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Variable compression ratio connecting rods
A variable length connecting rod assembly for imparting a variable compression ratio to an internal combustion engine. The assembly contains a first part (22;...
Method and system for purge cycle management of a lean NOx trap
Purging of a NO.sub.X trap is initiated if the estimated mass of NO.sub.X in the trap exceeds a NO.sub.X mass threshold value unless the estimated probability...
Method of calculating optimal wheelslips for brake controller
Wheelslip is controlled in an automotive vehicle having at least one wheel for which control is desired. Each wheel is controlled by a corresponding element of a...
Strategy for controlling ratio changes in a swap-shift automatic
A method for controlling ratio changes in a swap-shift transmission having a first simple planetary gear unit and a second compound planetary gear unit, the two...
Crash control system for vehicles employing predictive pre-crash signals
A crash control system for vehicles employs pre-crash surrogate signals to predict a potential crash. The predictive signals may be generated by activation of...
Perforation corrosion prediction tool
A method for predicting perforation corrosion in a hem flange. The method includes placing an electrode in the hem flange. The electrode extends substantially...
Motor vehicle electrical system with multiple generators
A motor vehicle charging system comprises a first alternator including a first power output and a discrete alternator enabling input, a second alternator...
Fuel cell power generation system and method for powering an electric
A fuel cell power generation system for powering an electric vehicle. The system comprises a low temperature fuel cell, a reactor comprising a reformer for...
Energy management system and method for an extruded aluminum vehicle
An energy management system and method for absorbing and directing kinetic energy during an impact event of a motor vehicle includes a vehicle subframe 30...
Cab-to-box damper assembly for vehicles
A cab-to-box damper assembly is provided for a vehicle having a cab and bed. The cab-to-box damper assembly includes at least one damping and/or spring element...
Evaporative emission control system
An evaporative emission control system for an internal combustion engine isolates the fuel tank from the engine during purging of a carbon canister used to store...
Adjustment of driver demand for atmospheric conditions
A system and method for controlling a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine include determining a currently available maximum torque, determining a driver...
Method and apparatus for trimming thermoformed films
A method and apparatus of trimming a thermoformed film comprising the following steps. A Thermoplastic flexible film is placed within a frame. The film and frame...
Method of estimating barometric pressure in an engine control system
A method of continuously estimating barometric pressure values for use in an engine control system. The vehicle includes an manifold absolute pressure (MAP)...
Method and apparatus for controllably moving a window
An apparatus 10 for controllably moving a vehicle window, which is deployed upon a vehicle 12 of the type having a cab 14 including a rear or "backlight" window...
Sol-gel processed metal-zirconia materials
A metal-zirconium oxide material made by sol-gel techniques from alkoxides including heterometallic alkoxides. The heterometallic alkoxides include zirconium and...
Automatic transmission dynamic electronic pressure control based on desired
A system and method for controlling a powertrain including an automatic transmission include determining a value representing requested powertrain output,...
Control strategy for a hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle
A control strategy for a hybrid powertrain for an automotive vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a geared transmission mechanism for transmitting...
Sprocket for roller chain drives
A roller chain and sprocket drive includes a roller chain having multiple rollers and articulated links, the rollers being arranged with a substantially constant...
Multi-functional tailgate for truck-like vehicles
A horizontal hinged tailgate assembly 7 is provided for a vehicle 10. The tailgate assembly 7 includes a frame 20. A seating platform 60 is provided which is...
Steering wheel with a driver airbag module
A steering wheel airbag assembly (1) for a motor vehicle with a driver airbag module (2), in which the module snaps into an aligned engagement with the steering...
Engine cooling system
An integrated fluid recovery reservoir and thermostat assembly 12 for use within an engine cooling system 10. The integrated fluid recovery reservoir and...
Method and apparatus for coupling an engine and transmission with a
A starter/alternator system 40 for an automotive vehicle 10 with an internal combustion engine 12 has a crankshaft 50 coupled to pistons 16 and a flywheel 90...
Method for ensuring combustion of evaporative fuel in a stratified charge
engine using multiple fuel injection...
A method for operating a direct injection spark ignition engine in stratified mode and dual mode is presented. The method includes determining a fuel fraction in...
