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Spot-welded joint for hydroformed members
A process for spot-welding hydroformed members allows at least one hydroformed member to be positioned with an end butted against a lateral side of the second...
Fuel tank protector shield
A shield (20) for an automotive vehicle (10) is provided to lessen the impact force to a foreign body by absorbing energy or converting energy from the foreign...
Valve control for an engine with electromechanically actuated valves
A system and method to control engine valve timing of an internal combustion engine. Electromechanical valves are controlled to improve engine fuel economy....
Automotive vehicle with structural panel having selectively deployable
shape memory alloy elements
A structural panel for an automotive vehicle includes an outer panel and a variable strength inner panel attached to the outer panel. The inner panel utilizes...
Boost control for internal combustion engine using substantially
A system and method for limiting HC, CO, CO.sub.2, and NO.sub.x emissions in an internal combustion engine is provided. According to one aspect of the...
Method for controlling injection timing of an internal combustion engine
A method to control injection timing for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of injectors in at least a cylinder, the method comprising of injecting...
Engine starting for engine having adjustable valve operation
A method for controlling an engine having at least two cylinders, at least one of which having at least an adjustable valve, the method comprising before engine...
System and method for performing a particulate sensor diagnostic
An apparatus comprising an internal combustion engine, an exhaust system in communication with the engine, a particulate sensor associated with the exhaust...
System for transmitting signals between an engine control unit and a valve
A system for communicating information between a first controller and a second controller is presented. The system is designed to improve and increase the...
System and method for desensitizing the activation criteria of a rollover
A method of densensitizing includes determining a relative roll angle, determining when the vehicle is in a transitional maneuver, and when the vehicle is in a...
Active night vision thermal control system using wavelength-temperature
characteristic of light source
A thermal control system (11) for a light source (46) of a vision system (10) includes a heater (63) that is thermally coupled to the light source (46). A...
Rear subframe attachment mount for hydroformed frame
An attachment mount apparatus connects a subframe component to the lower frame midrail structure for an automotive vehicle that is formed from a pair of tubular...
Closed-loop power control for hybrid electric vehicles
A control system and control method for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain having an engine, an electric motor and an electric generator with gearing for...
Torque-based powertrain control for vehicles
A system and method for controlling a vehicle powertrain having an internal combustion engine include determining a difference between a desired engine torque...
System and method for boosted direct injection engine
A method for operating and engine having a cylinder with at least an intake and exhaust valve, comprising of performing a combustion cycle in the cylinder in...
Hydraulic control apparatus for a shifting fork in a manual transmission
The invention relates to a hydraulic control apparatus (1) for a shifting fork (7) for engaging/releasing at least one gear (G) in a manual transmission,...
Vehicle rear taillight lens
Automotive front end
System and method of interactively generating a family of mesh models
A system and method for interactively generating a family of mesh models is provided for use in engineering analysis. The system includes a user computer system...
Vehicle engine system having predictive control function
An engine system for a vehicle, comprising at least one cylinder configured to vary operation between a spark ignition mode and a homogeneous charge compression...
Actuators report availabilities
A vehicle control configuration and method of controlling a vehicle having a hierarchical control system including an upper hierarchical level and a lower...
Spray-formed articles made of pseudo-alloy and method for making the same
Method and arrangement for spray forming an article. The method includes spraying a plurality of metal streams upon a low-heat resistant model and thereby...
Strategy for mapping motor speed to calculate driver power demand in a
hybrid electric vehicle
A controller and a control method is disclosed for determining a power demand for an engine in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain. In computing engine power...
System and method for reducing NOx emissions during transient conditions
in a diesel fueled vehicle with EGR
The present invention is a dual-stage fuel injection strategy for compression ignition engines in which 15-40% of the fuel is injected into the combustion...
Dual input automatic transaxle
A transaxle for a vehicle includes a first input shaft having a first speed drive gear, a third speed drive gear, and a reverse drive gear; and a second input...
Method for monitoring combustion stability of an internal combustion
The present invention relates to a method for monitoring combustion stability of an HCCI internal combustion engine equipped with a crankshaft, an intake...
Robust method and system for the automatic detection of a detached remote
tire pressure sensor of a tire...
A tire pressure monitoring system for detachment detection of a tire pressure sensor is provided. The system includes a tire pressure sensor, a receiver and a...
Temperature-based vehicle wakeup strategy to initiate fuel cell freeze
A method of removing moisture from a fuel cell stack is provided. The presence of liquid water in a fuel cell stack is undesirable should the temperature drop...
Vehicle suspension with improved radius arm to axle attachment
A vehicle suspension system having radius arms that are connected to axle brackets through vertically arranged bushings. A third link of the suspension system is...
Method for diagnosing variable intake system
An internal combustion engine comprises an engine controller (ECU) governing fuel supply to the combustion engine by a fuelling map, which adapts the amount of...
Control system for engine cooling
An engine cooling system is described that uses the same actuator to adjust both fan speed and coolant pump speed based on operating conditions of the engine and...
Passive entry side door latch release system
A vehicle passive entry side door latch release system engageable with a release cable connected a door latch includes a moveable linkage assembly engageable...
A differential having a differential case, a pair of side gears disposed in the differential case and a biasing element disposed between the side gears to force...
Method and system for discharging a capacitive element in an electrically
An electric drive system having a power source which provides power to an electric motor through an electric motor control. Discharging of stored capacitor...
Method for Estimating Engine Power in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain
A method is disclosed for estimating engine power output for an engine in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain that includes an electric motor and an electric...
Fuel pump having single sided impeller
A fuel pump is provided having improved efficiency by lowering the wet circle index of the pump while maintaining robust axial clearances to meet the demands of...
Apparatus and a method for assessing visibility of a child restraint
An apparatus for assessing visibility of an anchorage disposed proximate a vehicle seat. The apparatus includes a mounting assembly adapted to engage a first...
Front end tubular structure for unitized body vehicles
A tubular front end structure for use with a unitized automotive frame. The tubular front end structure includes a pair of upper frame rail members that are...
Pivoted lock rod supports for supplemental vehicle tailgate
A supplemental tailgate extends from the tailgate frame of a pickup truck and is positionable in multiple orientations to provide a variety of uses, including as...
Vehicle trim locating and attachment system
A vehicle trim component locating and attachment system is provided for connecting a trim component to a vehicle base panel having an aperture. The system...
System and method for battery protection strategy for hybrid electric
A method for controlling a hybrid powertrain system includes the steps of determining a first power state of the hybrid powertrain system, limiting electrical...
Fuel system pressure relief valve with integral accumulator
A fuel pressure relief system in an engine fuel system having a fuel line is shown. In one example, the system has a pressure relief valve in the fuel line; and...
Variable compression ratio scheduling at idle speed conditions
A method for selecting compression ratio of a variable compression ratio internal combustion engine when such engine is operating under an idle condition is...
Temperature dependent trigger control for a traction control system
A method a operating a traction control system using a traction controller (30) for an automotive vehicle (10) is provided. A slip target is first determined....
Calibration of a hall effect sensor
An actuator having an output shaft, a motor for rotating the output shaft between a first position and a second position, and an electronic control module having...
Internal combustion engine coolant flow
A cooling system for an internal combustion engine 1 is disclosed in which an electronically controlled flow control valve 9 is used to control the flow of...
Automotive quarter panel