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Brake tube connector
A connector (10) for sealing an elongated tube (14) to a body (22) comprises a nut (12) concentrically about the tube (14) proximate the flared end (16). The nut...
Passive system for speech enhancement
A passive system for speech enhancement in a motor vehicle includes a headliner adapted to be disposed in an occupant compartment of the motor vehicle. The...
Fuel and reductant delivery system
A system and a method for providing fuel and reductant to a vehicle from a fuel dispensing station are disclosed which allow for providing both fluids to a...
On-board reductant delivery assembly
An on-board reductant delivery assembly 407 for an exhaust line of an internal combustion engine powered motor vehicle is provided. In a preferred embodiment the...
Adaptive arc fault detection and smart fusing system
An adaptive fusing electrical circuit (circuit) including a power supply and an electrical load drawing an electrical current therethrough. The circuit includes...
Autonomous emergency braking system
An autonomous emergency braking system includes an accelerator pedal operated by the driver coupled to a braking system and used to control the overall vehicle...
Ultrasonic welding apparatus
An apparatus for ultrasonically welding workpieces that reduces sonotrode adhesion during the ultrasonic welding process. The sonotrode tip has a specific...
Feed forward method for canister purge compensation within engine air/fuel
ratio control systems having fuel...
A method for air/fuel operation of an engine. The engine is supplied fuel from both a fuel purging system to purge fuel in a fuel supply and feed such purged...
Cylinder head assembly comprising a holder for the attachments of units
The invention relates to a holder for the attachment of units, preferably of fuel-pressure injection pumps to cylinder heads of reciprocating internal combustion...
Cold start vehicle catalyst monitor
Method and apparatus for monitoring a catalytic converter (32) during engine (catalyst) warm-up by first and second heated exhaust gas oxygen sensors (60, 70)...
Using host vehicle dynamics for side-looking automotive pre-crash sensor
The antenna of a side-looking pre-crash sensor (12) is aimed, either electronically or mechanically, in correlation with the travel velocity of a host vehicle...
Method and apparatus for heating a portion of a vehicle
A method and an apparatus 12 for quickly heating a portion of a vehicle 10, such as a windshield 22 or backwindow 20. Particularly, apparatus 12 includes several...
Method and apparatus for curing foundry cores
An apparatus for curing foundry cores 100 is provided, including a first curing agent supply 110 passing through foundry core 145 primarily through first...
Passive countermeasure methods
A method of performing passive countermeasures for an automotive vehicle (12) having a vehicle sensor complex (18) generating a vehicle sensor complex signal is...
Magnetoresistive rollover sensor
A vehicle rollover sensor 10 is provided, including a movable member free 12 free to rotate about a single axis 14. The movable member 12 includes an inertial...
Driver augmented autonomous braking system
An enhanced autonomous emergency braking system includes an accelerator pedal operated by the driver and used to control the overall vehicle speed. When a...
Force deflection device for adapting a seatbelt
A force deflection device (1) is disclosed for adapting a lap strap to enhance the comfort of the wearer and optimize the introduction of forces for use by...
Integrated steering column, instrument panel, and cowl body structure
An integrated front body clip including an instrument panel support structure, steering column support structure, and cowl structure forming a shared, dependent,...
Pyrotechnic air bag stitch vent
An air bag deployment system for a vehicle having an air bag cushion having at least one pyrotechnic vent, an inflator in communication with the air bag cushion...
Air bag for third row vehicle passengers
An inflatable occupant restraint for protecting occupants seated in the third row of an automotive vehicle and includes a plurality of inflatable restraint...
System and method for braking a towed conveyance
A system and method for braking a towed conveyance. In one embodiment, a system is provided for use on a trailer (102) having an axle assembly (108). The system...
Engine airflow control
A method for controlling a powertrain of a vehicle adjusts a minimum allowed airflow based on operating conditions. Specifically, when conditions of engine speed...
Balance shaft and alternator assembly for an automotive vehicle
An engine block 10 of an engine 11 has an imbalance therein. The engine 11 is balanced by a balance shaft alternator assembly 20 having a balance shaft 24 that...
Hydrogen engine apparatus with energy recovery
A system for an automobile has a compressed fuel source (14) having a first fuel pressure. An expansion device (26) is coupled to the compressed fuel source (14)...
