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Clutch control

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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

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20110190995CLUTCH SLIP RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for transferring torque from a prime mover to a transmission includes a coupling device, a hydraulic control system and a control module. The coupling device includes a torque converter clutch (TCC), where the coupling device is located between an output of the prime mover and an input of the transmission. The TCC is actuated between a fully engaged position, a slip mode where slip occurs, and a fully disengaged position. The hydraulic control system includes a controller device that communicates an actuation pressure to the TCC. The actuation pressure actuates the TCC between the fully engaged position, the slip mode, and the fully disengaged position. The controller is in communication with the TCC, the output of the prime mover, the input of the transmission, and the controller device of the hydraulic control system. The controller regulates the actuation pressure.08-04-2011
20110196588METHOD FOR ENGAGING A TORQUE CONVERTER LOCK-UP CLUTCH IN A POWER TRANSMISSION OF A MOBILE MACHINE - A method of engaging a converter lock-up clutch in a power-shift transmission of a working machine. According to the method, the available engine torque or the turbine torque is determined, prior to an engagement of the converter lock-up clutch, and, depending on the determined engine torque or the determined turbine torque, the gradient of the engine torque is controlled by the transmission control unit during engagement and optionally controlled for a defined period of time following engagement such that acceleration of the vehicle, and thus a jerking sensation upon engagement of the converter lock-up clutch, is reduced or prevented.08-11-2011
20100076655INPUT TORQUE LIMITING CLUTCH FOR POWER TRANSFER ASSEMBLY - A vehicle driveline component that includes an input member, at least one output member and a preloaded clutch that is disposed between the input member and the at least one output member. The preloaded clutch limits drive torque transmitted form the input member to each output member. The driveline component is selected from a group consisting of transfer cases, propshafts, viscous couplings and differentials. A related method is also provided.03-25-2010
20130080010Clutch Protection System - A vehicle having a chassis, an engine supported by the chassis, a clutch assembly and a controller. The clutch assembly contains a clutch that is coupled to the engine. The controller executes a method to protect the clutch, the method including the steps of calculating, comparing and derating. The calculating step includes calculating the amount of energy being absorbed by the clutch. The comparing step compares the amount of energy to a predetermined limit. The derating step derates the engine dependent upon whether the amount of energy exceeded the predetermined limit in the comparing step.03-28-2013
20130035830MANAGEMENT OF OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND GEARBOX FOR LEAVING A MOTOR VEHICLE FREEWHEEL RUNNING CONDITION WITH INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OFF - An automotive electronic control system for a motor vehicle powertrain comprising an internal combustion engine and a servo-actuated driveline. The electronic control system is configured to control the powertrain to cause stopping of the engine and disengagement of the driveline, whereby resulting in the motor vehicle entering a freewheel running condition with engine off, and cranking of the engine and engagement of the driveline, whereby resulting in the motor vehicle leaving the freewheel running condition with engine off. The electronic control system is further configured to control the driveline during an engine run-down consequent upon the motor vehicle entering the freewheel running condition with the the engine off, to cause engagement of a gear appropriate for inertial cranking of the engine before the latter leaves a self-sustaining operating condition, while a clutch of the driveline is kept engaged.02-07-2013
20090105916Avoiding Drift Engagement of a Hydraulic Clutch - A method for controlling speed of an input shaft to a hydraulically actuated clutch that includes a hydraulic balance dam volume includes determining a limit speed of the input shaft that varies as a function of time during a predetermined period after the clutch starts rotation and that causes a servo piston for actuating the clutch to move toward an engaged position, rotating the input shaft during the period, limiting a speed of the input shaft during said period to a determined limit speed corresponding to a current time after beginning the period, and allowing the speed of the input shaft to increase to a speed greater than the determined limit speed after expiration of the period.04-23-2009
20090187318Machine control system implementing speed-based clutch modulation - A machine control system for use with a machine having a power source and a transmission is disclosed. The machine control system may have a clutch configured to connect an output of the power source with an input of the transmission. The machine control system may also have a sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a speed of the power source, and a controller in communication with the clutch and the sensor. The controller may be configured to vary an actuating force of the clutch based on the signal.07-23-2009
20120265415METHOD FOR CLUTCH CONTROL - A clutch control process for a motor vehicle transmission during brake lift-out monitors a time rate of change of a brake pedal position and torque to detect a lift-out condition with rapidly changing torque. When the process detects a brake lift-out condition, the process limits the minimum scheduled clutch pressure as well as modifies the clutch pressure to torque relationship.10-18-2012
20090306869METHOD FOR DETECTING THE STATUS OF THE CLUTCH IN THE DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for detecting the status of the clutch in the drive train of a motor vehicle, the engine speed and the speed are ascertained and a transmission ratio is formed as the quotient of the engine speed and speed. Furthermore, a reference value is determined, which is set equal to the transmission ratio iges from a first time step. In a subsequent time step, the difference between the instantaneous transmission ratio iges and the reference value is formed, a disengaged clutch status being detected if the difference exceeds a threshold value.12-10-2009
20110015842POWER ASSISTED VEHICLE - A power assisted vehicle includes a wheel drive unit that transmits power of a motor as assist power to wheels via clutches capable of connecting and disconnecting power transmission, input rotation angle detection units that detect rotation angles of input shafts of the clutches, output rotation angle detection units that detect rotation angles of output shafts of the clutches, and assist power calculation units, that calculate the relative angle difference between the rotation angles of the input shafts of the clutches and the rotation angles of the output shafts of the clutches, and while clearing the relative angle difference in a predetermined period, calculate the assist power on the basis of the relative angle difference before it is cleared.01-20-2011
20130060437SAFETY CLUTCH FOR AN ELECTRIC DRIVE AND USE OF THE SAFETY CLUTCH IN A WHEELED VEHICLE - A safety clutch for an electric drive which includes an electric motor and a shaft which is driven thereby. A transmission of torque between the electric motor and the shaft can be brought about by at least one connecting element. A controllable locking device via which an interruption in the transmission of torque between the electric motor and the shaft can be brought about, is assigned to the connecting element. The use of the safety clutch in an electric drive for a wheeled vehicle is disclosed, a controller evaluating the transmission of torque between the electric motor and the shaft using a vehicle state, and when a fault state is detected the controller transmitting a control signal to the controllable locking device, as a result of which an interruption is brought about in the transmission of torque between the electric motor and the shaft.03-07-2013
20090069992Method and device for adapting the control of the clutches of a double clutch transmission - A method of adapting control of clutches of a double clutch transmission, including: during a shifting process, controlling torque transmittable by an opening clutch and torque transmittable by a closing clutch according to nominal curves; during a shifting process, determining a difference between a nominal value and an actual value; and adapting a nominal curve of at least one of the clutches for a following shifting process by reducing a difference between the nominal value and the actual value.03-12-2009
