined parameters. The control and evaluation device compares the values determined by the sensor devices, corresponding with one another, and detects a fuel leak of the fuel system when there is a divergence in the values of a parameter that exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventor: Markus Blumrich
  • Patent number: 10259686
    Abstract: Simplification of a device configuration and control is realized, which enables attraction and release by a magnet without using a battery. A magnet work machine includes a generator motor (8) driven by an engine (7); and an inverter (10) which controls a magnet (6) and the generator motor (8) such that the magnet (6) is energized by electric power from the generator motor (8) to attract metal scraps or the like, and during demagnetization for releasing metal scraps or the like, electric power applied to the magnet (6) is transmitted to the generator motor (8) as regenerative power so as to be consumed. The inverter (10) determines a torque of the generator motor (8) as a motor according to a voltage change of a main circuit based on a detected main circuit voltage so as to suppress the voltage change, and gives the torque as a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Natsuki Yumoto, Nobuhiro Koga, Hideki Yoshihara, Yoshitsugu Tamura, Yoshifumi Asai
  • Patent number: 10247161
    Abstract: Provided is a motor generator, which is always connected to an engine via a belt, and is configured to carry out start control of the engine and power generation control, the motor generator having a two-output power transmission mechanism including: a belt driving mechanism, which is configured to drive the engine through the belt; and a gear driving mechanism, which includes a pinion gear to be coupled to a ring gear on the engine side in accordance with an external instruction, and is configured to drive the engine by the pinion gear being coupled to the ring gear, in which an output of the belt driving mechanism and an output of the gear driving mechanism are arranged at positions opposing each other in an axial direction of a rotor of the motor generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Mizuno, Hiroaki Kitano, Koichiro Kamei, Kensuke Kato, Kazuhiro Odahara, Naohito Kaneda
  • Patent number: 10241007
    Abstract: A system and method for the calculation of a fuel lacquer index using environmental monitoring is disclosed. The system and method may comprise: capturing a fuel temperature data; determining a fuel quality rating; calculating a volumetric fuel flow; calculating a fuel filter differential pressure; and calculating a fuel lacquer index. The fuel lacquer index may be calculated as a percentage value based upon the fuel temperature data, the fuel quality rating, the volumetric fuel flow, and the fuel filter differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo Martucci, William Donat, Amy Grace, Eric Hettler, Kevin McCormick, Kevin Gibbons, Haralambos Cordatos, Christopher Mazella
  • Patent number: 10173550
    Abstract: This application discusses various ways to adjust the performance of a variable input control in accordance with previous use data. In some embodiments, the previous use data can be associated with particular users of the variable input control. In this way, a response provided by the user input control can be adjusted to accommodate particular patterns of use on a user by user basis. In some embodiments, the variable input control can take the form of an accelerator pedal of a vehicle. Performance of the accelerator pedal can be adjusted by changing an amount of engine power provided for a particular accelerator pedal position. The adjustment can arrange commonly utilized power settings in the middle of the accelerator pedal range of motion to make manipulation of the accelerator pedal more comfortable and convenient for each user of the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 10166973
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a shifting control method for a hybrid vehicle. The shifting control method includes: detecting operating parameters of the hybrid vehicle, where the operating parameters of the hybrid vehicle includes vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration as reflected from an accelerator-pedal signal and a current gear of the hybrid vehicle; determining a work mode of the hybrid vehicle; performing speed adjustment and shifting control to the first motor-generator according to a work mode and the operating parameters of the hybrid vehicle to implement shifting control of the hybrid vehicle, where the work mode includes an electric-vehicle mode and a hybrid-electric-vehicle mode. The method considers performing speed adjustment and shifting control under various working conditions. This improves smoothness and comfort of the vehicle and enlarges the use scope. The present disclosure further discloses a power transmission system of a hybrid vehicle and a hybrid vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Dongsheng Yang, Yubo Lian, Jintao Zhang, Hongbin Luo
  • Patent number: 10161315
