Elevated Structure Patents (Class 104/124)
  • Patent number: 9764903
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to suppress rise in running resistance with increases in weight of a transport vehicle group, and prevent higher energy consumption and manufacturing cost. A transport device transports a transport vehicle (1) carrying an article (E) along a transport path including a curved path and forms a continuous floor (B) on the transport vehicle (1) in the entire or partial transport path. The transport device includes: running rails (R) that are laid along the transport path to support running wheels (4, 5, and 6) of the transport vehicle (1); guide rails that guide the transport vehicle (1) along the transport path; a drive unit that drives the transport vehicle (1); and a water way (WW) that is formed along the transport path to reserve water (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: NAKANISHI METAL WORKS CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Okazaki, Toshiyuki Uchibori, Takahisa Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9631324
    Abstract: A track structure component that includes a triangular girder having a top plate, a first side plate and a second side plate with a lower surface of the top plate abutting the first edge of the first side plate, the lower surface of the top plate abutting the first edge of the second side plate and the second side edge of the first side plate abutting the second side edge of the second side plate and a rail component that includes at least one rail positioned adjacent to an upper surface of the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Dynamic Structures, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mehdi Jalayer, Nathan Loewen
  • Patent number: 9592637
    Abstract: A mobile cart that moves through a three-dimensional object printing system includes a platform, and at least one bearing operatively connected to the platform and configured to engage with a lower surface of a rail of the printing system in order to locate the platform with respect to an ejector head positioned opposite the rail. The cart further includes at least one other bearing operatively connected to the platform and configured to engage with an upper surface of the rail and apply a bias force that urges the at least one bearing against the lower surface of the rail. The rail can be configured to block material ejected by the ejector head from reaching the lower surface thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Fromm, Erwin Ruiz, Steven M. Russel, Jeffrey J. Bradway, Jorge M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9580919
    Abstract: A scaffold comprising at least two horizontally adjacent scaffold sections, the scaffold sections being defined substantially by lengthwise ledgers, transverse ledgers and uprights, characterized in that the scaffold comprises a guide adapted to be able to displace in substantially horizontal direction therealong a displaceable platform corresponding thereto and guided thereby; a method for erecting the scaffold, and a mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Marc Keersmaekers
  • Patent number: 9522686
    Abstract: A process for the control of movement of rail-based automated transport vehicles (2a, 2b) in a multi-branch rail system (1) that contains in particular switches (4), lifts (10, 11) and other integrated rail-based units, including stations for loading and unloading, with a depiction of rail system (1) in the control system of the automated transport vehicle (2a, 2b) with all integrated rail-based units (4; 10, 11; 13-16; 20, 21, 33) by means of nodes (7-9; 22-25) and edges (26-31) as defined in graph theory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SERVIS Intralogistics GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Beer
  • Patent number: 9441331
    Abstract: A three-dimensional urban road system capable of intensively utilizing land and avoiding traffic jam, including a straight section, a longitudinal slope section and an intersection. The straight section and the intersection are connected to form a road network. The longitudinal slope section is connected with the straight section, realizing connection between the straight section and the ground. The straight section includes a bottom road, a parking layer and a running layer; parallel ramps for small cars only arranged such that small cars in the straight section can switch among the three layers. Roads are changed into three layers: the upper running layer for small cars; the middle parking layer, a transfer layer for parking and connecting the ground road and the upper running layer; and the bottom road for large vehicles. Large vehicles and small cars are completely shunted, thus effectively solving the problem of traffic jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Qingwei Chen, Shuang Chen, Yujun Chen, Yuyan Chen
  • Patent number: 9422680
    Abstract: Provided is a deck, configured for supporting a carriageable surface, including first structural girders defining a support surface for the carriageable surface; at least one second structural girder configured to position itself on the opposite side to said carriageable surface in relation to the first structural girders; diagonal girders integrally connecting the first and said second structural girders to each other, defining, for the deck, a truss; said first and said second structural girders include a core in concrete material: and an external reinforcement partially cladding the core and made of metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Guido Furlanetto
