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US-6,590,387 Position sensor
A magneto-strictive sensor 82 for determining a position of a valve 70 and/or a rotor 68 of an electromechanical valve assembly 46 is provided. In particular,...
US-6,590,299 Hybrid electric vehicle control strategy to provide vehicle creep and hill holding
A control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) to meet driver expectation for hill holding or creep capability found in conventional automobiles with an...
US-6,589,605 Masking for engine blocks for thermally sprayed coatings and method of masking same
A masking for an engine block to be thermally sprayed with a coating includes a head deck mask portion adapted to engage a head deck of an engine block to...
US-6,589,034 Backflow orifice for controlling noise generated by a rotary compressor
The invention relates to the design of backflow orifices for a rotary compressor serving as a compressor for an engine. One example of such a rotary compressor...
US-6,588,860 Temperature compensated lift-throttle regenerative braking
The amount of regenerative braking that is applied to the wheels (105) of a vehicle (100) is based on ambient temperature and a lift-throttle event. An ambient...
US-6,588,535 Vehicle frame assembly
A vehicular frame assembly 10 having a pair of members 12, 14 which are generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of symmetry 16 of the vehicle which is...
US-6,588,534 Transverse engine mounting arrangement
A vehicle engine mounting arrangement 70 for a transverse mounted engine 54 vehicle is provided. The mounting system 70 includes a vehicle frame 60 for...
US-6,588,200 Method for correcting an exhaust gas oxygen sensor
An engine air/fuel controller is responsive to an exhaust gas oxygen sensor positioned upstream of a catalytic converter and a proportional exhaust gas oxygen...
US-6,587,047 Intrusion detector with power consumption control and method for intrusion detection
An intrusion detector having a transmitter, receiver, detector, signal processor, and control unit is disclosed. The transmitter is able to transmit waves into a...
US-6,585,066 Motor/alternator with integral wet clutch for use in hybrid vehicles
A hybrid driveline for an automotive vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine and a power transmission mechanism for transferring torque to the traction...
US-6,584,392 Powertrain output monitor
A method of controlling the power output of an internal combustion engine having at least one fuel injector responsive to a commanded fuel signal. The method...
US-6,583,599 Method and apparatus for controlling battery charging in a hybrid electric vehicle
A starter/alternator system (24) for hybrid electric vehicle (10) having an internal combustion engine (12) and an energy storage device (34) has a controller...
US-6,581,966 Twin axis steering wheel system
A steering wheel system (10) for a steer-by-wire vehicle includes a lower subframe (52), an upper subframe (54), and a steering wheel (20). The lower subframe...
US-6,581,960 Seat belt occupant sensor
An occupant sensor system 12 is coupled to an airbag deployment system 14. Occupant sensor system 12 has an occupant sensor 24 that comprises a seat belt and a...
US-6,581,955 Tow hitch rear bumper assembly
A tow hitch rear bumper assembly for a motor vehicle includes a rear bumper for attachment to a frame of the motor vehicle and a tow hitch extending through and...
US-6,581,705 Method for starting an engine in a parallel hybrid electric vehicle
The invention provides a strategy to start a parallel HEV powertrain engine while maintaining a smooth vehicle response to driver demand using the motor while...
US-6,581,580 Hydrocarbon vapor evacuation system
A vapor evacuation system that is used to intermittently remove hydrocarbon vapors from vehicle components to an available vapor storage canister using an...
US-6,581,428 Method and apparatus for superplastic forming
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for forming a sheet of ductile material by superplastic forming. Excessive wrinkling is prevented in the...
US-6,581,371 Engine catalyst monitor
A method for determining a condition of a catalyst disposed in an exhaust of an engine. The method includes sensing a common property of both the exhaust...
US-6,580,977 High efficiency fuel cell and battery for a hybrid powertrain
This invention provides a new method and system to control strategies of a combined fuel cell and battery pack power system to produce an efficient and...
US-6,580,366 System and method for evaluating automotive vehicle oil deterioration
A method and system is provided for evaluating the chemical deterioration of automotive engine oil over time. A change in oil quantity is detected and measured...
US-6,580,178 Pulsed charge starter/alternator control system
A system and method of charging an energy storage device in a vehicle including an engine coupled to a combined starter/alternator and an energy storage device...
US-6,578,909 Vehicle roof structure
A vehicle roof structure including a front header, a pillar support member, a side roof rail, and a roof rail outer front member. The front header has a...
US-6,578,554 Fuel injection arrangement
The invention relates to a fuel injection arrangement for the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, containing a fuel injector mounted on the cylinder head...
US-6,578,411 Method and apparatus for analyzing a drivetrain assembly
A method and an apparatus 10 for determining or identifying the torsional modes of a portion of a vehicle 12, such as a drivetrain assembly including a...
