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Title: Bulkhead insert for an internal combustion engine

An engine includes a cylinder block defining at least one main bearing bulkhead adjacent to a cylinder, and a crankshaft rotatably housed within the block by a main bearing. A bulkhead insert has a cap portion, and an insert portion provided within the bulkhead. The insert portion has having first and second end regions connected by first and second straps. Each strap having a flanged beam cross section. The first and second ends of the insert portion are configured to connect a main bearing cap column to a cylinder head column. Each of the first and second end regions define at least one protrusion having a surface substantially normal to engine combustion and reactive loads. The cap portion is configured to mate with the first end region at the main bearing cap column and support the main bearing.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1373902
Assignee:
Ford Global Technologies, LLC DOEEE
Patent Number(s):
9,719,461
Application Number:
14/620,809
Contract Number:
EE0005574
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Feb 12
Research Org:
Ford Global Technologies, LLC., Dearborn, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Other works cited in this record:

Internal Combustion Engines
patent, July 1962

Internal combustion engine having aluminum alloy cylinder block
patent, March 1987

Internal combustion engine block and cylinder head
patent, July 1989

Engine block bearing saddle reinforcing inserts
patent, October 1998

Cylinder structure of internal combustion engine
patent, September 2001

Cracked cap bulkhead insert
patent, July 2015

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