With One Or More Controllers For Gearing, Fluid Drive, Or Clutch Patents (Class 74/732.1)
  • Patent number: 9932028
    Abstract: A series hydraulic hybrid system for a vehicle and a method of operating the same is described. The series hydraulic hybrid system has a hydraulic circuit, high and low pressure hydraulic accumulators, and a control unit. The hydraulic circuit has first and second hydraulic displacement units in fluid communication. The first hydraulic displacement unit is drivingly engaged with an internal combustion engine. The high pressure hydraulic accumulator and the low pressure hydraulic accumulator are fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit through at least one accumulator valve. The control unit is adapted to receive an input from an operator, compute a requested torque and a target system pressure based on the input, compare an accumulator pressure to the target system pressure, and control at least one of a speed of the internal combustion engine and a valve state of the accumulator valve based on the outcome of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dana Italia SPA
    Inventors: Giulio Ornella, Lorenzo Serrao, Ettore Cosoli, Fabrizio Zendri, Francesco Achille
  • Patent number: 9222548
    Abstract: A method of controlling a dual clutch transmission, a dual clutch transmission, and a vehicle equipped with the same which can reduce the load on a clutch on a start gear side to reduce the wear thereof and therefore make the clutch replacement interval longer. There are a first input shaft to be connected to a first clutch and a second input shaft to be connected to a second clutch. A set of odd-numbered gears and a set of even-numbered gears are arranged respectively across the first input shaft and second input shaft and an output shaft. When a vehicle starts, a start gear and a support gear are synchronously engaged to the second input shaft and the first input shaft, respectively, and simultaneously connecting the first clutch and the second clutch partially (half clutch state) to the first input shaft and the second input shaft, respectively, the support gear having a gear ratio larger than that of the start gear by one speed or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Koji Terashima
  • Patent number: 9021908
    Abstract: A hydraulic system of an electric vehicle may comprise: an oil container; a first and a second clutch driving circuits connected in parallel; an internal pump driven by a driving system of the electric vehicle; a first check valve connected in series at an outlet side of the internal pump; an external pump driven by an external pump motor; and a second check valve connected in series at an outlet side of the external pump. The first check valve and the internal pump connected in series and the second check valve and the external pump connected in series are connected in parallel between the oil container and the first and second clutch driving circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Shenzhen BYD Auto R&D Company Limited, BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Yi Ren, Shenglin Yang, Jun Li
  • Publication number: 20150040720
    Abstract: A vehicular transmission includes a transmission input shaft to which engine torque is input, first and second differential mechanisms as transmission mechanisms to which the engine torque is input through the transmission input shaft, a torque limiter arranged between the transmission input shaft and an engine configured to enable torque transmission between the transmission input shaft and an engine output shaft and inhibit an input of excessive torque larger than predetermined torque between the transmission input shaft and the engine output shaft, and a one-way clutch arranged between the torque limiter and the engine for prohibiting reverse rotation of the engine while allowing normal rotation of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hirotatsu Kitabatake, Yuji Iwase, Hideaki Komada, Yosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8886427
    Abstract: A hydraulic control apparatus for an automatic transmission has a circulating oil supply passage that supplies circulating oil to a starting apparatus, a circulating oil discharge passage that discharges circulating oil from the starting apparatus, and a speed change mechanism oil supply passage that supplies oil to a speed change mechanism. The oil discharged from an oil pump is supplied to the starting apparatus and the speed change mechanism. A first flow rate changing device that can change the flow rate of the circulating oil is arranged in the circulating oil discharge passage. A first flow rate instructing portion output a command to the flow rate changing device to change the flow rate when the amount of oil discharged from the oil pump is low, and reduces the flow rate to the starting apparatus, which enables the hydraulic pressure necessary for shifting to be obtained in the speed change mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Aw Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shimizu, Kenichi Tsuchida, Yoshimitsu Hyodo, Kazunori Ishikawa, Hironori Sugiura, Satoshi Nishio, Kazuki Kojima
  • Publication number: 20140060248
