Title of Invention

A DEVICE FOR RETAINING A FUEL PUMP IN A FUEL CONTAINER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Abstract This invention relates to a device for retaining a fuel pump in a fuel container of a motor vehicle, with a pump holder, with first retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting on a fixed component, in particular a baffle pot, and with second retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting the fuel pump, and with a damping device connecting the first and the second retaining means to one another, the retaining means being manufactured from plastic, the first retaining means, the second retaining means and the damping device being manufactured as a single piece, in that the damping device has arms which are angled away from each other, and in that during a movement of the fuel pump the arms are subject to a torsional and/or bending load. The damping device (22) has at least one first vertical arm (13) and at least one first horizontal arm (14) angled away from the first vertical arm (13), and in that the first and/or the second horizontal arm (14, 16) is/are designed as an annular element (12).
Full Text Description
Device for retaining a fuel pump in a fuel container.
The invention relates to a device for retaining a fuel pump
in a fuel container of a motor vehicle, with a pump holder, with
first retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting
on a fixed component, in particular a baffle pot, and with second
retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting the
fuel pump, and with a damping device connecting the first and
the second retaining means to one another, the retaining means
being manfactured from plastic, the first retaining means, the
second retaining means and the damping device being manufactured
as a single piece. The damping device has arms which are angled
away from each other, and during a movement of the fuel pump the
arms are subject to a torsional and/or bending load. The damping
device has at least one first vertical arm and at least
one first horizontal arm angled away from the first vertical
arm, and in that the first and/or the second horizontal arm
is/are designed as a annular element.


In motor vehicles nowadays, a rigid retention of the fuel
pump in the baffle pot is avoided in order not to transmit
noises arising during operation of the fuel pump to adjacent
components. Rubber elements which are arranged between the
first retaining means and the second retaining means have
been known from practice for this purpose. The retaining
means, which are manufactured from plastics, have the task


This problem is solved according to the invention in that
the first retaining means, the second retaining means and the
damping device are manufactured as a single piece. The damping
device has arms which are angled away from each other, and
during a movement of the fuel pump the arms are subject to a
torsional and/or bending load. The damping device (22) has at
least one first vertical arm (13) and at least one first
horizontal arm (14) angled away from the first vertical arm (13),
and in that the first and/or the second horizontal arm (14, 16)
is/are designed as an annular element (12).
This configuration enables the pump holder of the device
according to the invention to be manufactured as a single piece.
A complicated and coat-intensive installation of the pump holder
is therefore unnecessary. Furthermore, the pump holder can be
manufactured in a single working step, which leads to a further
reduction in the manufacturing costs of the device according to
the invention.
According to an advantageous development of the invention,
the damping device turns out to be particularly simple in terms
of design if the damping device has arms which are angled away


from one another, and if during a movement of the fuel pump the
arms are subject to a torsional and/or bending load. By means of
this configuration, the fuel pump is suspended in a cardanic
frame. This suspension permits very high degrees of freedon for
the movements of the fuel pump in every direction. The movements
of the pump are damped by the arms which are angled away from one
another-, and are therefore kept away from the retaining means,
which are to be arranged on the baffle pot or the fuel container
itself.
According to another advantageous development of the
invention, the damping device is further simplified if the
damping device has at least one first vertical arm and at least
one first horizontal arm angled away from the first vertical arm.
According to another advantageous development of the inven-
tion, the transmission of intensive vibrations of the fuel pump
to adjacent components can be kept particularly low if a second
vertical arm is arranged between the first horizontal arm and a

second horizontal arm, which is connected to the second
retaining means.
According to another advantageous development of the invention,
the pump holder is highly stable if the first and/or the second
horizontal arm is/are designed as an annular element.
According to another advantageous development of the invention,
the connection of the pump holder to adjacent components
requires a particularly low structural outlay if the first
retaining means are designed such that they are supported
radially on the inside of the baffle pot and such that they
rest axially.
The stability of the pump holder is further increased,
according to another advantageous development of the invention,
if the second retaining means have a pipe length surrounding
the fuel pump.
According to another advantageous development of the invention,
the connection of the pump holder to the fuel pump requires a
particularly low structural outlay if the second retaining
means have latching hooks, arranged on the pipe length, for
retaining the fuel pump.
The pump holder is capable of reliably damping noises and
vibrations but, according to another advantageous development
of the invention, is capable of reliably absorbing strong
movements of the fuel pump if the first vertical arm has a
radially inwardly pointing hook, and if the hook limits the
vertical movement of the second retaining means.
In the case of intensive vibrations, the fuel pump, according
to another advantageous development of the invention, is
reliably kept in its designated position if

