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Air spring protector

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An air spring for a vehicle suspension includes a resilient spring body that is partially surrounded by a protective cover. The protective cover protects the resilient spring body from rupturing when used in harsh vehicle conditions. The protective cover is comprised of a rigid or flexible armor material that is resistive to munitions, such as projectiles and razor wire, for example.



Centrifugal pendulum device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Centrifugal pendulum device including pendulum masses arranged on axial sides of a pendulum mass support rotatable about an axis of rotation to form a pendulum mass pair. To form the mass pair, the masses are fastened to each other by means of a fastener passing through a cutout in the mass support. The mass pair is pivotable relative to the mass support due to a rolling element arranged to roll in a recess of the mass support and of the mass. In a section axially covering the recess of the mass support, the rolling element has a first outer diameter. In a section axially covering the recess of the pendulum mass, the rolling element has a second outer diameter. The rolling element further comprises a section axially located between the first and second diameters and has a third diameter, which is smaller than or equal to the first outer diameter.



Shock absorber

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shock absorber includes a shock absorber main body composed of a vehicle-body side tube and a wheel side tube and formed with a lubrication clearance, a damper including a cylinder, a piston which partitions the interior of the cylinder into two working chambers, and a rod, a reservoir chamber composed of an air chamber and a working fluid chamber, a partition wall member for partitioning the working fluid chamber into an upper working fluid chamber and a lower working fluid chamber, a flow path having a check valve for permitting only a movement of the working fluid from the upper working fluid chamber to the lower working fluid chamber, and a communication path for allowing communication between the lower working fluid chamber and the lubrication clearance. A cross-sectional area of the lubrication clearance and that of the rod are different.



Compression isolator for a suspension damper

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for a damper. The damper comprises a fluid chamber having a piston dividing the chamber into a compression and rebound sides, a reservoir in fluid communication with the compression side of the chamber, and an isolator disposed between the compression side and the reservoir, whereby the isolator obstructs fluid flow between the compression side and the reservoir. In one embodiment, a bypass provides a fluid path between the compression side and the isolator.



Frequency sensitive shock absorber

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shock absorber is disclosed herein with a frequency sensitive damping force that includes a cylinder containing a damping medium, a piston rod which is axially movable in the cylinder, and a piston assembly arranged for axial movement in the damping medium. The piston assembly is connected to the piston rod and divides the cylinder in a working space on each side of the piston. The piston assembly includes a flow path fluidly coupled to a frequency sensitive element movable relative to the piston assembly.



Method and apparatus for controlling an elastomeric damper

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of controlling an elastomeric damper. The damper is heated by passing an electric current through the damper or through a heating element in contact with the damper said heating causing a decrease in stiffness of the damper. The elastomeric damper may comprise an elastomeric material filled with electrically conductive particles, and the damper may be heated by passing an electric current through the elastomeric material. Alternatively the damper may be heated using a discrete resistive heating element, such as a coil embedded within the elastomeric damper or wound around it.



Disc brake having a latch for locking the conversion cartridge by means of a latch

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A disc brake comprising a floating stirrup and a brake piston controlled via a motion conversion cartridge (200) comprising a rear part pressed against the bottom of the stirrup and a control shaft passing through the bottom. The front part of the cartridge is pressed against the brake piston. It comprises a piston (240) provided with a plate (242) cooperating with the plate (212) of the control shaft (210) with the interposition of balls cooperating with tracks in the form of ramps for transforming the relative rotational motion of the plate (212) relative to the other (242) into a translational motion of the piston (240). The cartridge (200) is held in place in its housing (113) by a cage (260) attached elastically to the wall of the housing. The plate of the piston (240) comprises longitudinal grooves (243) receiving the branches (233) of a lock (230) which is elsewhere blocked in rotation in the housing of the stirrup while leaving the conversion piston (240) free in translation.



