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US-6,441,574 Energy control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle
An energy control strategy (10) for a hybrid electric vehicle that controls an electric motor during bleed and charge modes of operation. The control strategy...
US-6,440,041 Method of controlling engine torque during launch from neutral idle operation
A method of controlling engine torque in a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine and multi-ratio transmission when launched from a neutral idle rest...
US-6,439,671 Extruded aluminum vehicle wheel
A vehicle wheel is disclosed that is made up of a plurality of extrusions. A rim may be provided in either a cylindrical form or in the form of a series of...
US-6,439,653 Mounting structure with improved stiffness characteristics
A mounting structure 10 having improved stiffness characteristics. The mounting structure 10 includes a pillar 14 which forms a portion of a vehicle body 12 and...
US-6,439,330 Vehicle hood deployment device for pedestrian protection
A device for deploying the hood of an automotive vehicle upwardly in the event of impact with a pedestrian includes a hinge assembly secured to the vehicle...
US-6,439,329 Integrated battery tray and reservoir assembly
An integrated battery tray and reservoir assembly 10 is provided which is adapted to be operatively installed within the engine compartment of a conventional...
US-6,439,039 Method to verify cold start spark retard
Methods of utilizing engine 15 crankshaft acceleration 17 to monitor cold start spark retard are presented. A first method utilizes a variance in a crankshaft...
US-6,438,944 Method and apparatus for optimizing purge fuel for purging emissions control device
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...
US-6,438,844 Method and apparatus for manufacturing constant velocity joints
A method and tool are provided for manufacturing an outer race for constant velocity joints by plastic deformation of a preform having a cavity open on one side...
US-6,438,835 Method and system for manufacturing a cylinder head
A method and system for machining a cylinder head include loading a cylinder head into a first five axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine. A first...
US-6,438,794 Releasable automotive door stop
A door checking and stopping apparatus for an automotive cargo door comprises a housing containing an energy storage device and guidance arrangement adapted to...
US-6,438,487 Method and system for determining the operational state of a vehicle starter motor
A method for determining an operational state of a vehicle starter motor coupled to vehicle battery includes the steps of detecting a vehicle battery voltage,...
US-6,438,486 System and method for minimizing fuel evaporative emissions from an internal combustion engine
A method for minimizing evaporative fuel emissions of a vehicle having an internal combustion engine, the engine having a combustion chamber, a corresponding...
US-6,436,881 High temperature lubricant composition
Improved synthetic lubricants based on a 100% polyol ester composition suitable for use in high temperature static chain oil applications is provided. The...
US-6,435,594 Transformer cargo cover
A transformer cargo cover for a vehicle having an open cargo bed area includes a first and second lower panel each having an outside surface and a first and...
US-6,435,164 Fuel weathering method for vehicle evaporative emission system
A fuel weathering method for an evaporative emission system of a motor vehicle includes determining a current temperature of liquid fuel inside the evaporative...
US-6,435,158 Method and system for preventing reverse running of internal combustion engine
A method for preventing reverse running of an internal combustion engine includes determining the operational state of the vehicle starter motor, determining...
US-6,434,930 Method and apparatus for controlling lean operation of an internal combustion engine
A method and system for controlling the operation of "lean-burn" internal combustion engines determines a current rate of vehicle NO.sub.x emissions, and...
US-6,434,827 Method for creating a gear assembly
A method for producing a gear assembly 108 which allows for the relatively efficient transfer of energy. Assembly 108 is created by forming a first member 10 and...
US-6,434,541 Automotive engine misfire detection system including a bit-serial based recurrent neuroprocessor
An engine diagnostic system includes a bit-serial based recurrent neuroprocessor for processing data from an internal combustion engine in order to diagnose...
US-6,434,474 Upstream gauge sensor, downstream absolute pressure sensor system
A method for estimating pressure surround an engine uses a gauge pressure sensor upstream of an orifice and an absolute pressure sensor downstream of the...
US-6,434,467 Vehicle control method for vehicle having a torque converter
A method is described for controlling a powertrain of a vehicle. In particular, the method attempts to minimize transmission gear separation, or "clunk". Under...
US-6,434,466 System and method for determining engine torque for controlling a powertrain
A system and method for controlling a powertrain including an automatic transmission include determining a desired wheel torque, determining engine speed,...
US-6,433,506 Sensorless control system for induction motor employing direct torque and flux regulation
A sensorless control system for an induction motor employs direct tracking of torque and flux regulation to achieve improved motor control without the need for...
US-6,432,210 Method for treating brass
Brass articles having leachable lead are contacted with an aqueous caustic solution having a pH of about 10 to about 14 that contains a chelating agent. During...
US-6,431,130 Torque control in an engine with a hybrid valvetrain
A system and a method for controlling engine torque in an internal combustion with a randomly operable intake valve and a selectable intake valve is disclosed in...
US-6,431,129 Method and system for transient load response in a camless internal combustion engine
A method of operating an internal combustion engine in response to a transient load includes the steps of providing an air charge quantity required to produce a...
US-6,430,492 Engine control system for improved driveability
A vehicle and engine control system controls engine torque to maintain positive torque at a transmission input to minimize the transmission gears from...
US-6,429,789 Vehicle information acquisition and display assembly
A vehicle information acquisition and display assembly 10. The system 10 selectively senses objects 27 residing within a dynamically configurable region of...
US-6,429,616 Method of estimating the DC bus voltage in electric machine drives
An electric machine drive system uses an estimation of the DC bus voltage to improve machine drive control. The DC bus voltage is estimated by injecting a...
US-6,429,429 Night vision system utilizing a diode laser illumination module and a method related thereto
A night vision system 10 is provided for detecting objects at relatively low visible light levels. The system 10 includes an infrared light source 14. The system...
US-6,428,755 Catalyst assembly for an exhaust gas system
A catalyst assembly 16 for an exhaust gas system 14 for an automotive vehicle includes a housing 28 and a porous support structure 32 having a plurality of...
US-6,428,105 Mesh vehicle seats
A mesh vehicle seat for a specialty vehicle is provided. The mesh vehicle seat has a base and back that are each covered by a fabric web. The base includes a...
US-6,428,087 A-pillar structure for a vehicle
A driver's compartment for a vehicle includes an A-pillar structure (28) having an exterior surface (30) and an interior surface (32). The A-pillar (28) has a...
US-6,428,064 Energy absorbing bumper
An energy absorbing bumper assembly is provided, including a tube member and a first energy absorbing element positioned within the tube member, including at...
US-6,427,888 Vehicle roof top luggage holder
A vehicle roof top luggage holder comprising a roof track, a roof rack for receiving luggage, and a rear frame, the roof track extending generally to the fore...
US-6,427,794 Adaptive demagnetization compensation for a motor in an electric or partially electric motor vehicle
In an electric or hybrid electric vehicle, a voltage monitor (102) is directly coupled to a traction motor (38) and/or generator motor (30) to detect a permanent...
US-6,427,660 Dual fuel compression ignition engine
A compression ignition internal combustion engine 7 is provided. The engine has at least one combustion chamber 10 having an air inlet 14 and an exhaust outlet...
US-6,427,640 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...
US-6,427,439 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...
US-6,427,437 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...
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...
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