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US-6,427,109 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...
US-6,426,581 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...
US-6,425,779 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...
US-6,425,618 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...
US-6,425,454 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...
US-6,425,373 System and method for determining engine control parameters based on engine torque
A system and method for determining control parameters for an engine include modifying a first engine torque based on estimated losses associated with a...
US-6,425,365 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...
US-6,425,243 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...
US-6,425,242 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...
US-6,424,113 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...
US-6,423,293 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...
US-6,422,713 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...
US-6,422,214 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...
US-6,422,027 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...
US-6,421,599 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...
US-6,420,996 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...
US-6,420,874 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...
US-6,420,793 Power delivery circuit with boost for energetic starting in a pulsed charge starter/alternator system
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...
US-6,419,068 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...
US-6,418,915 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...
US-6,418,784 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...
US-6,418,713 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...
US-6,418,711 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...
US-6,418,003 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...
US-6,417,650 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...
US-6,416,102 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...
US-6,416,030 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...
US-6,415,883 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...
US-6,415,882 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...
US-6,415,847 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...
US-6,415,776 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...
US-6,415,656 Onboard diagnostic misfire detection monitor for internal combustion engines
A misfire monitoring method and system employ an indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP) parameter for misfire monitoring of an internal combustion engine of a...
US-6,415,614 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....
US-6,415,603 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...
US-6,415,601 Temperature management of catalyst system for a variable displacement engine
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...
US-6,413,579 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...
US-6,412,950 Vision system
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...
US-6,412,836 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...
US-6,412,476 Fuel system
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...
US-6,412,453 System and method for varying the compression ratio of an internal combustion engine
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...
US-6,411,885 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...
US-6,411,882 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....
US-6,411,881 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...
US-6,411,054 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...
US-6,411,005 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...
US-6,409,104 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...
US-6,408,804 Apparatus for varying the compression ratio of an internal combustion engine
An apparatus for selectively varying a compression ratio of an internal combustion engine includes a bearing retainer disposed between a connecting rod and a...
US-6,408,686 Exhaust system monitor
A method of monitoring exhaust gas flow through an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine comprising the steps of generating a flow efficiency value...
US-6,408,650 Nitrate/nitrite-free manufacturing of glass with selenium
The invention is a method of retaining selenium in a lass containing selenium by including a manganese compound and not including nitrates or nitrites routinely...
US-6,408,616 Diesel OBD-II system for detection of degradation of catalyst activity
A method of monitoring catalyst activity that includes injecting hydrocarbon into the engine exhaust flow sufficient to maintain a constant concentration of...
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