20120116639AUTOMATIC CLUTCH SYSTEM FOR AUTOMOBILES - The embodiments herein provide an automatic clutch system for automobiles. The system comprises a mechanical section and an electronic section. The mechanical section comprises a rail support base with a rail-shaped ridge installed, dynamic parts installed on the rail-shaped ridge, supporting arms, an elevator mechanism connected to the clutch pedal and a clutch pedal lever. The electronic section comprises an input section for placing the elevator mechanism in due place and a keyboard for regulation, a sensor circuit, a command circuit including microcontroller, an exit section for changing a position of the elevator mechanism, a feedback circuit including a rotary encoder and monitors. The command circuit processes an instruction data from the input resources based on the regulations set by the user and transmits a command to the output section to position the elevator mechanism.05-10-2012
20120116638FLASH MEMORY SIGNATURE CAL - One embodiment includes a coupling device system for use in a motor vehicle is provided including a coupling device and a memory chip. The coupling device has an input member, an output member, and at least one modulating clutch assembly selectively coupling the input member to the output member. The modulating clutch assembly includes an electrical clutch operator and clutch plates. The clutch plates include at least one first clutch plate coupled to the input member and at least one second clutch plate coupled to the output member. The second clutch plate is disposed adjacent the first clutch plate. The memory chip is integrated with the coupling device and is configured to store data related to a measured characteristic of the coupling device. The memory chip is also configured to communicate with a vehicle controller. A method of providing a calibration curve of the coupling device to the vehicle controller is also disclosed.05-10-2012
20090012683Determining an engine torque error during an engine torque intervention - A method for determining an error in engine torque, wherein at least before and after a predetermined change in the engine torque the change in engine speed is registered, and this is compared with the engine torque before and after the change in the engine torque.01-08-2009
20100087999Apparatus and Method for Detecting End-of-Fill at Clutch in Automatic Transmission - An improved method and apparatus for detecting end-of-fill at a hydraulic clutch in an automatic transmission with a variable force solenoid are provided. The method includes: initiating clutch fill mode by commanding a high current to the solenoid whereby a high fluid pressure is delivered to the clutch apply volume; monitoring clutch fill time; determining if the fill time is greater than a threshold fill time; monitoring the current (e.g., actual and filtered) being actively drawn by the solenoid during clutch fill mode in response to the fill time being greater than the threshold fill time; detecting if an aberration occurs in the current; and stopping distribution of fluid to the hydraulic clutch in response to the current aberration. Detecting if an aberration occurs preferably includes determining a change in instantaneous armature velocity, and determining if the change in instantaneous velocity is greater than a threshold change in armature velocity.04-08-2010
20120290181METHOD FOR DETERMINING INITIAL TEMPERATURES IN DRY DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSIONS - A method for determining initial or starting temperatures for a dry dual clutch mechanism at vehicle start-up includes as determining a time lapse from shut-down to start-up. The method determines a housing air start temperature of the housing air within a bell housing case of the dry dual clutch mechanism at vehicle start-up, reads a first clutch stop temperature of a first clutch at vehicle shut-down, reads a housing air stop temperature of the housing air at vehicle shut-down, and determines a heat transfer coefficient between the first clutch and the housing air. The method includes determining a first clutch start temperature from, at least: the heat transfer coefficient between the first clutch and the housing air; a temperature differential between the first clutch stop temperature and the housing air stop temperature; and the housing air start temperature.11-15-2012
20110125377TRANSMISSION - A dual clutch automated manual transmission includes a first clutch and a second clutch, and a clutch torque capacity command value for a plurality of clutch actuators arranged to drive the first clutch and second clutch based on operation of a by-wire type of clutch lever, wherein the clutch torque capacity of the plurality of clutches is controlled. An operator can adjust a driving force by manually operating the clutch in the transmission in which a clutch operation is controlled automatically, such as an automatic transmission system, automated manual transmission system, or dual clutch automated manual transmission system, thereby improving drivability.05-26-2011
20110301820ELECTRICALLY ACTUATABLE MODULE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AN ELECTRICALLY ACTUATABLE MODULE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - The invention relates to an electrically actuatable assembly of a motor vehicle having at least one component comprising a non-volatile memory. The component has base functionality characteristic for the component and required for the operation of the assembly. The memory comprises a memory region not utilized for realizing the base functionality of the component, in said memory region is stored a characteristic value that identifies the assembly with a predetermined probability. Furthermore, the characteristic value can be read out from the memory region of the component. Finally, the invention describes a method for identifying such an electrically actuatable assembly.12-08-2011
20110295476System For And Method Of Detecting Clutch Engagement Of A Manual Transmission - A system and method of detecting clutch engagement of a manual transmission of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The system and method include a clutch switch for detecting clutch engagement and a backup method for detecting clutch engagement. The backup method includes varying a target speed of an engine drive shaft of the motor vehicle and comparing the speed of the engine drive shaft with the speed of a mainshaft of the motor vehicle.12-01-2011
20130218432VEHICLE-MOUNTED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE - An internal combustion engine is provided with a ratchet one-way clutch between an output shaft of a starting motor and a crankshaft. The one-way clutch includes a claw piece which rotates integrally with the crankshaft, and an engagement part which rotates integrally with the starting motor and with which the claw piece engages. An electronic control device performs control for driving the starting motor when the engine is stopped to reduce the difference between the rotation speed of the engine and the rotation speed of the starting motor, that is, the difference between the rotation speed of the claw piece and the rotation speed of the engagement part.08-22-2013
20090125201METHOD FOR SETTING THE FILLING PRESSURE FOR A CLUTCH - A method for determining the filling pressure for a clutch and a hydraulic clutch adapted to conduct said method are suggested where clutch linings are brought into engagement against the force of a clutch release spring by a hydraulic pressure system. The hydraulic pressure is controlled such that an engagement point where the clutch linings abut against each other but without establishing a torque transmitting capacity in the clutch can be reached quickly and precisely. The purpose is to achieve a short gear shifting time, but at the same time avoid impacts due to premature torque transmittal capacity in the clutch during gear shifting. A precision shifting mode or a fast shifting mode can be established, compromising speed and torque transmitting capacity depending on the preferred driving mode.05-14-2009
20110218721Control for an Electromagnetic Brake for a Multiple-Ratio Power Transmission that has a Brake Actuation Counter - A control system and method for an electromagnetic clutch brake, including an electromagnetic clutch brake actuator coil surrounding a power input shaft for a multiple-ratio transmission in a vehicle powertrain. A protective circuit of the control system normally monitors data inputs from a databus that may indicate conditions that are not favorable for clutch brake actuation. The protective circuit prevents actuation of the clutch brake under such conditions. In the event the data inputs are not available from the databus, the protective circuit permits operation in a fall-back mode in which a brake ON timer is checked prior to clutch brake actuation. A primary counter is incremented with each normal clutch brake actuation and a secondary counter is incremented with each fall-back clutch brake actuation.09-08-2011