    Abstract: Disclosed are power machines, and drive systems for use thereon, as well as methods of controlling the displacement of a hydraulic drive motor. The drive system includes a drive pump capable of providing a hydraulic power output and a drive motor operably coupled to the drive pump that receives the hydraulic power output from the drive pump. The drive motor has an operating displacement that is variable between a minimum displacement and a maximum displacement and it provides a rotational output member. A shift actuator is operably coupled to the drive motor and it is configured to vary the displacement of the drive motor between the minimum displacement and the maximum displacement. A controller controls the shift actuator to cause the drive motor to provide infinitely variable displacement between the minimum and maximum displacements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventor: Matthew J. Kaldor
  • Publication number: 20130281244
    Abstract: A continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a vehicle engine which provides enhanced cold starting and reduced wear under all conditions. The transmission includes mechanical transmission components, hydrostatic transmission components, and a clutch to decouple only the mechanical transmission components from driving engagement with the engine or other power source. Decoupling allows cold starting with significantly reduced parasitic losses. The transmission may use a hydraulic circuit to re-engage the mechanical transmission components with the input power source and full driving re-engagement of the transmission with the power source, such as an engine, after the transmission reaches a desired speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventor: Corey Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8522644
    Abstract: When shift transmission of an automatic transmission is performed in a free-run state, a driving force control apparatus controls a degree of engagement of an engaging device in accordance with a hydraulic difference between a first hydraulic pressure and a second hydraulic pressure in a condition that the first hydraulic pressure does not reach the second hydraulic pressure. As a result, an oil pump supplies a hydraulic pressure to the automatic transmission, and the shift transmission can be performed. The first hydraulic pressure is a hydraulic pressure of the automatic transmission. The second hydraulic pressure is a hydraulic pressure required to perform the shift transmission. The engaging device can adjust an extent of transmission power between an engine and the automatic transmission in accordance with the degree of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Matsunaga, Yoji Takanami
  • Patent number: 8499562
    Abstract: A geared fluid drive arrangement in which a constant speed motor is used to start a “full-size” boiler feed pump, and is able to operate the pump at a limited speed and correspondingly limited power adequate to fill, pressurize and feed water to a boiler such as would be used for an electrical generating plant to start-up and to operate stably at part load, but not necessarily full load. After the boiler is operating stably, steam from the boiler or from an extraction point of the main turbine is admitted to a mechanical drive steam turbine in order to drive the same “full-size” pump to the normal operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Melbourne F. Giberson
  • Patent number: 8266986
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a transmission includes a motor, a sump for storing a hydraulic fluid, and a dual element pump connected to the motor. The dual element pump has at least one input port connected to the sump, a first outlet port, and a second outlet port. The dual element pump provides a first volume of hydraulic fluid to the first outlet port and provides a second volume of hydraulic fluid to the second outlet port. The first volume is greater than the second volume. The first outlet port is connected to a diversion valve. The second outlet port is connected to a high pressure hydraulic circuit. The diversion valve is operable to transmit the hydraulic fluid from the first outlet port to a low pressure hydraulic circuit and the high pressure hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan G. Holmes, Jy-Jen F. Sah, Kevin Michael Dougan, Norman Schoenek, Michael R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120204676
    Abstract: A transmission for a vehicle has an output shaft, a main shaft and a countershaft. The main shaft is arranged to receive rotary power and the countershaft is arranged in parallel to the main shaft. A plurality of meshed gear pairs are formed main gears and counter gears on the two shafts. A plurality of clutch devices are arranged to select a gear pair that will transmit torque to the output shaft. A reverse drive is created by a main reverse gear on the main shaft, a counter reverse gear on the counter shaft and a chain wrapping the main reverse gear and the counter reverse gear. A reverse clutch device is arranged to selectively fix one of the main and counter reverse gears to its respective main or counter shaft for rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Richard L. Walters, Richard L. Walters, II
