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Jacobs Inc. | Date: 2015-11-20

Lost motion engine valve actuation systems and methods of actuating engine valves are disclosed. Exemplary systems may include a valve train element, a first lost motion piston, an accumulator, and a hydraulic circuit, among other components. Variation of the first lost motion piston position may be carried out by placing the first lost motion piston in hydraulic communication with a trigger valve and one or more accumulators. Actuation of the trigger valve releases hydraulic fluid allowing for adjustment of the first lost motion piston position.


Patent
Jacobs Inc. | Date: 2015-11-20

Lost motion engine valve actuation systems and methods of actuating engine valves are disclosed. Exemplary systems may include a valve train element, a first lost motion piston, an accumulator, and a hydraulic circuit, among other components. Variation of the first lost motion piston position may be carried out by placing the first lost motion piston in hydraulic communication with a trigger valve and one or more accumulators. Actuation of the trigger valve releases hydraulic fluid allowing for adjustment of the first lost motion piston position.


Patent
Jacobs Inc. | Date: 2015-11-20

Lost motion engine valve actuation systems and methods of actuating engine valves are disclosed. Exemplary systems may include a valve train element, a first lost motion piston, an accumulator, and a hydraulic circuit, among other components. Variation of the first lost motion piston position may be carried out by placing the first lost motion piston in hydraulic communication with a trigger valve and one or more accumulators. Actuation of the trigger valve releases hydraulic fluid allowing for adjustment of the first lost motion piston position.


Patent
Jacobs Inc. | Date: 2015-11-20

Lost motion engine valve actuation systems and methods of actuating engine valves are disclosed. Exemplary systems may include a valve train element, a first lost motion piston, an accumulator, and a hydraulic circuit, among other components. Variation of the first lost motion piston position may be carried out by placing the first lost motion piston in hydraulic communication with a trigger valve and one or more accumulators. Actuation of the trigger valve releases hydraulic fluid allowing for adjustment of the first lost motion piston position.


In an internal combustion engine comprising two or more engine valves that receive valve actuation motions from a valve actuation motion source via a valve train, which valve train comprises a hydraulic lash adjuster, an apparatus for valve actuation comprises a valve bridge and a lost motion assembly disposed therein. The lost motion assembly comprises a first piston disposed in a first piston bore formed in the valve bridge. The first piston is configured to operatively connect with a component of the valve train. A biasing element is configured to bias the first piston out of the first piston bore with a first force that is greater than a second force applied to the first piston by the hydraulic lash adjuster. A travel limiter is configured to limit travel of the first piston out of the first piston bore to be no greater than a maximum lost motion distance.

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