US 9,810,176 B2
Unitary composite cam cover and carrier and assembly method
Christopher Donald Wicks, Allen Park, MI (US); and Mark Michael Madin, Canton, MI (US)
Assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed by Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)
Filed on Dec. 19, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/576,599.
Prior Publication US 2016/0177867 A1, Jun. 23, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. F01M 9/10 (2006.01); F02F 7/00 (2006.01); F01M 13/00 (2006.01); F01M 13/04 (2006.01); F01L 1/053 (2006.01); F01L 1/047 (2006.01)
CPC F02F 7/006 (2013.01) [F01L 1/053 (2013.01); F01M 9/10 (2013.01); F01M 9/102 (2013.01); F01M 9/105 (2013.01); F01M 13/0011 (2013.01); F01M 13/0416 (2013.01); B23P 2700/02 (2013.01); F01L 2001/0471 (2013.01); F01L 2001/0476 (2013.01); F01L 2001/0537 (2013.01); F01L 2101/00 (2013.01); F01L 2103/00 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A valve cover module, comprising:
a unitary cover and carrier made of a carbon fiber composite and having an interior side with a series of cavities interconnected with aligned apertures defining bearing surfaces and a peripheral edge for attaching to a cylinder head;
a plurality of cam lobes disposed in the series of cavities; and
a camshaft rotatable on the bearing surfaces and extending through the aligned apertures to couple with the plurality of cam lobes, wherein the bearing surfaces of the aligned apertures have strands of carbon fiber wound around in a direction of a circumference of the camshaft.