Ford Motor Patent Grants

Method and apparatus for assembling a driveshaft flange to a transmission flange

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9657782
A drivetrain assembly includes a transmission and a driveshaft that are joined together by a transmission flange and a driveshaft flange that has a plurality of pre-assembled bolts. The driveshaft flange defines a plurality of holes and countersink recesses and the bolts are secured to the driveshaft flange by a bolt retainer disposed in each of the countersink recesses between the transmission flange and the driveshaft flange. A method is disclosed for assembling a transmission flange…

High-contrast engine connecting rod

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9638242
After a connecting rod for an engine is formed, it is broken or fractured at a fracture point to allow the connecting rod to assemble around a portion of a crankshaft. However, before fracturing the connecting rod, the connecting rod is provided with a layer of paint across the eventual fracture point such that when the connecting rod is fractured the paint extends across both sides of the fracture point. Also before fracturing the connecting rod, serial numbers or symbols are etched…

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: D784895

Grille carrier

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9630655
A grille carrier for at least partially supporting a vehicle grille during installation is provided. The grille carrier includes a base, first and second walls extending from the base, and a top having an upper surface. The top is supported by a U-shaped support forming part of a stem attached to and extending from the base. The upper surface of the top includes a pair of projections for at least partially supporting the grille during installation. The projections are positioned at…

Convective flow field for fuel cell stack

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634345
The reactant distribution in a gas diffusion layer adjacent the landings of a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell can be improved by using a flow field plate in which suitable sequential protrusions have been incorporated in the channels. The reactant flow field in the plate comprises a plurality of parallel channels in which protrusions are arranged in a sequence along each channel's length and the sequential protrusions in any given channel are offset with respect to the sequential…

Vehicle tote bag

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: D784015

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: D784236

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: D784237

Vehicle wheel cap

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: D784240

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: D783488

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: D783498

Vehicle wheel

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: D783499

Fuel cell having perforated flow field

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608282
A fuel cell system includes a bipolar plate having a flow field formed therein. The flow field is partially defined by at least two adjacent channel portions separated by a wall portion. The wall portion includes a surface at least partially defining a passageway between the channel portions. The passageway may be sized so as to create a pressure difference between the channel portions. The pressure difference may draw at least a portion of a liquid droplet obstructing one of the channel…

Vehicle wheel

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: D781202

Vehicle headlight

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: D780963

Vehicle hood

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779398

Vehicle fog lamp bezel cover

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779716

Vehicle front bumper

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: D778213

Durable fuel cell with platinum cobalt alloy cathode catalyst and selectively conducting anode

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9564642
The degradation associated with repeated startup and shutdown of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells comprising PtCo alloy cathode catalysts can be particularly poor. However, a marked and unexpected improvement in durability is observed as a result of incorporating a selectively conducting component in electrical series with the anode components in the fuel cell.

Vehicle front lower grille

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: D777613