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Method for improved air-fuel ratio control
An engine control method for improving air-fuel ratio control controls airflow when fuel injector limits are reached. The method includes a transient fuel model...
Catalytic converter temperature control system and method
An electronic engine controller controls the catalytic converter temperature by generating a desired rich air/fuel ratio that will maintain the catalytic...
Apparatus and method for heating an automotive catalyst to an emission
A method of conditioning an automotive catalyst by (a) electrolyzing water on-board the vehicle to derive and store separate quantities of hydrogen and oxygen at...
Predicting cylinder pressure for on-vehicle control
An apparatus for predicting cylinder pressure for on-vehicle control of an internal combustion engine includes a piston sensor, a cylinder pressure sensor, and a...
Passive restraint control system for vehicles
An impact system employs an accelerometer (40), which produces an acceleration signal (70), and communicates it with a restraints control module (38) that, in...
Method of preconditioning a battery to improve cold temperature starting of
A method of preconditioning a battery 34 of a hybrid electric vehicle 10 to improve cold temperature starting of vehicle 10. The method utilizes the vehicle's...
Method of manufacturing a metal and polymeric composite article
A method of manufacturing a metal and polymeric composite article by the following steps. Droplets of spray deposited metal and spray deposited polymeric...
Method of manufacturing lightweight glazing by multilayer glass/plastic
A method of manufacturing a curved glass/plastic laminate sheet for lightweight automotive glazing is disclosed. A flat laminate is build up with two thin glass...
Fuel pump assembly
A fuel pump assembly 10 including a motor 12, a drive shaft 14 which is rotatably coupled to motor 12, an impeller 16, and a chamber assembly 18. Fuel pump...
System for priming a diesel fuel system
An apparatus for priming a diesel fuel system includes a diesel engine having a plurality of injectors. The injectors receive a supply of diesel fuel from a fuel...
Internal combustion engine having deceleration fuel shut off and camshaft
controlled charge trapping
A reciprocating internal combustion engine using poppet valves, valve timing control and fuel injection, cuts off fuel during engine deceleration and controls...
Combustion chamber for DISI engines with exhaust side piston bowl
A stratified-charge combustion system design for direct-injection spark-ignited engines with the piston bowl in the exhaust-valve side. The air flow from the...
Emission control system
An engine exhaust aftertreatment system is described in which lean NO.sub.x, exhaust aftertreatment devices are employed. Because temperature in the exhaust line...
Method for optimizing mechanical strength of a casting using microstructure
A method for quantitatively predicting and consequently minimizing the amount of critical phases such as eutectic Al.sub.2 Cu formed during solidification of...
System and method for estimating sensor errors
A system 10 for estimating sensor error. In the preferred embodiment, the system 10 includes a module 12 and a linear neuron 14, and is adapted to accurately...
Moisture sensor with autobalance control
An autobalance control circuit for use in a moisture sensor which senses moisture on the surface of a transparent material. The moisture sensor includes...
Steering wheel heater assembly and a method for heating a steering wheel
A steering wheel heating assembly 10 which electively provides a relatively high voltage electrical signal to a heating element 16 which is coupled to a steering...
Heating of a storage trap
A lean NOx trap in an exhaust system of a spark ignition internal combustion engine having a three-way catalyst upstream of the lean NOx trap, and the lean NOx...
Brake master cylinder and pedal feel emulator
A master cylinder (12) and pedal feel emulator (10) useful in a brake-by-wire system. A bore (18) of the master cylinder contains three pistons (22, 34, and 28),...
Multi-position vehicle tailgate assembly
A multi position tailgate assembly (10) includes a tailgate (14), at least one hinge element (16), moveable between a closed position (20), and an opened...
A vehicle restraint assembly 10 having a selectively inflatable and expandable assembly 20 and a member 34 which is selectively and removably coupled to a vent...
Electronic throttle return mechanism with default and gear backlash control
An electronic throttle control system having a housing 22 with a motor 40, throttle valve 60, gear mechanism 100, and failsafe mechanism 130. A main spring...
Three-valve cylinder head system
A three-valve cylinder head system for a direct-injected spark-ignited (DISI) internal combustion engine. Two inlet ports are positioned in opposite quadrants of...
