Honda Patent Grants

Sashless door sealing assembly, fastening assembly and method

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573451
A vehicle sashless door sealing assembly, fastening assembly and method include an elongated structural member, a garnish member, and a door seal retainer disposed below the garnish assembly for holding a window pane door seal. The fastening assembly, which secures the garnish member and the door seal retainer to the elongated structural member, includes a collar having a radial flange portion interposed between the door seal retainer and an exterior surface of the garnish member and…

Exhaust pipe cover structure for saddle-ride type vehicle

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573459
An exhaust pipe cover structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle allows an exhaust pipe cover to be easily positioned and attached even in the case of attaching the exhaust pipe cover to an exhaust pipe attached to an engine. Boss portions each having an internal thread through which an exhaust pipe cover is fastened are provided on a lateral surface of an exhaust pipe. Hooking holes capable of being hooked on the boss portions with play are integrally provided on the inner side of the…

Vehicle transmission

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573465
A transmission includes a drive force transmission/interruption mechanism that restricts the rotation of a propeller shaft. By operating a shift lever, the shift operation of the transmission and the operation of the drive force transmission/interruption mechanism can be performed, and a lock operation and an unlock operation of a differential lock mechanism can be performed. When a driver wants to bring a vehicle into a parking state, by operating a shift lever, a state is provided…

Vehicle, and vehicle control method

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573466
Provided are a vehicle such that drive state can be suitably selected in a configuration including an internal combustion engine, and a vehicle control method. In a vehicle and a method of controlling the same, different values are set for a first switching threshold value for switching from a first independent drive state (in which one of a front wheel and a rear wheel is driven) to a combined drive state, and for a second switching threshold value for switching from a second…

Methods and apparatus for restraining vehicular passengers

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573561
A vehicular seat belt assembly can include a pair of lateral webbing strips configured to extend laterally across a first portion of vehicular passenger, distal ends being statically secured to the vehicular support structure, and proximal ends being selectively connected to and disconnected from each other. A pair of upper body strips can be configured to contact a second portion the passenger. An anchor can be statically secured to the vehicular support structure, and configured to…

Electric brake device

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573578
There is provided a brake system for vehicles, the brake system including: a slave cylinder S/C to generate a hydraulic pressure by an electric motor according to a braking operation by a driver; and a controller to decrease an operation amount of the slave cylinder S/C when an operation amount of the electric motor is maintained, then increase an operation amount of the slave cylinder S/C when a change occurs in an operation amount of the electric motor subsequently. The controller…

Power steering apparatus for vehicle and method of producing the same

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573621
A power steering apparatus for a vehicle includes a column shaft, a column pipe rotatably supporting the column shaft through a plurality of bearings, and a torque sensor for detecting torque generated on the column shaft by using magnetism. The column pipe is composed of a steel pipe. The torque sensor includes a magnetically variable portion and a magnetic change detector. The magnetically variable portion is disposed on the column shaft and has a magnetic permeability that varies with…

Exhaust muffler

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574471
An exhaust muffler has downstream and upstream chambers which are defined in a casing. Exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine is introduced into an end of a first conduit having a pierced region which is held in fluid communication with the downstream chamber and an end of a second conduit. The other ends of the first and second conduits are open into the upstream chamber. A valve means configured to open/close the first and second conduits is actuated by valve actuating means to…

Control apparatus

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9574656
This invention provides a control apparatus for an automatic transmission, which includes a plurality of engaging mechanisms. The plurality of engaging mechanisms include 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 first…

Fuel cell membrane electrode assembly

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577276
A membrane electrode assembly includes an MEA structure unit and a resin frame member. The MEA structure unit includes a cathode, an anode, and a solid polymer electrolyte membrane interposed between the cathode and the anode. The resin frame member is formed around the MEA structure unit, and joined to the MEA structure unit. An adhesive layer is provided between an outer marginal portion of the solid polymer electrolyte membrane extending outward beyond an outer end of a second gas…