  • Patent number: 9272223
    Abstract: An amusement ride system is disclosed. The amusement ride system includes a support subsystem that includes a loading location, a first location, and a second location. The support subsystem includes a first anchor cable extending between the loading location and the first location and a second anchor cable extending between the loading location and the second location, with a first trolley movably attached to the first anchor cable and a second trolley movably attached to the second anchor cable. A trolley actuation subsystem moves the first trolley and the second trolley along the length of the first anchor cable and the second anchor, respectively. A swing subsystem includes a passenger carriage, wherein a first swing line is coupled to the passenger carriage and pivotally engaged to the first trolley and a second swing line coupled to the passenger carriage and pivotally engaged to the second trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Stanley J. Checketts
  • Patent number: 9096235
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transportation system with integrated infrastructure. In one embodiment, this infrastructure takes the form of a hollow elevated load bearing guideway structure designed to support the weight of traveling vehicles. The structure supports a backbone beam, or rail, that has multiple functions. These functions may include vehicle control, security, and energy delivery. The structure is bimodal meaning vehicles can have wheels like cars or steel rimmed wheels like a train or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: WFK & Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel
  • Patent number: 8950337
    Abstract: The personal transportation rail system includes an automated, elevated single lane throughway comprising multi-gauge rail track arranged in various combinations. A computerized control system regulates spacing of vehicles while maintaining uniform speed. The rail switching is accomplished by variable gauge rail wheels on the vehicle, which selectively engage or avoid engaging with various wider rail-gauge tracks. On-ramps extend from a guideway station and are taken by the vehicle temporarily engaging with a descending wide-gauge section of track that ends side by side in parallel with the narrow-gauge track. Off-ramps lead into the guideway station as the vehicle engages with the wide-gauge section of throughway track initially in parallel with the narrow-gauge track, the wide-gauge track ascending to remove the vehicle from the main rail line. Bypassing the guideway station involves continuing engagement of the variable gauge wheels with the narrow-gauge track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: William D. Davis
  • Patent number: 8892278
    Abstract: A method for implementing an overhead rail guided transport system includes the following steps: a vehicle transport system is provided, which includes an upper rail guided transport system, a lower rail guided transport system, a vehicle exchange equipment, and a plurality of vehicles operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport system; respective vehicle utilizing rates in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems are provided; the vehicle exchange equipment is used to interchange the vehicles respectively operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems in order to equilibrate the respective vehicle utilizing rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Chin-Hsiao Chuang
  • Patent number: 8825259
    Abstract: In an example implementation, an autonomous vehicle is configured to detect closures and lane shifts in a lane of travel. The vehicle is configured to operate in an autonomous mode and determine a presence of an obstacle substantially positioned in a lane of travel of the vehicle using a sensor. The lane of travel has a first side, a second side, and a center, and the obstacle is substantially positioned on the first side. The autonomous vehicle includes a computer system. The computer system determines a lateral distance between the obstacle and the center, compares the lateral distance to a pre-determined threshold, and provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8776695
    Abstract: The present invention is for a support sleeve for a riser supporting an elevated toy vehicle trackway above a surface, the sleeve comprising a first end, a second end having an open end, one or more walls extending between the first end and second end, wherein the one or more walls define a hollow interior for supporting the riser, and one or more supports extending outwardly from the perimeter of the first end. The one or more supports form a shoulder extending outwardly from the first end, wherein the shoulder encircles the perimeter of the first end. The present invention further provides a method of stabilizing one or more toy vehicle tracks mounted on one or more track risers, comprising inserting a first track riser within a hollow support sleeve having a top end and a base end, the base end having one or more outwardly projecting supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Wai Hoe Ho, Bee Toh Siow