Complementary braking system for a motor vehicle

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A complementary braking system for removing liquids and solid debris from a motor vehicle's pathway and applying frictional contact in front of two or more of the motor vehicle's tires provide slowing and prevent further movement of the vehicle. The complementary braking system includes a resilient blade disposed forwardly of the motor vehicle's tires and above a road surface. The resilient blade includes an upwardly curved leading edge followed by a generally horizontal flat portion. The system also includes a pair of releasable latches that maintain the resilient blade in an elevated position until released to fall into contact with a road surface The system also includes a pair of electric motors for returning the resilient blade to an elevated latched position above the surface of the road in response to released pressure on the brake pedal.



Multifunctional castor

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multifunctional castor with steering, directional and brake functions and is provided with a mounting seat, a rotary seat, an engaging member, a wheel, a brake swing member, a longitudinal rod assembly, an engaging assembly, a transverse rod, a brake pedal and a brake-release pedal. Pressing down or pushing up the brake pedal can activate the steering, direction and brake functions of the castor, and then the steering, direction and brake functions of the castor can be deactivated by controlling the brake-release pedal.



Castor with separate brake device and brake release device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A castor with separate brake device and brake release device is provided with a shell, a brake piece, a brake unit and a brake-release unit. The brake unit and the brake-release unit are two separate members, while they are interactively linked by a push portion and the notch portion, so as to ensure the accuracy of the brake operation. Whenever the castor is in a brake-activated status or brake-deactivated status, the brake pedal and the brake-release pedal pivot in opposite direction to present different angles, which makes it easier for the user to see the status of the castor (in brake position or non-brake position), and prevents confusion or accidental operation.



Wearing indicator

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A wear indicator comprising: (a) a connector that attaches the wear indicator to a brake pad, the brake pad including a friction material having a plane; (b) a scraper; and (c) an indicator portion; wherein the indicator portion forms a cantilever connection with the scraper and extends parallel to the plane of the friction portion.



Elevator and arrangement for emergency stopping an elevator car

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An elevator may include an elevator car, a set of hoisting ropes, a hoisting machine, a traction sheave, and a brake. The elevator car may be suspended on the hoisting ropes. The hoisting machine may drive the traction sheave to move the elevator car using the hoisting ropes. The brake may include a brake wheel and brake shoes. The brake may exert an effect on rotation of the traction sheave. During braking, the effect of the brake on the rotation of the traction sheave may depend on a direction of rotation of the traction sheave. The effect of the brake on the rotation of the traction sheave may be greater when the direction of rotation of the traction sheave during braking corresponds to the elevator car moving downward than when the direction of rotation of the traction sheave during braking corresponds to the elevator car moving upward.



Systems and methods for manual braking system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods disclosed herein may be useful for manual braking systems for use in, for example, an aircraft. A system is disclosed that allows for manual braking. For example, a system is provided comprising a brake handle, a potentiometer in mechanical communication with the brake handle, a mapping module in electrical communication with the potentiometer, wherein the mapping module receives an output voltage from the potentiometer, wherein the mapping module produces a braking command output.



Damper device for rotating machine

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A damper device is coaxial with a central axis of an electric compressor. The damper device includes a base portion and first and second weight portions. The base portion is configured to be fixed to a casing of the electric compressor. The first and second weight portions are oscillatable relative to the base portion.



Valve structure

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A valve structure includes a valve disc partitioning an interior of a damper into a one-side chamber and an other-side chamber, a plurality of one-side ports and a plurality of other-side ports communicating between the one-side chamber and the other-side chamber, a one-side leaf valve opening and closing only the one-side ports, and an other-side leaf valve opening and closing only the other-side ports, the one-side ports and the other-side ports are alternately arranged in the valve disc along the circumferential direction, and a plurality of through holes formed in the valve disk is opened from the inner circumferential side of openings of all the other-side ports and communicates with the one-side ports.



