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Title:
DUAL INPUT PUMP AND SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/042354
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
A dual input fluid pump system for coupling to a transmission or an engine and an electrical motor is disclosed. The system may include a first external gear, vane, internal gear, or gerotor-type pump, a second external gear pump, and connecting shaft. Gears of the second pump include one-way clutch bearings that enable operation of the system in multiple modes including engine-only; motor-only; a combined mode where the engine operates the first pump via the shaft and the motor operates the second pump with an external gear rotating in its pumping direction at a rate greater than the shaft; inlet boost; and a disconnection mode. Also noted is a pump that has a first shaft for coupling the engine to a first external gear and a second shaft for coupling the motor to a second external gear, as well as a one-way clutch bearing that performs in a similar manner.

Inventors:
KOWALSKI, Andrzej (53 Prince George Drive, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1Y5, M9A 1Y5, CA)
MUIZELAAR, Richard (2693 Jerring Mews, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 2M7, L5L 2M7, CA)
Application Number:
IB2017/055227
Publication Date:
April 26, 2018
Filing Date:
August 30, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
STACKPOLE INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERED PRODUCTS, LTD. (2400 Royal Windsor Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5J 1K7, L5J 1K7, CA)
International Classes:
B60W20/00; B60K6/38; B60K6/40; B60W10/30; F01M1/02; F02B67/04; F04C2/08; F04C11/00; F16H57/04; F16H61/00
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 16 February 2018 (16.02.2018)

1. A dual input fluid pump system for coupling to a transmission or an internal combustion engine power source and an electrical motor power source, the pump system comprising:

a first pump comprising a housing, a rotatable pumping element rotatably mounted in the housing, an inlet, an outlet, and a first input shaft for coupling the transmission or internal combustion engine power source to the rotatable pumping element thereof for rotating the rotatable pumping element in a pumping direction to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing;

a second pump that is an external gear pump comprising a housing, at least first and second intermeshed external gears rotatably mounted in the housing, an inlet, an outlet, and a second input shaft for coupling the electrical motor power source to the second external gear thereof for rotating the gears in counter-rotating pumping directions to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing; and

a connecting shaft between the rotatable pumping element of the first pump and the first external gear of the second pump, the connecting shaft being rotated in the pumping direction of the rotatable pumping element of the first pump as rotated by the transmission or the internal combustion engine power source;

wherein each of the external gears of the second pump includes a one-way clutch bearing therein,

the one-way clutch bearing of the first external gear of the second pump receiving the connecting shaft and being configured to (a) transmit rotation of the connecting shaft to the first external gear of the second pump for rotation in the pumping direction thereof, and (b) prevent rotation of the first external gear of the second pump in the pumping direction thereof from being transmitted to the connecting shaft,

the one-way clutch bearing of the second external gear of the second pump receiving the second input shaft thereof and being configured to (a) transmit rotation of the second input shaft of the second pump to the second external gear of the second pump for rotation in the pumping direction thereof, and (b) prevent rotation of the second external gear of the second pump in the pumping direction thereof from being transmitted to the second input shaft of the second pump,

wherein the one-way clutch bearings enable the pump system to be operated in at least three modes including (a) an engine-only mode in which the transmission or the

1 engine operates the first pump via the input shaft of the first pump and the second pump via the connecting shaft between rotatable pumping element of the first pump and the first external gear of the second pump, (b) a motor-only mode in which the motor only operates the second pump, and (c) a combined mode in which the transmission or the engine operates the first pump via the input shaft and the motor operates the second pump with the first external gear thereof rotating in its pumping direction at a rate greater than the connecting shaft.

2. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein the first pump is an external gear pump comprising first and second intermeshed external gears rotatably mounted in the housing for rotation in counter-rotating pumping directions to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing, and wherein the rotatable pumping element of the first pump is the first external gear thereof.

3. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein the connecting shaft and the input shaft of the first pump are each sections of a common shaft extending through the rotatable pumping element of the first pump and the first external gear of the second pump.

4. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein the one-way clutch bearings enable the pump system to be operated in (d) an inlet boost mode, in which fluid from the outlet of the second pump is directed to the inlet of the first pump.

5. The pump system according to claim 4, further comprising an electronically controlled clutch bearing provided on the connecting shaft between the first pump and the second pump, the electronically controlled clutch bearing enabling the pump system to be operated in (e) a disconnection mode, in which the connecting shaft is prevented from rotating the first external gear of the second pump in the pumping direction thereof.

6. The pump system according to claim 1, further comprising an electronically controlled clutch bearing provided on the connecting shaft between the first pump and the second pump, the electronically controlled clutch bearing enabling the pump system to be operated in (e) a disconnection mode, in which the connecting shaft is prevented from rotating the first external gear of the second pump in the pumping direction thereof.

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7. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein the rotatable pumping element of the first pump comprises a gerotor unit, having an inner rotor rotatably mounted in an outer rotor in the housing, for rotation in counter-rotating pumping directions to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing, and wherein the rotatable pumping element of the first pump is the inner rotor.

8. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein rotatable pumping element of the first pump comprises at least an internal gear rotatably mounted in an outer ring gear within the housing for rotation in a pumping direction to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing.

9. The pump system according to claim 1, wherein the first pump is variable vane pump, wherein the rotatable pumping element comprises a rotor, wherein the variable vane pump comprises: a control slide displaceable within the housing between a first slide position and a second slide position to adjust displacement of the pump through the outlet, a resilient structure biasing the control slide towards the first slide position, and a control chamber between the housing and the control slide for receiving pressurized lubricant to move the control slide towards the second position,

wherein the rotor is configured for rotation within and relative to the control slide and the at least one vane is configured for engagement with an inside surface of the control slide during rotation thereof.

10. A dual input fluid pump for coupling to a transmission or an internal combustion engine power source and an electrical motor power source, the pump comprising:

a housing;

at least first and second intermeshed external gears rotatably mounted in the housing;

an inlet;

an outlet;

a first input shaft for coupling the transmission or the internal combustion engine power source to the first external gear for rotating the gears in counter-rotating pumping directions to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing; and

3 a second input shaft for coupling the electrical motor power source to the second external gear for also rotating the gears in the counter-rotating pumping directions to pump fluid from the inlet to the outlet through the housing;

wherein each of the external gears includes a one-way clutch bearing therein, the one-way clutch bearing of the first external gear receiving the first input shaft and being configured to (a) transmit rotation of the first input shaft to the first external gear for rotation in the pumping direction thereof, and (b) prevent rotation of the first external gear in the pumping direction thereof from being transmitted to the first input shaft;

the one-way clutch bearing of the second external gear receiving the second input shaft thereof and being configured to (a) transmit rotation of the second input shaft to the second external gear for rotation in the pumping direction thereof, and (b) prevent rotation of the second external gear in the pumping direction thereof from being transmitted to the second input shaft;

wherein the one-way clutch bearings enable the pump to be operated in at least three modes including (a) an engine-only mode in which the transmission or the engine operates the pump via the first input shaft, (b) a motor-only mode in which the motor operates the pump via the second input shaft, and (c) an overdrive mode in which the motor operates the pump via the second input shaft at a faster rate than the first input shaft is being rotated by the transmission or the engine.

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