Ford Motor Patent Grants

Sensor cover

Granted: September 19, 2017
Patent Number: D797646

Porous inserts for improved coolant distribution in bipolar plate assemblies for fuel cells

Granted: September 12, 2017
Patent Number: 9761894
Certain fuel cell designs employ bipolar plate assemblies with internal coolant flow fields which comprise a coolant channel region and transition regions adjacent the coolant channel region. The temperature and/or pressure drop, and hence flow, of coolant over the coolant channel region can be non-uniform however, and this can have an adverse effect on cell performance. The coolant flow and temperature distribution can be modified and made more uniform by inserting an appropriate…

Vehicle front wheel lip molding

Granted: August 29, 2017
Patent Number: D795767

Flow field plate for improved coolant flow

Granted: August 29, 2017
Patent Number: 9748583
Bipolar plate assemblies are disclosed in which the transition fuel channels are offset from the transition oxidant channels in the transition regions on the active sides of the plates. This configuration allows for a reduced pressure drop in the coolant flow in the transition regions on the inactive, coolant side of the plates and thereby improves coolant flow sharing. The assemblies are suitable for use in high power density solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks.

Method and system for estimating fuel system integrity

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9732689
Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system configured to deliver a gaseous fuel to an engine. While the engine is shutdown, diagnostic routines may be performed to identify fuel system leaks or breaches. When the engine is subsequently restarted, fuel rail pre-priming is adjusted based on the presence of fuel system leaks.

Vehicle wheel cap

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: D793325

Vehicle front wheel lip molding

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: D792822

Method and system of measuring customer satisfaction with purchased vehicle

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710816
A method of measuring customer satisfaction with a product. The method may assess customer satisfaction from information collected after purchasing the product. This post-purchase information may be collected, for example, by monitoring customer expressions made while interacting with the product. Optionally, the settings and operating conditions of the product may be separately monitored and cross-referenced with the customer expressions to tie the expressions with specific…

Injection molding pressure relief and assist

Granted: July 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9694419
An injection molding system and method of operating the system are disclosed. The system may include a hopper, a barrel configured to receive injection material from the hopper, a screw disposed within the barrel, and a mold defining a mold cavity configured to receive the injection material from the barrel. A pressure-balancing conduit may connect the mold cavity and a rear end of the barrel and be configured to allow air to flow from the mold cavity to the rear end of the barrel. A…

Vehicle rear bumper

Granted: June 20, 2017
Patent Number: D789848

System and method of making a cast part

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9669459
A system and method of making a part. The part may cast in a die. A gripper assembly may be provided that has a gripper and a spray nozzle that provides a fluid. The part may be quenched with a fluid when the part is in the die.

Vehicle wheel

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: D788006

Vehicle wheel

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: D788007

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