Method and apparatus for an adjustable damper

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle suspension damper is described. The vehicle suspension damper includes: a pilot valve assembly; a primary valve; and an adjuster, wherein the pilot valve assembly meters fluid to the primary valve, and the adjuster moves the primary valve.



High velocity compression damping valve

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shock absorber includes a pressure sensitive valve assembly that controls fluid flow through the pressure sensitive valve assembly based upon the velocity of the piston assembly in the shock absorber. The pressure sensitive valve assembly restricts fluid flow as the velocity of the piston in a compression stroke increases to increase the damping loads provided by the shock absorber.



Shock absorber for a bicycle

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Shock absorber for an at least partially muscle-powered bicycle having a damper device having a first and a second damper chamber assigned thereto which are hydraulically coupled with one another through a damping valve. In the damping valve a flow duct with a field-sensitive, rheological medium is provided. The damping valve has a field generating device assigned to it which serves for generating and controlling a field intensity in the flow duct of the damping valve. The flow duct comprises in the damping valve a collection chamber which is hydraulically connected with the first damper chamber through a plurality of flow apertures, wherein at least one flow aperture is configured as a through hole and at least one flow aperture, as a closable valve opening provided with a one-way valve. The collection chamber is hydraulically connected hydraulically with the second damper chamber via a plurality of fan-type damping ducts each separated from one another by a fan wall.



Double dogleg wide stance brake shoe web

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A drum brake shoe has first and second webs, with the first web including a first end section to be located adjacent a brake shoe actuation element, a second end section to be located adjacent a brake shoe anchor element, and a central section extending between the first and second end sections. Similarly, the second web includes a first end section to be located adjacent the brake shoe actuation element, a second end section to be located adjacent the brake shoe anchor element, and a central section extending between the first and second end sections of the second web. At least one lining table is disposed at circumferentially outer portions of the first and second webs, and a pin or other return spring mounting is provided by at least the first web. The brake shoe is particularly configured so that a brake shoe return spring, which is connectable to the return spring mounting, is positioned so that a center line of the return spring is offset from an axial center line of the lining table but located axially inboard of an outside edge of the second end section of the first web.



Carbon-ceramic brake disk

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a carbon-ceramic brake disc, and the present invention includes a plurality of heat dissipation holes formed in a frictional surface; a curved surface formed between the frictional surface and an inner surface of the hole dissipation hole; and a groove formed at the inner surface of the heat dissipation hole. According to the present invention, in a brake system, when brake pads press the frictional surfaces of the carbon-ceramic brake disc brake to generate braking force, frictional heat in the carbon-ceramic brake disc is effectively dissipated to the outside. That is, the carbon-ceramic brake disc is effectively cooled. Thus, the transferring of the frictional heat generated in the carbon-ceramic brake disc to a hat part is reduced, so that it is possible to minimize deformation of the carbon-ceramic brake disc and the hat part.



Motor and electric parking brake system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A motor for actuating brake members of an electric parking (EPB) system, includes a stator and a rotor rotatably mounted to the stator. The rotor has a shaft, a commutator, a rotor core fixed to the shaft, and rotor windings wound about teeth of the rotor core and electrically connected to segments of the commutator. The rotor windings have a plurality of winding units and each of the winding units have at least two coils. The coils of each winding unit are wound about the same teeth and are connected to a same pair of segments.



Cargo theft prevention system and method

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Arrangement and method for monitoring a structure at a fixed location, e.g., a house, parked boat or parked airplane, includes a monitoring or sensor system arranged to obtain information about the structure, an exterior of the structure and/or an interior of the structure different than the location of the structure, and a communication system coupled to the sensor system and being provided with a location of the structure. The communication system transmits the information about the structure obtained by the sensor system and the location of the structure to a remote facility. The remote facility can therefore monitor the structure, and take steps to ensure the integrity of the reservoir and the fluid therein. To enable wireless and powerless monitoring, a power source independent of a power grid extending outside of the trailer may be provided to supply power to the sensor system and the communications unit.



