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Energy-absorbing fastener system
An energy-absorbing fastener assembly is used to mount an automotive trim panel in spaced relation to a structural member, such that an actuation load impingent...
Air assisted fuel injector
An air assisted fuel injector for an internal combustion engine includes a fuel nozzle having a fuel orifice and a targeting section cooperating with the fuel...
Fin alignment and delivery apparatus
An apparatus for aligning and delivering fins manufactured in a fin mill for use in manufacture and assembly of heat exchangers used for controlling temperature...
A heat exchanger having a plurality of elongated, generally flat tubes is disclosed, each tube including a planar base, a top, and pair of arcuate opposed side...
Casing spacers for isolating carrier pipe mechanically, galvanically, and chemically from pipe casings. The spacers may be attached using fasteners to pipe joint...
Internal combustion engine with camshaft phase shifting and internal EGR
A four-stroke cycle, multi-cylinder reciprocating internal combustion engine (10) has a camshaft phaser (34) for adjusting the rotational position of the intake...
Fuel control system
A fuel control system and method for an engine having a returnless fuel system uses a fuel blend sensor to adjust a desired air/fuel ratio to allow continuous...
Low friction valve train
A low friction valve train actuating at least one valve in an internal combustion engine includes a cam shaft having at least one cam, a tappet contacting the...
Rectifier with alternative path for freewheeling current
A rectification circuit comprises a diode full-wave bridge rectifier, a freewheeling current path and a blocking diode coupled between the rectifier and the...
Dual mode continuously variable transmission having multiple torque
An automatic transmission for an automotive vehicle includes a continuously variable drive mechanism having one sheave assembly fixed to an input shaft and an...
Standoff controlled interconnection
A method for joining a component to a substrate applies a base solder portion to the substrate and provides a standoff solder portion in the base solder portion....
Heat exchanger with thermal stress relieving zone
A heat exchanger for an automotive vehicle is disclosed including a frame having a pair of headers and a pair of side supports disposed between the headers at...
Radio receiver with underpass detector
A radio receiver avoids overshoot or undershoot of its audio output caused by inadequate AGC loop response when driving under an underpass and then back into an...
Method of position sensing utilizing giant magneto resistance elements
and solid state switch array
A sensing method continuously scans an array of sensing elements and determines positions by converting array peak amplitude information to a time based...
EMI protection and CTE control of three-dimensional circuitized
A circuit board includes a substantially non-conductive substrate and first and second rigid sheets. The first sheet forms a grid pattern substantially...
Glass production method using wuestite
A process and glass batch composition are provided for producing a soda-lime-silica glass containing oxides of iron. The process includes admixing, heating and...
Method of mitigating electrostatic charge during cleaning of electronic
A method is provided for cleaning an electronic circuit board having first and second opposing surfaces. The method includes directing a stream of carbon dioxide...
Electrical solder and method of manufacturing
A method of manufacturing an electrical solder paste having primary solder powder and an additive metal powder component that does not melt during the soldering...
Apparatus for translating a bias signal into one of two different bias
signals for a switching device
This invention relates to a microcomputer used to bias an analog signal conversion circuit. The microcomputer is programmed to select between one of two possible...
Method of controlling engine starting of vehicle having powertrain
A method of controlling engine starting of a vehicle having a powertrain control module and passive anti-theft system includes the steps of operating the engine...
Dynamically balanced centrifugal fan
A method for dynamically balancing a centrifugal blower fan wheel is disclosed. The method includes the steps of determining an amount and location of change in...
A seat assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first row of seats, a second row of seats spaced from the first row of seats, a third row of seats spaced from the...
Fuel system priming method
A fuel system priming method for an internal combustion engine having a returnless fuel system and electronic fuel injection includes sensing fuel pressure rate...
Internal combustion engine with siamesed cylinder bores and pistons
A reciprocating internal combustion engine includes a siamesed piston bore having a configuration formed by the intersection of two circular cylindrical elements...
Power block assembly and method of making same
A substrate assembly for use with a high power switching module includes at least one power block having a base plate for providing mechanical rigidity for the...
Method and system for detecting an in-path target obstacle in front of a
A method and system for detecting a target obstacle in front of a vehicle traveling on a road includes a radar positioned at a center of the vehicle for...