  • Publication number: 20140053752
    Abstract: The invention is a method of manufacturing elevated rail segments and an elevated rail system including those rail segments. Features of the elevated rail system include pivot points between the track and vertical supports elevating the rail system, eccentric bolt and washer assemblies that allow precise vertical and horizontal adjustment of the vertical supports and threaded bolts that allow precise micro-adjustment of height of the track above the concrete foundations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: HILLTRAC, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Patent number: 8511579
    Abstract: The invention is an elevated rail system and reaction assembly. Features of the elevated rail system include pivot points between the track and vertical supports elevating the rail system, eccentric bolt and washer assemblies that allow precise vertical and horizontal adjustment of the vertical supports and threaded bolts that allow precise micro-adjustment of height of the track above the concrete foundations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Publication number: 20130186297
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transportation system with integrated infrastructure. In one embodiment, this infrastructure takes the form of a hollow elevated load bearing guideway structure designed to support the weight of traveling vehicles. The structure supports a backbone beam, or rail, that has multiple functions. These functions may include vehicle control, security, and energy delivery. The structure is bimodal meaning vehicles can have wheels like cars or steel rimmed wheels like a train or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: WFK & ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel
  • Patent number: 8453578
    Abstract: A coaster according to the invention includes a track (10) and a vehicle (20). The track (10) includes a first support rail (11) and a second support rail (12). The first support rail (11) and the second support rail (12) are disposed vertically below the passenger receiver of the vehicle (20). Each of the bogies (23) and (24) includes a plurality of first rollers (25) and second rollers (26), wherein the second rollers (26) contact the second support rail (12) and prevent a lateral tilting of the vehicle relative to the plane (E) defined by the first support rail (11) and the second support rail (12). The first support element (11) and the second support element (12) are configured tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jörg Beutler
  • Patent number: 8448577
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to an elevated track to support and serve the pneumatic propulsion duct for transportation vehicles, for cargo or passengers. The improved elevated track is modular and self supporting and consists of a pneumatic propulsion central duct (1) on whose vertical walls (11) are fastened side walkways (2). The propulsion duct (1) has structural reinforcing (12) in the form of transverse frames on the duct axis. The side walkways (2) have transverse reinforcement (21) which unify with the duct reinforcing frames (12). On the propulsion duct (1) top edges (13) are fastened rails (3) in an “I” beam format, traditionally used on railroads. A preferred transverse section of the propulsion duct (1) is rectangular, this having a central slot (14) on the top surface (13) for the passage of the vehicle propulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Oskar Hans Wolfgang Coester
  • Patent number: 8430037
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic levitation train, comprising a track system formed of track system carriers (2) and a vehicle (1) having at least one first magnetic system (7), which together with stator packs (4) mounted on the track system forms a long stator linear motor and during operation is disposed at a distance from the stator packs (4) by a small carrying gap. According to the invention, first sound damping bodies (14) are disposed on the carriers (2) in a space which is located between the carrier (2) and the magnetic system (7) and the carrying gap when a vehicle (1) passes. In addition, second sound damping bodies (15) are provided on the vehicle (1) on the side of the magnetic system (7) facing away from the carrier (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Transrapid GmbH
    Inventors: Luitpold Miller, Qinghua Zheng
  • Publication number: 20130055921
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a transitional mode high speed rail system. The high speed rail infrastructure employed by the system is constructed adjacent a conventional host highway. The infrastructure can be provided adjacent to acceleration/deceleration lanes, or emergency parking/paved shoulder lanes. The vehicles used by the system are individual, self-powered, self-operating, individual mass passenger transport vehicles similar in size and appearance to municipal buses. These are transitional mode vehicles because they operate as railroad vehicles on the high speed rail infrastructure, but transition to automotive vehicle mode traveling on ordinary paved roads. They are mass passenger transport vehicles because many passengers can be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: WFK & ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel, JR.