  • Patent number: 8190342
    Abstract: A hydraulic vehicle provided with a running-system hydraulic unit 10 that includes a hydraulic pump 11 being configured to be driven by an engine E, a hydraulic motor 12 being configured to be driven by pressure oil discharged from the hydraulic pump 11, and a pair of running-system oil passages 13a and 13b connected between the hydraulic pump 11 and the hydraulic motor 12 for forming a closed circuit. The hydraulic vehicle is configured to be driven by the hydraulic motor 12 for running. The hydraulic vehicle includes: a backup pump 40 being configured to be driven by the engine E; a backup control valve 30, a backup oil passage 47, a high-pressure selection valve 47b that are configured to allow pressure oil discharged from the backup pump 40 to flow to one of the running-system oil passages that is higher in pressure than the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Shinohara
  • Patent number: 8105192
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission having a continuously variable transmission ratio. The transmission includes an input-side torque converter that is optionally connectable on the output side through a first transmission stage with a predetermined gear ratio, or through a second, continuously variable transmission stage, to the output shaft of the transmission so that it transmits torque. The transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission stage is adjustable in such a way that the rotational speed of the transmission output shaft remains constant when the transmission of torque is shifted from the first transmission stage to the second transmission stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Emmanuel Simon
  • Patent number: 7854182
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a hydrostatic continuously variable speed-change device, a gear type multiple-stage speed-change device disposed downstream of the hydrostatic continuously variable speed-change device with respect to a direction in which power is transmitted, first and second oil passages, a bypass oil passage communicating the first and second oil passages with each other, a valve mechanism for opening and closing the bypass oil passage, and a manual operating member provided in a driving section for opening and closing the valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunobu Nakatani, Fumitake Okunishi, Yoshifumi Horiuchi, Hiroki Bessho, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Mitsugu Kobayashi, Shinichiro Saji, Masaki Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20100275725
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydrostatic-mechanical torque-splitting transmission, comprising a housing, or a housing composed of individual housing parts, at least one drive shaft that is disposed inside the housing and can be driven by at least one driving motor, particularly an internal combustion engine, said drive shaft acting on at least two hydraulic pumps by way of gear elements in the manner of a pump transfer case and comprising at least one further gear wheel, which directly or indirectly acts on an output element of a power-shift transmission, wherein at least in the region of the gear wheel at least one coupling element is positioned, and wherein the power-shift transmission has at least one shaft that can be driven in the hydrostatic circuit, in the region of said shaft couplings, brakes, components of a single-stage planetary gear and similar components being provided, wherein the output element of the power-shift transmission is switched to at least one output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Detlef Tolksdorf, Nils Trautmann
  • Publication number: 20100269632
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid pressure control device that includes an actuator and a body configured to house the actuator. The body has an opening arranged to receive pressurized fluid. The fluid pressure control device additionally includes a pressure sensor incorporated into the body relative to the opening to sense fluid pressure and to generate an electrical signal indicative of the sensed pressure. Furthermore, the fluid pressure control device includes an integrated circuit incorporated into the body, and operatively connected to the pressure sensor. The integrated circuit includes a transceiver configured to communicate with an external device by transmitting the electrical signal indicative of the sensed fluid pressure to the external device and receiving a control signal from the external device. The integrated circuit additionally includes a driver configured to power the actuator in response to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Randall B. Dlugoss
  • Patent number: 7694519
    Abstract: A turbo-compound system having a crankshaft driven by an internal combustion engine; having an exhaust gas turbine arranged in the flow of exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine; having a hydrodynamic coupling, having a primary impeller and a secondary impeller, together forming a working chamber which may be filled or is filled with a working medium, which is arranged in a driven connection between the crankshaft and the exhaust gas turbine in such a way that, when the working chamber of the hydrodynamic coupling is filled, for the exhaust gas turbine driven by the exhaust-gas flow, drive power is transmitted from the exhaust gas turbine to the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Kley, Kai Kamossa, Kurt Adleff
