DE102006015398B4 - Tank flap module and method for attaching a tank flap module to a body - Google Patents

Tank flap module and method for attaching a tank flap module to a body

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DE102006015398B4
DE102006015398B4 DE200610015398 DE102006015398A DE102006015398B4 DE 102006015398 B4 DE102006015398 B4 DE 102006015398B4 DE 200610015398 DE200610015398 DE 200610015398 DE 102006015398 A DE102006015398 A DE 102006015398A DE 102006015398 B4 DE102006015398 B4 DE 102006015398B4
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Armin Schuh
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60KARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES
    • B60K15/00Arrangement in connection with fuel supply of combustion engines or other fuel consuming energy converters, e.g. fuel cells; Mounting or construction of fuel tanks
    • B60K15/03Fuel tanks
    • B60K15/04Tank inlets

Abstract

Tank flap module with a carrier device (11) surrounding an opening for introducing a filler neck for connecting the tank flap module (10) to a body (18, 42) and at least one screw (40) for fastening the tank flap module (10) to a tank insert pot (42) Body, wherein the at least one fastening screw (40) in the fastened state through the opening of the tank flap module (10) is accessible, characterized in that the screw axis (38) of the at least one fastening screw (40) obliquely to the through the top of the tank flap module (10 ) defined level is aligned.