    Abstract: An operation plan preparation and evaluation device including a storage unit for storing master data related to equipment and a component, transaction data related to the equipment and the component generated when an operation plan is prepared, and an initial parameter used when the operation plan is prepared, and a control unit for preparing the operation plan based on the master data, the transaction data, and the initial parameter, in which the control unit performs a factor setting process of assigning a predetermined set value as the initial parameter, an operation plan preparation process of preparing the operation plan based on the initial parameter serving as the set value, the master data, and the transaction data, and an operation plan evaluation process of evaluating a plurality of respective operation plans prepared by repeatedly performing the operation plan preparation process while varying the initial parameter, and deriving an optimum operation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Kitagawa, Manabu Kasano, Aki Nakayama, Akihiko Yamada
  • Patent number: 10118711
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to a method of controlling the thrust of the jets of a multi-jet aircraft, during the aircraft takeoff phase, which successively comprises a first step of controlling the jets to a first thrust level, until the aircraft reaches a first predetermined speed, and a second step of controlling the jets to a second thrust level, less than the first thrust level, when the aircraft exhibits a speed greater than the first predetermined speed, the first predetermined speed being less than the minimum ground control speed of the aircraft when the jets are at the second thrust level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.), Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Cédric Consola, Olivier Blusson, Jean-Philippe Sabathier
  • Patent number: 10059324
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle including a front motor for driving front wheels, a rear motor for driving rear wheels, and a step-up converter for stepping-up the voltage from a battery and supplying power to the front motor, in which an engine is started to shift the vehicle from an EV mode into a series mode when the output power of the step-up converter is lower than the required power of the front motor, the hybrid vehicle includes a hybrid control unit which computes maximum output power of the step-up converter and, when the output power of the step-up converter is more than the maximum output power, increases the distribution ratio of the travel driving torque of the rear wheel, thereby increasing the output torque of the rear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryo Shimizu, Norihiko Ikoma, Makoto Kamachi, Hironori Abe, Naoki Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10060377
    Abstract: A method for determining an imbalance of at least one cylinder in an arrangement of at least two cylinders in a system is provided, which includes an internal combustion engine, the imbalance of the at least one cylinder being present in relation to at least one property of an exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine and the determination of the imbalance of the at least one cylinder occurring with a sensor device for detecting at least one property of the exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine. A diagnostic threshold is ascertained through a dynamic characterization of the system with the sensor device, the dynamic characterization taking place after an excitation of the system. The diagnostic threshold makes it possible to delimit a range of potential erroneous detections which are caused due to a dispersion of an evaluating signal resulting from the imbalance of the at least one cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Winkler, Henrico Runge, Benjamin Sillmann, Hartwig Lehle, Eduard Weiss
  • Patent number: 10017268
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a first freewheel interposed between a first drive shaft of a first engine and a rotor. The state of operation of said first freewheel is correct if the first inlet speed of rotation of the first drive shaft lies in a second range of values corresponding to the current stage of operation while the outlet speed of rotation of the rotor lies in a first range of values corresponding to the current stage of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Julien Fraenzel
  • Patent number: 9950640
    Abstract: This application discusses various ways to adjust the performance of a variable input control in accordance with previous use data. In some embodiments, the previous use data can be associated with particular users of the variable input control. In this way, a response provided by the user input control can be adjusted to accommodate particular patterns of use on a user by user basis. In some embodiments, the variable input control can take the form of an accelerator pedal of a vehicle. Performance of the accelerator pedal can be adjusted by changing an amount of engine power provided for a particular accelerator pedal position. The adjustment can arrange commonly utilized power settings in the middle of the accelerator pedal range of motion to make manipulation of the accelerator pedal more comfortable and convenient for each user of the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 9873421
    Abstract: A powertrain assembly includes a transmission, an engine, first and second motor/generators and a controller. The controller includes a processor and memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method for controlling engine pulse torque cancellation commands. The controller is programmed to determine an engine pulse torque (TP). The controller is programmed to calculate a first motor torque pulse command (TA) for the first motor/generator as a product of a first gear factor (G1), the engine pulse torque (TP) and a first ratio (IA/IE) of a predetermined first moment of inertia (IA) for the first motor/generator and a predetermined engine moment of inertia (IE). Similarly, the controller is programmed to calculate a second motor torque pulse command (TB) for the second motor/generator. The controller is programmed to control the first and second motor/generators in response to the first and second motor torque pulse commands, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shaochun Ye, Michael D. Potts
