Patent Number: 6,254,108

Title: Roll control system for a motor vehicle

Abstract: A roll control system (20) for installation between axially aligned wheels of a motor vehicle, the roll control system comprising a torsion bar (22); a first hydraulic actuator (24) attached to one end (28) of the torsion bar and attachable to one of the wheels; a second hydraulic actuator (24) attached to the other end (28) of the torsion bar and attachable to the other wheel; and an electronic control unit (26) monitoring one or more predetermined vehicle operating conditions; wherein the first and second hydraulic actuators are substantially identical, each comprising a compression chamber (30) containing hydraulic fluid, a rebound chamber (32) containing hydraulic fluid, a movable piston (34) between and fluidly isolating the compression chamber and the rebound chamber, a piston rod (58) connected to the piston and extending through the rebound chamber, a gas chamber (38) containing pressurised gas acting on the hydraulic fluid in the compression chamber, a compressible spring means (80) biasing the piston towards the compression chamber, and an electrically operated valve (36) between the compression chamber and the rebound chamber and actuated by the control unit dependent on the monitored conditions, the valve being actuable between a two-way position in which the valve allows hydraulic fluid to flow between the compression chamber and the rebound chamber and a one-way position in which the valve allows hydraulic fluid to flow from the compression chamber into the rebound chamber but not from the rebound chamber into the compression chamber. Reduces the risk of incorrect latching of the torsion bar.

Inventors: Germain; Philippe (Montreuil, FR), Oakley; Robin (Trumilly, FR)

Assignee: Delphia Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: B60G 21/055 (20060101); B60G 21/00 (20060101); B60G 021/045 (); B60G 021/067 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018