Honda Patent Applications

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170144528
A power transmission device PT includes a clutch input part 120, a clutch output part 130, a start clutch 110 which can connect the clutch input part 120 and the clutch output part 130 to each other, and an electric motor MG having a rotor MGa. The clutch input part 120, the clutch output part 130, and the start clutch 110 are arranged in the rotor MGa. The power transmission device PT includes a switching mechanism 140 which is switchable between an output side correction state in which…

STEERING WHEEL STRUCTURE

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170144594
A steering wheel structure includes: a steering wheel main body supported by a steering shaft; a horn block to which a horn operation unit and an air-bag module are attached; and a connection unit that connects the horn block to the steering wheel main body such that the horn block can be elastically displaced with respect to the steering wheel main body, wherein the connection unit includes a support pin having one end supported by any one of the horn block and the steering wheel main…

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FUEL SUPPLY METHOD

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170145969
An internal combustion engine fuel supply system includes a first fuel tank, a separator, and circuitry. The first fuel tank is to store fuel. The separator is connected to the first fuel tank to separate the fuel supplied from the first fuel tank into a high octane fuel and a low octane fuel which are to be supplied to an internal combustion engine. The high octane fuel has a first octane number. The low octane fuel has a second octane number lower than the first octane number. The…

FUEL CELL STACK

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170149075
A fuel cell stack includes a stack body, a stack casing, and an exhaust duct. The stack body includes a first end, a second end, a bottom, a top, a side, and a downwardly inclined portion. The top has a substantially flat portion with an end point. The side extends between the top and the bottom and between the first end and the second end. The downwardly inclined portion connects the end point of the substantially flat portion and the side. The stack casing accommodates the stack body.…

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170149307
A rotating electric machine includes a ring-shaped cover. The ring-shaped cover includes an outer peripheral portion, an inner peripheral portion, wall portions, an outer peripheral channel, an inner peripheral channel, and radial channels. A coolant supplied into the ring-shaped cover is to flow through the outer peripheral channel by gravity. The coolant is to flow through the inner peripheral channel by gravity. The radical channels include a first radial channel and a second radial…

AUTOMOBILE BODY STRUCTURE

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170137066
In an automobile body structure, since a center pillar connecting a side sill and a roof side rail is formed from a pair of CFRP laminates that oppose each other on the inside and the outside in the vehicle width direction and a plurality of metal plates that join the pair of CFRP laminates in the vehicle width direction so as to form a closed cross-section, a compressive load and a tensile load acting on the vehicle width direction inner face and the vehicle width direction outer face…

CONTROL APPARATUS

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170138465
This invention provides a control apparatus for an automatic transmission, which includes a plurality of engaging mechanisms. The plurality of engaging mechanisms includes a mechanical engaging mechanism configured to function as a brake. The mechanical engaging mechanism can be switched between a first state in which rotation of a rotational element is restricted only in one direction and a second state in which the rotation is restricted in both directions. When switching from the…

PARKING LOCK SYSTEM

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170138474
In a parking lock system, a link member that swings due to sliding of an operating shaft so as to make a perking lock operate and release the operation includes a counterweight for canceling out axial inertial force of the operating shaft. Therefore, even if the operating shaft attempts to slide in an axial direction with respect to a transmission case due to inertial force when a vehicle experiences sudden deceleration due to a frontal collision or sudden braking, mass of the…

STATOR FOR ELECTRIC ROTARY MACHINE

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170141635
A stator for an electric rotary machine including a stator core and a coil, wherein the coil has plural slot coils, each slot coil being inserted into the slot, and plural connection coils, each connection coil connecting the slot coils in a position lying further axially outwards than an axial end face of the stator core, and is constituted in such a way that the slot coil and the connection coil are joined at an abutment portion; the slot coil and the connection coil are formed by…

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170129342
Provided is an electric vehicle in which the state of contact between an electric connection arm and an external power line can be stabilized during traveling of the electric vehicle. In the electric vehicle, when the free end of an electric connection arm contacts an external power line during traveling of the electric vehicle, a posture control device controls the posture of the vehicle body so that the rotation angle of the electric connection arm approaches a target rotation angle or…