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  • The present invention relates to a tank flap module having a support means surrounding an opening for introducing a filler neck for connecting the tank flap module to a body and at least one screw for fastening the tank flap module to a tank insert pot of the body, wherein the at least one fastening screw in the attached state through the opening the tank flap module is accessible, and to a method for attaching such a tank flap module to a body.
  • In known tank flap modules, the attachment to the body by means of one or more screws, which are screwed from above perpendicular to the plane defined by the outside of the body or the top of the tank flap module. For example, it is known in a tank flap module in which acts as a trim carrier device surrounds the lid of the tank flap module to attach to the support device a visible screw, which also represents a design element. However, this visible gland also has disadvantages. Since the screws are accessible from the outside, the tank flap module can be unscrewed by thieves. Examples are the US 5 906 406 A . DE 37 02 903 A1 and EP 1 500 544 A2 called.
  • The generic DE 198 45 088 A1 shows, however, a tank flap module for installation in a motor vehicle having a closable by a fuel cap fuel filler neck, the module comprises a hollow body with a passage opening for the filler neck and a pivotally mounted on the trough body fuel filler flap. The trough body is provided on two diametrically opposite sides in each case with an extension, which lie opposite each other after installation of the tank flap module substantially horizontally. The front in the direction of travel extension houses a pivot bearing for the fuel filler flap, while the rearward extension in the direction of travel is provided with a bore into which a screw can be screwed after insertion of the hollow body in the body opening to the body hollow releasably attached to a body-mounted mounting part fasten. The fastening screw lies substantially perpendicular to a plane defined by the upper side of the tank flap module.
  • A disadvantage of such a tank flap module that the shown vertical screwing of the tank flap module with the body-mounted mounting part, a setting of the gap between the tank flap module and body significantly more difficult. Since tank flap modules usually have geometric tolerances, there is hardly any possibility to compensate for them. In addition, a vertically screwed mounting screw, with an open tank lid, clearly visible to the viewer from the outside, so this must either be covered or appropriate precautions in the material properties of the screw must be taken so that the appearance is not affected by corrosion damage to the screw becomes.
  • It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a tank flap module with a non-visible screw to the body, which can be easily attached to the tank insert pot and aligned to this, and to provide a method for attaching a tank flap module to a body.
  • This object is achieved by a tank flap module with the features of claim 1.
  • Furthermore, this object is achieved by a method for fastening a tank flap module to a body with the steps of claim 9.
  • In the tank flap module according to the invention, the at least one fastening screw in the attached state is accessible through the opening of the tank flap module. As a result, the screw connection, when the lid of the tank flap module is closed, can not be seen. Thus, the theft of a tank flap module is difficult because first the lid of the tank flap module must be opened to get to the screw. Nevertheless, a simple assembly or disassembly for maintenance of the tank flap module is possible because the at least one fastening screw is accessible with the lid open. Furthermore, the screw axis of the at least one fastening screw is aligned obliquely to the plane defined by the upper side of the tank flap module. Due to the angled arrangement of the screw axles, the screws are easier to access for mounting or dismounting the tank flap module. Particularly preferably, the screw axis is inclined at an angle of 15 ° relative to the horizontal.
  • Preferably, the tank flap module comprises at least three fastening screws. It is particularly advantageous if the screw points for the fastening screws are distributed uniformly on the inner wall of the carrier device. This makes it possible to selectively influence the joint pattern to the body.
  • In a further advantageous embodiment of the invention, the carrier device has on its inner wall a recess for receiving a head of the at least one fastening screw. This avoids that the screws protrude from the inner wall.
  • In a particularly preferred embodiment, the recess is formed such that a contact surface for the head of the fastening screw is inclined outwards relative to the inner wall of the support device in such a way that it is parallel to a surface of the tank insert pot opposite the contact surface. On the one hand, an inclined screw axis can be realized by the inclined contact surface, on the other hand, the effect of the fastening screw is optimized by the vote of the contact surface with the opposite surface of the Tankeinsatztopfes.
  • In a further advantageous embodiment of the invention, the support device comprises a hybrid of a base made of plastic and a cover of aluminum sheet. It is particularly advantageous if the recess for receiving the head of the fastening screw is located in the substructure and is covered by the cover above. Thus, the recess can be easily formed on the upper inner edge of the substructure.
  • In a further particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, the cover is fastened to the substructure by means of a wall-shaped holding element arranged on the inner wall of the carrier device, wherein the holding element has a recess through which the at least one fastening screw is accessible. By the wall-shaped retaining element as smooth as possible inner wall is achieved. The recesses for the fixing screws are just so big that the screws are easily accessible.
  • With the method according to the invention, the joint pattern of the tank flap module to the body can be influenced by the order in which the fastening screws are screwed. By first tightening the screw at which the distance between the carrier device of the tank flap module and the body is the largest, it can be achieved that the gap between the tank flap module and body around is uniformly formed.
  • Further details, features and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description of an embodiment schematically illustrated in the figures. Show it:
  • 1 a plan view of an embodiment of the invention Tankklappenmoduls with open lid; and
  • 2 a sectional view of the embodiment according to 1 in installed condition.
  • 1 shows a plan view of a preferred embodiment of a tank flap module according to the invention 10 , It shows the tank flap module, which consists of a carrier device 11 and a lid mounted on this 12 exists, with the lid open. Typical of this type of tank flap module is that the carrier device 11 is formed so that it surrounds the lid substantially and therefore is visible even when the lid is closed. The lid 12 is only slightly larger than the opening in the tank flap module 10 he closes. The total diameter of the tank flap module 10 or the carrier device 11 is larger than the diameter of the lid 12 , In the embodiment shown, the carrier device 11 essentially annularly formed with a circular opening. The lid 12 is also formed substantially circular. In addition, the carrier device comprises 11 a substructure 16 made of plastic and a cover 14 made of thin aluminum sheet. The cover 14 is by means of so-called half shells 26 , which adhere to the inner wall of the support device 11 located on the plastic base 16 attached. In 1 are also three screws 40 seen from the inside wall of the carrier device 11 through the substructure 16 extend outwards. They are uniform along the circumference of the support device 11 distributed. Because the half shells 26 are formed wall-shaped and a majority of the inner wall of the support device 11 Cover, they have recesses through which the heads of the mounting screws 40 are accessible. The arrangement of the fixing screws 40 goes even more precisely 2 out.
  • 2 shows a section through one half of the tank flap module according to 1 in installed condition, the lid is not visible. in this cross section is a fixing screw 40 to see the substructure 16 the tank flap module 10 with a tank insert pot 42 the body connects. The screw axis 38 the screw 40 is aligned diagonally. It is at an angle that is between 10 ° and 20 °, relative to the horizontal, through the top of the tank flap module 10 or through the body 18 is defined, inclined. Preferably, the angle of inclination of the screw axis 38 at 15 °. This angle is on the one hand chosen so that the screw is particularly easily accessible from the outside through the opening of the tank flap module with a screwing. On the other hand, the screw axis 38 the fixing screw 40 and the shape of the tank insert pot 42 so matched to each other, that the screw 40 the space between the substructure 16 and the tank insert pot 42 bridged by the shortest route. To the oblique arrangement of the screw axis 38 to reach is one in the substructure 16 trained contact surface for the head of the screw 40 opposite the inner wall of the carrier device 11 tilted outwards. In particular, it is inclined so that it is parallel to the corresponding surface of the Tankeinsatztopfes 42 is in which a thread 44 for the screw 40 is provided. At the substructure 16 are also ribs 46 formed parallel to the screws 40 run and a minimum distance between the contact surface for the screw head and the tank insert pot 42 pretend.
  • Out 2 It can also be seen that the contact surface for the head of the screw 40 opposite the inner wall of the carrier device 11 is slightly offset outwards, so that there is a recess that provides space for the screw head. This recess in the substructure 16 is open at the top and is only through the cover 14 covered at the top. In 2 is also a half shell 26 to see with a recess for the screw head. This half-shell has a projection at its upper end 30 on that on the inner edge of the cover 14 rests. Finally shows 2 another sealing ring 24 to seal the gap between the tank flap module 10 and the body 18 , This sealing ring 24 also covers the outer cut edge of the cover 14 from.
  • For fastening a preferred embodiment of the tank flap module according to the invention 10 on a body 18 The tank flap module is in a tank insert pot 42 the body used so that evenly over the inner wall of the support device 11 distributed screw points for the screws 40 for fastening the tank flap module 10 opposite in the tank insert pot 42 arranged threads 44 for the fixing screws 40 to come to rest and the lid 12 of the tank flap module is open. In order to achieve a uniform joint pattern, then a screw is first at the screw point 40 screwed in, in which the distance between the support device 11 and the body 18 is greatest. Thereafter, the next screw is screwed in at the screw point, in which the distance between the carrier device 11 and the body 18 now is the biggest. This process is repeated until all screws are tightened.
  • According to the invention, a tank flap module can be made available, the screw connection of which is accessible only when the lid is open, but which nevertheless can be easily fastened to the body.

