Continental has patented a method to determine gas flow through a timer valve in a vehicle engine. By detecting pressure, temperature, and volume of gas, the method compares actual flow with a model to optimize engine combustion. The model is adjusted if any discrepancies are found, ensuring efficient operation. GlobalData’s report on Continental gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Continental, Anti-skid tyre treads was a key innovation area identified from patents. Continental's grant share as of January 2024 was 50%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for determining gas flow through a timer valve

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Continental AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11885273B2) discloses a method and device for determining the gas flow through a timer valve of a vehicle supporting an engine. The method involves detecting pressure, temperature, and volume parameters during the evacuation of a container upstream of the timer valve to calculate the gas flow. This calculated flow is then compared with a gas flow model to control engine combustion. The patent emphasizes determining the amount of flow through the timer valve in a specific time period, crucial for efficient engine operation. The device includes an engine control unit that carries out the method, ensuring accurate measurement and adjustment of the gas flow model based on real-time data.

Furthermore, the patent details the inclusion of various parameters in the gas flow model, such as pressure readings, opening and closing times of the timer valve, to enhance the accuracy of the calculations. The method also involves evacuating the container using a flushing pump or negative pressure to facilitate the flow measurement process. The device's design ensures precise determination of gas flow through the timer valve, essential for optimizing engine performance. Overall, the patent highlights a comprehensive approach to monitoring and controlling gas flow in vehicles, ultimately contributing to improved engine efficiency and reduced emissions.

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