Zip line braking

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

For zip line braking, a brake cable travels between at least two terminals. A brake applies a braking force to travel of the brake cable. A link arm is in physical communication with the brake cable. A trolley receiver in physical communication with the link arm and slidably traveling along a zip line receives a trolley slidably traveling along the zip line. The trolley receiver transfers the braking force through the link arm to the trolley.



Compact combined cylinder comprising a manual release device

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A brake cylinder for pneumatic vehicle brakes, especially for commercial vehicles, includes in addition to a pneumatic locking mechanism, a manual release mechanism for manually releasing the spring brake section, and a device designed to visually recognize the manual release condition of the spring brake section outside of the housing.



Rotary damper and opening and closing mechanism for a vehicle door

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotary damper has a cylindrical housing. A rotor is rotatably supported inside the housing for rotation with respect to the housing by a first bearing and a second bearing. The second bearing has a greater length in the axial direction of the rotor than the first bearing. The rotary damper can be employed in an opening and closing mechanism for a vehicle door.



Vibration damping mechanism

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vibration damping mechanism allows increase of an absorption amount of vibration energy, with less possibilities of increase in the manufacture cost of a vibration damping weight and of reduction in the strength of a shaft section. Within a cylindrical hollow portion formed inside the shaft section, there are accommodated a plurality of weight members divided from each other along the circumferential direction about the axis of the hollow portion. An urging member is provided for urging the weight members toward the axis such that dividing faces of adjacent weight members are brought into surface contact with each other.



Adjuster and shock absorber

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotary member that displaces a valve member in an axial direction in accordance with a rotation operation is supported on an adjuster case coaxially with the valve member. A detent mechanism is constituted by a fluid chamber that applies a fluid pressure to the rotary member in a direction for separating from the valve member, a pressure-applying member fixed to the rotary member, and a pressure-receiving member that is fixed to the adjuster to support the pressure-applying member against a pressure of the fluid chamber. By forming an engagement portion that engages with the pressure-applying member in the pressure-receiving member, a dimension of the rotary member of the adjuster and an operation input can be suppressed to be small.



Light-weight and sound-damped brake rotor and method of manufacturing the same

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A light-weight, sound-damped, composite brake rotor for a vehicle braking system includes a rotor hat and an annular rotor cheek supported by, and cast around, the rotor hat. The rotor hat includes an axially-protruding central hub and an integral flange that extends radially from and circumferentially around the central hub. The rotor cheek includes a top ledge and a bottom ledge that overly a top annular surface and a bottom annular surface, respectively, of the integral flange. An annular interfacial boundary present between an underside of the top and/or bottom ledges and their respective adjacent annular surfaces of the integral flange includes a vibration damping interface. The brake rotor derives its vibration-deadening and sound-damping effects from the vibration damping interface through the occurrence of relative frictional contacting movement.



Cam-actuated centrifugal brake for preventing backspin

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cam assisted centrifugal brake or clutch system provides increased mechanical advantage to improve the output torque relative to prior art devices such as leading brake shoes. The brake or clutch engagement is cammed radially outwardly to engage a brake housing in one direction and guided to a disengaged position in the other direction. Centrifugal forces retain the brake in the disengaged position. Embodiments of the present invention are applied as a backspin braking system that is incorporated into a drive head for a progressing cavity pump drive system.



Disk brake

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pressing part is provided at a disk-circumferentially central portion of a base plate member of a shim plate. The pressing part presses a friction pad at the center in the disk circumferential direction of the friction pad when a piston starts to press the friction pad. The pressing part is formed by slitting and raising the disk-circumferentially central portion of the shim plate along the disk radial direction. When the pressing force of the piston is in a low pressure range, the pressing force is transmitted to the friction pad through the pressing part. After the pressing force of the piston has exceeded the low pressure range, the pressing force is transmitted to the friction pad through the whole region in the disk circumferential direction of the piston.