20090326772Control System and Method for Controlling an Operational Mode of a Vehicle Via Multiple Clutch Assemblies - A first clutch assembly has an active state for transmitting rotational energy and an inactive state for not transmitting rotational energy. A generator has a generator shaft associated with the first clutch assembly. A second clutch assembly has an active state for transmitting rotational energy and an inactive state for not transmitting rotational energy. A transmission has a transmission shaft directly or indirectly associated with the second clutch assembly. A third clutch assembly has an active state for transmitting rotational energy and an inactive state for not transmitting rotational energy. An engine has an engine shaft associated with the third clutch assembly. A controller establishes an operational mode of the vehicle by controlling the states of the first clutch assembly, the second clutch assembly, and the third clutch assembly.12-31-2009
20090157272Four-passage multifunction torque converter - A torque converter including: an impeller clutch arranged to transmit, when closed, torque from a first cover for the torque converter to a shell for an impeller; a lock-up clutch arranged to transmit, when closed, torque from a second cover for the torque converter to an output hub; a release chamber for the impeller clutch, connected to a first channel; an apply chamber for the impeller clutch, connected to a second channel; an apply chamber for the lock-up clutch, connected to a third channel; and a torus connected to a fourth channel. The second, third, and fourth channels open to a space including a longitudinal axis for the torque converter and the space is arranged to receive an input shaft for a transmission. The first channel is arranged to connect to a line in a pump housing for a transmission.06-18-2009
20100268428Touch Point Calibration Method For A Motor Vehicle - A touch point calibration method for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The method includes steps for determining if the touch point can be calibrated. The method also includes steps for determining the touch point when the system can be calibrated.10-21-2010
20120143452METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AUTOMATED CLUTCH SYSTEM - A method for controlling an automated friction clutch that is located between a drive motor and a transmission in a motor vehicle that is equipped with fraction control and driving condition recognition for detecting current driving conditions.06-07-2012
20080208423Clutch Controller, Method of Controlling Clutch, and Straddle-Type Vehicle - A clutch controller that improves riding comfort when a clutch is engaged. A target torque obtaining section obtains torque that is supposed to be transmitted from a drive-side member of the clutch to a downstream mechanism in a torque transmission path as target transmission torque, the downstream mechanism including a driven-side member of the clutch. An clutch actuator control section actuates a clutch actuator based on the target transmission torque. The target torque obtaining section estimates torque to be transmitted from the drive-side member to the downstream mechanism after the drive-side member and the driven-side member are completely engaged, and obtains the estimated torque as the target transmission torque.08-28-2008
20090287386CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM - The clutch control system includes a motor in a liquid pressure modulator for engagement/disengagement of a clutch, a clutch control unit for controlling the operation of the motor, vehicle condition detection means which detects at least that an engine is in working and which detects the running speed of the vehicle, and neutral detection means for detecting the neutral state of a transmission. As controlled states of the clutch, there are set a first control state in which the clutch is in a partially engaged state or an engaged state, and a second control state in which the clutch is disengaged. When the engine being working and the vehicle speed being in excess of a predetermined value is detected and the neutral state is detected, in the first control state, transition to the second control state is effected and the clutch is disengaged.11-19-2009
20100036572TORQUE CONVERTER CLUTCH CONTROL - A clutch control system comprises a clutch torque determination module and a clutch pressure control module. The clutch torque determination module determines a desired torque value for a torque converter clutch (TCC) based on a torque output of an engine, a pump torque value for a pump integrated with a torque converter, a desired engine acceleration, and an inertia value of the engine. The clutch pressure control module selectively controls pressure applied to the TCC based on the desired torque value.02-11-2010
20090265068TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - A transmission control apparatus detects a drop in power transmission performance of a clutch actuator, and prevents a failure thereof. When power transmission performance drop detecting means detects a drop in power transmission performance of a first clutch even if a power transmission instruction is given to a first clutch actuator, power transmission in a power transmission path through a first geared transmission mechanism is inhibited, and power transmission in a power transmission path through a second geared transmission mechanism is carried out. When the power transmission performance drop detecting means detects a drop in power transmission performance of a second clutch even if the power transmission instruction is given to a second clutch actuator, power transmission in the power transmission path through the second geared transmission mechanism is inhibited, and power transmission in the power transmission path through the first geared transmission mechanism is carried out.10-22-2009
20110208396REALTIME ESTIMATION OF CLUTCH PISTON POSITION - The present invention provides an apparatus and method for estimating the realtime position of a clutch piston during the fill cycle using noisy pressure measurements which ensures proper and desired clutch operation. Pressures on both sides of a flow controlling orifice, at the fluid control actuator and the clutch cylinder are measured and these measurements in conjunction with other system parameters such as orifice size, clutch volume and return spring characteristics are used to solve nonlinear dynamic equations (algorithms) which reside in a microprocessor. The microprocessor provides outputs corresponding to an estimate of the current position of the clutch piston, an estimate of the current speed of the piston and an estimate of the current hydraulic pressure. The method can also be utilized to detect clutch wear.08-25-2011
20090005944Device for Controlling Functions of a Mobile Vehicle, and Method for Controlling Said Functions - A driving motor drives power-consuming devices and, via a clutch device, driving wheels as well. Upon actuation of a brake pedal, an electronic controller determines an input torque of the clutch device and disengages the clutch device when the brake pedal has reached a defined value that is dependent upon the input torque.01-01-2009
20110224879OIL PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE FOR TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An oil pressure control device for a transmission engages or disengages a frictional engagement element of the transmission by controlling an oil pressure supplied from a mechanical oil pump driven by a power source for driving a vehicle and an electric oil pump driven by an electric motor, and includes: an air entering determining unit which determines whether or not air enters the electric oil pump; and an air discharging unit which, when an ignition switch of the power source is switched from an ON state to an OFF state after the air entering determining unit has determined that air enters the electric oil pump, drives the electric oil pump such that the air entering the electric oil pump is discharged from the electric oil pump together with an oil.09-15-2011
20090222182SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE OF TRANSMISSION - An ECU is configured to disengage a clutch by driving a motor upon detection of starting of a shift operation, and to engage the clutch upon detection of completion of the shift change. The shift operation starting detection is detected upon determination that an operational force given to a shift pedal is equal to or more than a predetermined operational force, and the shift change completion detection is detected upon determination that a rotational angle of a shift drum from a shift gear position before a shift gear operation becomes equal to or more than a first predetermined angle. The shift operation starting detection is also detected upon determination that the rotational angle of the shift drum from a shift gear position before a shift gear operation is a second predetermined angle or more which is smaller than the first predetermined angle.09-03-2009
