Patents Assigned to Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
  • Publication number: 20140017962
    Abstract: A catamaran vessel with hybrid propulsion engines for driving propeller propulsors and pump-jet propulsors. The vessel includes two side hulls and a mobile platform that can be moved between upper and lower positions relative to the side hulls to accommodate navigation conditions. The engines are selectively coupled to the propeller propulsors, the pump jet propulsors, and control mechanisms changing the position of the mobile platform-between the upper and lower positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Constructions Industrielles de la Mèditerranèe- CNIM
    Inventors: Maarten Mostert, Gregory Pelard
  • Patent number: 8382539
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle includes caissons, floats, and ramps stored on top of one another on a self-propelled rolling base, when the vehicle is in a folded configuration for driving over firm ground. The elements can be deployed transversely with respect to a longitudinal axis of the rolling base when the vehicle, alone or with another vehicle of the same design, forms a pontoon or a ferry to breach a water-filled opening. The vehicle includes a deployment device to deploy the elements on one side before beginning to deploy the elements on the other side of the rolling base. The elements are deployed in at least three different configurations. The elements on each side, include respectively, from the inside outwards, in the deployed configuration, a caisson, a float, and a ramp which are hinged together in a Z-configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee-CNIM
    Inventors: Elisabeth Richeux, Henri Aubert
  • Publication number: 20120006475
    Abstract: A method and device for automated manufacture of an elongated composite material part having at least one layer. The method includes depositing, by unrolling onto a mold, in a first direction, along the mold, an assembly having a composite material layer separably attached to a substrate tape, and forming and compacting part of the assembly onto the mold in the first direction. The assembly is partially shaped to the shape of the mold, and then a remaining portion of the assembly is formed and compacted in a second direction, opposite the first direction, to shape the assembly completely to the shape of the mold. Then the assembly is separated, by peeling the substrate tape from the composite material layer that is secured to the mold, by unrolling the substrate tape in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: CONSTRUCTIONS INDUSTRIELLES DE LA MEDITERRANEE- CNIM
    Inventors: Denis Colombo, Pierre Valibouse, Dominique Mailhot, Dominique Micheaux
  • Publication number: 20100112876
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle includes caissons, floats, and ramps stored on top of one another on a self-propelled rolling base, when the vehicle is in a folded configuration for driving over firm ground. The elements can be deployed transversely with respect to a longitudinal axis of the rolling base when the vehicle, alone or with another vehicle of the same design, forms a pontoon or a ferry to breach a water-filled opening. The vehicle includes a deployment device to deploy the elements on one side before beginning to deploy the elements on the other side of the rolling base. The elements are deployed in at least three different configurations. The elements on each side, include respectively, from the inside outwards, in the deployed configuration, a caisson, a float, and a ramp which are hinged together in a Z-configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee- CNIM
    Inventors: Elisabeth Richeux, Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 7690957
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle which has elements, such as caissons, floats, and ramps, arranged on a self-propelled rolling base, oriented essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rolling base, when the vehicle is in a folded configuration for movement on land, and which are deployed to form a track or bridge portion oriented transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the rolling base, when the vehicle, alone or with another vehicle of the same design, is used to form a floating bridge or ferry. The vehicle has a deployment device for deploying elements by pivoting of four groups of the elements around four vertical shafts spaced from one another, according to at least three different configurations, each group of elements including at least one caisson.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventors: Elisabeth Richeux, Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 7634971
    Abstract: A vessel includes an heavy loaded catamaran, one or several movable buoyant roll-on/roll-off platform(s) (3); a moving element is provided for draft variation in heavy deep seas so that the platform(s) (3) may be raised or lowered between the hulls thereby selectively changing the flotation of the vessel. In the upper position, the vessel is a deep-sea catamaran, in an intermediate position the platform(s) is buoyant and a canal is formed between platform bottom and catamaran keels, in the lower position, platform bottom and catamaran are even-keel converting the catamaran in a shallow water craft, in the lowest position, the catamaran is raised above water for docking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventor: Francis Lucas
  • Patent number: 7631612
    Abstract: A device for modifying a hull of a floating body of a floating vehicle or floating bridge, having a base floating body, with an upper surface forming a principal rolling path, and first and second lateral surfaces. On each side of the base floating body, a first movable wall which is mounted so that it pivots on a lower part of the corresponding lateral surface of the base floating body, a second movable wall is mounted so that it pivots on the first movable wall, and a third movable wall is mounted so that it pivots about the second movable wall The three movable walls are arranged with respect to each other so that, in a folded position, the first movable wall is essentially parallel to the first lateral surface of the base floating body, and the second and third movable walls partially cover the upper surface of the base floating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventors: Henri Aubert, Elisabeth Richeux
  • Patent number: 7624670
    Abstract: A military vehicle having an armed turret and a swinging arm to move this armed turret. The vehicle is equipped with a gripping mechanism apt to attach the armed turret to one end of the swinging arm. This gripping mechanism has one male part connected to the end of the swinging arm and one female part connected to the armed turret, this male part can be locked mechanically into the female part due to at least one bolt activated by a hydraulic device. The turret is applied in self-defense of designed military vehicles intended to do engineering type projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventor: Elisabeth Richeux