Railcar handbrake monitor

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for monitoring the status of a railcar handbrake having a hand operated handle, which device has a load bearing member configured to be inserted in the linkage of a railcar handbrake system so that the force applied to the brake system passes through the load bearing member. A strain gauge mounted on the load bearing member measures the strain. The information from the strain gauge is indicative of the force applied by the handbrake to the brake and is used to determine the status of the handbrake. Means for determining motion of the railcar is also provided. In one form, if it is determined that the brake is on and the railcar is in motion, information, such as an alarm, is transmitted. A system and method of monitoring a railcar handbrake are also provided.



System and method for brake assisted turning

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for brake assisted turning are provided. One system includes a pedal operated braking system configured to apply hydraulic brake pressure to brakes of a vehicle when one or more brake pedals are pressed. The system also includes a steer assist braking system configured to apply hydraulic brake pressure to the brakes of the vehicle based at least partly on a steering angle. The system includes hydraulic shut-off circuitry configured to selectively enable and disable operation of the steer assist braking system.



Cask cushioning body

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cask cushioning body includes an end-surface side member (2) in which a plurality of plates (21, 22) made of steel are formed at a distance between plate surfaces of the plates (21, 22) that face each other, and in which the plate surfaces of the plates (21, 22) are arranged along an end surface (100a) of a cask (100), and a circumferential-surface side member (3) that forms a cylindrical body (31) made of steel, one end of which is connected to a periphery of the end-surface side member (2), and that is arranged along an end-portion outer-circumferential surface (100b), wherein an impact absorber (4) that absorbs an impact by deforming is provided outside of the end-surface side member (2) and the circumferential-surface side member (3).



Dust seal structure for shock absorber

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dust seal structure for a shock absorber includes a cylindrical base shell, in which a piston valve and a piston rod are embedded, a cap member covering one end of the base shell, an oil seal sealing the base shell, and a dust sealing member blocking dusts from being introduced at one side of the oil seal.



Damping valve for shock absorber

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The damping valve for a shock absorber includes a valve disc that delimits a cylinder interior filled with a working fluid, a port connects fluid chambers delimited by the valve disc, an leaf valve that is laminated onto the valve disc and is capable of moving in an axial direction of the valve disc so as to open and close the port in accordance with a differential pressure between the fluid chambers, and a biasing mechanism that biases the leaf valve in a direction for closing the port, wherein the biasing mechanism includes a shaft member constituted by a non-magnetic body, the leaf valve being disposed to be free to slide on an outer periphery of the shaft member; and a moving magnet that uses a magnetic force thereof to bias the leaf valve toward the valve disc.



Damping force generator for hydraulic shock absorber

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A damping force generator for a hydraulic shock absorber featuring an increased deflection (bending) characteristic of a damping valve to widen the adjustable range of a damping force. In a damping force generator (70) for a hydraulic shock absorber, the damping valve (80) undergoes deflections with boundaries (71C) between secured portions (71A) and recessed portions (71B) of the valve seat (71) as supporting points K, and inner and outer peripheries of the damping valve (80) are disposed on an outside of line segments L each connecting two circumferentially adjacent supporting points K, K of the valve seat (71).



Electromechanical friction shock absorber

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An electromechanical friction shock absorber is used in washing machines wherein the washing drum rotates on the horizontal axis and comprises at least one cylindrical shock absorber piston, at least one shock absorber body that surrounds the shock absorber piston, moving telescopically along the same work axis with the piston, and a bearing piston from its end part. At least one brake shoe is seated in the clearances provided on the shock absorber body via sliding surfaces. At least one friction element is located on the inner part of the brake shoe and the outer part of the shock absorber and includes surfaces along the work axis that do not contact the brake shoe. At least one lock ring bears the shock absorber piston on the shock absorber body and prevents the friction element from getting displaced out of the body, with the inventive electromechanical friction shock absorber.