Method and apparatus to align wireless charging coils

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577449
A wireless charging device for use in providing electrical power to one or more portable electronic devices is provided. The wireless charging device includes a transmission coil coupled to an electrical power source. The transmission coil selectively transmits power from the electrical power source to at least one receiving coil in a first portable electronic device of the one or more portable electronic devices. The wireless charging device also includes a positioning system coupled to…

Wheel for an automobile

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: D778798

Torque wrench

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9566697
A top surface of a transmitter on a torque wrench is opposed to a position camera, and bolt holes to fix the transmitter to a wrench main body open on the top surface. The bolt holes are formed to four places so as to define a rectangle and extend in a thickness direction of the transmitter. The marker is attached to the top surface of a head of one of the bolts, which extends through a through bolt hole. When the transmitter is fixed to the main body using a bolt, the depth of a large…

Vehicle wheel

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9566825
A vehicle wheel of the present invention, includes: a sub air chamber member which serves as a Helmholtz resonator and is fixed to an outer circumferential surface of a well portion in a tire air chamber; a first standing wall surface formed such as to stand from the outer circumferential surface of the well portion outward in radial direction and extend in circumferential direction of the outer circumferential surface; and a second standing wall surface formed on the well portion such…

Structure for rear part of vehicle

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9566847
A rear opening is provided in the rear part of a vehicle, and a tailgate opens and closes the rear opening. A spoiler is provided at the upper end of the tailgate. Deflectors are provided below the spoiler. The deflectors extend downward along the outer surface of the tail gate from the lower surface of the spoiler and are disposed at positions offset by a predetermined distance from the opposite ends in the vehicle width direction of the spoiler toward a central portion in the vehicle…

Vane profile for axial-flow compressor

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9567862
A vane for an axial-flow compressor has a pressure surface generating positive pressure and a suction surface generating negative pressure, and both are located on one side of the chord line. The pressure surface includes a bulging portion, having a maximum curvature of 1.5 or more between a chordal position of 70% and 95%, in a central section of the vane's span. This configuration increases the flow velocity around the bulging portion of the pressure surface to locally decrease the…

Cam bearing lubrication structure for internal combustion engine

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9567879
A cam bearing lubrication structure for an internal combustion engine includes a cylinder head having a cam bearing region, a plug hole for an ignition plug and a plug tube fitted liquid-tight therein. The cam bearing lubrication structure includes an outer periphery oil path bypassing along an outer peripheral face of the plug tube, a main lubricating oil passage extending through the plug hole and formed to connect to the outer periphery oil path and a guide passage formed in and…

Internal combustion engine with exhaust aftertreatment and its method of operation

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9567890
A method of operating an internal combustion engine is proposed, the engine comprising an exhaust system with a DOC and a DPF and, downstream thereof a SCR catalyst. The ECU is configured to allow operation in at least one of a normal mode and a heat-up mode. A predicted temperature evolution of said second exhaust after treatment means is regularly determined based on a thermal model taking into account the thermal inertia of the exhaust system and having as input the current…

Intake system of saddle-type vehicle

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9567952
An intake system includes an air cleaner that is disposed above an engine main body mounted on a vehicle body frame and connected to cylinder heads of the engine main body and an air introducing unit for introducing air into an air inlet provided at a lateral part of the air cleaner on at least one side thereof in a vehicle width direction. The air introducing unit has an opened front end and is connected to the air cleaner so as to bend an intake direction from a vehicle front-rear…

Vehicle power transmission device

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9568079
A vehicle power transmission device equipped with a crank type transmission unit is provided in which since a first sprocket provided on an input shaft upstream portion and a second sprocket provided on an output shaft downstream portion are connected by an endless chain, and a dog clutch is disposed between the input shaft main body portion and the input shaft upstream portion, when the input shaft main body portion is seized and becomes non-rotatable, the dog clutch is disengaged so as…