Engine ready detection using crankshaft speed feedback
The present invention provides a method and system for determining "engine on" status in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle. A controller determines the engine is...
A brake assembly 12 for use within an electric vehicle 10 and which allows the vehicle 10 to be selectively decelerated in substantially the same manner as is an...
Method and apparatus for forming a three piece tailor welded door blank
A three-piece tailor welded blank vehicle door structure includes a periphery defined by a bottom portion, a pair of opposing side portions, a top portion, and...
Pedestrian protection leg spoiler
A bumper system for reducing injury to a pedestrian struck by an automotive vehicle by lessening the likelihood of pedestrian knee joint damage or underbody...
Method of making a spray formed rapid tool
A method of making a spray formed rapid tool includes the steps of making a model of a desired tool and constructing a ceramic pattern as the inverse of the...
Control strategy for an engine with a hybrid valvetrain
A system and a method to control air flow during a transition in an internal combustion engine, in which intake valves are operated by more than one type of...
Boosted direct injection stratified charge gasoline engines
An arrangement of a four cycle internal combustion engine 7 is provided. In the preferred embodiment the engine 7 has a plurality of combustion chambers 18...
Gear shift lever
Torque distribution on four wheel drive vehicles
A four wheel drive vehicle, which has an automatic four wheel drive mode, includes a trailer tow detection strategy. If a trailer tow situation is encountered...
Method and apparatus for controlling a transfer case which reacts to rate
of change of throttle position
A transfer case control system or apparatus 10 is provided for use on a four-wheel drive vehicle of the type having a transfer case 32, a front driveshaft 22 and...
Injection molding method and apparatus with improved clamping unit
An improved method and apparatus for injection molding is shown which utilizes an injection molding or plasticizing unit in combination with a novel detachable...
Crankshaft for a reciprocating internal combustion engine
The invention relates to a crankshaft for a reciprocating internal combustion engine, with the crankshaft having a crankpin (11) with an eccentric sleeve (10),...
Gas flow measurement
A method for approximating compressible flow is described that is applicable across any pressure range of interest uses upstream and downstream pressure. The...
Method for paint repair in a reduced retooling cost system
A method for reducing retooling costs, particularly relative to painting processes for vehicles. The method includes dividing the order into groups based on...
Digital rotor flux observer
A system (10) for controlling the torque of an induction motor (12) utilizes a flux observer (14). The flux observer (14) receives stator current inputs (16, 18)...
Torque converter assembly
A torque converter assembly 10 includes a clutch assembly 36 having a sealed chamber 39 into which oil is selectively communicated, effective to cause a piston...
Progressively engaging clutch
A clutch assembly having multiple separator plates and friction plates. The separator plates include springs for causing sequential engagement of the friction...
Dual fuel tank system with single fuel nozzle
A dual fuel tank (10) including first fuel tank (12) and a second fuel tank (14). A single fuel hose (16) allows fuel to enter the first fuel tank (12) from an...
A dust collector includes a main frame, a suction device, a hollow support member, upper and lower dust collecting bags, and a plurality of clamping plates. The...
Transmission control circuit
A transmission control circuit 10 which is adapted for use with an electronically controlled transmission having several transmission control solenoids 12, 14...
Torque-based shift scheduling during traction control for an automotive
A method for controlling the capacity of friction clutches and brakes in a multiple-ratio vehicle transmission and for simultaneously establishing ratio shift...
Control for vehicle with torque converter
A vehicle control system is described for controlling a torque converter coupled to an engine. The controller engages the torque converter before negative...
Connecting rod assembly for internal combustion engine
A connecting rod assembly for a reciprocating internal combustion engine includes a beam portion having a first end for receiving wrist pin attached to a piston...
Desmodromic valve designs for improved operation smoothness, stability and
A desmodromic drive (30) for imparting reciprocal translation to a valve (32) has a cam ring (52) that rotates about an axis (42), a follower (50) that...
Vehicle hitch cover assembly
Navigation system for land vehicles that learns and incorporates preferred
An adaptive navigation system for a land vehicle is provided that incorporates learned segments of preferred routes into adaptive calculated routes. The...