Kobe Steel had six patents in batteries during Q1 2024.The patent filed by Kobe Steel Ltd in Q1 2024 describes a side sill reinforcement structure for a vehicle, which includes a battery unit, a side sill, and a reinforcing member connecting the two. The reinforcing member has a closed cross-sectional portion group with varying thickness in different sections, providing enhanced structural strength and support. GlobalData’s report on Kobe Steel gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Kobe Steel grant share with batteries as a theme is 16% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Side sill reinforcement structure for electric vehicle (Patent ID: US20240017770A1)

The patent filed by Kobe Steel Ltd. describes a side sill reinforcement structure for an electric vehicle, consisting of a battery unit for drive, a side sill, and a reinforcing member connecting the battery unit and side sill. The reinforcing member is made of an aluminum alloy and includes closed cross-sectional portions with varying thicknesses in the upper and lower walls. The structure aims to enhance the overall strength and rigidity of the vehicle while maintaining a lightweight design.

The claims detail specific aspects of the side sill reinforcement structure, such as the arrangement of closed cross-sectional portions, the use of bolts for joining components, and the inclusion of a lower side extending portion. By utilizing an extruded material and strategically varying the thickness of walls in the cross-sectional portions, the design ensures optimal support and stability for the battery unit and side sill. Additionally, the presence of a cross member and the specific dimensions outlined in the claims contribute to the overall structural integrity of the electric vehicle. Overall, the patent highlights a novel approach to reinforcing the side sill of an electric vehicle, emphasizing both strength and weight considerations in the design process.

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