20100292901HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN THEREIN - A method for controlling a hybrid electric powertrain includes, in response to a request to increase a powertrain braking force on at least one of a plurality of traction wheels, (i) commanding at least one clutch to increase a gear ratio of a transmission, and (ii) during clutch stroke, commanding an electric machine to act as a generator such that the electric machine applies a braking force to at least one of the traction wheels.11-18-2010
20100168973System and Method for Controlling Lockup Clutch Engagement in a Torque Converter - A torque converter has a pump that is rotatably driven by an internal combustion engine and that is fluidly coupled to a turbine, and a lockup clutch connected between pump and the turbine. Controlling engagement of the lockup clutch may include controlling the lockup clutch to an initial lockup clutch activation value, determining rotational speed of the pump, determining rotational speed of the turbine, and if the rotational speed of the turbine is greater than the rotational speed of the pump, increasing rotational speed of the engine until the rotational speed of the pump is within a threshold value of the rotational speed of the turbine followed by controlling the lockup clutch to full engagement.07-01-2010
20100185373METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AND DAMPENING JUDDERING VIBRATIONS OF A DRIVETRAIN - A method of determining and reducing vibrations caused by a clutch (07-22-2010
20100161188SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMANCE LAUNCH CONTROL OF A VEHICLE - A system and related operating method for performance launch control of a vehicle begins by receiving a user-selected driving condition setting that is indicative of road conditions. The method also collects real-time vehicle status data during operation of the vehicle, and derives a target wheel slip profile from the user-selected driving condition setting and the real-time vehicle status data. The actual propulsion system torque of the vehicle is limited using the target wheel slip profile, resulting in improved performance for standstill launches.06-24-2010
20100185372METHOD FOR ACTUATING A CLUTCH OF A DRIVETRAIN - A method for actuating a clutch (07-22-2010
20130218431System and Method for Detecting Lockup Clutch On-Coming Capacity - A dynamic model is stored in memory that defines torque transmitted by a lockup clutch in a torque converter as a function of a plurality of torque converter operating parameters. A lockup clutch command to control engagement the lockup clutch is asserted, and thereafter a number of the plurality of torque converter operating parameters are monitored. The model is continually solved using the monitored operating parameters to determine torque transmitted by the lockup clutch over time, and a lockup clutch on-coming capacity signal is produced if the torque transmitted by the lockup clutch exceeds a torque threshold.08-22-2013
20090112428METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE CLUTCH SLIPPAGE IN AN ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION - A method to determine excessive clutch slippage in a transmission coupled to an engine and an electric machine adapted to selectively transmit power to an output member through selective application of torque-transfer clutches includes monitoring rotational velocities of the electric machine, engine and output member, monitoring a transmission operating range state, determining a clutch slip based upon monitored rotational velocities for one of the torque-transfer clutches intended to be synchronized based upon the transmission operating range state, and indicating a runaway slip event if the clutch slip is in excess of a threshold slip level through a threshold slip duration.04-30-2009
20090143949CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - In a clutch control system for a vehicle having a hydraulic type clutch in the course of power transmission between an engine and a drive wheel the operational response of the clutch is enhanced and the influence of a hysteresis present in oil pressure-stroke characteristic is suppressed. When the clutch is disconnected, a control oil pressure thereof is maintained at a predetermined stand-by oil pressure (allowance compensating oil pressure) P06-04-2009
20090105918VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A vehicle control device including an input member drive-connected to a power source; a mechanical pump; an electric pump assisting the mechanical pump; a drive mechanism transmitting the rotational driving force of the input member to an output member; a fluid coupling between the input member and the drive transmission mechanism and including a lock-up engagement element which receives hydraulic oil discharged from the mechanical pump and the electric pump to operate; a state detection unit that detects the state of the one or more factors that the discharge of the electric pump; and a control unit which executes a first or second control mode, wherein the first control mode permits engagement of the lock-up engagement element if a first condition is satisfied based on the one or more factors, and wherein a second control mode inhibits engagement of the lock-up engagement element if the first condition is not satisfied.04-23-2009
20090105917Method and device for controlling the operation of a parallel shifting transmission - A method for controlling operation of a parallel transmission comprising two partial transmissions that act upon a common drive shaft and can be coupled to a drive shaft via one respective clutch. The gear ratio of the parallel transmission can be changed from the gear that is engaged in one partial transmission to the gear that is engaged in the other partial transmission without interrupting traction when the parallel transmission functions correctly by opening the clutch of one partial transmission and simultaneously closing the clutch of the other partial transmission. When a malfunction is detected in the actuator of at least one of the clutches, the open clutch can be closed only if at least one of the following conditions is met: the previously closed clutch is open; or, no gear is engaged in the partial transmission allocated to the previously closed clutch.04-23-2009
20130131942Drive Train Control Arrangement - A drive train control arrangement for a motor vehicle drive train includes a main drive train, a first drive axle permanently driven by the main drive train, an auxiliary drive train and a second drive axle coupleable to the main drive train via the auxiliary drive train, which has a first clutch unit and a second clutch unit connected downstream in the power train of the first clutch unit for connecting the second drive axle to the main drive train, and a control unit, which in at least one operating mode that closes the at least one second clutch unit of the auxiliary drive train to shift into a standby operating mode when a defined operating condition is present, and with the standby operating mode activated, closes the first clutch unit of the auxiliary drive train to connect the coupleable second drive axle depending on at least one parameter.05-23-2013
20130131943COASTING CONTROL DEVICE - A coasting control device that prevents failures due to deterioration of a release bearing. The device includes an cumulative disengagement time measuring unit cumulatively measuring a duration of time that a clutch is being disengaged during coasting control, and an overtime restricting unit prohibiting coasting control when the measured cumulative clutch disengagement time has exceeded a predetermined time giving an indication of fatigue of a member of the clutch, and/or an overtime alarm unit providing an alarm when the measured cumulative clutch disengagement time has exceeded a predetermined time giving an indication of fatigue of the member of the clutch.05-23-2013
20110246036CONTROL APPARATUS OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - A control apparatus of an automatic transmission having an automatic speed change mechanism for changing a driving source speed of rotation and a clutch engaged at a start, a fluid transmission apparatus between the driving source and the automatic speed change mechanism, and a lock-up clutch for locking up the fluid transmission apparatus. The control apparatus includes a range unit that determines a shift range including a drive range, a vehicle stop unit that determines a stop of a vehicle, a start intended operation unit that detects an intended start vehicle operation, a clutch control unit that controls the clutch to be disengaged to place the automatic speed change mechanism in a neutral state while the shift range is determined to be the drive range and the vehicle is determined to be stopped, and performs engagement control of the clutch to control the start of the vehicle when the operation intended for starting the vehicle is detected, and a lock-up clutch control unit that controls the lock-up clutch to be engaged while the shift range is determined to be the drive range and the vehicle is determined to be stopped, and controls the lock-up clutch so that the lock-up clutch is at least engaged in a slip region in which a predetermined torque capacity is obtained, when the operation intended for starting the vehicle is detected.10-06-2011