  • Publication number: 20100084213
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission comprising a multi-ratio gearbox having a gearbox input shaft and a gearbox output shaft, the gearbox being operable to provide a driving connection between the gearbox input shaft and the gearbox output shaft at a selected one of a plurality of gear ratios, a torque converter having a torque converter input for connection to an engine, and a torque converter output driveably connected to the torque converter input by fluid coupling within the torque converter, a first driving connection between the torque converter output and the gearbox input shaft, a second driving connection between the torque converter input and the gearbox input shaft, and a selection means to select one of the first driving connection and the second driving connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: JCB Transmissions
    Inventors: David John HOYLE, Simon James Peter EVANS
  • Publication number: 20090202330
    Abstract: A guide system for loading trailers with cargo is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the system includes first and second tubular sleeves adapted to removably slide over cylindrical bollards, wherein the tubular sleeves are configured to rotate about a vertical axis of the cylindrical bollards. The system also includes first and second arms secured to the respective tubular sleeves, wherein the arms are adapted to sweep over a horizontal surface of a loading dock when the tubular sleeves are rotated. In addition, the system includes first and second pistons, wherein a first end of each piston is secured to a rear portion of the respective arm and the arm swings to a desired position in response to the respective piston. A slidable pin of each arm is configured to engage receptacles mounted in a horizontal surface of a loading dock when the arms are in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Hamather
  • Patent number: 7412913
    Abstract: An oil pump driving apparatus including a rotation shaft in driving connection with a torque converter, a drive sprocket rotatable about the rotation shaft and adapted to be connected with a driven sprocket disposed on the oil pump via the chain, a first sleeve disposed on a radial outside of the rotation shaft so as to be rotatable together with the torque converter, the first sleeve being engaged with the drive sprocket, a second sleeve fixedly disposed on a radial inside of the first sleeve, a first bearing supporting the first sleeve so as to be rotatable relative to the second sleeve, and a second bearing supporting the drive sprocket so as to be rotatable relative to the second sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: JATCO Ltd
    Inventors: Masanori Ishikawa, Yuji Takahashi, Hiromu Soya
  • Publication number: 20080184846
    Abstract: The disclosed multiple-ratio power transmission mechanism for a vehicle includes main transmission gearing and countershaft gearing that establish selectively plural power flow paths from an engine to vehicle traction wheels. Ratio change clutches are engageable selectively to establish power flow paths and pre-selected power flow during a ratio shift sequence throughout an extended overall ratio spread without a requirement for additional gearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Graeme A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7377373
    Abstract: Engagement, disengagement, and slip of a lock-up clutch can be controlled using two valves that are a lock-up relay valve and a linear solenoid valve. A lock-up control valve employed in a conventional hydraulic control apparatus can be eliminated, which simplifies the configuration, and reduces the size of a hydraulic control apparatus for a torque converter with a lock-up clutch. When the lock-up clutch is engaged, hydraulic pressure output from the linear solenoid valve is supplied to a disengagement-side oil chamber of the torque converter, and a pressure difference between the engagement-side oil chamber and the disengagement-side oil chamber is applied to a spool valve element of the linear solenoid valve. Therefore, the spool valve element is driven such that an electromagnetic force applied from a linear solenoid becomes equal to the pressure difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Nozaki, Atsushi Tabata, Atsushi Honda, Akiharu Abe, Yuji Inoue, Hirofumi Ota, Atsushi Kamada
  • Patent number: 7351176