  • Patent number: 8342101
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transportation system with integrated infrastructure. In one embodiment, this infrastructure takes the form of a hollow elevated load bearing guideway structure designed to support the weight of traveling vehicles. The structure supports a backbone beam, or rail, that has multiple functions. These functions may include vehicle control, security, and energy delivery. The structure is bimodal meaning vehicles can have wheels like cars or steel rimmed wheels like a train or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: WFK & Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Waldemar F. Kissel
  • Patent number: 8281722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a solid track comprising a concrete strip on a supporting structure that consists of individual, successively arranged segments (2) and comprising rails (6) for a rail-guided vehicle that are located on the concrete strip. The concrete strip is continuous and spans the individual segments (2) and an anti-friction layer (10) is located between the concrete strip and the segments (2). The solid track according to the invention is characterized in that the concrete strip is a profiled concrete strip (7), in which the course of the solid track in terms of curvature and lateral inclination are reflected and in that in the region of adjacent end faces (13) of two neighboring segments (2), the track is equipped with a device (200) that spans both end faces (13) and absorbs any alteration in the position of the adjacent end faces (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Max Bogl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Reichel
  • Patent number: 8261879
    Abstract: Disclosed is a scaffold installed within a large structure such as a pressure vessel or a tank of a ship, and an insulation system construction method using the same. The scaffold for use in performing desired work within a large structure includes a supporting structure installed adjacent to both side surfaces and a top surface of the large structure, and a carrying unit installed movable along the supporting structure to allow materials to be carried or to provide a working space for a worker thereon, wherein the supporting structure is installed to be movable along a wall surface of the large structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Korea Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Young Myung Yang, Seong Ho Hong, Ihn Soo Yoon, Young Chul Yang, Heung Seok Seo, Ji Hun Kim, Byoung Taek Oh, Young Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8196517
    Abstract: The invention relates to a span (2) for railway tracks with a self-supporting U-shaped structure (3), defining a section of the path for a piece of rolling stock (1), travelling on the railway track and at least one further element (6, 10, 11, 14) for the travel of the rolling stock (1) on the railway track and which can support, guide and/or supply the rolling stock (1). According to the invention, at least one (6) of the additional elements (6, 10, 11, 14) is directly integrated in the U-shaped element (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Systra
    Inventor: Daniel Dutoit
  • Publication number: 20120137921
    Abstract: The invention is an elevated rail system and reaction assembly. Features of the elevated rail system include pivot points between the track and vertical supports elevating the rail system, eccentric bolt and washer assemblies that allow precise vertical and horizontal adjustment of the vertical supports and threaded bolts that allow precise micro-adjustment of height of the track above the concrete foundations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: HillTrac, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Patent number: 8171857
    Abstract: An installation for carrying individuals down from a mountain station into a valley station has a running rail which is fastened on a supporting cable at a distance from the ground. The running rail contains a multiplicity of sub-rails connected to one another at joints and along which carriages can be displaced. In the region of the joints, the sub-rails are elevated in relation to their central region, and are preferably curved such that their curvature profile creates the elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Bischofberger
  • Patent number: 8113122
    Abstract: A trestle support apparatus for use with a model track assembly is provided. The model track assembly includes track sections and trestles of a first configuration and separate track sections and trestles of a second configuration. The trestle support apparatus includes an elongated base including an elongated channel dimensioned to releasably receive and support a trestle of a first configuration. First and second stanchions are releasably mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Robert J. Tarr
  • Patent number: 8066200
    Abstract: The invention is hollow structural members, a rail system based thereon and method of manufacturing such hollow structural members. Embodiments of the structural members may be hollow triangular prism-shaped with a cross-section that is triangular, isosceles, hexagonal or otherwise. Embodiments of rail systems based on hollow structural members are also disclosed. Embodiments of the rail systems disclosed herein may also include reaction assemblies for local dissipation of stresses due to thermal expansion of track materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: HillTrac, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Patent number: 8061494
    Abstract: An insulating support for a ground electrical power supply track is provided. The insulating support is intended for a terrestrial transport system, in particular of the tramway type, and is in the form of a profile-member of insulating material which includes a substantially planar upper face intended to receive elements of the electrical power supply track and a planar lower face intended to be supported directly or indirectly on the ground. The profile-member is provided with a longitudinal groove is arranged on the upper face in order to receive a conductive track element. The profile member is also provided with a web which connects the upper face to the lower face. At least one longitudinal supply conduit intended to receive a supply line of the network extends through the web. The groove and each supply conduit are arranged centrally and symmetrically about a longitudinal center plane of the support perpendicular relative to the upper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Alstom Transport SA
