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US-6,386,175 Fuel injection
A stratified charge is formed in an engine by injecting fuel at an impingement surface adjacent an outlet of the injector. The injected fuel thereby forms a...
US-6,386,156 Transitions among operating modes in an engine with a hybrid valvetrain
A method for controlling intake valves in an internal combustion with intake valves operated by more than one type of actuation device includes steps to...
US-6,386,153 Variable compression ratio connecting rod locking mechanism II
A variable length connecting rod (12) has a first locking mechanism (36) for releasably locking connecting rod parts in a first effective length setting (FIG. 7)...
US-D457,115 Vehicle with closed liftglass assembly
US-6,385,520 Control strategy and method for independently controlling friction element actuators for an automatic transmission
A control strategy and method for controlling application and release of friction elements in an automatic transmission to effect gear ratio changes as one...
US-6,385,210 Method for detecting and resolving data corruption in a UART based communication network
A method for communicating information between networked UARTs to achieve reliable peer to peer communication. A negative acknowledgment (NACK) signal is...
US-6,382,382 Centrifugally balanced, pressure-operated clutch assembly
A rotary clutch assembly for a geared power transmission mechanism comprising a friction disc clutch with driving and driven friction clutch plates, the driving...
US-6,382,193 Method of supercharging an engine
A variable displacement internal combustion engine having an intake manifold for providing ambient air and a boost manifold is provided. Either designated...
US-6,382,191 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-6,382,163 Starter alternator with variable displacement engine and method of operating the same
A system 40 for starting a variable displacement internal combustion engine 12 of an automotive vehicle 10 has a controller 54 coupled to a starter/alternator 42...
US-6,382,040 Method and apparatus for determining the position of a shift rail
A method and an assembly 40 for determining the axial and rotational position of a shift member 14. The assembly includes a pair of substantially identical and...
US-6,381,953 Exhaust gas oxygen sensor temperature control for a variable displacement engine
A system and method for controlling temperature of an exhaust gas oxygen sensor in a system having a variable displacement engine include monitoring temperature...
US-6,379,283 Torque estimation method for an internal combustion engine
A method is presented for correcting estimates of engine output torque and accessory load torque. Engine output torque estimates are corrected when the accessory...
US-6,379,277 Limited slip differential mechanism for an automotive vehicle and method for making the same
A limited slip differential assembly 100. The differential assembly 100 includes first and second housing portions 104, 106 which are formed by use of a...
US-6,378,927 Stowable load ramp for vehicles
A stowable load ramp for a vehicle includes a tailgate operable between a closed vertical position and an open horizontal position, an upper panel hingedly...
US-6,378,636 Method and system for providing for vehicle drivability feel after accelerator release in an electric or hybrid...
The invention is a method and system to provide negative torque to an electric vehicle (EV, FCEV, hybrid electric powertrain (HEV)) powertrain when only the...
US-6,378,505 Fuel tank pressure control system
A method is presented for diagnosing a condition in the fuel vapor purge system. The engine, the fuel tank and the carbon canister are connected in a three-way...
US-6,378,488 Direct injection spark ignition engine
A method is presented for improving performance of direct injection spark ignition internal combustion engines at high load conditions by increasing the degree...
US-6,378,484 Coordinated control of valve timing during mode transitions of direct injection stratified charge engines
A system and method for controlling a direct injection stratified charge engine during transitions between homogeneous and stratified operating modes position...
US-6,378,359 Method and system for evaluating exhaust on-board diagnostics system
A system and method of normalizing an emissions threshold catalytic brick 302 without a mileage accumulation step is used to evaluate an on-board diagnostics for...
US-6,378,355 Combustible gas diode sensor
A combustible gas sensor diode including a SiC semiconductor substrate, on top of which an AlN layer and a catalytic metal "gate" electrode are deposited is...
US-6,377,131 Pulse width modulated driver
A pulse width modulated driver 20 is provided for driving a load 17, such as a halogen bulb, at a reduced voltage level. The driver 20 includes a switch 28...
US-6,377,019 Peak torque per ampere method for induction motor vector control
An induction motor control system (10) for electric vehicles having a DC power supply (14), an inverter (16), an induction motor (12), a motor controller (26)...
US-6,376,098 Low-temperature, high-strength metal-matrix composite for rapid-prototyping and rapid-tooling
A metal matrix composite includes a plurality of fibers having an average diameter of about eight micrometers with a coating, and a metal or alloy distributed...
US-6,376,016 Method for painting a vehicle with at least two colors
A method for painting a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes applying a first base coat to a first portion of the body of the vehicle and applying a second...
US-6,375,270 Seat belt restraint system
A seat belt restraint system is provided for a vehicle seat having a seat back extending between a top and bottom portion and a seat cushion extending between an...
US-6,374,868 Fuel filler pipe insert
A system is disclosed which includes an insert installed in the fuel filler neck on board a vehicle. The insert ensures that only nozzles dispensing both fuel...
US-6,374,811 System and method for minimizing fuel evaporative emissions from an internal combustion engine
A method for removing fuel vapors from an intake manifold of an internal combustion engine includes storing a vacuum in a vacuum storage device coupled to the...
US-6,374,597 Method and apparatus for accessing ability of lean NOx trap to store exhaust gas constituent
A method and apparatus for controlling the operation of a "lean-burn" internal combustion engine in cooperation with an emissions control device capable of...
US-6,373,380 Communication method and system for configuring electric powered vehicles
A method for configuring features of an electric powered vehicle to a profile of a random user includes storing a profile of a user on a device possessed by the...
US-6,373,162 Permanent magnet electric machine with flux control
An electric machine or assembly 10 including a generally cylindrical ferromagnetic housing 12, two substantially identical and opposed stator assemblies 14, 16...
US-6,372,298 High deposition rate thermal spray using plasma transferred wire arc
Method of thermally depositing metal at increased rates onto a target surface, comprising: establishing and operating a high velocity plasma transferred wire arc...
US-6,371,884 Constant power, part load control strategy for electronic engine controls
A method and system for an electronic engine control includes a strategy that correlates an accelerator pedal position with a selected, constant driveshaft power...
US-6,371,551 Integrated steering column, instrument panel, and cowl body structure
An integrated front body clip including an instrument panel support structure, steering column support structure, and cowl structure forming a shared, dependent,...
US-6,371,201 Heat exchanger and method of assembly for automotive vehicles
A heat exchanger and method of assembly for an automotive vehicle includes at least one tube having an internal surface and an external surface, and a...
US-6,371,097 UEGO control circuit board portion with ASIC
A method and apparatus for controlling universal exhaust gas oxygen (UEGO) sensors comprises an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that includes a...
US-6,371,066 Torque based cam timing control method and system
A torque based cam timing system and method for an engine having dual independent camshafts is disclosed that includes a first set of ROM based calibration...
US-6,371,062 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;...
US-6,370,868 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...
US-6,370,467 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...
US-6,370,463 Strategy for controlling ratio changes in a swap-shift automatic transmission
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...
US-6,370,461 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...
US-6,369,589 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...
US-6,369,549 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...
US-6,368,735 Fuel cell power generation system and method for powering an electric vehicle
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...
US-6,367,869 Energy management system and method for an extruded aluminum vehicle subframe
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...
US-6,367,867 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...
US-6,367,457 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...
US-6,367,447 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...
US-6,367,361 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...
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