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William H. Gates III
Roderick A Hyde, William H Gates III, Muriel Y Ishikawa, Jordin T Kare, Nathan P Myhrvold, Clarence T Tegreene, Thomas A Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L Wood Jr, Victoria Y H Wood: Method of retrofitting an engine. The Invention Science Fund I, Workman Nydegger, December 28, 2010: US07856714 (8 worldwide citation)

A method of retrofitting for electrical power generation an internal combustion engine (including a plurality of pistons connected to a common crankshaft) includes applying to at least one and optionally to each piston a power converter operable to convert mechanical energy of the piston to and from ...


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Mario Boisvert, David W Shank: Voltage monitoring glow plug controller. Nartron Corporation, Watts Hoffman Fisher & Heinke Co, December 28, 1999: US06009369 (146 worldwide citation)

An electronic control system and a device is disclosed proving improved control and diagnostics of glow plugs as are typically energized in diesel engines prior to and during cold start and also during engine warmup, especially for motor vehicles under human operator control. These improved control ...


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David J H Peacock: IC engine cylinder output power measurement apparatus by monitoring the output of an alternator driven by the engine. Kirschstein Ottinger Israel & Schiffmiller, February 11, 1992: US05087881 (137 worldwide citation)

The apparatus for measuring the comparative output power of each cylinder of a multi-cylinder engine comprises a digital signal processor 1 and a phase locked loop detector 2. By inputting instantaneous current measurements from (e.g.) a current transformer attached to an alternator output of an eng ...


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Michael A V Ward: Electromagnetic ignition--an ignition system producing a large size and intense capacitive and inductive spark with an intense electromagnetic field feeding the spark. Combustion Electromagnetics, Jerry Cohen, October 4, 1988: US04774914 (135 worldwide citation)

An Electromagnetic Ignition system suitable for adaptation to standard automobile engines including diesel engines, which has been improved by means of a high efficiency RF capacitive spark plug with a projecting antenna tip used for forming very large spark gaps to the plug shell and piston face as ...


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Paul R Back, Thomas G Van Vessem: Dual threshold low coil signal conditioner. United Technologies Corporation, M P Williams, September 5, 1978: US04112351 (127 worldwide citation)

The end of the dwell period of a spark ignition engine is recognized by a high voltage, spark-creating swing in the low coil signal determined from comparison with a first, fixed threshold voltage which is above the current limited voltage variation of modern electronic high voltage ignition systems ...


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Kunihiro Abe, Tomoya Kobayashi: Diagnosis system for a motor vehicle. Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Martin A Farber, May 15, 1990: US04926330 (124 worldwide citation)

A system for diagnosing a motor vehicle has a diagnosis device including a computer having a central processing unit and a memory, the memory having a plurality of programs for diagnosing an electronic control system for controlling an engine. Terminals are provided on a case of the diagnosis device ...


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John L Harned, Donald F Herrick: Engine and engine spark timing control with knock limiting etc.. General Motors Corporation, Robert M Sigler, January 11, 1977: US04002155 (118 worldwide citation)

In a spark ignition internal combustion engine, an accelerometer is mounted on an engine component, preferably the intake manifold, and senses vibration including individual ringing vibrations due to engine knock or detonation. A reference signal is derived from the accelerometer signal during the p ...


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Kozo Katogi, Asahiko Otani: Ignition timing control apparatus for an internal combustion engine. Hitachi, Hitachi Automotive Engineering, Antonelli Terry & Wands, April 3, 1990: US04913116 (115 worldwide citation)

There are provided a first ignition timing table for high-octane fuel and a second ignition timing table for low-octane fuel. When the second table is switched over to the first table, there is at first the difference in between basic ignition timings according to the first and second tables, and th ...


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Robert A Roberts, Matthew H Koran, Hamid Namaky: Handheld tester for starting/charging systems. Actron Manufacturing Co, Calfee Halter & Griswold, May 27, 2003: US06570385 (101 worldwide citation)

An improved hand held starting/charging system tester. According to one aspect of the present invention, the portable handheld tester includes a connector to which various test cables can be removably connected to the tester. Detection circuitry within the tester determines which of several types of ...


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Dennis J Fitzgerald, Robert R Breshears: Plasma igniter for internal combustion engine. The United States of America represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Monte F Mott, John R Manning, Wilfred Grifka, October 31, 1978: US04122816 (101 worldwide citation)

An igniter for the air/fuel mixture used in the cylinders of an internal combustion engine employs a conventional spark to initiate the discharge of a large amount of energy stored in a capacitor. A high current discharge of the energy in the capacitor switched on by a spark discharge produces a pla ...



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