20110087412CONTROL METHOD OF SHIFTING GEAR IN AN AUTOMATIC MANUAL TRANSMISSION HAVING A TWIN-CLUTCH GEARBOX - A control method of shifting gear in an automatic manual transmission having a twin-clutch gearbox to pass from a current gear to a successive gear, the control method including the steps of receiving a command of gear shifting, opening a first clutch associated with current gear, closing a second clutch which is associated with successive gear and starts transmitting a torque after a delay time interval from the start of the closing, and starting the opening of first clutch, thus decreasing the torque transmitted by first clutch itself before second clutch starts transmitting a torque, such that first clutch decreases the torque transmitted to the driving wheels before the second clutch starts transmitting a torque to the driving wheels.04-14-2011
20100241327METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE AXIAL WEAR AND THE COUNTERFORCE GRADIENT IN A MULTIPLE DISK SWITCHING ELEMENT - A method of detecting axial wear and a counterforce gradient of a multiple disc switching element (09-23-2010
20120245813METHOD FOR ACTUATING A CLUTCH - A method for actuating a clutch in the drive train of a motor vehicle, including: generating a respective position setpoint for each predetermined target interval to actuate the clutch; in each predetermined target interval, actuating the clutch in a plurality of predetermined controller sampling intervals; discretizing a respective position setpoint change into a plurality of intermediate position setpoints; determining a number of intermediate position setpoints in the plurality of intermediate position setpoint depending on the ratio of the target interval to the controller sampling interval; and specifying the respective position setpoint changes in steps to actuate the clutch.09-27-2012
20100185371SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE - A shift control device includes a clutch for performing a connection/disconnection of power transmitted to a drive wheel from an engine based on an operation input to a shift operator, an actuator for performing a drive control of the clutch, and a controller for controlling the driving of the actuator. The controller includes an operation quantity detector for detecting an operation quantity of a shift operator, a shift starter performing a control toward the disengagement of the clutch by driving the actuator at a stage in which an operation quantity detected by the operation quantity detector exceeds a first threshold value, and a shift starter for performing a disengagement control of the clutch by driving the actuator at a stage wherein an operation quantity detected by the operation quantity detector exceeds a second threshold value which is larger than the first threshold value.07-22-2010
20090048749CONTROL METHOD FOR CLUTCH ARRANGEMENT - A method controlling a clutch arrangement that serves, in a powertrain of a motor vehicle, for the transmission of a torque from an input element to an output element. Starting from an activated state of the clutch arrangement, a respective estimated torque value is calculated in repeating calculation cycles. A torque build-up value is calculated in dependence on at least one speed difference value. A torque reduction value is calculated in dependence on at least the last calculated estimated torque value. The estimated torque value is re-calculated on the basis of the last calculated estimated torque value by up integration of the calculated torque build-up value and down integration of the calculated torque reduction value. The recalculated estimated torque value is compared with a torque threshold value. The clutch arrangement is deactivated when the recalculated estimated torque value is below the torque threshold value.02-19-2009
20100063698CONTROL OF SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH IN A TRANSMISSION - A powertrain in a vehicle includes an electro-mechanical transmission having a selectable one-way clutch mechanically-operatively coupled to an internal combustion engine and configured to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member. A control method includes monitoring a vehicle speed, monitoring a transmission gear state, comparing the vehicle speed to a threshold low speed range, transitioning a selectable one-way clutch into an engaged mode when said vehicle speed is not in a forward direction in excess of the threshold low speed range, and maintaining the selectable one-way clutch in the engaged mode based upon the transmission gear state remaining in a first gear state and the vehicle speed remaining within said threshold low speed range, a neutral state, or a reverse state.03-11-2010
20110251767CONTROL DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - If it is determined that a D range is in use and determined that a vehicle is stopped, neutral control means (10-13-2011
20110251766SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFT CONTROL - A control system for an automatic transmission coupled to an engine by a torque converter includes a torque module and a first clutch control module. The torque module determines an input torque to the transmission based on an output torque of the engine. The first clutch control module adjusts an acceleration of a turbine of the torque converter during a down shift of the transmission based on the input torque. The first clutch control module adjusts the acceleration of the turbine by adjusting a first pressure of fluid supplied to an off-going clutch of the transmission based on the input torque. The first clutch control module adjusts the first pressure based on a mathematical model that relates a torque capacity of the off-going clutch, the input torque, and the acceleration. A method is also provided.10-13-2011
20110098897Method of identifying a release bearing touch point in a clutch system - A method for determining a release bearing touch point in a clutch is described. A cross shaft of the clutch is positioned in a pre-determined state. A quantity of torque is applied to the cross shaft using an actuator and a velocity change is determined in the cross shaft. An angular position of the cross shaft is recorded when the velocity change happens as the new release bearing touch point.04-28-2011
20100121546DRIVE FORCE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A drive force control apparatus for a vehicle, having at least one engaging element and configured to implement drive force control to control transmitting of a drive force generated by a drive power source, to left and right drive wheels by controlling an engaged state of the at least one engaging element in accordance with a demand for control of the drive force, includes control demand determining means determining possibility that the demand for control of the drive force is made on the basis of a predetermined standard, and engagement control means implementing preliminary control to control the engaged state of the at least one engaging element to a stage prior to implementing of the drive force control if the control demand determining means determines that it is possible that the demand for control would be made.05-13-2010
20100063699SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE ENGAGEMENT POINT OF A CLUTCH - A method of determining an engagement position of a clutch of a vehicle is provided. The clutch is operable by a clutch pedal adapted to move over a travel range. The method comprises determining a rate of change of position of the clutch pedal, locating a dwelling range of the clutch pedal, the dwelling range comprising a plurality of positions of the clutch pedal along the travel range during which the rate of change of position of the clutch pedal is less than a predetermined rate of change for a predetermined length of time, and recording the travel positions of the clutch pedal in the dwelling range.03-11-2010
20100004836METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A DISC CLUTCH - In a method and a control unit for controlling the position of an automatic disc clutch in a vehicle, which disc clutch is arranged to transmit motive force from an internal combustion engine to an input shaft of a stagegeared gearbox in the vehicle, the control unit is arranged to position the clutch in a first position, preparing the vehicle for take off, with the gearbox having a starting gear engaged, and where the clutch in the first position transmits a smaller torque, characterized in that the control unit being further arranged to position the clutch in a second more disengaged position compared to the first position, if a driver of the vehicle does not demand vehicle take off torque by activating a throttle control within a predetermined time.01-07-2010
