Tubular Way Patents (Class 104/138.1)
  • Patent number: 9709204
    Abstract: A method for sealing a leak in a pipeline used to transport fluid includes positioning a sealing device within the pipeline, moving the sealing device through the pipeline to a leak location, and internally generating an inflation pressure to inflate the sealing device to substantially cover a leak opening and limit release of the fluid from the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, William D. Duncan, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9604798
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system includes at least one transportation structure having at least one track, at least one capsule configured for travel through the at least one structure between a plurality of stations, a propulsion system adapted to propel the at least one capsule through the structure, and a levitation system adapted to levitate the capsule within the structure. At least one track is positioned to provide balancing force vectors to achieve stability for the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9599235
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system, the system including at least one transportation tube having at least one track, at least one capsule configured for travel through the at least one tube between stations, a propulsion system adapted to propel the at least one capsule through the tube; a levitation system adapted to levitate the capsule within the tube, and at least one tube sealer arranged along the at least one tube and configured to create an airlock in the at least one tube. In embodiments, the tube sealer may include a gate valve and/or an airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Cothern, Michael Gaunt, Thomas Ronacher, Daniel Shafrir, Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9566987
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system, the system having at least one enclosed volume that is configured to be maintained as a low-pressure environment, at least one track along a transportation path within the at least enclosed volume; and a plurality of capsules configured for travel through the at least one enclosed volume between stations. The at least one enclosed volume is at least partially defined by at least one flexible material structured and arranged to withstand a tensile load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James T. Coutre, Casey Handmer, Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel, Filip Finodeyev
  • Patent number: 9539178
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and modes for distribution of medical objects, such as medicines, from a sending station at a pharmacy or a nursing station to one of a plurality of receiving stations located by the patient's bedside via pneumatic tubing without a dedicated carrier. The system is a one-way system configured for allowing the medical object to travel in one direction from a sending station to one of the receiving stations. The pneumatic tube system comprises a sending station, a plurality of receiving stations routably connected to the sending station via the pneumatic tubing, a pump, and a system controller in signal communication with the sending station, the receiving station, and the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Fredrick M. Valerino, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9533697
    Abstract: A transport vehicle for traveling in a low-pressure environment structure is provided. The transport vehicle may include a deployable decelerator provided on the transport vehicle and configured to deploy from the transport vehicle to decrease a distance between the transport vehicle and the low-pressure environment structure. When the decelerator is deployed the decelerator is configured to increase drag forces opposing a direction of motion of the transport vehicle and decelerate the transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tadeh Avetian, Helen Durden, Ryan Okerson, Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9517901
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system, includes at least one transportation tube having at least one track, at least one capsule configured for travel through the at least one tube between stations, a propulsion system adapted to propel the at least one capsule through the tube, a levitation system adapted to levitate the capsule within the tube. The at least one transportation tube is structured and arranged as a net-tension tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9516207
    Abstract: The illustrated embodiment of the invention encompasses an apparatus for intraoral imaging of teeth of a patient which includes a camera, a robotic arm coupled to the camera which arm is capable of rotating the camera for selectively positioning the camera into the mouth of the patient, at least one sensor coupled to arm to sense the relative position of the teeth and/or mouth with respect to the camera, and a controller coupled to the at least one sensor and arm for controlling the arm to avoid any collision between the teeth or the interior of the mouth and the camera and/or arm, where the controller further selectively moves the arm to track any movement of the patient to keep the camera in a constant relative position with respect to the teeth or mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Marc S. Lemchen
  • Patent number: 9511959