    Inventors: Cyril Rameau, Julien Gellee, Guillaume Baudienville
  • Patent number: 8015925
    Abstract: A transportation system includes a vehicle having wings, a propulsion system, a lifting gear coupling the vehicle to an undercarriage, and a guidance assembly movably connecting the undercarriage to guide rails. The wings generate aerodynamic lift when the vehicle exceeds a first speed. The lifting gear supports a load of the vehicle in a first position in relation to the undercarriage when the vehicle travels at less than the first speed, allows the vehicle to lift to a second position in relation to the undercarriage as the vehicle accelerates beyond the first speed, and maintains the vehicle in the second position when the vehicle exceeds the first speed. The guidance assembly shiftingly engages the guide rails through rollers that are in rolling contact with the guide rails when the vehicle is in the first position and are displaced from the guide rails when the vehicle is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Abner J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20110196561
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to an elevated transportation network run on electricity with personalized cars that can automatically transport passengers anywhere in a large city or densely populated metropolitan area served by the system without stopping on the way to the final destination. The cars travel on two continuous concrete ribbons with no bumps or cutouts crossing the tire path during switching or on the straight away. The travel path is a combination of central routing and individual car communications with car automatic steering and distance control. The personalized transportation concept can also apply to high speed intercity transportation allowing instant available transportation without intermediate time consuming stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Arne Roy Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 7992501
    Abstract: A mass transit system includes a plurality of pedestal-mounted rings which provide a support through which a vehicle travels. The pedestals are spaced apart on the ground, but no rail or connecting structure on or above ground is required. An underground conduit carries electrical and communications cable that connects the pedestals together. The rings include a plurality of rollers to drive, guide and stabilize the vehicle at lower speeds. For higher speeds flywheels are mounted on the pedestals. The flywheels are preferably driven by an electrical motor, which engages a friction or clutch plate on the vehicle separate from the rings. The friction plate or linear clutch is mounted separate from the rings on the vehicle and is lowered to engage and disengage the flywheel. The flywheel is also mounted on a shock absorber to smooth the travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tubular Rail, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Publication number: 20110162552
    Abstract: The Two and Three Level Elevated Train System has multiple rails, and therefore multiple trains, are accommodated by a series of elevated structures somewhat similar to the towers of cable-stayed bridges. These elevated structures are “A”-shaped, with two deep-foundation legs set approximately fifty to eighty feet apart. A vertical space of approximately twenty feet is open beneath the structures, such that the tower supports could be built over existing roadways and require relatively little clearing and disturbance of the landscape. The tower supports rise to a vertical height of approximately fifty to sixty feet. The tower supports accommodate rails on two levels, and are configured with two trains on the top level and three trains on the lower level, or one train on the upper level and two trains on the lower level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Will R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 7926425
    Abstract: A tram has a lead vehicle and one or more trailing vehicles coupled to it. Each vehicle has sets of front and rear wheels, both sets being steerable independently of the other. A manual controller provides signals to a processor in the lead vehicle, which in turn steers the front and rear wheels along a desired path. A processor on the first trailing vehicle controls front and rear servos to steer its wheels according to the path of the rear wheels of the leading vehicle. The second trailing vehicle has a processor that steers its front and rear wheels according to information provided by the first leading vehicle. Steering sensors on the vehicles sense distance to a steering rail while the vehicles are on a guideway and provide signals to the processors for automatic steering. While on a guideway, the tram uses power collectors to transfer power from the guideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Joy Kirston Henderson
  • Patent number: 7921782
    Abstract: An individual transportation system (10) includes a track system (12), including a primary track section (14), a switching track section (16) and loading/unloading section (18). The transportation system (10) additionally includes a plurality of carriages (20) supported by the track system (12), and a plurality of underslung passenger vehicles (22) each matably engageable with one of the carriages, and adapted to hold at least one passenger therein. The transportation system (10) further includes a storage facility (24) for storing the vehicles (22) when they are disengaged from the carriage, whereby a carriage and vehicle combination traveling on the primary track can be switched between primary track section (14) via an associated switching track section (16), and can be switched to the loading/unloading track (18), wherein the vehicle may be disengaged from carriage (20) and stored in the storage facility (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick P. Keller, Benedikt J. Gaegauf