US-6,578,001 System and method of reducing unexpended warranty costs
The present invention involves a system and method of reducing allocated vehicle warranty costs from a stored historical repair database of repairs wherein the...
US-6,577,939 Pressure control system and control method for a multiple-ratio transmission with pre-staged ratio shifts
A modular electronic control system for a geared multiple-ratio transmission wherein pressure profiles for each ratio shift actuator are used to provide seamless...
US-6,575,869 Traction-drive, continuously variable transmission
An infinitely variable traction drive variator comprising at least one pair of toroidal discs with torque-transmitting traction rollers situated between the...
US-6,575,508 Handle with unidirectional counterweight
A motor vehicle door handle assembly combining the use of a counterweight to preclude inadvertent opening movement of the door in a side impact scenario and the...
US-6,575,144 Method for controlling an engine utilizing vehicle position
A method is provided for controlling an internal combustion engine in a vehicle. The method includes adjusting a fuel injection amount during engine crank based...
US-6,575,034 Characterization of environmental and machinery induced vibration transmissivity
A method that simultaneously monitors and captures vibration acceleration signals at locations comprising at least one site sourcing environmental excitations...
US-6,575,012 Method and apparatus for measuring a gaseous component emanating from a vehicle
A system and method is disclosed for measuring mass of hydrocarbons from point source contributions to overall hydrocarbon emissions from an automotive vehicle...
US-6,574,956 Apparatus and method for interrupting regeneration of a particulate filter in a diesel engine
The invention relates to a method for interrupting the regeneration of a particulate filter in the exhaust gas system of a diesel engine to protect the filter...
US-6,574,953 NOx purge air/fuel ratio selection
A method for improving a purge conversion efficiency of a Lean NOx Trap coupled downstream of a lean-burn internal combustion engine is presented. This method...
US-6,573,745 Permanent magnet degradation monitoring for hybrid and electric vehicles
A method and apparatus are provided for detecting the degradation of a permanent magnet in a motor of an electric or hybrid electric vehicle. A voltage monitor...
US-6,572,355 Window sash construction and method and apparatus for manufacture thereof
A homogeneous sash or fenestration unit is shown which may be made of a wide variety of materials, and holds a first and a second pane of glazing material in a...
US-6,572,074 Electromechanical valve actuator with air piston to aid in soft landing
An electromagnetic actuator 10 for opening and closing a cylinder valve 14. The actuator includes an opening coil 20, a closing coil 22, a magnetic armature 26...
US-6,572,070 Exhaust system hanger isolator
An exhaust system hanger isolator supports exhaust system components on a vehicle in a manner to reduce noise and vibration. The isolator includes a bracket...
US-6,571,771 System for controlling air-fuel ratio during intake control device transitions
A method and system for controlling the fuel mass to be delivered to an individual cylinder of an internal combustion engine during engine transients caused by...
US-6,571,614 Injection pressure sensor sealing mechanism
An injection pressure sensor (10) intended for use with a fluid source (12). The injection pressure sensor (10) has a sensor element (14) in communication with...
US-6,571,157 Oil pressure diagnostic strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle
A diagnostic system for controlling an engine low oil pressure indicator in a hybrid electric vehicle includes a powertrain having an engine and an electric...
US-6,569,392 Three-way rare earth oxide catalyst
The invention is a method of manufacturing a three-way catalyst and the catalyst as well as its use for treating exhaust gas generated by a gasoline internal...
US-6,568,754 Expandable, redeployable automotive headrest
An active, resettable head restraint system includes a collision prediction system for detecting objects approaching the vehicle from the rear, a pressure tank...
US-6,568,743 Active armrest for side impact protection
A motor vehicle occupant protection system features an upper panel of an armrest is maintained in an arm supporting position during normal vehicle operation, and...
US-6,568,357 Variable compression ratio pistons and connecting rods
Various embodiments (20; 50; 50; 120) of variable length piston and connecting rod assemblies for imparting a variable compression ratio to an internal...
US-6,568,257 Cylinder air charge estimate
A method for obtaining an accurate cylinder air-charge estimate is presented. First, a sensor-based powertrain torque estimate is obtained. Next, a torque...
US-6,568,256 System and method for controlling an automatic four-wheel drive transfer case which prevents excessive slippage
A method and system 10 for controlling a transfer case 32 of a four-wheel drive vehicle 12. The vehicle 12 includes a front driveshaft 22 and a rear driveshaft...
US-6,568,246 System and method for detecting an air leak in an exhaust system coupled to an engine
A system and method for detecting an air leak within an exhaust system is provided. The method includes measuring an exhaust gas constituent in exhaust gases...
US-6,568,177 Method for rapid catalyst heating
A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an...
US-6,568,173 Control method for turbocharged diesel engine aftertreatment system
A method of controlling an exhaust gas aftertreatment system in a compression ignition engine having a power-assisted turbocharger coupled to a power source. The...
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