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BRP Powertrain GmbH and Co KG | Date: 2012-05-24

A multiple-disk clutch has inner and outer clutch members, and a plurality of driving and driven friction disks. The driven and driving friction disks are arranged alternately. A first axially movable pressure member is biased to urge the driving and driven friction disks together in a compression direction. A first actuation system is connected to the first pressure member. The first actuation system is adapted release the compression force exerted by the first pressure member on the driving and driven friction disks. A second actuation system includes a second pressure member and is axially movable to compress the driving and driven friction disks together. The driving and driven friction disks are disposed between the first and second pressure members. The second actuation system is a centrifugal actuation system. The first actuation system is connected to and is axially movable with the second pressure member.


Patent
BRP Powertrain GmbH and Co KG | Date: 2013-09-27

A CVT pulley includes a shaft having disposed thereon, a first and second sheave, and a spider. A spring biases the sheaves away from one another. The axially moveable second sheave is disposed axially between the axially fixed spider and the first sheave. A plurality of centrifugal weights, connected to either the spider or the second sheave, have a portion that moves radially outward with rotation of the shaft. The axial distance between the spider and the second sheave depends at least in part on the radial position of the portion which depends on the rotational speed. At least one cylinder is adapted to receive fluid. At least one piston, rotatable with the shaft, is adapted to move in the at least one cylinder in response to fluid being received therein, thereby selectively exerting force on one of the sheaves towards the other. CVTs and vehicles are also disclosed.


Patent
BRP Powertrain GmbH and Co KG | Date: 2012-03-06

A supercharged internal combustion engine is disclosed which includes a supercharger operatively connected to the crankshaft via a clutch supported by an intermediate shaft such that torque variations are partially absorbed by the clutch.


Patent
BRP Powertrain GmbH and Co KG | Date: 2014-01-31

An internal combustion engine has a crankcase having a first crankcase portion fastened to a second crankcase portion along a first plane, a crankshaft, a cylinder block defining two cylinders, two pistons, and a cylinder head. A crankshaft support defines a crankshaft support aperture. A central portion of the crankshaft is received in the crankshaft support aperture. At least one fastener fastens the crankshaft support to the cylinder block. The at least one fastener is perpendicular to a crankshaft axis and is disposed in a second plane. The crankshaft axis is normal to the first plane. The second plane is one of coplanar with and parallel to the first plane.


Patent
BRP Powertrain GmbH and Co KG | Date: 2013-05-22

A method of supplying air to an air spring biasing one of an intake valve and an exhaust valve of an internal combustion engine to a closed position is disclosed. The method includes: driving an air compressor with a motor prior to starting of the internal combustion engine, the air compressor fluidly communicating with the air spring to supply air to the air spring; determining that a predetermined condition has been reached; starting the engine once the predetermined condition has been reached; and driving the air compressor with a rotating shaft of the engine once the engine has started.

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