  • Publication number: 20110056405
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to an elevated track to support and serve the pneumatic propulsion duct for transportation vehicles, for cargo or passengers. The improved elevated track is modular and self supporting and consists of a pneumatic propulsion central duct (1) on whose vertical walls (11) are fastened side walkways (2). The propulsion duct (1) has structural reinforcing (12) in the form of transverse frames on the duct axis. The side walkways (2) have transverse reinforcement (21) which unify with the duct reinforcing frames (12). On the propulsion duct (1) top edges (13) are fastened rails (3) in an “I” beam format, traditionally used on railroads. A preferred transverse section of the propulsion duct (1) is rectangular, this having a central slot (14) on the top surface (13) for the passage of the vehicle propulsion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Oskar Hans Wolfgang Coester
  • Publication number: 20100326311
    Abstract: A transportation system includes a vehicle having wings, a propulsion system, a lifting gear coupling the vehicle to an undercarriage, and a guidance assembly movably connecting the undercarriage to guide rails. The wings generate aerodynamic lift when the vehicle exceeds a first speed. The lifting gear supports a load of the vehicle in a first position in relation to the undercarriage when the vehicle travels at less than the first speed, allows the vehicle to lift to a second position in relation to the undercarriage as the vehicle accelerates beyond the first speed, and maintains the vehicle in the second position when the vehicle exceeds the first speed. The guidance assembly shiftingly engages the guide rails through rollers that are in rolling contact with the guide rails when the vehicle is in the first position and are displaced from the guide rails when the vehicle is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Abner J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20100211238
    Abstract: The public highway system includes automated, elevated single lane throughways having wide and narrow gauge rail track arranged in various combinations. A control system regulates spacing of bimodal vehicles while maintaining a uniform speed for all vehicles on the system. The bimodal vehicles perform as conventional automobiles on conventional roadways and as fully automated safe high speed vehicles on elevated single lane, single speed, high-density electric rail guideways using static vertical switching accomplished by operation of variable gauge rail wheels on the vehicle to engage with or disengage from a wide gauge track portion wider than the bimodal vehicles. Vehicles enter/leave the mainline on the narrower gauge track. The wider gauge is for passing over off-ramps or in switching systems. A single lane can handle 15,800 veh/hr including mixed use such as mail, freight, mass transit in captive driverless vehicles with exclusive off-ramps to federal, commercial, industrial and public terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: William D. David, JR.
  • Patent number: 7721656
    Abstract: A monorail vehicle includes a cabin for housing a driver, passengers and/or load and also includes one or more driving assemblies, the driving assemblies being suitable for running within a guiding duct on the ground, the cabin being connected to at least one driving assembly by an elongated elevation structure. The elongated elevation structure is actuated in order to vary the elevation of the cabin with respect to the ground during regular travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Luiz Augusto de Siqueira Indio da Costa
  • Publication number: 20100089275
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, the invention is directed to a mass transit system that includes a vehicle, a track support, a first vehicle support flange and a second vehicle support flange. The vehicle has a center of mass. The track support is cylindrical and hollow. The first vehicle support flange is connected to the track support at a first elevation. The second vehicle support flange is connected to the track support at a second elevation that is different than the first elevation. The first and second vehicle support flanges are configured to support the vehicle on one side of the center of mass of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Darryl Lane
  • Publication number: 20090299563
    Abstract: The method of carrying persons or cargo in the individual vehicles (3) being moved between stations (1) via separate communication corridors (2) on individual trip orders, whilst a transported person, a small group of people or cargo are being carried individually in the adopted individual vehicles (3) along the ordered route, at least, from the starting station (4) directly or nearly directly to the destination station (6) via the communication corridors (2) and also, beneficially, to the starting station (4)and from the destination station (6) on the public roads (5) and, in addition, at least within the communication corridors (2), each of the individual vehicles (3) is driverless, controlled centrally and autonomously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Olgierd Mikosza
  • Patent number: 7610860
    Abstract: Guide track made up of two wide wing I-shape profiles oriented in parallel and separated by a distance of 500 mm. Central rolling guide box, a set of four vertical axis wheels located at the ends of two steel bars intersecting and forming a cross-shaped device. The assembly is located between two steel plates measuring 700×400×25 mm, forming a box from which the guide wheels protrude laterally to rest tangentially on the web of the guide track profiles. Pivoting anchor cylinder with a dual function: anchoring of the box below the vehicle and transmission of box rotation for orientation of the support wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Movitrade Peninsular, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Roberto Blanco Montejo
