US 9,809,078 B2
Multi-path fluid diverter valve
Clive Tucker, Charlestown, MA (US); Johannes Schneider, Cambridge, MA (US); Colin Patrick O'Shea, Cambridge, MA (US); Marco Giovanardi, Melrose, MA (US); Richard Anthony Zuckerman, Somerville, MA (US); and Patrick W. Neil, Randolph, MA (US)
Assigned to ClearMotion, Inc., Woburn, MA (US)
Appl. No. 14/777,068
Filed by Levant Power Corporation, Woburn, MA (US)
PCT Filed Mar. 14, 2014, PCT No. PCT/US2014/027389
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Sep. 15, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/152482, PCT Pub. Date Sep. 25, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/865,970, filed on Aug. 14, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/815,251, filed on Apr. 23, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/789,600, filed on Mar. 15, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0031285 A1, Feb. 4, 2016
Int. Cl. B60G 17/016 (2006.01); F15B 13/044 (2006.01); F16K 11/065 (2006.01); F16K 31/12 (2006.01); B60G 15/10 (2006.01)
CPC B60G 17/016 (2013.01) [F15B 13/0444 (2013.01); F16K 11/065 (2013.01); F16K 31/12 (2013.01); B60G 15/10 (2013.01); B60G 2202/413 (2013.01); B60G 2204/11 (2013.01); B60G 2400/0511 (2013.01); B60G 2400/0521 (2013.01); B60G 2400/60 (2013.01); B60G 2800/70 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A damper system, comprising:
a diverter valve including an inlet, a first outlet port and a second outlet port;
a damper including at least one of a compression chamber and a rebound chamber, wherein in a free flow mode of fluid flow, fluid from at least one of the compression and rebound chamber of the damper flows into the inlet and out through the first outlet port of the diverter valve to a hydraulic device, and wherein in response to an increase in fluid flow velocity above a predetermined velocity, the diverter valve at least partially closes the first outlet port and opens the second outlet port to operate in a diverted bypass flow mode;
wherein the second outlet port is a bypass that allows fluid to bypass the hydraulic device.