20090112427METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMEDIATION OF AND RECOVERY FROM A CLUTCH SLIP EVENT IN A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method for operating a powertrain, including an electro-mechanical transmission mechanically-operatively coupled to an internal combustion engine and an electric machine, includes monitoring slip across a selectively applied clutch within the transmission to indicate a clutch slip event, and if the monitoring indicates the clutch slip event decreasing a load across the selectively applied clutch by reducing torque of at least one of the engine and the electric machine, in order to reduce the slip, thereby ending the clutch slip event.04-30-2009
20080255740Method For Controlling a Hydraulic Actuator Comprising a Rapid Drain Valve and a Control System and a Friction Coupling Comprising an Actuator of this Type - A method of controlling a hydraulic actuator of a friction coupling that includes a pump, which is driven by an electric motor, a pressure line, which contains a non-return valve and which runs from the pump to an actuator cylinder with an actuator piston that acts on the friction coupling. A rapid drain valve has a flow connection to the actuator cylinder and contains a slide that responds to the pressure prevailing on the side of the pump that faces the slide. To optimize the dynamic and static control behavior of the actuator, a control variable is determined for the electric motor from the target pressure and the actual pressure in the actuator cylinder. At least two different control algorithms are executed, depending on whether the difference between the target pressure and the actual pressure is positive or negative.10-16-2008
20110054752MULTIPLE CLUTCH TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS AND MULTIPLE CLUTCH TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD - A multiple clutch transmission control apparatus performs gear changing smoothly by improving clutch torque control precision, without reducing the speed of gear changing, in a vehicle or the like including a multiple clutch transmission. With this control apparatus, a control unit switches the transmission gear from the previous gear to the next gear by changing the torque transfer path by controlling the first clutch and the second clutch in a clutch changeover period. In the clutch changeover period, the control unit changes the torque transfer path by raising the clutch torque capacity of whichever of the first clutch and the second clutch is the next-gear-side clutch to reach a target value, and then lowering the clutch torque capacity of the previous-gear-side clutch.03-03-2011
20120310500PASSIVE SAFETY SWITCH - The invention relates to a smart actuator for actuating a clutch having a communication interface for connecting to a higher-level control unit, and at least one data line for connecting to the higher-level control unit, where the smart actuator is configured to identify errors in the higher-level control unit and/or an assigned second smart actuator, and where the smart actuator has controlling means that are suitable for converting the controlled system into a safe system state in the case of a recognized error. Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding control method and a control system in which the smart actuators and the method are used.12-06-2012
20110190996CLUTCH CONTROLLING APPARATUS - A clutch controlling apparatus includes a shift change transmission having a plurality of gear trains between a main shaft on an input side and a countershaft on an output side. A clutch controls transmission of power between the shift change transmission and an engine between engagement an disengagement. The clutch controlling apparatus automatically controls the clutch upon shift change of the shift change transmission. An input power ratio is calculated as a ratio between a rotation of the engine and a rotation of the countershaft. If the input/output power ratio exceeds a predetermined value in a direction of a rise of the rotation of the engine during shift change of the shift change transmission, a target control amount of the clutch is corrected in a clutch engagement direction.08-04-2011
20110307153METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING DISENGAGEMENT OF AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE MASTER CLUTCH - A method and device are provided for controlling disengagement of an automated vehicle master clutch arranged in a vehicle drivetrain between a vehicle propulsion unit and a step geared transmission. The method includes the steps of determining a first output torque of the propulsion unit prior to initiation of a master clutch disengagement procedure, computing a second output torque of the propulsion unit in dependence of at least the first output torque, and where the second output torque is closer to zero torque than the first output torque, initiating the master clutch disengagement procedure by initiating an oscillation in drive shafts by abruptly altering propulsion unit output torque from the first to the second output torque, and disengaging the master clutch when the oscillation has reached a first oscillation turning point. Benefits can include faster gear shifting and better comfort with maintained transmission durability.12-15-2011
20110112737METHOD OF DETECTING FILLING OF HYDRAULIC CLUTCH - A method of detecting substantial filling of a hydraulic cylinder of a hydraulically operated clutch of a vehicular transmission is disclosed and claimed. A pressure sensor disposed in a hydraulic line to the clutch cylinder provides a signal that the hydraulic pressure has dropped as the clutch cylinder begins to fill and also that the pressure has returned to a substantially normal level. The pressure sensor may be a continuously variable output such as an analog sensor, pulse width modulation (PWM) sensor, a similar device or, less desirably, a two state sensor. An iterative algorithm utilizes data from the sensor and a timer to determine when clutch fill is substantially complete.05-12-2011
20120041657METHOD FOR DETECTING THE CLUTCH CONDITION - A method for detecting the clutch condition in engine-powered vehicles. To ensure a reliable detection of the clutch condition even in extreme driving situations, the engine torque of at least one vehicle engine is increased or reduced automatically by pulses and the response of the engine to the torque pulse is evaluated.02-16-2012
20120065855SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETECTING A FAILED FRICTION ELEMENT - A system includes a friction element having a driving mechanism and a driven mechanism. At least one of the driving mechanism and the driven mechanism is configured to rotate. A drive unit is configured to provide a torque to at least one of the driving mechanism and the driven mechanism. A control processor is configured to diagnose a friction element failure based on a slip speed, which is the difference between rotational speeds of the driving mechanism and the driven mechanism. The control processor is further configured to induce a slip condition as part of a shift process and diagnose the friction element failure if the derived slip speed is substantially zero after inducing the slip condition.03-15-2012
20120065856USE OF A CLUTCH PROPORTIONAL-INTEGRAL CONTROLLER TO ASSIST A STATE OBSERVER DURING A VEHICLE SHIFT EVENT - A method for optimizing a shift event in a vehicle includes designating a clutch to be used as an oncoming clutch or an offgoing clutch in the shift event before executing the shift event, and processing a plurality of input values through a state observer to thereby determine, as an output value of the state observer, an estimated slip speed of the designated clutch. The method includes using a proportional-integral control module for the designated clutch (a clutch PI) to close the control loop on the estimated slip speed from the state observer, thereby smoothing a switching between state space equations in the state observer, and executing the shift event. A vehicle includes a transmission, an engine, at least one traction motor, and a control system configured for executing the above method.03-15-2012
20110166759Gear Control Device and Method for a Gear Control Device - The invention starts from a transmission control device with a control unit (07-07-2011
20110166758STOCHASTIC DETECTION OF TORQUE CONVERTER SLIP SPEED AND RELATED CONTROL - A method for controlling torque converter slip includes operating the torque converter in a controlled slip mode, monitoring slip in the torque converter, statistically analyzing the monitored slip to determine a likely condition of the torque converter, and utilizing the likely condition of the torque converter to control the torque converter slip.07-07-2011
