Nara-shi, Japan
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Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-07-21

In a steering system, a pair of first tooth rows that is movable integrally with an upper jacket includes first teeth each of which has a tooth trace extending in an up-down direction Z and which is arranged at a pitch in an axial direction. A tooth member shaped by compression molding includes a pair of second teeth provided on respective side surfaces of a pair of side surfaces of a body portion supported by a lower jacket, the side surfaces extending parallel to each other. The second teeth mesh with the respective first tooth rows in accordance with operation of an operation member that regulates extension and contraction of a column jacket. The second teeth have tooth tips displaced from each other by a distance shorter than a predetermined pitch.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-07-21

In a vehicular steering system, a steering wheel (steering member) operated for steering and a steering operation mechanism are not mechanically coupled together, and the steering operation mechanism is driven by a steering operation motor. The vehicular steering system includes a reaction force motor that applies a reaction force to the steering member, and a reaction force motor control unit that controls the reaction force motor. The reaction force motor control unit includes a torque limiter that limits a current flowing through the reaction force motor to a predetermined value or smaller during automatic operation.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-08-10

A method of making a shaft includes: forming a shaft portion by applying drawing to a first region, of a columnar material made of steel, extending from a predetermined position in an axial direction to an end on a first side in the axial direction, to form a shaft portion, and to form a tapered portion between the shaft portion and a second region, of the columnar material, extending from the predetermined position to an end of the columnar material on a second side in the axial direction, and having an outside diameter increased as the tapered portion extends from the shaft portion side toward the second region side; and forming a head portion by applying plastic forming to the second region and the tapered portion.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-08-25

A steering system includes a lock mechanism and a releasing member. The lock mechanism includes a clamping shaft inserted through insertion holes in side plates, an operation lever that rotationally operates the clamping shaft, a rotational cam coupled to the clamping shaft so as to be rotatable integrally therewith and movable integrally therewith in an axial direction, a first clamping member that moves the rotational cam in the axial direction with respect to the side plates, and a stopper that restricts a rotation range of the clamping shaft. The releasing member includes a fitting portion located between the side plates and fitted on an outer peripheral surface of the clamping shaft so as to provide a clamping margin, and frictionally slides the fitting portion in the axial direction with respect to the clamping shaft when the rotational cam moves in the axial direction with respect to the side plates.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-08-10

In a steering system, a guide member faces the rack shaft on the opposite side of the rack shaft from the pinion shaft, and an opposed member faces the guide member at a first distance. The rack shaft is supported by the first rack bush so as to be slidable in the axial direction. The rack shaft is supported so as to be slidable in the axial direction X at a position closer to the guide member than the first rack bush is by the second rack bush disposed away from the inner surface. An elastic member that can be elastically deformed is disposed between the inner surface and the second rack bush. The second rack bush has an opposed portion disposed on the opposite side of the rack shaft from the pinion shaft and facing the inner surface at a second distance that is larger than the first distance.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-08-10

A recessed portion is formed in an inner wall surface of a lower portion of a reduction gear housing (a lower wall in FIG. 2) in the direction of gravity and between a bearing 44 and an outer wall of the reduction gear housing (a right side wall in FIG. 2). The recessed portion is formed to have such a depth that the recessed portion does not penetrate the reduction gear housing. The recessed portion is formed in the reduction gear housing within a given range in a circumferential direction with respect to the axis of a rack shaft serving as the center. A moisture sensor is mounted in the recessed portion to detect water infiltrating into a housing. The moisture sensor has a transmission circuit that operates using a water battery as a power supply source. The water battery generates power when water flows into the water battery.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-07-21

A shaft coupling structure includes a rotating shaft, a worm shaft, a first member, a second member, and an intermediate member that is an elastic member. The intermediate member is interposed between the first member and the second member. Coupling protrusions of the first member that extend in an axial direction are each inserted between second radial protrusions of the intermediate member and between a plurality of first radial protrusions of the second member. Protruding portions of the first radial protrusions engage with the corresponding recessed portions of the second radial protrusions in the axial direction. When a relative rotation angle between the first member and the second member is smaller than a predetermined angle, ends of each of the second radial protrusions in a circumferential direction each projects in the circumferential direction with respect to a corresponding end of the corresponding first radial protrusion in the circumferential direction.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-09-06

A steering system is provided which more appropriately alleviates drivers discomfort in the wrists. A steering ECU has an estimated grip angle calculating circuit, a deviation calculating circuit, an automatic steering torque command value calculating circuit, and a grip angle command value calculating circuit. The estimated grip angle calculating circuit calculates an estimated grip angle based on a steering angle. The deviation calculating circuit calculates a deviation based on the steering angle, a steering angle deviation, and the estimated grip angle. The grip angle command value calculating circuit calculates a grip angle command value that is a sum of a grip angle and the deviation.


Patent
Jtekt Corporation | Date: 2016-09-06

A vehicle steering system includes a higher-level ECU and a lower-level ECU. The lower-level ECU includes a steered angle limit setter, and steered angle limiters. The steered angle limit setter sets an allowable upper limit to a target inner and outer wheel steered angle difference responsive to the absolute value of a target outer steered angle. The steered angle limit setter calculates a limit to the absolute value of a target inner steered angle. The steered angle limit setter subsequently sets this limit for one of the steered angle limiters that is fed the target inner steered angle in the present calculation cycle. The limiter, which is fed the target inner steered angle, limits the absolute value of the target inner steered angle so that the absolute value of the target inner steered angle is equal to or below the limit, and outputs the resulting value.


Patent
JTEKT Corporation | Date: 2017-04-19

A steering control apparatus is provided which allows mitigation of an adverse effect of a technique for fixing a regulation member to a vehicle body on a phenomenon resulting from execution of steering operation control on steered wheels. An axial-force acquisition processing circuit M42 calculates a rack axial force AF based on currents iu, iv, and iw flowing through a steering operation motor. A correction processing circuit M40 corrects a target steered angle p1* based on the rack axial force AF to obtain a target steered angle p*. A steered angle control processing circuit M36 calculates a torque command value Trqt* as the amount of operation for adjusting a steered angle p to the target steered angle p* through feedback control. An operation signal generation processing circuit M38 controllably adjusts a torque of a steering operation motor to the torque command value Trqt*.

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