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Crank shaft support assembly

United States Patent

October 23, 2007
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A crank shaft support assembly for increasing stiffness and reducing thermal mismatch distortion in a crank shaft bore of an engine comprising different materials. A cylinder block comprises a first material and at least two crank journal inserts are insert-molded into respective crank journal regions of the cylinder block and comprise a second material having greater stiffness and a lower thermal coefficient of expansion that the first material. At least two bearing caps are bolted to the respective crank journal inserts and define, along with the crank journal inserts, at least two crank shaft support rings defining a crank shaft bore coaxially aligned with a crank shaft axis. The bearing caps comprise a material having higher stiffness and a lower thermal coefficient of expansion than the first material and are supported on the respective crank journal inserts independently of any direct connection to the cylinder block.
Natkin; Robert J. (Canton, MI), Oltmans; Bret (Stacy, MN), Allison; John E. (Ann Arbor, MI), Heater; Thomas J. (Milford, MI), Hines; Joy Adair (Plymouth, MI), Tappen; Grant K. (Washington, MI), Peiskammer; Dietmar (Rochester, MI)
Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
11/ 373,544
March 10, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Cooperative Agreement Nos. DE-FC05-950R22363 and DE-FC05-020R22910 awarded by the Department of Energy.