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US-9,322,378 Methods and systems for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle
Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle that includes two electric machines capable of starting an engine are presented. In one example,...
US-9,322,367 Methods and systems for fuel canister purge flow estimation with an intake oxygen sensor
Methods and systems are provided for estimating a fuel canister purge flow based on outputs of an intake manifold oxygen sensor. For example, during boosted...
US-9,322,366 Fuel system diagnostics
Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fuel system leak. While a system vacuum pump is operated to supply vacuum to a vacuum consumption device, air...
US-9,322,363 System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry turbocharger
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
US-9,322,355 System and method for improving operation of an engine combusting liquefied petroleum gas
A method and system for improving operation of an engine that is supplied a fuel having a low super critical temperature is presented. In one example, the...
US-9,322,350 Method for compensating an operating imbalance between different banks of a turbocharged engine
A method for controlling differences in cylinder mixtures for a two cylinder bank engine having a turbocharger is presented. In one example, the description...
US-9,322,348 Fuel system canister purge control
Methods and systems are provided for improving canister purging during the limited engine operation time in a hybrid electric vehicle. Prior to a transition...
US-9,322,347 Method and system for increasing vacuum generation by an engine
A method and a system for providing vacuum via an engine are described. In one example, introduction of a gaseous fuel is ceased in response to a request for...
US-9,322,345 Electric actuator temperature estimation
Various methods for estimating electric actuator temperature during certain operational windows are provided. In one example, a method comprises adjusting an...
US-9,322,342 Hybrid vehicle fuel system leak detection
Methods and systems for fuel system leak detection in a hybrid electric vehicle using a fuel reservoir are disclosed. In one example approach, a method...
US-9,322,340 Method and system for knock control
Methods and systems are provided for improving engine knock control by accounting for a drop in charge cooling efficiency of a knock control fluid at higher...
US-9,322,326 System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry turbocharger
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
US-9,322,292 Bearing having pre-loading element and method for operation of the bearing
A bearing is provided which includes a first set of rolling elements, a second set of rolling elements spaced away from the first set of rollers, a race at...
US-9,322,289 Vacuum-actuated wastegate
Embodiments for vacuum generation are provided. In one example, a method for an engine including a turbocharger having a compressor driven by a turbine...
US-9,321,891 Encapsulated flexible polyurethane foam and method for making polyol to form foam
A cellular material. The cellular material can be the reaction product of a vegetable-based polyol made from a vegetable oil exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light,...
US-9,321,457 Methods and systems for operating a driveline disconnect clutch
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, application of a driveline disconnect clutch to start an engine...
US-9,321,452 Methods and systems for adjusting driveline operation during an accelerator tip-out
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine may be operated at an idle speed while a driveline...
US-9,321,451 Managing ring gear torque in a hybrid electric vehicle to increase available wheel torque
A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine that can selectively provide drive torque to propel the vehicle. An electric machine also selectively provides...
US-9,321,440 Trailer hold assist during standstill
A vehicle comprises a speed-sensing device outputting a signal indicating a velocity of the vehicle, a brake system outputting a signal for indicating when the...
US-9,321,423 Roof mounted rear seat airbag safety cage
Described herein is a rear seat airbag deployment system, a rear seat airbag of the rear seat airbag deployment system, and a method of deploying the rear seat...
US-9,321,419 Seamless instrument panel passenger air bag door
An air bag housing includes a chute defining an upper perimeter with a first wall extending from the upper perimeter and a cover extending over the chute...
US-9,321,403 Overhead console incorporating an interchangeable drop down storage bin
An overhead console assembly for a vehicle includes a plurality of interchangeable storage bin modules each defining at least receivers and a differently sized...
US-9,321,402 Multi-function automotive trunk storage drawer
A vehicle storage drawer includes a frame and a housing slidably attached to the frame with a central aperture defining a receptacle. At least one container is...
US-9,321,395 Vehicle puddle lamp assembly generating animated image and method
A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted...
US-9,321,347 Compliance structure for a distensible fuel tank
A distensible fuel tank included in a vehicle is provided. The distensible fuel tank includes a housing and a compliance structure coupled to the housing, the...
