US 9,810,243 B2
Switching valve
Takeshi Terao, Kanagawa (JP); and Masayuki Nakamura, Kanagawa (JP)
Assigned to KYB Corporation, Tokyo (JP)
Appl. No. 14/407,981
Filed by KAYABA INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP)
PCT Filed Aug. 9, 2013, PCT No. PCT/JP2013/071662
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Dec. 15, 2014,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/027621, PCT Pub. Date Feb. 20, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 2012-180235 (JP), filed on Aug. 15, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2015/0167699 A1, Jun. 18, 2015
Int. Cl. F15B 11/024 (2006.01); F15B 13/04 (2006.01); E02F 9/22 (2006.01); F15B 21/14 (2006.01); F15B 13/02 (2006.01)
CPC F15B 11/024 (2013.01) [E02F 9/2217 (2013.01); F15B 13/0403 (2013.01); F15B 21/14 (2013.01); F15B 13/021 (2013.01); F15B 2011/0246 (2013.01)] 8 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A switching valve that switches between supply and discharge of a working fluid to and from a cylinder having a piston side chamber and a rod side chamber, comprising:
a valve body;
a spool incorporated into the valve body to be free to slide relative to the valve body, the spool having an incorporation hole formed in the spool to extend along an axial direction of the spool;
a first cylinder port in the valve body that communicates with the piston side chamber;
a second cylinder port in the valve body that communicates with the rod side chamber;
a bridge passage in the valve body, the bridge passage having a pair of openings, a first opening of which is adjacent to the first cylinder port and a second opening of which is adjacent to the second cylinder port;
a first communication port and a second communication port formed in the spool, the second communication port opening into the incorporation hole, such that the incorporation hole comprises a part of a regeneration passage formed in the spool between the first communication port and the second communication port, the regeneration passage connecting the second cylinder port communicating with the rod side chamber to the first cylinder port, based on a switching position of the spool;
a single direction flow valve provided in the incorporation hole of the regeneration passage, the single direction flow valve being configured to only permit a flow from the second cylinder port to the second opening in the bridge passage; and
a choke groove formed in the spool, a communication between a tank passage through which discharged working fluid pass and the second cylinder port is controlled by the choke groove when the spool moves in a regeneration direction for connecting the first communication port to the second opening in the bridge passage,
wherein the spool is slideable relative to the valve body along axis, such that when the spool slides in a first direction, the single direction flow valve is closed, and when the spool slides in a second direction corresponding to the regeneration direction, the single direction flow valve is opened and the flow is permitted from the second cylinder port to the second opening in the bridge passage,
wherein the second communication port is located in the second direction relative to the first communication port,
wherein the incorporation hole opens at an end surface of the spool located in the second direction relative to the second communication port,
wherein the first communication port communicates with the second opening of the bridge passage, which is adjacent to the second cylinder port, and the second communication port communicates with the second cylinder port in accordance with the switching position of the spool.