    Abstract: A line-to-lube pressure regulator valve assembly for an automatic transmission including an internal check valve that opens in the Park gear range and at low engine speeds to feed line pressure to the torque converter in response to a substantially lower hydraulic fluid pressure than is required to open the pressure regulator valve in its factory specified operating range. As engine speed increases and sufficient hydraulic fluid pressure is built up within the torque converter charge circuit, the present internal check valve is again closed and the pressure regulator valve assembly opens as it would normally to feed line pressure to the torque converter directly. When the engine is shut off, the present internal check valve is biased to a closed position preventing transmission fluid from draining back through the valve to the transmission sump thereby eliminating the converter drain back problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Sonnax Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Maura Jane Stafford
  • Patent number: 7252020
    Abstract: A vehicle drive-train includes a drive-motor having an output shaft and a transmission having an input shaft, an output shaft, a plurality of discrete forward gear ratios and a corresponding plurality of synchronizers. Each of the synchronizers is configured to mechanically synchronize rotation of the drive-motor output shaft with the transmission output shaft according to a value of a selected gear ratio, during shifting of the transmission to the selected gear ratio. The output shaft of the drive-motor and the input shaft of the transmission are coupled together such that, during normal operation of the drive-train, rotation of the output shaft of the drive-motor results in a proportionate and uninterrupted rotation of the input shaft of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Inventors: Charles L. Gray, Jr., Daniel W. Barba
  • Patent number: 7188697
    Abstract: A power unit for a vehicle with an internal combustion engine including a cylinder block and a crankshaft. A speed change drive shaft is disposed at a position on the upper side of a static oil hydraulic type non-stage transmission and in parallel to the axis of the transmission. A plane connecting the axis of the speed change drive shaft and the axis of the transmission does not intersect with the axis of the crankshaft, and intersects with the axis of the cylinder center axis of the cylinder block at a position on the lower side of the axis of the crankshaft while making an acute angle with the axis of the cylinder center axis of the cylinder block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Ito, Masaaki Negoro, Shinichiro Keyaki
  • Patent number: 7171870
    Abstract: In a system in which a large motor, to be energized from a power grid, is connected to drive a main fluid drive through a main impeller shaft that has a main impeller shaft gear mounted on it, a relatively small start-up motor is provided, driving a start-up fluid drive. A start-up gear is connected to be driven by the start-up fluid drive and selectively to drive the main impeller shaft gear, and to be disengaged from the main impeller shaft gear. In operation, the small motor is first started, with the start-up gear engaging the main impeller shaft gear, and brought up to a speed at which the large motor begins to rotate at close to synchronous speed with the electrical frequency of the grid, at which point the large motor is connected to the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Melbourne F. Giberson
  • Patent number: 6939261
    Abstract: A small engine transmission having a hydromechanical transmission unit providing a first power path, and a mechanical power transmission unit providing a second power path. The mechanical power transmission is a planetary gear system having a planetary carrier. The hydromechanical transmission is associated with the mechanical transmission to decrease average hydraulic power flow of the engine transmission to thereby increase operating efficiency and to permit the reduction of an output speed range to reduce transmitted power for the use of multiple modes to achieve a full torque and speed range of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Sauer-Danfoss, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederic W. Pollman
  • Patent number: 6810772
    Abstract: An automatic transmission in a power unit with a torque converter and a hydraulic clutch to be engaged and disengaged for the switching of speed-change gears. Hydraulic pressure is applied to the clutch and is increased only when operating the clutch during acceleration of a vehicle. A pressure control valve is provided at a discharge port of an oil pump for supplying hydraulic oil to the hydraulic clutch. The pressure control valve includes a valve body, a valve element is axially slidably provided in the valve body, and a spring is provided between the valve element and the valve body in a sliding direction of the valve element for adjusting a set pressure for opening/closing of the pressure control valve. The valve element is urged in its closing direction by a repulsive force applied to a stator in the torque converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hori, Seiji Hamaoka
  • Patent number: 6782984
    Abstract: A control method of a lockup clutch includes eliminating a loss stroke of a piston by a pre-charge of a supplied hydraulic pressure, increasing a force applied to the piston by further supply of the hydraulic pressure after the pre-charge, controlling a slip rotation speed between a pump impeller and a turbine runner in a torque converter connected to an automatic transmission, and determining a time for performing the pre-charge when a shift stage of the automatic transmission is under a neutral state and a vehicle is substantially stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Tsunekawa, Yuuki Ohta