US-9,321,345 Apparatus and method for joining a hydro-formed tube to an extrusion
An assembly is provided that includes a front end support frame and radiator support beam. The front end support frame has an end that defines an opening that...
US-9,321,337 Battery array rail assembly with tie bracket
A battery array according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a rail that supports a battery cell and a tie bracket...
US-9,321,327 Automotive vehicle and method for controlling power consumption of a compressor therein
A method for controlling power consumption of a compressor of an automotive vehicle climate system may include identifying an energy source providing energy to...
US-9,321,320 Ride performance optimization in an active suspension system
An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force...
US-9,321,303 Road wheel ornament
A road wheel includes an outboard surface defining an orifice and a cavity. The road wheel additionally includes an ornament having a bottom surface and a key...
US-9,321,140 System for machine grinding a crankshaft
A machine grinding system is provided for machine grinding the main bearing journals, pin bearing journals, the post surface, gear-fit wall surface, and the...
US-9,321,090 Forming tools having textured surfaces
A manufacturing method forms components having a desired shape. A contoured surface is defined for a forming tool for forming a metal blank into the desired...
US-9,320,361 Apparatus and method for testing a climate controlled vehicle seat
A climate controlled seat test apparatus is provided. The test apparatus may have a pump arrangement configured to alter a pressure within a vicinity of a...
US-9,320,308 Adjustable front-opening hospital gown
An adjustable front-opening hospital gown includes first and second front panels having respective mating fasteners, a rear panel, and an orientation feature...
US-D754,889 Vehicle tail lamp
US-D754,563 Vehicle exterior
US-9,318,751 Traction battery assembly with spring component
A traction battery thermal plate assembly may include a structure having edge portions defining a cavity and configured to support a battery cell array, a...
US-9,316,198 Methods and systems for assisted direct start control
Methods and systems are provided for pressurizing a transmission hydraulic circuit including a transmission mechanical pump coupled to an engine though a...
US-9,316,188 Direct-injection internal combustion engine with outwardly opening injection nozzle, and method for operating...
A direct-injection engine having a cylinder in which a combustion chamber is jointly formed by a piston crown of a piston, which is movable along the...
US-9,316,183 Air intake duct ice ingestion features
An engine system including an air intake duct positioned upstream of an engine cylinder may include an ice ingestion feature for retaining condensation. An ice...
US-9,316,172 Reducing enrichment due to minimum pulse width constraint
Methods and systems are provided for maintaining stoichiometry of an exhaust gas during operation of a fuel injector at a threshold pulse width. In response to...
US-9,316,162 Method of controlling a fuel supply system of an engine of a motor vehicle
A method of controlling a fuel supply system of an engine 10 of a motor vehicle 50 is disclosed in which an engine driven variable output high pressure fuel...
US-9,316,161 High pressure fuel pumps with mechanical pressure regulation
Methods are provided for operating a high pressure fuel pump to maintain one or more selectable, mechanically-regulated pressures. To reduce the cost and...
US-9,316,147 Determination of wastegate valve position
Various methods for determining the fully closed position of a wastegate valve are provided. In one example, a non-closed position command for a wastegate valve...
US-9,316,137 Method of operating a diesel engine system having LNT and SCR aftertreatment devices
A method of operating a diesel engine 10 having LNT 11 and SCR 13 aftertreatment devices arranged in series to receive exhaust gas from the engine is disclosed...
US-9,316,131 Crankcase integrity breach detection
Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity...
US-9,316,044 Tailgate rock guard structure for pick-up trucks
A structure attached to a tailgate of a loading bed of a vehicle includes a first planar portion that positions substantially over a gap created between the...
US-9,315,212 Trailer sensor module and associated method of wireless trailer identification and motion estimation
A method of identifying a trailer with a vehicle includes a step of transmitting a unique identifier with a wireless transmitter attached to the trailer. The...
US-9,315,190 Hybrid electric vehicle preferred mode
A vehicle may include a controller programmed to adjust operational parameters defining conditions during which the vehicle is to be operated in electric mode...
US-9,315,188 Methods and systems for driveline torque control
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline oscillations are reduced during engine air-fuel ratio...
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