Electrical system for a motor vehicle
In one embodiment of the present invention, an electrical system for a motor vehicle comprises a capacitor, an engine cranking motor coupled to receive motive...
Method for reworking a multi-layer circuit board using a shape memory
A method and apparatus for forming a rigid circuit board has a circuit board with a reduced thickness in a bend region. The bend region may have several layers...
Asymmetrically hydraulically damped drivebelt tensioner for automotive
An accessory belt tensioner for an automotive engine includes a hub adapted to be fixed to an engine, an arm journaled upon the hub, a tensioner pulley mounted...
Engagement noise isolator for an automatic transmission
An assembly including mutually engaged spline teeth includes a rubber isolator, retained in position between an external splined surface, and an internal splined...
Method of making gas curable resin-coated sand cores
A method of making sand cores to obtain optimum mechanical properties and particularly to obtain accurate adjustment of the gas curing cycle for making optimum...
Evaporative emission canister for an automotive vehicle
An automotive evaporative emissions canister includes a housing containing a hydrocarbon adsorbing material, such as carbon. The canister includes a vent port...
Flow improvement vanes in the intake system of an internal combustion
An air diffuser (20) for an air intake system of an internal combustion engine. The air intake system includes a throttle body (22) up stream from an intake...
Method of preventing odometer fraud
A method is provided for preventing odometer fraud on a vehicle having a multiplex ring including a plurality of vehicle control modules in electrical...
Multiband reception antenna for terrestrial digital audio broadcast bands
The invention combines a loop antenna and a dipole antenna in a conformal antenna on the rear window glass of an automotive vehicle above the defogging heater...
Driveline system balancing method and apparatus
An apparatus and method for balancing a combined assembly of a driveshaft and axle. The apparatus includes a fixture for supporting the driveshaft and axle...
Method of eliminating unevenness in pass-reversal thermal spraying
A method of eliminating unevenness in pass-reversal thermal spraying of a substrate surface by: uniformly thermally spraying a substrate surface by moving a wire...
Sulfur-resistant NO.sub.x traps containing tungstophosphoric acid and
The invention is a nitrogen oxide trap comprising a porous support of alumina; and loaded thereon materials consisting essentially of particular amounts of: (I)...
High surface area, thermally stabilized titania automotive catalyst
This invention is a sulfur-resistant, high surface area and temperature stabilized anatase crystal form of a mixed-oxide of titania and alumina comprising at...
Dual cavity torodial traction drive transmission having multiple speed
inputs to a planetary gear unit
An automatic transmission for an automotive vehicle includes two variator of the traction drive type, each variator including an input disc, an output disc, and...
Fuel pump chamber with contamination control
An electric-operated fuel pump (20) has a vaned impeller (28, 28') that is disposed within a pumping chamber (27) for rotation about an axis (21). The pumping...
Automotive fuel injector
An electromagnetically actuated fuel injector supplies fuel to an internal combustion engine. The injector has a body with an inlet and a nozzle. A needle valve...
Method of soldering materials supported on low-melting substrates
A method of soldering materials by controlling ultrasonic energy to effect melting of only the solder in an assembly to be joined that is carried on a low...
Vapor recovery control system for an internal combustion engine
A system and method for controlling a vapor recovery system. The system uses a vapor sensor canister containing activated charcoal and two temperature probes....
Method of controlling cyclic variation in engine combustion
Cyclic variation in combustion of a lean burning engine is reduced by detecting an engine combustion event output such as torsional acceleration in a cylinder...
Heat spreader mounting pad configurations for laser soldering
There is disclosed herein a printed circuit board onto which an electronic component heat spreader may be soldered by laser soldering, one embodiment of which...
Microscopic digital imaging strain gauge
A strain gauge includes an image sensing device having a lens, a magnification lens optically coupled to the lens, a positioning mechanism connected to the image...
Protective method of support for an electromagnetic apparatus
A method of assembling an electromagnetic device having a plurality of magnetic cores with substantially planar bases, by placing the magnetic cores upon a...
Silicon micromachine with sacrificial pedestal
A protective coating is utilized to protect the silicon during a wet chemical etch step in the process of making a micromachine, thereby preventing the formation...
Method for aligning a vehicle suspension
A method for aligning a suspension of vehicle permits rapid alignment of the suspension. The method eliminates the need to adjust camber by incorporating into a...