20120016560CAPTURING ACTUATOR POSITION - A method for operating a drive device for adjusting an automated clutch in a motor vehicle. The motor vehicle has a control device by which at least one control of the drive device and one capture of measurement data of a clutch travel sensor takes place for determining the setting of the automated clutch. The drive device has a drive motor with a drive connection to a displaceable element to be positioned. A travel range of the displaceable element is monitored and a referencing procedure is performed cyclically after a prescribed time and is followed by a plausibility check if referencing is permitted at the point in time.01-19-2012
20120158264Clutch calibration for continuously variable transmission - A calibration system for calibrating a transmission provides a calibrated clutch fill time for an oncoming clutch by activating a parking brake of a machine associated with the transmission and calibrating each clutch by setting a transmission characteristic parameter to an initial value, and then activating a clutch solenoid associated with the clutch. The transmission characteristic is periodically measured, and when the measured value of the transmission characteristic exceeds the initial value for a predetermined number of consecutive periods, the fill time for the clutch is set equal to the time elapsed during the total number of measurement periods minus one less than the predetermined number of consecutive periods.06-21-2012
20120173103CLUTCH TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION FOR A MOBILE MACHINE - A mobile machine includes a propulsion system. The propulsion system may include a prime mover, a traction device, and a clutch operable to transmit power produced by the prime mover to the traction device. The propulsion system may also include propulsion-system controls operable to control the clutch. The propulsion-system controls may include at least one information processor configured to estimate a temperature of the clutch based at least in part on an estimated slippage of the clutch and a fluid temperature.07-05-2012
20100030438 METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE - A method is provided for controlling a vehicle, including receiving an operator input indicative of a desired power for at least one predetermined function, and variably controlling at least one pressure-actuated friction slip clutch in a vehicle powertrain in response to the received operator input in order to control a torque transmitted via the friction slip clutch.02-04-2010
20120232766CLUTCH PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE - A clutch pressure control device includes a request filter unit that calculates a target clutch pressure value from a requested clutch pressure value input in the request filter unit. A feedforward clutch pressure control model unit calculates, from the target clutch pressure value input by the request filter unit, a feedforward current value. A PID control unit calculates a feedback current value from a valve pressure target value for a hydraulic proportional valve controlling the clutch pressure and a feedback actual pressure value. A first calculation unit calculates a hydraulic proportional valve target current value from the input feedforward current value and the feedback current value. The device utilizes measurement methods to find values for a kisspoint pressure of the clutch, a preload pressure of the clutch, and a fill volume of the clutch.09-13-2012
20120232767CLUTCH RUN-IN BY SLIP CONTROL - A method for operating a clutch includes operating the clutch with increased slip during a green phase and operating the clutch with normal slip during a post-green phase. In some example embodiments, increased slip consists of slip speeds greater than 40 revolutions per minute. In an example embodiment, increased slip consists of a slip speed of approximately 50 revolutions per minute.09-13-2012
20110046861HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS - A switching apparatus is provided in a hydraulic control apparatus having a fluid transmission apparatus; a lockup clutch; a switching valve that controls engagement of the lockup clutch; and a control oil pressure generation apparatus that pressurizes oil and outputs a control oil pressure to control activation of the switching valve. The switching apparatus executes a control to warm the oil input into the control oil pressure generation apparatus if the temperature of the oil is below a predetermined temperature and prohibits execution of the control to warm the oil input into the control oil pressure generation apparatus if the temperature of the oil equals or exceeds the predetermined temperature.02-24-2011
20110213535METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DUAL-CHANNEL MONITORING OF SAFETY-RELEVANT SENSOR SIGNALS - A method and device for dual-channel transmission of safety-relevant sensor signals. In the method, two sensor signals to be monitored are generated parallel to one another by two sensors and the generated sensor signals are transmitted to a common evaluation unit via two separate, input-side transmission channels. Within the evaluation unit, the permissibility of the transmitted sensor signals is checked using prescribed calculation specifications that correspond to one another and an evaluation unit output signal representing permissibility or impermissibility is generated for each sensor signal. The individual processing steps of the two calculation specifications are decoupled by the evaluation unit for the two sensor signals and performed diversified within the evaluation unit. The generated output signals are output via two separate, output-side transmission channels.09-01-2011
20110213534Secondary drive device of a mobile working appliance - A secondary drive device of a mobile working appliance with an electronic control unit for actuating a power take-off shaft clutch arranged between a transmission and a power take-off shaft is disclosed, according to the invention the control unit being designed with a flange-mounting function unit which, when activated, executes a rotary position correction of the power take-off shaft with respect to the drive shaft. Furthermore, a method for coupling and/or uncoupling a working machine to/from the secondary drive device of a mobile working appliance as an energy source is proposed, with the method steps: 09-01-2011
20110238275CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - An ECU executes a program including causing a brake to enter an engaged state, when first gear is implemented and when a difference between an output shaft rotation speed estimated from an input shaft rotation speed and a detected output shaft rotation speed is greater than a threshold value. When the brake enters the engaged state, the relative rotation between the inner race and the outer race of a one-way clutch is limited.09-29-2011
20120277964DIRECT CLUTCH CONTROL FOR DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSIONS - A control system for controlling clutches of a dual clutch transmission includes an internal model based force control algorithm that converts a desired clutch force to a pressure control signal, a pressure control valve that receives the pressure control signal, a hydraulic actuator to which the pressure control valve applies a pressure related to the pressure control signal, and a clutch assembly with a spring lever and a plurality of clutch plates. The hydraulic actuator applies a desired force corresponding to the pressure control signal to a distal end of the spring lever such that the desired force to the distal end of the spring lever imparts an actual clutch force to the clutch plates.11-01-2012
20100198470Method and Device for Determining the Clutch Engagement Point in a Motor Vehicle - The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for determining a clutch engagement point in a motor vehicle.08-05-2010
20120150403METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE CONTACT POINT FOR A CLUTCH IN A VEHICLE - A method for determining the contact point for a clutch in a vehicle comprising an engine, a clutch, powered wheels and a gearbox. The gearbox has a first gearbox component which is connected to the clutch and disconnectable from the powered wheels. The method steps include estimating (06-14-2012
20120150402METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF A CLUTCH - A method for control of an automatically controlled clutch when setting a vehicle (06-14-2012
20130018557METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLUTCH PRESSURE CONTROL - A method, apparatus and system for controlling transmission clutch and/or variator system pressures is provided. A transmission control unit and a pressure control device including an electro-hydraulic valve and a pressure switch cooperate to provide self-calibrating clutch and/or variator pressure control systems.01-17-2013
20110144874COMBINED BRAKE AND CLUTCH UNIT, COMBINED BRAKE AND CLUTCH UNIT WITH A YAW BRAKE AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF - A combined brake and clutch unit is provided for a drivetrain of a vehicle, such as a road vehicle, and a method is provided for operating the same. A brake ring is provided at a housing of a clutch which is enclosed by a brake actuator. The housing of the clutch is connected to a wheel axis and a clutch surface is connected to an axis of a vehicle. Furthermore, a multiplate clutch is provided for use as an interaxle differential.06-16-2011