  • Patent number: 6732601
    Abstract: A control apparatus of an automated manual transmission includes an input shaft provided with a plurality of drive gears, an output shaft provided with a plurality of driven gears engaged with the drive gears, and a reverse idler gear engaging with gears for backward movement respectively provided at the input and output sides when a backward moving stage is selected, as a mechanism for backward moving. Further, there is provided with a bypass clutch capable of selectively transmitting or shutting a power of the input shaft to the output shaft. When the backward moving stage is selected (S1), the bypass clutch is engaged (S3) so as to stop a rotation of the input shaft (S4), and thereafter, the reverse idler gear and the backward moving gears are engaged with each other (S5). Thus, a shift operation to a reverse mode can be securely and smoothly executed for a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hosei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6648795
    Abstract: Vehicle automatic transmission system having input shaft drive gears, output shaft driven gears meshing with the drive gears, a torque converter disposed between an engine crankshaft and the input shaft, synchromesh mechanisms for synchronously engaging the drive gears with the driven gears and a shift controller for automatically actuating the synchromesh mechanisms to obtain a required gear ratio. A lock-up clutch is incorporated in the torque converter for connecting a turbine shaft of the torque converter with the crankshaft. An electronically controlled throttle valve automatically operates to reduce crank shaft rotation speed when the gear is shifted, a bypass clutch transmits torque from the input shaft to the output shaft when the gear is shifted while the electronically controlled throttle valve reduces rotation speed of the crankshaft, and an input clutch selectively controls torque transmission from the crankshaft to the input shaft when the gear is shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20030131686
    Abstract: A powershaft transmission (1) with a hydrodynamical and a mechanical power distribution, especially one multi-gear powershift transmission as a reversing transmission for construction machinery, having at least two input shaft (2, 4), one of said input shafts (2) being connected with a turbine section of a torque converter and a second input shaft (4) being connected with the rotational speed of an engine via the direct through drive, at least one output shaft (32) and several countershafts (6, 7, 8, 9) having fixed wheels and gear clutches distributed thereon idler wheels to form several countershaft units (KR, KV, K1, K2, K3, K4) for gear and direction shifting, the countershaft unit (K4) being designed as a gear splitter which divides the ratios of the countershaft units (K1, K2, K3) and the countershaft unit (K4) being disposed coaxially upon the input shaft (2, 4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Tilo Huber
  • Patent number: 6484607
    Abstract: A gear transmission for keeping a load in balance at both ends of a crank shaft in an all-terrain saddle type vehicle provided with a transmitting unit capable of transmitting power from the crank shaft to the gear transmission and a generator connected to the crank shaft. A torque converter is provided with a lock-up clutch mounted on the crank case side of the torque converter and capable of directly connecting a pump to a turbine. A driving gear fixed to the turbine and capable of transmitting the output of the torque converter to the gear transmission is mounted on one end side of a crank shaft outside the crank case such that the lock-up clutch is sandwiched between the torque converter and the driving gear. A generator is mounted on the other end side of the crank shaft outside the crank case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Shichinohe, Yoshiaki Hori, Noriaki Takano
  • Patent number: 6450912
    Abstract: A transmission comprises: an input shaft intended to be coupled to a motor; an output shaft; an epicyclic reduction unit with an input sun wheel, a ring gear and first and second output shafts respectively fast and slow; a first clutch for connecting the input sun wheel to the ring gear of the said reduction unit; an hydraulic variator unit coupled between the input shaft of the transmission and the input sun wheel; second and third clutches operable to connect the input shaft of the transmission with the ring gear of the epicyclic reduction gear unit to give respective transmission ratios of opposite sign, respectively for forward and reverse gears. The arrangement is such that when the output speed of the variator varies over a predetermined range on either side of zero, and the first clutch is disengaged and the second or third clutch is engaged, the first and the second output shaft of the epicyclic reduction unit have respective speeds which vary over respective ranges of contiguous values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Same Deutz-Fahr S.p.A.