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system including at least one transportation tube having at least one track, at least one capsule configured for travel through the at least one tube along a travel path between stations, a propulsion system adapted to propel the at least one capsule through the tube, and a levitation system adapted to levitate the capsule within the tube. At least a portion of the travel path is arranged over or in a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9507348
    Abstract: A working machine such as a road milling machine of an asphalt paving machine has an automatic grade and slope control system that causes the machine to maintain a pre-selected grade and slope with respect to a reference without significant operator input. A calibration system employs a calibration controller to calibrate the automatic grade and slope control system. The calibration controller causes a current to be sent to a valve that operates a linear actuator that may be employed to change the attitude of the frame of the working machine. The calibration controller uses feedback from at least one sensor, such as a height-measuring sensor or a slope-measuring sensor, in an iterative process that determines the minimum current necessary to cause a change in the attitude of the frame of the working machine. Once this minimum value is determined, the system will establish the optimum settings for the automatic grade and slope control system to improve its efficiency and cause it to operate more smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Roadtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Payne, Jeffery A. Ensell
  • Patent number: 9484120
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for detecting and/or repositioning annulus spacers used to maintain the position of a pressure tube within a calandria tube of a nuclear reactor. The method comprises the steps of: vibrationally isolating a section of the pressure tube; vibrating the wall of said pressure tube within said isolated section; detecting vibration of the wall at a minimum of two axial positions within said isolated sections; and detecting the reduction in vibration level of the wall at one or more of said axial positions in comparison to the remaining axial positions. The apparatus comprises a tool head to be inserted into the pressure tube, the tool head comprising a first end and a second and a clamping block m each of said ends. The clamping blocks are used to vibrationally isolate a section of the pressure tube located between said ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
    Inventors: James M. King, Bruce A. W. Smith, Paul Feenstra
  • Patent number: 9469487
    Abstract: A conveyance device for levitating a subject body by a gas and conveying the subject body in a first direction is comprised of a levitation section emitting the gas to apply pressure on the subject body to levitate the subject body; a conveyance section comprising an endless belt elongated in the first direction and a plurality of projections projecting from the belt and capable of coming in contact with the subject body, and being configured to come in contact with and drive the subject body in the first direction; and a suction section elongated adjacent to and in parallel with the conveyance section or aligned with the conveyance section in a single straight line, the suction section applying negative pressure on the subject body to have the subject body in contact with the conveyance section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Peng Wang, Kengo Matsuo, Yoshiyuki Wada
  • Patent number: 9459624
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a system comprises a track comprising one or more sections, the track including track indicators readable by a track indicator sensor and used to determine a dolly's position on the track, and the dolly including one or more sensors and a processor, the one or more sensors including the track indicator sensor, the processor executing instructions that control an operation of the dolly including moving the dolly at least semi-autonomously along the track based on the track indicators, wherein moving the dolly at least semi-autonomously includes one of moving the dolly autonomously and moving the dolly semi-autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MEGA TRAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kuklish, Howard McCain
  • Patent number: 9441792
    Abstract: Transfer chamber gas purge apparatus are disclosed. The transfer chamber gas purge apparatus has a transfer chamber adapted to contain at least a portion of a transfer robot, the transfer chamber including side walls, a chamber lid, and a chamber floor, wherein the chamber lid has a plurality of distributed chamber inlets. The plurality of distributed chamber inlets may include diffusing elements. Laminar purge gas flow may be provided above the substrate. Systems and methods including a plurality of distributed chamber inlets are disclosed, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Ng, Eric A. Englhardt, Travis Morey, Ayan Majumdar, Steve S. Hongkham
