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Power system

United States Patent Application

20070179015
A1
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A power system has a prime mover. The power system may also include a multiple-ratio transmission having a rotary input member and a rotary output member. Additionally, the power system may include a coupler connected between the prime mover and the rotary input member of the multiple-ratio transmission. The power system may also include an electric machine. Additionally, the power system may include power-system controls operable to automatically control whether the rotary input member of the multiple-ratio transmission is drivingly connected to the prime mover, including automatically controlling whether the coupler has a power-transmitting operating state. The power-system controls may also be configured to operate the electric machine to reduce the speed of the prime mover in concert with an upshift of the multiple-ratio transmission.
Johnson, Kris William (Peoria, IL), Lane, William Henry (Chillicothe, IL)
Caterpillar Inc.
11/ 342,529
January 31, 2006
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with Government support under the terms of Contract No. DE-FC04-2000AL67017 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in this invention.