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System and method for heating vehicle fluids
A system 10 which utilizes engine coolant to selectively heat and cool fluid or oil used by another vehicle system, such as a transmission 14. System 10 includes...
Method and system for NOx reduction
A system and method for controlling reductant injection upstream of a selective reduction catalyst (SCR) to overcome NO.sub.X inhibiting effects by injecting...
Method for improved performance of an engine emission control system
An engine control system of an internal combustion engine coupled to a NOx trap uses a integrated difference between NOx exiting the trap and NOx entering the...
Powertrain torque estimate
An improved method for estimating an input torque to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is presented. The method includes calculating torque adaptation...
Magnet retainer ring for vehicle alternators
A generally annular magnet retainer is provided for use in a rotor of a rotating electrical machine. The retainer includes a generally annular ring that is...
Flexible tape conductor
An electrical termination arrangement 70 including a multiple lead conductive flexible tape 14 has first and second ends, the first end being operatively...
Articulating cargo bed extender
An extendable support mechanism for a cargo bed of a pickup truck or the like. One or more support members are attached to opposite sides of the cargo bed and...
Vehicle electric power assist steering system and method using velocity
based torque estimation
A steering system (10) and method (70) for controlling the steering of a vehicle having a steering wheel (12), a steering column (14)connected to the steering...
System and method for determining engine control parameters based on engine
A system and method for determining control parameters for an engine include modifying a first engine torque based on estimated losses associated with a...
Internal combustion engine shutdown method and control system
Periodic shutdown of the internal combustion engine (12) during operation of a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is achieved by shutdown of a vapor management valve...
Hybrid exhaust manifold for combustion engines
An exhaust manifold 10 having a body 12 and a plurality of flanges 14-24. The body 12 is separately fabricated apart from flanges 14-24. The flanges 14-24 are...
Diagnostic system for monitoring catalyst operation using arc length ratio
A method and system for diagnosing catalyst operation in an internal combustion engine having a two-bank, three EGO sensor structure includes determining the...
Method and apparatus for pulse width modulation
A pulse width modulation circuit (10) for a motor controller is operated by generating an offset voltage and adding the offset voltage to a carrier timing signal...
Oxygen storage material for automotive catalysts and process of using
The invention is a mixed oxide oxygen storage material useful as a catalyst or catalyst washcoat. The mixed oxide is praseodymium oxide loaded onto a support of...
Thin-sheet collimation optics for diode laser illumination systems for use
in night vision and exterior...
An optical element, a lighting system utilizing the optical element and a method of manipulating light from a source to provide an illumination pattern suitable...
Fuel tank pressure control system
A method is presented for controlling fuel tank pressure in an internal combustion engine. The engine, the fuel tank and the carbon canister are connected in a...
System and method for cooling a battery pack
A battery cooling system 10 for use with a vehicle 14 including several batteries or battery modules 16-38 which provide power to the vehicle 12. The system 10...
Control strategy for an internal combustion engine in a hybrid vehicle
A system and method is disclosed for operating an internal combustion engine disposed in a hybrid vehicle, in which engine operation is selected to provide...
Integrated radar and active transponder collision prediction system
A method and apparatus for permitting a host automotive vehicle to avoid or mitigate the consequences of a collision between the host vehicle and a target...
Electrostatic painting system and method
A system 10 for electrostatically painting a product or vehicle 12. The system 10 ensures that each product or vehicle 12 which is painted is sufficiently and...
Power delivery circuit with boost for energetic starting in a pulsed charge
A method of energizing a combined starter/alternator to start an engine in a vehicle including a primary energy storage device and a secondary energy storage...
Park gear damper for an automatic transmission for an automotive vehicle
The invention comprises a park mechanism for an automatic transmission comprising a toothed wheel secured to the torque output shaft of the transmission and a...
Fuel vapor emission control system employing vacuum
A fuel system and a method for refueling a fuel tank within the fuel system both employ a fuel tank having contained therein a fuel vapor, where the fuel tank...
Combined combustible gas sensor and temperature detector
A substrate covered with an insulating layer and a catalytic gate electrode 26 disposed on the insulating layer. The catalytic gate electrode 26 has a first end...
Method for generating additional engine loads during start-up
A method and system for generating auxiliary load during start-up and warm-up of a spark ignition engine operating with a high load, cold start and spark retard...