    Inventor: Eugenio Todeschini
  • Patent number: 6443275
    Abstract: In a power transmission apparatus for a vehicle having a gear transmission capable of transmitting power from a crankshaft of an engine to driving wheels by selectively establishing a plurality of shift stages of gear trains and a clutch for cutting power transmission from the crankshaft to the gear transmission in operating to shift the power transmission, when the clutch is operated to cut or connect in cooperation with the shift operation of the gear transmission, shift operability is promoted while avoiding an increase in weight. A gear transmission is shifted by a first actuator and a clutch is driven by a second actuator which is independent of the first actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hori, Takashi Shichinohe, Tohru Nishi, Noriaki Takano
  • Patent number: 6397703
    Abstract: A clutch control apparatus of a continuously variable transmission comprises a changeover device for changing over an oil passage connected to an apply chamber and a release chamber from an engaged position to a released position and vice versa, a slip pressure regulating device for regulating a slip pressure to be supplied to the release chamber, a lockup control judging device for judging whether or not a lockup clutch is to be engaged or to be released according to traveling conditions of the vehicle and a control device for reducing the slip pressure after a specified time elapses since the oil passage is changed over to the engaged position, when the lockup control judging device judges that the lockup clutch is to be changed over from the released position to the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Iijima
  • Publication number: 20020040622
    Abstract: A control device for a lock-up mechanism arranged parallel with a hydraulic type torque transmitting mechanism that transmits rotatory power of a pump impeller connected with an output shaft of an engine to a turbine impeller connected with a wheel side element. The lock-up mechanism controls a slip value between the rotational speeds of the pump and turbine impellers in response to supplied hydraulic pressure. The control device calculates a target slip value, detects an actual slip value based on the rotational speed difference of the pump and turbine impellers, sets an intermediate slip value between the actual and target slip values, controls the hydraulic pressure to the lock-up mechanism so that the actual and intermediate slip values coincide, and reduces the intermediate slip value to a renewed value closer to the target slip value than the intermediate slip value when the actual slip value reaches the intermediate slip value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Tsunekawa, Yuuki Ohta, Keisuke Kurokawa
  • Publication number: 20020038580
    Abstract: When a different speed change request occurs during pre-charging, an indicated pressure is stepwise changed up to a standby pressure for after pre-charge, and a processing in accordance with the different speed change request is commenced with the indicated pressure after the stepwise change, as an initial pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Inventor: Masanobu Horiguchi
  • Publication number: 20010037697
    Abstract: A transmission system including an automatic transmission having a plurality of speed change modes, including at least a continuously variable speed change mode and a steeping speed change mode, and a sub-transmission connected to the automatic transmission. The sub-transmission is capable of switching to one of a plurality of running ranges including at least a forward range, a neutral range, and a reverse range. The transmission system also includes a mode switch for selectively switching to one of the plurality of speed change modes of the automatic transmission, and a shift switch for switching from one speed change stage to another speed change when the stepping speed change mode is active. Functionality of the shift and the mode switch are collectively integrated into a common switch is selectively used as the shift switch or the mode switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventors: Takehiko Nanri, Yoshihisa Kanno
  • Patent number: 6269293
    Abstract: An interactive engine and automatic transmission control system is provided wherein spark and air control are used to control engine speed to maintain a small positive torque on the transmission before and after coast down shifts. More particularly, a transmission controller is electrically coupled to an engine controller in a motor vehicle such that information can be passed therebetween. Such information includes a start of shift signal, a phase of the shift signal (i.e., clutch release phase, speed change phase, or clutch application phase), and a shift complete signal. In addition, the transmission controller identifies the type of shift that is occurring (i.e., fourth gear to third, third to second, or second to first), transmission oil temperature and the acceleration (braking) rate of the vehicle to the engine controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Colt R. Correa, Maurice B. Leising, Shean P. Huff