Claims (9)

  1. Tank flap module with a support device surrounding an opening for introducing a filler neck ( 11 ) for connecting the tank flap module ( 10 ) to a body ( 18 . 42 ) and at least one screw ( 40 ) for fastening the tank flap module ( 10 ) on a tank insert pot ( 42 ) of the body, wherein the at least one fastening screw ( 40 ) in the fastened state through the opening of the tank flap module ( 10 ), characterized in that the screw axis ( 38 ) of the at least one fastening screw ( 40 ) obliquely to the through the top of the tank flap module ( 10 ) defined level is aligned.
  2. Tank flap module according to claim 1, characterized in that the tank flap module ( 10 ) at least three fixing screws ( 40 ).
  3. Tank flap module according to claim 2, characterized in that the screw points for the fastening screws ( 40 ) evenly on the inner wall of the carrier device ( 11 ) are distributed.
  4. Tank flap module according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the carrier device ( 11 ) on its inner wall a recess for receiving a head of the at least one fastening screw ( 40 ) having.
  5. Tank flap module according to claim 4, characterized in that the recess is formed so that a contact surface for the head of the fastening screw ( 40 ) so against the inner wall of the support device ( 11 ) is inclined outwards so that it faces a surface of the tank insert ( 42 ) is parallel.
  6. Tank flap module according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the carrier device ( 11 ) a hybrid of a substructure ( 16 ) made of plastic and a cover ( 14 ) comprises aluminum sheet.
  7. Tank flap module according to claim 6, characterized in that the recess for receiving the head of the fastening screw ( 40 ) in the substructure ( 16 ) and through the cover ( 14 ) is covered above.
  8. Tank flap module according to claim 6 or claim 7, characterized in that the cover ( 14 ) by means of a on the inner wall of the support device ( 11 ) arranged wall-shaped retaining element ( 26 ) on the substructure ( 16 ), wherein the retaining element ( 26 ) a recess through which the at least one fastening screw ( 40 ) is accessible.
  9. Method for fastening a tank flap module ( 10 ) according to claim 1 on a body ( 18 . 42 ) comprising the following steps: a) providing a tank flap module ( 10 ) with a carrier device ( 11 ) for connecting the tank flap module ( 10 ) to the body ( 18 . 42 ) and one on the carrier device ( 11 ) mounted lids ( 12 ); b) Inserting the tank flap module ( 10 ) in a tank insert pot ( 42 ) of the body, so that on the inner wall of the support device ( 11 ) arranged screw points for screws ( 40 ) for fastening the tank flap module ( 10 ) at the tank insert pot ( 42 ) opposite in Tankeinsatztopf ( 42 ) arranged threads ( 44 ) for the fixing screws ( 40 ) come to rest and the lid ( 12 ) is open; c) screwing in a screw ( 40 ) at the screw point at which the distance between the carrier device ( 11 ) and the body ( 18 ) is the largest; and d) repeating step c) until all screws ( 40 ) are tightened.
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DE7631183U1 (en) * 1976-10-06 1977-02-03 Adam Opel Ag, 6090 Ruesselsheim
DE3702903A1 (en) * 1987-01-31 1988-08-11 Porsche Ag Flap for closing a trough body
US5520431A (en) * 1995-01-04 1996-05-28 Chrysler Corporation Fuel door/sliding door interlock mechanism
US5906406A (en) * 1997-06-25 1999-05-25 General Motors Corporation Fuel filler pocket assembly
DE19845088A1 (en) * 1998-09-30 2000-04-06 Volkswagen Ag Fuel filler flap unit
DE10308772B3 (en) * 2003-02-28 2004-12-16 Dr.Ing.H.C. F. Porsche Ag Automotive fuel inlet cover flap has interior holder for loose screw-fit fuel cap with retaining clip
EP1500544A2 (en) * 2003-07-21 2005-01-26 Deere & Company Device for covering an opening of a fuel tank

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DE7631183U1 (en) * 1976-10-06 1977-02-03 Adam Opel Ag, 6090 Ruesselsheim
DE3702903A1 (en) * 1987-01-31 1988-08-11 Porsche Ag Flap for closing a trough body
US5520431A (en) * 1995-01-04 1996-05-28 Chrysler Corporation Fuel door/sliding door interlock mechanism
US5906406A (en) * 1997-06-25 1999-05-25 General Motors Corporation Fuel filler pocket assembly
DE19845088A1 (en) * 1998-09-30 2000-04-06 Volkswagen Ag Fuel filler flap unit
DE10308772B3 (en) * 2003-02-28 2004-12-16 Dr.Ing.H.C. F. Porsche Ag Automotive fuel inlet cover flap has interior holder for loose screw-fit fuel cap with retaining clip
EP1500544A2 (en) * 2003-07-21 2005-01-26 Deere & Company Device for covering an opening of a fuel tank

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