Method and apparatus for estimating lean NOx trap capacity
A method and apparatus for determining the capacity of a trap to store NO.sub.x based on the change in oxygen storage in the trap occurring as a result of...
Control methods for electromagnetic valve actuators
A method for initializing an actuator valve (12) and controlling the valve (12) using current command control (100) or voltage control including an estimate of...
Method of controlling an induction generator
A method of controlling an induction generator such as an automotive starter-alternator or a windmill is disclosed. The method comprises using a plurality of...
Vehicle body mount with anti-rotation feature
A body mount (10) for use with vehicle of the type including a frame (12) and a body (14). Body mount (10) includes a generally elongated hollow inner member...
De-coupling mechanism for separating axial radial spring rates in an
elastomeric mounting/isolation system
An elastomeric mounting/isolation assembly (10) having several annular elastomeric elements (12, 32, 34), several rigid sleeves (14, 16, 40), and a fastener...
Deployable A-pillar covers for pedestrian protection
A pedestrian protection apparatus for a motor vehicle includes left and right A-pillar covers hingingly attached to respective A-pillars. The A-pillar covers...
Deployable hinge for pedestrian protection vehicle hood
A device for raising the hood of an automotive vehicle to increase the amount of space between the hood and underhood components to increase the energy absorbed...
Crankshaft casting pattern and method
A crankshaft casting pattern insert 10 which includes selectively adjustable portions 14, 16, which respectively correspond the front and rear main bearing...
EGR system using pressure-based feedback control
An EGR system using pressure-based feedback control includes an actuator for moving an EGR valve between a closed position and an open position, and a position...
Onboard diagnostic misfire detection monitor for internal combustion
A misfire monitoring method and system employ an indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP) parameter for misfire monitoring of an internal combustion engine of a...
Cofluids for use with carbon dioxide refrigerant
A carbon dioxide/cofluid mixture is provided for use in a refrigeration cycle in which the carbon dioxide is alternately absorbed and desorbed from the cofluid....
Flexible connector assembly
A connector assembly for connecting a catalytic converter assembly to a muffler and tailpipe assembly includes first and second flexible portions, and a middle...
Temperature management of catalyst system for a variable displacement
A system and method for controlling an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, at least some of which may be selectively deactivated to...
Temperature control of CVD method for reduced haze
The invention is a method of making a coated glass substrate having a low haze. A soda-lime glass substrate having at least one surface upon which a coating may...
A vision system 10 which allows images of a vehicular ambient environment 52 to be selectively acquired and displayed upon a display portion 14. The system 10...
Bumper system for motor vehicles
A bumper system for a motor vehicle includes an energy absorber and a bumper beam interconnecting the energy absorber and vehicle structure and having a general...
A fuel system 10 which selectively receives, stores and delivers volatile fuel 16. Fuel system 10 includes a variable volume fuel tank 12 having a movable piston...
System and method for varying the compression ratio of an internal
A system for varying a compression ratio of an internal combustion engine includes: at least one sensor for measuring an operating condition of the internal...
Hybrid operating mode for DISI engines
A computer readable storage medium having stored data representing instructions for controlling a spark ignited direct injection internal combustion engine...
Drive-by-wire vehicle engine output control system
A method is presented for improved interaction between driver demand, cruise control system and traction control system in an internal combustion vehicle....
System and method for controlling neutral idle operation of a vehicle
A control system 32 and method for controlling neutral idle operation of a vehicle 10 is provided. The method includes measuring a brake pressure in a brake...
Obstruction detection system for power liftgate
A powered liftgate actuation system for a vehicle in which opening and/or closing of the liftgate is inhibited if the vehicle is positioned too close to an...
System to improve the torque smoothness of an electric machine
A stator for an induction machine comprises a cylindrical core that has a plurality of inner and outer slots and a plurality of toroidal coils wound about the...
Silicon-doped amorphous carbon coating for paint bell atomizers
A wear resistance coated bell atomizer (32) and method for making same. The coating applied to the outer surface of a bell cup (36) of the bell atomizer (32) is...
Apparatus for varying the compression ratio of an internal combustion
An apparatus for selectively varying a compression ratio of an internal combustion engine includes a bearing retainer disposed between a connecting rod and a...