Air/fuel ratio control responsive to catalyst window locator
An air/fuel control method for an engine including a NO.sub.x sensor in operative relationship to a catalytic converter. The method comprises the steps of...
Plasma-catalyst control system
A system and method of controlling J/L specific energy deposition in accordance with either measured or estimated values of engine or vehicle operational...
On-board diagnostics for detecting the operation of diesel emissions
An on-board diagnostic method for detecting whether a diesel emissions control system is functioning properly by continuously monitoring the temperature rise...
Calibration method for disc engines
A method of mapping a direct injection stratified charge (DISC) engine comprises the steps of generating an estimated fueling rate map and torque map from engine...
Cylinder air charge estimation using observer-based adaptive control
A system and method for controlling an internal combustion engine to improve air/fuel ratio control particularly during transient operating modes include...
System and method for synchronizing the phase angle for an AC power source
in parallel operation with a grid
A system 10 for synchronizing the phase angle of an alternating current power source ("APS") 12 with the phase angle of a power grid 14. The system 10 provides...
Method and apparatus for monitoring seat belt use of rear seat passengers
A system for monitoring the secured/unsecured status of seat belts in rear seating rows of a vehicle notes the number and/or location of seat belts secured at a...
Strategy to control battery state of charge based on vehicle velocity
The present invention is to provide an improved strategy for actively controlling battery state of charge (SOC) as a function of the vehicle's kinetic energy. A...
Stowable deck lid
A trunk assembly (10) is provided, including a cargo compartment (22) and a deck lid (12), moveable between an open position (14), a closed position (16), and a...
Clutch divider plate
A clutch divider plate 10 having a pair of outer plates 12, 14 and a pair of inner rings or members 16, 18. Rings or members 16, 18 include several notches 40,...
Hybrid electric vehicle
A hybrid vehicle 10 including a power take off assembly 20 which is selectively operated by a source of energy which may comprise the cooperative combination of...
Active fuel system bladder
An active bladder system and method for using same minimizes vapor formation in a fuel tank. A low-permeation, flexible conductive bladder (18) is contained...
Mode transition control scheme for internal combustion engines using
A control method and system are disclosed for managing torque during a transition in an internal combustion engine. Spark timing and unequal delivery of fuel to...
Sound detector device
A sound detector device for locating and diagnosing sound in a motor vehicle includes a headphone and a plurality of directional microphones. The sound detector...
Oxygen sensor monitoring
A gas sensor deterioration monitor, particularly suited for use in an exhaust stream from an internal combustion engine. Under certain engine operating...
System and method for reducing vehicle emissions
A method and system 10 for reducing cold-start emissions of an automotive vehicle 12 having an internal combustion engine 26. System 10 includes a main...
Method and apparatus for measuring lean-burn engine emissions
A method and apparatus for controlling the operation of a "lean-burn" internal combustion engine in cooperation with an exhaust gas purification system having an...
Method and apparatus for enabling lean engine operation upon engine
A method and system for controlling the operation of "lean-burn" internal combustion engines, wherein initial values for measures representing current levels of...
Variable engine valve control system
A variable engine valve control system wherein each of the reciprocating intake and/or exhaust valves is hydraulically controlled and includes a piston subjected...
Ambient adjusted volume control for in-vehicles messages
The reproduction sound level of high priority messages such as navigation instructions, parking aid signals, and back-up warning signals is controlled based on...
Direct current electric power generation system with variable speed
alternating current generators
A method and system for increasing the output of an alternator for an automotive vehicle has a first three-phase winding (18) and a second three-phase winding...
Hybrid permanent magnet/synchronous machines
A rotor 33, 133 for use in an electrical machine 100 having permanent magnets 34, 134 included therein, each permanent magnet 34, 134 between an adjacent pair of...
High power switching module
A power switching module includes a substrate having at least one silicon die forming at least one power switching element and having leadframe terminal posts...
Vehicle image acquisition and display assembly
A vehicle image acquisition and display assembly 10 which is deployed within conventional vehicle rear-view mirror housing or shroud members 20, 22 and which...
Lamp can and radiator support assembly
A lamp can and radiator support assembly is provided for a motor vehicle. The lamp can and radiator support assembly includes a radiator support for operative...
A hoist assembly 10 for lifting an object 12 includes a support fixture 14 having three elongated support rails or members 16, 18, and 20, a movable lever...