  • Publication number: 20090038527
    Abstract: A device for modifying a hull of a floating body of a floating vehicle or floating bridge, having a base floating body, with an upper surface forming a principal rolling path, and first and second lateral surfaces. On each side of the base floating body, a first movable wall which is mounted so that it pivots on a lower part of the corresponding lateral surface of the base floating body, a second movable wall is mounted so that it pivots on the first movable wall, and a third movable wall is mounted so that it pivots about the second movable wall The three movable walls are arranged with respect to each other so that, in a folded position, the first movable wall is essentially parallel to the first lateral surface of the base floating body, and the second and third movable walls partially cover the upper surface of the base floating body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Constructions Industrielles De La Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventors: Henri Aubert, Elisabeth Richeux
  • Publication number: 20080280513
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle which has elements, such as caissons, floats, and ramps, arranged on a self-propelled rolling base, oriented essentially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rolling base, when the vehicle is in a folded configuration for movement on land, and which are deployed to form a track or bridge portion oriented transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the rolling base, when the vehicle, alone or with another vehicle of the same design, is used to form a floating bridge or ferry. The vehicle has a deployment device for deploying elements by pivoting of four groups of the elements around four vertical shafts spaced from one another, according to at least three different configurations, each group of elements including at least one caisson.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Constructions Industrielles De La Mediterranee- CNIM
    Inventors: Elisabeth Richeux, Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 6978875
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor between two drive systems (1 and 2) designed to convey, for example to pedestrians, a movement in a longitudinal direction (L), this device comprising a chassis (3) and means of rolling defining a rolling surface (R). The device according to the invention comprises several side walls each of which is integral to the chassis (3) and extends on a plane perpendicular to the transversal direction (T) as far as an upper edge set back from the rolling surface (R), and several axes (61) each of which extends parallelly to the transversal direction (T) and crosses several adjacent side walls, the means of rolling comprise rollers (4) rotationally assembled to the axes (61) and creating several successive rows, adjacent to the longitudinal direction (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventor: Bernard Diaz
  • Publication number: 20020164231
    Abstract: Craft for embarking/landing loads, particularly personnel and/or vehicles, on unequipped shorelines, of the catamaran type, comprising:
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Applicant: Constructions Industrielles De La Mediterranee (CNIM)
    Inventors: Francis Lucas, Henri Aubert, Yves Martin
  • Patent number: 6068107
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring objects, including pedestrians, between sequential moving-surfaces disposed in a common plane. The device comprises first rollers housed in a platform and defining a first object bearing-surface disposed substantially in the common plane. In one embodiment, the rollers comprise balls; in another, they comprise cylinders. A plate mounted on the platform defines a comb that slidably meshes with ribs of a conveyer belt that defines one of the moving surfaces. Second rollers are housed in the plate, providing a second object bearing-surface. The platform pivots within a limited and adjustable angle towards and away from one of the moving surfaces, when an object becomes jammed between the platform and the moving surface, and slides perpendicularly to said angle, by a small amount, when the ribs force the comb laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventor: Roger Brun-Jarret
  • Patent number: 5862556
    Abstract: A bridging span structure for the crossing of ditches by vehicles has a locking mechanism for locking an upwards swingable access jib to a central box of a bridging span element. The locking mechanism includes at least two tie-rod elements pivotally connected to the access jib by two stationary transverse shafts, and two transverse locking shafts with a controlled displacement permitting fastening of both tie-rod elements to the central box in two different positions, respectively, corresponding to lower and upwards swung positions, respectively, of the upwards swingable access jib, the invention being usable in particular by the Engineering Corps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee -CNIM
    Inventor: Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 5862557
    Abstract: A bridging span structure intended in particular for the crossing of ditches by vehicles and a system for transporting and depositing such a structure, wherein each connecting arm is rotatably mounted in relation to a bridging span about a pivoted bolt and wherein an arrangement is provided for urging the connecting arm automatically back to its normal position of use and for holding this connecting arm in this normal position, the invention being applicable to military armoured vehicle of the Engineering Corps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee-CNIM
    Inventor: Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 5611178
    Abstract: An underground shelter for the protection of at least one person, comprising two substantially identical rigid panels which may be assembled together into a tunnel configuration and disassembled by distinct mechanical means arranged so as to permit a joined interfitting of both top parts of both panels, respectively, and a rigid connection between the bottom parts of the latter so that the buried panel may withstand side or transverse forces applied to the panel and resulting from the thrust exerted by the earth layer covering the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee - CNIM
    Inventor: Henri Aubert
  • Patent number: 5363527
    Abstract: A spanning beam structure for clearing breaches by vehicles, having a locking member including at least one pair of locking shafts made fast to a raisable access jib and to a central box, respectively, of the spanning beam while extending longitudinally of the central box along the same axis in the locked position of the access jib and two jaw-like members gripping round to confronting heads of both locking shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee CNIM
    Inventors: Guy Rainaud, Denis Allain, Henri Aubert