20130024081METHOD FOR OPERATING A DOUBLE CLUTCH - A method of operating a double clutch that is actuated by a hydrostatic actuating system having two clutch actuators assigned to two individual clutches and each clutch actuator including a pressure sensor for sensing the operating pressure of the respective clutch actuator, the method having the step of limiting a total actuating force of the double clutch in the event of a fault using the pressure values sensed by the pressure sensors.01-24-2013
20130173125APPARATUS FOR DRIVING SHAFT ROTATION AND METHOD - An apparatus for driving shaft rotation is provided and includes a shaft, which is rotatable about an axis thereof, a machine operably coupled to the shaft to be rotatable with the shaft and configured to be responsive to a load applied thereto and a driving element, which is configured to engage with the shaft at a first predefined speed and a second speed greater than the first predefined speed to drive shaft rotation.07-04-2013
20130173126METHOD FOR ACTUATING A CLUTCH AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MANUAL CHANGE-SPEED TRANSMISSION - A method for actuating a clutch for coupling a manual change-speed transmission of a motor vehicle, in which the clutch can be actuated with the help of a clutch pedal, is provided. The method includes sensing a rotational speed of a motor of the motor vehicle that can be coupled to the change-speed transmission via the clutch and/or sensing a travelling speed of the motor vehicle and actuating the clutch independently of a position of the clutch pedal when the sensed rotational speed undershoots a predefined limit rotational speed and/or the sensed travelling speed undershoots a predefined limit travelling speed.07-04-2013
20080234906Torque distribution control in a motor vehicle - In a vehicle powertrain that continually transmits power to a first set of vehicle wheels and selectively transmits power through a clutch to a second set of vehicle wheels, a method for controlling the clutch includes determining that brakes for slowing the vehicle wheels are applied and that an accelerator pedal of the vehicle is depressed less than a reference magnitude, determining that the rate of change of the average front wheel speed is greater than the rate of change of the average rear wheel speed, and setting the torque capacity of the clutch to a target magnitude.09-25-2008
20080228364Method for engaging a clutch - A method for coupling a load to a power source by means of a clutch, the method having the steps of: 09-18-2008
20080221765Torque converter clutch control system - A control system is provided. The control system includes a timer module that receives a first torque converter clutch (TCC) apply request and estimates at least one of a message latency time and a hydraulic latency time. A control module receives a subsequent TCC apply request and generates a torque request for an engine based on the at least one of the hydraulic latency time and the torque message latency time.09-11-2008
20130124057METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE POWERTRAIN - A method of operating a vehicle powertrain, includes: sensing a vehicle velocity; selecting at least two of a plurality of control strategies; activating the at least two control strategies, said two control strategies including: (i) operating the vehicle in a stationary start-stop mode when the vehicle speed is below a first threshold; and (ii) operating the vehicle in a rolling stationary start-stop mode when the vehicle speed is above a second threshold.05-16-2013
20100286879SAFE CLUTCH POSITION - A procedure for monitoring a clutch position of a clutch which is arranged in a double clutch transmission of an automotive vehicle, wherein the clutch position is determined to be a safe position or a non-safe position.11-11-2010
20110257856CONTROL DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - A control apparatus of an automatic transmission including a start intended operation detecting unit detecting a vehicle starting operation; and a clutch control unit engaging the clutch from the clutch disengaged state and the automatic speed change mechanism is placed in a neutral state, when the vehicle starting operation is detected. The clutch control unit includes an initial engagement control unit performing initial engagement control that starts frictional contact of the clutch by supplying hydraulic pressure to a hydraulic servo of the clutch, and a slip start control unit establishing a speed ratio of the automatic speed change mechanism at the start by slip-controlling the clutch after the initial engagement control is terminated, thereby increasing output shaft rotational speed of the automatic speed change mechanism without reducing the input shaft rotational speed of the automatic speed change mechanism to less than the input shaft rotational speed at the end of initial engagement control.10-20-2011
20130151099METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DAMPER CLUTCH - A method for controlling a damper clutch may include determining whether the damper clutch is in a slip or lock-up state in a driving state of a vehicle, determining whether a condition of the vehicle is within a predetermined resonant range, determining whether a torque of the vehicle is within a predetermined resonant torque range, detecting a subharmonic vibration when the damper clutch is in the slip or lock-up state, the condition of the vehicle is within the predetermined resonant range, and the torque of the vehicle is within the predetermined resonant torque range, and controlling the damper clutch to slip or be open when the subharmonic vibration is larger than a predetermined value.06-13-2013
20130151098MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM - A machine control system including an impeller clutch pedal sensor, a power source sensor, a torque converter output speed sensor, an implement lever sensor and a controller is provided. The impeller clutch pedal sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of an impeller clutch command. The implement lever sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of a desired hydraulic flow corresponding to an implement lever command. The controller is configured to determine a desired output torque, at a current torque converter output speed, based on the signals from the impeller clutch pedal sensor and the power source sensor. The controller is configured to modulate at least one of the speed of the power source or an engagement of an impeller clutch based on the desired output torque and the implement lever command.06-13-2013
20130138313COASTING CONTROL DEVICE - A coasting control device capable of avoiding coasting control during running on road having a small coefficient of friction between a tire and a road surface (“low μ roads”) includes a low μ road running recognition unit which recognizes that a vehicle is running on a low μ road and a unit for prohibiting coasting control during low μ road running when the low μ road running recognition unit recognizes that the vehicle is running on a low μ road.05-30-2013
20130138312METHOD FOR OPERATING A FORWARD-GUIDING DRIVER ASSIST SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for operating a forward-guiding driver assist system, in particular an ACC system, in a motor vehicle having a clutch pedal as a driver-operated actuator for manually operating a clutch and an additional clutch actuator includes the steps of performing with the driver assist system at least one driving intervention for controlling the speed of the motor vehicle, determining a desired clutch slip, when controlling the speed, and controlling the additional clutch actuator for automatically disengaging and engaging the clutch commensurate with the determined clutch slip.05-30-2013
20130184951CLOSED-LOOP CLUTCH CONTROL USING A FILTERED PISTON POSITION SIGNAL - A vehicle includes an engine, transmission, and controller. The transmission includes a clutch pack, a clutch piston, and a position sensor. The sensor measures a changing magnetic field with respect to the piston, and encodes the measured magnetic field as a raw position signal. The controller receives the raw position signal and processes the raw position signal through a signal processing module to generate a filtered signal attenuating signal noise in the position signal. The controller determines a commanded position of the piston, and calculates separate proportional (P), derivative (D), and integral (I) control terms using the commanded position and filtered position signal. The controller also calculates a feed-forward control term using the commanded position, and a required flow rate for actuating the clutch pack as a function of the PID terms and the feed-forward commanded position term. The controller actuates the clutch pack using the commanded flow rate.07-18-2013

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