  • Patent number: 9420823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a room temperature drying system, mainly comprising: an inner drying chamber, an outer chamber with temperature difference, more than one dry article trolleys placed in the inner drying chamber, an air-conditioning device set on the wall in the outer chamber with temperature difference. The temperature of the inner drying chamber is controlled by the air-conditioning device at 2 degrees Celsius higher than that of the outer chamber with temperature difference, and because the warm air flow of the heating component in the inner drying chamber blows to the wet articles to be dried and the higher air humidity in the inner drying chamber, moisture will be condensed on the cooler metal circumferential wall and the metal top wall, the condensed water drops along the inner wall of the metal circumferential wall and the metal top wall into the water-expelling slot and is in turn discharged, thereby achieving the purpose of drying the articles intended to be dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Shang-Yo Lee
  • Patent number: 9366596
    Abstract: The pipeline leak detector is a mobile device having a pressure sensor array for travel within a fluid pipeline for leak detection in the pipe wall. The sensor array is positioned close to the internal surface of the pipe wall and rotates circumferentially about the surface of the pipe wall as the device travels through the pipe, thus describing a helical path along the pipe wall to cover the entire internal surface of the pipe wall with a minimal number of sensors. The sensors comprise tubes with conical mouths, and flexible members and strain gauges within the tubes. Pressure changes due to leaks cause the flexible members to move, with the strain gauges sending signals to a central processor to indicate a leak. The device is supported by a drive wheel, a driven wheel, and an idler wheel bearing against the internal surface of the pipe and evenly circumferentially spaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Samir Mekid, Rached Ben-Mansour
  • Patent number: 9085304
    Abstract: A High Temperature Superconductor Maglev (HTSM) for Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) with a magnetic levitation structure for ETT capsule vehicles traveling in an evacuated tube. At least one ETT capsule travels within an evacuated tube, an upper and a lower cryostat respectively mount at the top and bottom of said ETT capsule along the length thereof, at least a plurality of superconductor levitation force elements divided between said upper and lower cryostats. The levitation force being spread over the length of capsule, however substantially concentrated in a compact cross-sectional area. At least a pair of permanent magnetic elements mounted at the top and bottom of the evacuated tube to cooperate with the superconductor elements to levitate the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Daryl Oster
  • Patent number: 8950338
    Abstract: A self propelled autonomous pipeline tool for use in straight pipe comprising a first part and a second part, a hydraulic system comprising at least one hydraulic piston and means for operating the piston, and a control unit. The hydraulic system is operable to returnably separate the first and second part of the device from each other. The hydraulic system further comprises a plurality of pipeline engaging means positioned along an exterior surface of the device which are operable by the hydraulic system to be engagable with the interior surface of the pipeline. The control unit is in communication with the hydraulic system to control the movement of the pipeline engaging means and the first and second parts such that the pipeline tool is moveable within a straight pipeline. The pipeline tool further comprises a communications module which enables the pipeline tool to utilize ELF communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Safer Plug Company Limited
    Inventors: Ciaran Early, Gary Murray, Raymond Honour
  • Patent number: 8915192
    Abstract: A circulated pneumatic tube transit system is used to transport passengers/cargo along a pair of pneumatic tubes, which are positioned along each other. Capsules are movably suspended within the tubes by either a maglev system or wheels. The capsules travel in opposite directions in each tube so that the system provides back and forth transportation between two destinations. A fluid loop mechanism cycles a volume of air through the tubes as a means to propel the capsules through each tube. A series of fluid loop mechanism can be air multipliers as the volume of air cycles through the tubes. Two one-directional valves are located at opposite ends of the tubes and are used to transfer the kinetic energy for an arriving capsule within one tube into kinetic energy for a departing capsule within the other tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Bo Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140338557
    Abstract: A circulated pneumatic tube transit system is used to transport passengers/cargo along a pair of pneumatic tubes, which are positioned along each other. Capsules are movably suspended within the tubes by either a maglev system or wheels. The capsules travel in opposite directions in each tube so that the system provides back and forth transportation between two destinations. A fluid loop mechanism cycles a volume of air through the tubes as a means to propel the capsules through each tube. A series of fluid loop mechanism can be air multipliers as the volume of air cycles through the tubes. Two one-directional valves are located at opposite ends of the tubes and are used to transfer the kinetic energy for an arriving capsule within one tube into kinetic energy for a departing capsule within the other tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Bo ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20140290763