  • Patent number: 9827999
    Abstract: This application discusses various ways to adjust the performance of a variable input control in accordance with previous use data. In some embodiments, the previous use data can be associated with particular users of the variable input control. In this way, a response provided by the user input control can be adjusted to accommodate particular patterns of use on a user by user basis. In some embodiments, the variable input control can take the form of an accelerator pedal of a vehicle. Performance of the accelerator pedal can be adjusted by changing an amount of engine power provided for a particular accelerator pedal position. The adjustment can arrange commonly utilized power settings in the middle of the accelerator pedal range of motion to make manipulation of the accelerator pedal more comfortable and convenient for each user of the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 9777649
    Abstract: In an alcohol concentration estimation apparatus for an engine, a first crank angular speed (?1) within a first predetermined interval overlapping with the compression top dead center is calculated, and a first variation amount (??1) is calculated by subtracting ?1 from an average engine speed. A second crank angular speed (?2) within a second predetermined interval overlapping with the combustion bottom dead center is calculated, and a second variation amount (??2) is calculated by subtracting ?1 from ?2. In a relationship between air fuel ratio A/F and an indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP)/charging efficiency (?c) of the engine when the engine is operated with a predetermined fuel injection map indicating a relationship between A/F and IMEP/?c for each desired alcohol concentration, IMEP/?c is substituted by ??2/??1 ratio to estimate an alcohol concentration in fuel. The alcohol concentration estimation apparatus eliminates requirement of sensors for detecting an intake air mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nishida, Kazuto Fukuzawa, Tetsuya Kaneko, Kenjiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9688248
    Abstract: A security arrangement for a motor vehicle having a vehicle management system and an on board diagnostics port to permit the external interrogation of the management system. The security arrangement includes a blocker having an electrical line, a switch and a controller to control the position of the switch, the switch having a closed position in which the electrical line is complete and an open position in which the electrical line is incomplete. The controller has a record of an identifier and is configured to close the switch when the identifier is communicated to the controller. The identifier can be communicated to the controller by way of data-input means or by a removable adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory Chambers, Paul Jonathan Maisey, Karl Eaton
  • Patent number: 9676383
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a remaining capacity detecting module that detects a remaining capacity of a secondary battery which supplies an electric power to the drive motor, and a cruise mode switching module that switches a cruise mode from the first cruise mode to the second cruise mode on the basis of the remaining capacity, and switches the cruise mode from the second cruise mode to the first cruise mode on the basis of an external charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mamoru Akita, Jun Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9669819
    Abstract: In a state of reverse driving with load operation of an engine, an upper limit torque Temax of the engine is set to cause a total torque of a torque demand Tr* and a cancellation torque for cancelling a torque applied to a driveshaft accompanied with load operation of the engine to be output from a second motor to the driveshaft. A product of the upper limit torque Temax of the engine and an upper limit rotation speed Nemax of the engine is set to an upper limit power Pemax. A target power Pe* of the engine is then set in a range of not greater than the upper limit power Pemax. The engine, a first motor and the second motor are then controlled such as to cause the target power Pe* to be output from the engine and such as to output the torque demand Tr* to the driveshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuki Saito, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Shoichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9657676
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for calibrating powertrain output in a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method for a vehicle comprises displaying a multi-parameter powertrain calibration map on a display device, and, responsive to user input, selectively adjusting the displayed calibration map along at least one parameter and not adjusting the calibration map past one or more predetermined thresholds. In this way, a vehicle powertrain system may be optimized according to a user's needs and/or preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Melville Glauber, Robert Wilkinson, Jared Schimke, Scott Patrick Ries, Shawn Adam Holland
  • Patent number: 9640079