CONTACT DETERMINATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170129499
A contact determination processing apparatus includes a contact sensor disposed in a steering wheel of and inside a vehicle. The contact sensor has an output that depends on a contact or non-contact state between the steering wheel and an occupant in the vehicle. The apparatus further includes a contact determination ECU that detects the contact state when the output of the contact sensor is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, and detects the non-contact state when the…

SEAL STRUCTURE AND SEAL METHOD

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170130842
A seal structure includes a seal body. The seal body is sandwiched between a case and a cover and provided between a space and fastening regions. The space is formed by the case and the cover. The case and the cover is fastened at the fastening regions to compress the seal body in a compression direction. The seal body includes first regions and second regions. The first regions correspond to the fastening regions. Each of the second regions is provided between one of the first regions…

MAGNET TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION DEVICE FOR ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE AND MAGNET TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION METHOD FOR ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170131158
A magnet temperature estimation device for a rotating electric machine includes a rotating electric machine configured with a rotor having a magnet and a stator having a coil, a coolant supply part configured to supply a coolant flowing from the stator toward the rotor, and a magnet temperature calculation part configured to calculate a temperature of the magnet using a temperature of a coolant that receives heat from the coil.

FUEL CELL STACK

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133702
A fuel cell stack includes power generation cells stacked in a stacking direction. Each of the power generation cells includes a membrane electrode assembly and a separator. The membrane electrode assembly includes an electrolyte membrane, and electrodes between which the electrolyte membrane is sandwiched in the stacking direction. The separator is stacked on the membrane electrode assembly in the stacking direction. The power generation cells are sandwiched between end plates in the…

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE WINDING TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE WINDING TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION METHOD

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133972
A winding temperature estimation device for a rotating electric machine includes a rotating electric machine including a stator, which has a winding, and a rotor, a coolant supply part configured to supply a coolant, a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the coolant, a heat reduction amount calculation part configured to calculate a heat reduction amount of the winding using the temperature of the coolant and a heat resistance between the coolant and the winding, a…

VEHICLE AND PROTECTOR STRUCTURE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170120760
A vehicle includes a cover, a front protector, and a rear protector. The cover has a cover lowest portion projecting from the bottom of the vehicle body toward an outside of the vehicle by a first distance. The front protector is provided on a front side of the cover in a front-rear direction. The front protector has a front protector lowest portion projecting from the bottom of the vehicle body toward the outside of the vehicle a second distance longer than the first distance. The rear…

ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM, TRANSPORTER, AND CONTROL METHOD

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170120767
An energy storage system includes a first energy storage, a second energy storage, a transformer, and circuitry. The first energy storage outputs a first output voltage. The second energy storage outputs a second output voltage. The transformer transforms at least one of the first output voltage and the second output voltage. The circuitry is configured to detect a sign of a fault in at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage. The circuitry is configured to…

EMERGENCY STOP SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY STOP METHOD

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170120887
An emergency stop system includes a hazard switch that is a momentary switch, an automatic stop controller that performs automatic stop control for causing a vehicle to automatically stop when a predetermined condition is met, and a hazard light controller that controls hazard lights. While automatic stop control is not being performed, the hazard light controller switches the hazard lights between a flashing state and a turned-off state each time a user presses the hazard switch. The…

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170120900
A hybrid electric vehicle drive apparatus has a setting portion for setting a limit value of a driving torque that a motor outputs when driving a hybrid electric vehicle by the power of the motor only, based on a maximum torque that the motor enables to output and a starting torque used to start an internal combustion engine by the motor. The setting portion sets the limit value to a first value and sets the limit value to a second value which is greater than the first value when a…

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170120952
A vehicle body front structure includes: a bracket 21 that is placed on a lower portion of a front side frame 12; and a front subframe 16 that is attached to a lower portion of the bracket with a bolt 22. The bracket includes: a closed-end hollow bracket body 30 that is suspended from the front side frame; a bulkhead 40 that is located above a bottom plate 31 of the bracket body and vertically partitions the bracket body; and a collar 50 that extends from the bulkhead to the bottom plate…