Brake pad for vehicle disc brake

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A brake pad (10) includes a backing plate (12) of plastic material, a friction lining (14) overmolded on the backing plate (12) and a metal reinforcement plate (16) embedded in the backing plate (12). The backing plate (12) has a solid peripheral structure (18) and an inner structure (20) made as a grid-like reticular structure having a plurality of cavities (22) evenly distributed on its surface and filled at least partially by the material of the friction lining (14). At least part of the cavities (22) are made as through cavities, whereby the friction lining (14) forms columns (24) which extend into the through cavities (22) and improve the adhesion between the friction lining (14) and the backing plate (12). The area of the through cavities (22) amounts at least to 4.5% of the area of the face of the friction lining (14) opposite to the one in contact with the backing plate (12).



Self-centering wet clutch or brake plate

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure provides a brake disk for a brake assembly. The disk includes an annular body having an inner diameter and an outer diameter. The disk also includes friction material coupled to the body and substantially covering at least one side thereof. The friction material forms a first diameter and a second diameter, where the first diameter is smaller than the second diameter. The disk further includes a groove pattern defined in the friction material. The groove pattern includes a plurality of grooves, where each of the plurality of grooves includes an inlet defined at the first diameter and an outlet defined at the second diameter. The inlet defines a first width and the outlet defines a second width such that the first width is greater than the second width.



Brake band for a ventilated disc brake

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Brake band (14) of a disc for a ventilated disc brake, unusually capable of reducing braking whistling, extends between an inner diameter (D1), close to a rotation axis (X-X) of the brake band (14), and an outer diameter (D2), far from said rotation axis (X-X) of the disc, said brake band (14) comprising two plates (16, 18) facing one another and defining a gap (22), comprising two plates (16, 18) being joined together by heat dissipation and connection means or elements (20, 60), said connection means (20, 60) being shaped like small columns that project from one plate towards the opposite plate in the form of pins (20, 60) remaining inside said gap (22), said pins (20, 60) being grouped in at least two rows or tiers (26, 28, 30) arranged circumferentially. Some of the pins (60) arranged in said second tier (28 or 30) having a section shaped like a rhombus or diamond with four vertices joined by four sides in which said sides defining said section are substantially rectilinear in shape.



Integral braking surface wear indicator

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A brake drum configured for providing an visual indication of braking surface diameter safe operating limits while the brake drum is mounted on a vehicle that includes one or more axially-oriented indentations defined in the braking surface, each of which is defined to a depth that is less than or corresponds to the maximum safe operating diameter of the braking surface.



Arrangement of a bellow on a guide bar of a disc brake

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A bellows arrangement on a guide bar of a disc brake, particularly of a commercial vehicle, has an end of the bellows comprising a sealing ring, particularly a quad ring, lying in a circumferential groove of the guide bar. The bellows is pressed into the groove by a retaining ring placed thereon, and is designed so that an air passage can form in the contact area of the sealing ring at the base of the groove, reducing the volume enclosed by the bellows and the guide bar. To this end, the contact shoulder formed on the retaining ring is circumferentially interrupted in segments.



Rotary lever disc brake caliper with rack and pinion mechanism

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rotary lever disc brake actuating mechanism and a method for operating the rotary lever disc brake mechanism is provided. The mechanism includes a rotary lever which rotates a pinion to further rotate brake pad application racks. The racks are arranged to rotate toward an inboard brake pad to advance the brake pad toward a brake disc. The racks may further cooperate with lateral pins fixed to an outboard portion of the brake such that the outboard portion simultaneously advances an outboard brake pad toward the brake disc when the racks rotate. The brake mechanism may be assembled into a cartridge to be placed within an inboard portion of a brake caliper. The brake caliper may be located on a caliper mount via adjustment pins, whereby during new brake pad installation the caliper is self-centered by application of the brake, followed by securing the caliper to the adjustment pins.