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an interim route that facilitates navigating a vehicle to an intended destination. One exemplary method facilitating an aircraft landing at an intended destination involves obtaining a current position of the aircraft, obtaining one or more time constraints for the intended destination, determining an interim route from the current aircraft position to the intended destination that veers towards a conditional diversion destination based at least in part on the one or more time constraints for the intended destination, and providing indication of the interim route to an aircraft operator, for example, by displaying a graphical representation of the interim route on a navigational map on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Zdenek Moravek, Robert Sosovicka, Filip Magula, David Kunes, Katerina Sprinarova
  • Patent number: 9637097
    Abstract: A control device for a motorcycle includes a removal detecting unit for detecting the removal of an equipment, which is required during a public road running of the automotive vehicle, from the motorcycle, a determining unit for determining the presence of the motorcycle on a non-public road area in the event that a determining condition including a detection signal fed from the removal detecting unit is satisfied, and a drive control unit operable in response to a determining signal from the determining unit to set a non-public road mode appropriate to the non-public road running. The equipment referred to above is at least one of a back viewing mirror, a headlight, a tail lamp, a number plate, a license lamp, a warning horn, a side stand and turn indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeru Oshima, Hideto Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 9605606
    Abstract: A method/system for optimizing vehicle operations for a predicted route and/or a route set. The method/system may record location data and time data for a route. Two or more routes can be linked to form a route set by analyzing the location data and time data of the routes using a linking threshold. The linking threshold may be based on a relationship between locations and/or times of different routes. The vehicle may predict that a particular route segment or route will likely be driven. An operation of a unit or a device of the vehicle over the predicted route and/or route set may be adjusted based on information stored regarding the predicted route and/or route set in order to enhance the energy efficiency of the vehicle. The links may be categorized as having different types in order to apply a different control strategy to different types of links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad E. Dufford, Joshua D. Payne, Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 9564065
    Abstract: A novel fuel savings training needs prediction and alert system is capable of calculating a probability of persistent future fuel waste of a particular driver based on recent driving patterns originating from real-time on-board diagnostics (OBD) information of a vehicle. The fuel savings training needs prediction and alert system is also configured to generate and transmit one or more action items and alerts to a vehicle fleet operations manager or another supervisory personnel for improving driving behaviors of the particular driver. The fuel savings training needs prediction and alert system is typically either linked to or incorporated into the fuel waste variable identification and analysis system, which is capable of analyzing the real-time on-board diagnostics (OBD) information of the vehicle from a remote monitoring station unit. Preferably, various fuel waste variables are normalized with a novel metric called “RPG,” or “engine rotation per minute per gallon of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Truelite Trace, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Bok Kwak, Youri Bae
  • Patent number: 9528453
    Abstract: A torque requesting module generates a torque request for an engine based on driver input. A model predictive control (MPC) module: identifies sets of possible target values based on the torque request, each of the sets of possible target values including target pressure ratios across a throttle valve; determines predicted operating parameters for the sets of possible target values, respectively; determines cost values for the sets of possible target values, respectively; selects one of the sets of possible target values based on the cost values; and sets target values based on the possible target values of the selected one of the sets, respectively, the target values including a target pressure ratio across the throttle valve. A target area module determines a target opening area of the throttle valve based on the target pressure ratio. A throttle actuator module controls the throttle valve based on the target opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technologies Operations LLC
    Inventors: Christopher E. Whitney, Klaus Pochner, Julian R. Verdejo
  • Patent number: 9494090
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a misfire detection module and a fuel control module. The misfire detection module detects misfire in a cylinder of an engine. The fuel control module controls a first fuel system to deliver a first fuel to the cylinder and controls a second fuel system to deliver a second fuel to the cylinder. The first fuel and the second fuel are different types of fuel. The fuel control module selectively switches from delivering the first fuel to the cylinder to delivering the second fuel to the cylinder when misfire is detected in the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tameem K. Assaf, Louis A. Avallone