Bonded composite intake manifold
A plastic air intake assembly comprising, for example, upper and lower housing members with the upper member underside and the lower member upper side having a...
Air induction assembly for a mass air flow sensor
An air induction assembly 10 disposed in an intake passage through which air flows to an engine. The air induction assembly 10 has a conduit member 20 which...
Vehicle window wiper assembly having one-piece carrier with flexible tips
A vehicle window wiper assembly has a one-piece carrier with a central section and flexible tips to allow the wiper to accommodate windows of high curvature. The...
Golf club for teaching ball alignment and lie angle
Vehicle and engine control system and method
An engine control system controls engine torque to transition through the transmission lash zone. The transmission lash zone is determined using speed ratio...
The present invention is an anti-reflective transparent article which includes a transparent substrate. The article also includes a first coating of metal oxide...
Method and tooling for automated wet or dry sanding of a vehicle surface
An automotive vehicle body can be sanded with a robotic sanding (polishing) disk that is carried on a robotic head, such that the sanding disk has a relatively...
A vehicle console 12 which is adapted to store a child safety seat 50 and which is further adapted to operatively and movably support and position the child...
Powertrain output monitor
A powertrain control method for an internal combustion engine having a throttle responsive to a throttle position command. The method comprises the steps of...
Powertrain output monitor
A powertrain control method for an internal combustion engine responsive to an accelerator pedal input, the engine having at least one fuel injector responsive...
Temperature compensating gas spring strut and method of making
An apparatus and a method of making an automatic temperature compensating gas spring strut, the method comprising providing an outer cylinder having opposite...
Particle trajectory analysis system and method for vehicle design
The method and system for aiding in the design of an automotive vehicle enables dynamic placement of particle injection points into a flow domain to permit...
Traction control system for a hybrid electric vehicle
An electric motor system for reducing drive wheel torque on a hybrid electric vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, an electric motor, a transmission,...
Roll over stability control for an automotive vehicle
A stability control system 24 for an automotive vehicle as includes a plurality of sensors 28-37 sensing the dynamic conditions of the vehicle and a controller...
Moisture sensor with automatic emitter intensity control
An automatic intensity control unit for use in a moisture sensor which senses moisture on the surface of a transparent material. The moisture sensor includes one...
An exhaust system includes a manifold having an exhaust port. An exhaust pipe is sealingly engaged with the exhaust port. A hole is provided in the exhaust pipe...
Valve seat insert
A valve seat insert 10 for use in combination with a cylinder head 12. Insert 10 is disposed within a cavity 24 formed within cylinder head 12 and includes...
Homogeneous charge compression ignition internal combustion engine
A HCCI engine includes a cylinder block with a cylinder head closing off a cylinder, a power piston slidably contained within the cylinder, and a boost piston...
Control method and apparatus for an electro-hydraulic power assisted
A power assisted steering system 12 has a control valve 28, a pump 22 coupled to the control valve 28, and a motor 20 coupled to the pump. A controller 18 is...
Method for controlling an internal combustion engine
A method is presented for controlling powertrain torque by minimizing the error between the actual powertrain torque (as read by the torque sensor) and the...
Submersible electro-hydraulic powerpack for underhood automotive steering
An electro-hydraulic power steering system having a motor, a pump, and a control module all formed as an integral unit. The motor is shaft coupled to the pump...
Method of spray forming readily weldable and machinable metal deposits
A method of spray forming a weldable metal deposit. The method comprises (a) providing a ceramic spray forming pattern, (b) heating the spray forming pattern to...
Exhaust gas recirculation monitor
An EGR system monitor combines an inferred manifold absolute pressure based on measured mass air flow with a measured manifold absolute pressure to obtain a more...
System for controlling air-fuel ratio during intake control device
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...
System for controlling a fuel injector
A system for controlling a fuel injector in accordance with an injection control strategy for an engine includes programmable control logic to provide selectable...
Method to manage internal combustion engine shutdown
A shutdown method for an internal combustion engine having deactivatable intake and exhaust valves is disclosed in which unburned fuel existing within the engine...
Fuel vapor purge for a direct injection engine
A fuel vapor purging method controls fuel vapor purging during stratified operation. Several factors influence vapor purge control, including fuel vapor...