  • Publication number: 20090230205
    Abstract: The invention is hollow structural members, a rail system based thereon and method of manufacturing such hollow structural members. Embodiments of the structural members may be hollow triangular prism-shaped with a cross-section that is triangular, isosceles, hexagonal or otherwise. Embodiments of rail systems based on hollow structural members are also disclosed. Embodiments of the rail systems disclosed herein may also include reaction assemblies for local dissipation of stresses due to thermal expansion of track materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Patent number: 7574963
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the precise positioning of a carrier (1) for the track of a railborne vehicle, especially a magnetic levitation railway. Said carrier comprises a track plate (3) provided with guiding elements for the vehicle, and at least one, preferably two, connecting elements (5) which protrude essentially at a right angle from the track plate. The carrier is discretely mounted on a bed (7). The carrier and a compensation sleeper (2) are separately produced, and the carrier, compensation sleeper (2), and bed are then interconnected. A fine adjustment of the pre-determined spatial curve of the carrier is carried out between the carrier and the compensation sleeper and/or between the compensation sleeper and the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Max Bögl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Reichel, Ralf Waidhauser
  • Publication number: 20090114115
    Abstract: A track system for storage and retrieval of materials for use with warehousing vehicle that rides upon tracks in horizontal configuration for storage locations, and that is capable of switching to and riding a sloped track to ascend or descend vertically. A set of transition exchanges allows the vehicle to access multiple levels of storage “flooring” or shelving. The exchanges use ramps, or movable sections of railway, that may be moved out of the way of a set of wheels of the vehicle, while other ramps are set in place to provide support to some wheels of the vehicle, whereby the vehicle may selectively either travel along the elevator track, or to move between elevator track and level storage locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Marcus C. Minges
  • Patent number: 7490557
    Abstract: A mass transit system includes a plurality of pedestal-mounted rings which provide a support through which a vehicle travels. The pedestals are spaced apart on the ground, but no rail or connecting structure on or above ground is required. An underground conduit carries electrical and communications cable that connects the pedestals together. The rings include a plurality of rollers to drive, guide and stabilize the vehicle at lower speeds. For higher speeds flywheels are mounted on the pedestals. The flywheels are preferably driven by an electrical motor, which engages a friction or clutch plate on the vehicle separate from the rings. The friction plate or linear clutch is mounted separate from the rings on the vehicle and is lowered to engage and disengage the flywheel. The flywheel is also mounted on a shock absorber to smooth the travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Tubular Rail, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Publication number: 20080223248
    Abstract: An assembly adapted for aiding the alignment of and interlocking a vertical lift station (VLS) rail and the main rail of an electro-monorail system (EMS), the assembly includes a locator pin, a pin receiver having tapered walls for funneling the pin towards an aligned position, and a clamping device fixedly attached to the main rail and configured to apply a holding force to the pin, so as to hold the rails in a fixed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David E. Schutte, James D. Oakley
  • Publication number: 20080168920
    Abstract: An overhead traveling vehicle travels along a rail suspended from an upper position. Further, a buffer is suspended from an upper position. The buffer can be retracted from a storage space for an article, or the buffer is foldable compactly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Norio NAKASHIMA, Takuo AKIYAMA, Yasuhisa ITO, Eiji WADA
  • Patent number: 7390140
    Abstract: A marine pier system employing a payload transport device for transporting persons and material from land to marine craft moored at a distal end of the pier. The payload transport is a movable deck having an electric motor powered by batteries for use in moving the deck and persons/material placed on the deck. The payload transport device is self-contained allowing freedom of movement along a support system eliminating the necessity for decking along the length of the pier. The absence of decking provides a structure upon which wind and wave action and deterioration from sunlight and weathering has little destructive effect, and further allows sunlight to reach the aquatic life below the surface of the water. The movable transport device further permits sunlight to reach all areas of sea grass that are shaded by movement of the transport device to a non-sensitive area when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Roger Baber, Bruce Jerner
  • Patent number: 7357084
    Abstract: A guideway structure for high-speed track-bound transportation composed of two or more than two girder-segments. The structure of the guideway is characteristic of: At the intermediate positions on the girder top and the girder bottom of the connecting ends of the said girder-segments are all disposed the pre-embedded steel elements and some anchoring nails used for ensuring the pre-embedded steel elements to be reliably connected with the concrete of girder-segments, after the relevant connecting ends of the two adjacent girder-segments are placed closely, they may be connected together to form a two-span quasi-continuous girder by tightening a plurality of bolts through their respective through hole on the connecting elements and on the pre-embedded elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiangming Wu, Zhong Wu