Hydraulic brake system with controlled boost

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle brake system includes a brake pedal unit (BPU) coupled to a vehicle brake pedal and including an input piston connected to operate a pedal simulator during a normal braking mode, and coupled to actuate a pair of output pistons during a manual push through mode. The output pistons are operable to generate brake actuating pressure at first and second outputs of the BPU. A hydraulic pressure source for supplying fluid at a controlled boost pressure is included. The system further includes a hydraulic control unit (HCU) adapted to be hydraulically connected to the BPU and the hydraulic pressure source, the HCU including a slip control valve arrangement, and a switching base brake valve arrangement for switching the brake system between the normal braking mode wherein boost pressure from the pressure source is supplied to first and second vehicle brakes, and the manual push through mode wherein brake actuating pressure from the BPU is supplied to the first and second vehicle brakes.



Method for controlling a hydrodynamic retarder which can be disengaged mechanically via a separating clutch

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a method for controlling a hydrodynamic retarder. The method includes determining a presence of a retarder switch-off request, and keeping a separating clutch closed, after the determining, for a preset time span and emptying a working chamber of the hydrodynamic retarder of a working medium by continuous actuation of a rotating bladed rotor and interruption of infeed of the working medium into the working chamber. The method further included varying the preset time span according to at least one of the following parameters or at least one parameter correlated with one of the following parameters: a rotational speed of the rotating bladed rotor, an output pressure, against which the working medium is emptied from the working chamber, a filling level of the working chamber with the working medium, a temperature of the working medium, and a braking torque of the hydrodynamic retarder.



Energy absorbing device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An energy absorbing device including a housing having a first end and a second end longitudinally opposed from the first end, a crushing member positioned proximate the first end, a stopping member longitudinally spaced apart from the crushing member, an energy absorbing member positioned between the crushing member and the stopping member, and a linking member connected to the crushing member.



Piston for a damping-adjustable shock-absorber, particularly for a vehicle suspension, provided with four passive flow-control valves and with a flow-dividing solenoid valve

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A piston (10) comprises a first pair of passive flow-control valves (18, 20) [namely, a first compensation valve (18) and a first rebound valve (20)], a second pair of passive flow-control valves (22, 24) [namely, a second compensation valve (22) and a second rebound valve (24)], and a flow-dividing solenoid valve (14) shiftable between a first operating position [in which it allows flow of a damping fluid between an upper chamber and a lower chamber of a shock absorber through the first pair of passive flow-control valves (18, 20) and second pair of passive flow-control valves (22, 24)] and a second operating position [in which it allows the flow of the damping fluid between the upper chamber and lower chamber through only the second pair of passive flow-control valves (22, 24)]. The solenoid valve (14) is normally open (i.e., it is normally kept in the first operating position).



High energy density magnetic springs using spatially modulated magnetic fields technology

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A magnetic spring utilizing spatially modulated magnetic field patterns of magnetic regions for both stator and slider, allowing custom force curves over the range of motion. Also disclosed is a magnetic spring whose slider can be rotated relative to the stator on the axis, such that the alignment of the spatially modulated magnetic field patterns of the slider and the stator is altered, resulting in changeable force curve for the spring, selected by rotating the slider.



Light-weight and sound-damped brake rotor and method of manufacturing the same

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A light-weight and sound-damped brake rotor for a vehicle braking system includes a rotor hat and a rotor cheek supported by the rotor hat. The rotor hat includes an axially-protruding central hub and a flange that extends radially from and circumferentially around the central hub. The rotor cheek, which provides at least one braking surface, is formed from two or more separate and distinct pieces which are fixedly secured to the flange of the rotor hat. Located within the rotor cheek underneath the at least one braking surface is a vibration damping element. The brake rotor derives its vibration-deadening and sound-damping effects from the vibration damping element through the occurrence of relative frictional contacting movement.



Immobilizer for a transport trolley

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to an immobilizer for a transport trolley, whereby a magnetic field is used for alternately activating and deactivating said immobilizer. In an embodiment of the invention, the deactivating magnetic field can be weaker than the activating magnetic field.