an annular element connected to the first retaining means has a
radially inwardly pointing supporting element situated opposite
the pipe length at a designated distance. This supporting
element limits the radial movement of the fuel pump.
The manufacturing costs of the device according to the
invention are further reduced if the single-piece component
comprising first and second retaining means and the damping
device is manufactured from plastic by injection molding.
According to another advantageous development of the invention,
the sealing off of the fuel pump from the baffle pot requires a
particularly low structural outlay if the fuel pump has an
annular, elastomeric sealing element for the annular sealing of
an opening arranged in the bottom region of the baffle pot.
According to another advantageous development of the invention,
transmission of noises of the fuel pump via the sealing element
can be avoided in a simple manner if the sealing element has an
obliquely angled sealing lip, and if the free end of the
sealing lip rests on the bottom of the baffle pot.
The invention permits numerous embodiments. To further clarify
its basic principle, one of these is illustrated in the accompanying drawing
and is described below. In the accompanyingdrawing
figure 1 shows a fuel pump retained in a fuel container by a
device according to the invention,

figure 2 shows a side view of a pump holder of the device
according to the invention from figure 1,
figure 3 shows a perspective illustration of the pump holder
from figure 2.
Figure 1 shows a sectional illustration through a feed unit 2,
which is arranged in a fuel container 1 of a motor vehicle,
with a fuel pump 4, which is arranged in a baffle pot 3. The
fuel pump 4 is retained by a pump holder 5 supported on the
baffle pot 3. Furthermore, the fuel pump 4 has a sealing
element 6 which is supported by the free end of a sealing lip 7
on the bottom of the baffle pot 3 in the region of an opening 9
closed by a bottom valve 8. The pump holder 5 and the sealing
element 6 together form the device for retaining the fuel pump
4 in the baffle pot 3. The pump holder 5 has first retaining
means 10 supported on the baffle pot 3 and second retaining
means 11 retaining the fuel pump 4. The retaining means 10, 11
are manufactured as a single piece with a damping device 22.
The first retaining means 10 are connected to one another via
an annular element 12 and to a first vertical arm 13. A
horizontal arm 14 designed as an annular element adjoins the
first vertical arm 13. The first horizontal arm 14 is connected
to a second horizontal arm 16 via a second vertical arm 15. The
second horizontal arm 16 is connected to a pipe length 17
surrounding the fuel pump 4. The arms 13-16 which are angled
away from one another form the damping device 22. During a
movement of the fuel pump 4 the arms 13-16 are subject to a
bending and torsional load and therefore produce an elastic
retention. Vibrations of the fuel pump 4 are likewise damped.
The second retaining means 11 are arranged on the pipe length
17. To simplify the drawing, the first retaining means 10 are
illustrated rotated

into the plane of the paper. In actual fact, in each case three
first retaining means 10 are distributed over the
circumference.
The vertical and horizontal arms 13-16 form a cardanic frame
which permits designated movements of the fuel pump 4. During a
movement of the fuel pump 4 the arms 13-16 are subject to a
torsional and bending load.
The fuel pump 4 sucks up fuel from the fuel container 1 via the
bottom valve 8 and feeds it to a connector 18. A fuel line (not
illustrated) leading to an internal combustion engine of the
motor vehicle can be connected to the connector 18.
Figure 2 shows, in a side view of the pump holder 5 from
figure 1, that the second retaining means 11 for retaining the
fuel pump 4 have latching hooks 19 arranged on the pipe length
17. Furthermore, radially inwardly pointing hooks 20 are
arranged on the first vertical arm 13 and limit the vertical
movement of the pipe length 17 and therefore the movement of
the fuel pump 4 illustrated in figure 1.
Figure 3 shows, in a perspective illustration of the pump
holder 5, that the annular element 12 connecting the first
retaining means 10 has radially inwardly pointing supporting
elements 21. The supporting elements 21 are at a distance from
the pipe length 17 and limit its freedom of movement and
therefore the freedom of movement of the fuel pump 4 in the
radial direction.

WE CLAIM :
1. A device for retaining a fuel pump in a fuel container
of a motor vehicle, with a pump holder, with first retaining
means of the pump holder, provided for supporting on a fixed
component, in particular a baffle pot, and with second retaining
means of the pump holder, provided for supporting the fuel pump,
and with a damping device connecting the first and the second
retaining means to one another, the retaining means being
manufactured from plastic, the first retaining means, the second
retaining means and the damping device being manufactured as a
single piece, in that the damping device has arms which are
angled away from each other, and in that during a movement of the
fuel pump the arms are subject to a torsional and/or bending
load, characterized in that the damping device (22) has at least
one first vertical arm (13) and at least one first horizontal arm
(14) angled away from the first vertical arm (13), and in that
the first and/or the second horizontal arm (14, 16) is/are
designed as an annular element (12).


2. The device as claimed in claim 1, wherein a second
vertical arm (15) is arranged between th first horizontal arm
(14) and a second horizontal arm (16), which is connected to the
second retaining means (11).
3. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the first retaining means (10) are designed such
that they are supported radially on the inside of the baffle pot
(3) and such that they rest axially.
4. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the second retaining means (11) have a pipe
length (17) surrounding the fuel pump (4).
5. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the second retaining means (11) have latching
books (19), arranged on the pipe length (17), for retaining the
fuel pump (4).


6. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the first vertical arm (13) has a radially
inwardly pointing hook (20), and in that the hook (20) limits the
vertical movement of the second retaining means (11).
7. The device as claimed in at least one of the proceeding
claims, wherein an annular element (12) connected to the first
retaining means (10) has a radially inwardly pointing supporting
element (21) situtated opposite the pipe length (17) at a
designated distance.
8. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the single-piece component comprising first and
second retaining means (10, 11) and the damping device is
manufactured from plastic by injection molding.
9. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the fuel pump (4) has an annular, elastomeric
sealing element (6) for the annular sealing of an opening (9)
arranged in the bottom region of the baffle pot (3).

10. The device as claimed in at least one of the preceding
claims, wherein the sealing element (6) has an obliquely angled
sealing lip (7), and in that the free end of the sealing lip (7)
rests on the bottom of the baffle pot (3).


This invention relates to a device for retaining a fuel pump in
a fuel container of a motor vehicle, with a pump holder, with
first retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting
on a fixed component, in particular a baffle pot, and with second
retaining means of the pump holder, provided for supporting the
fuel pump, and with a damping device connecting the first and the
second retaining means to one another, the retaining means being
manufactured from plastic, the first retaining means, the second
retaining means and the damping device being manufactured as a
single piece, in that the damping device has arms which are
angled away from each other, and in that during a movement of the
fuel pump the arms are subject to a torsional and/or bending
load. The damping device (22) has at least one first vertical arm
(13) and at least one first horizontal arm (14) angled away from
the first vertical arm (13), and in that the first and/or the
second horizontal arm (14, 16) is/are designed as an annular
element (12).

Documents:

01324-kolnp-2006-abstract.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-asignment.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-claims.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-correspondence other.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-correspondence others-1.1.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-description (complete).pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-drawings.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-form-1.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-form-2.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-form-3.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-form-5.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-international publication.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-international search authority report.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-pct request form.pdf

01324-kolnp-2006-priority document.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-ABSTRACT 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-ABSTRACT.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-ASSIGNMENT.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CANCELLED PAGE.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CLAIMS 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CLAIMS.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CORRESPONDENCE 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CORRESPONDENCE 1.2.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CORRESPONDENCE 1.3.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-CORRESPONDENCE.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-correspondence1.4.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-DESCRIPTION COMPLETE 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-DESCRIPTION COMPLETE.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-DRAWINGS 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-DRAWINGS.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-examination report.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 1.1.2.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 1.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-form 13.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 13.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-form 18.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 2.1.2.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 2.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 2.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-form 26.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-form 3.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 5.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 5.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-form 6.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-FORM 6.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-GPA.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-gpa1.1.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-abstract.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-claims.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-description (complete).pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-drawings.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-form 1.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-form 2.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-granted-specification.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-OTHERS.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-others1.1.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-PA.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-PETITION UNDER RULE 137.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-REPLY F.E.R.pdf

1324-KOLNP-2006-REPLY TO EXAMINATION REPORT-1.1.pdf

1324-kolnp-2006-reply to examination report.pdf

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Patent Number 248338
Indian Patent Application Number 1324/KOLNP/2006
PG Journal Number 27/2011
Publication Date 08-Jul-2011
Grant Date 05-Jul-2011
Date of Filing 18-May-2006
Name of Patentee CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
Applicant Address VAHRENWALDER STR. 9 30165 HANNOVER
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 DIETER HAGIST HIRSCHSPRUNG 8, 56112 LAHNSTEIN
2 MATTHIAS KADLER GABELSBERGER PLATZ 11 65428 RUSSELSHEIM
PCT International Classification Number B60K 15/077
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP2004/052779
PCT International Filing date 2004-11-03
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 103 56 061.0 2003-12-01 Germany