    Abstract: Force control system. The system includes a first pair of permanent magnets for providing a normal force on the wheel of a robot adapted for n-pipe inspections. A second pair of magnets is provided with opposite polarity so that a rotor containing magnets may be rotated with a minimum of torque required and therefore with a minimum of energy expended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Changrak Choi, Dimitrios Chatzigeorgiou, Rached Ben-Mansour, Kamal Youcef-Toumi
  • Publication number: 20140261054
    Abstract: A High Temperature Superconductor Maglev (HTSM) for Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) with a magnetic levitation structure for ETT capsule vehicles traveling in an evacuated tube. At least one ETT capsule travels within an evacuated tube, an upper and a lower cryostat respectively mount at the top and bottom of said ETT capsule along the length thereof, at least a plurality of superconductor levitation force elements divided between said upper and lower cryostats. The levitation force being spread over the length of capsule, however substantially concentrated in a compact cross-sectional area. At least a pair of permanent magnetic elements mounted at the top and bottom of the evacuated tube to levitate the capsule. At least a pair of capsule based switchable diverge force elements cooperate with at least a pair of tube based diverge force elements to steer the capsule while in an interchange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daryl Oster
  • Publication number: 20140261055
    Abstract: A High Temperature Superconductor Maglev (HTSM) for Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) with a magnetic levitation structure for ETT capsule vehicles traveling in an evacuated tube. At least one ETT capsule travels within an evacuated tube, an upper and a lower cryostat respectively mount at the top and bottom of said ETT capsule along the length thereof, at least a plurality of superconductor levitation force elements divided between said upper and lower cryostats. The levitation force being spread over the length of capsule, however substantially concentrated in a compact cross-sectional area. At least a pair of permanent magnetic elements mounted at the top and bottom of the evacuated tube to cooperate with the superconductor elements to levitate the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daryl Oster
  • Patent number: 8826826
    Abstract: A method of providing a weather-proof high-speed transportation system including an underground tunnel tube within which a high-speed vehicle moves. Presenting visual images to a person on the vehicle in coordination with the instantaneous location of the person. Providing visual images with or without accompanying audio to a person on the vehicle including correlating the visual images to a predetermined location of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Irving M. Weiner
  • Publication number: 20140000473
    Abstract: A transportation system for supersonic travel including a conduit containing an atmosphere that exhibits high aerodynamic tunneling performance, or high gas efficacy, and a vehicle designed to operate within the conduit. The vehicle traveling within the conduit along a support and guide structure that is complementary to a support and guidance system of the vehicle. The vehicle being propelled through the conduit via a propulsion system that includes contra-rotating propellers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Supersonic Tubevehicle LLC
    Inventor: Arnold R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8584593
    Abstract: A transportation system which is linked through a common single operating system, in the form of a vacuum tube-link network of transport tubes avoids the limitations of current transportation systems in terms of cost of construction, continuous rising costs of maintenance, limited speed capacity, limited volume capacity, insufficient safety, and vulnerability to environmental and climatic changes. The present invention offers year-round, uninterrupted operation while providing a safe haven at stations for the public during environmental or climatic conditions making sustaining life difficult or impossible. The transportation system of the present invention operates in a contained vacuum tube link environment within which a transport capsule is levitated. Levitation is provided by permanent magnets located in the interior of the transport tube and liquid-cooled super-conducting bulk elements located on the capsule. Cooling may be provided by a fluid such as nitrogen, helium, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jan Friedmann
  • Patent number: 8534197
    Abstract: A transportation system having a tube containing hydrogen gas and a vehicle designed to operate within the tube. The vehicle breathes hydrogen from the tube to power fuel cells in order to produce power. The vehicle is suspended above the tube on a low-friction layer and is propelled through the tube via a propulsion system, such as contra-rotating propfans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Supersonic Tubevehicle LLC
    Inventor: Arnold R. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130125779
    Abstract: Metropolitan transport method and system that allows maximizing journey time commitment and network coverage by running a first train in a first direction, defined from a starting point to a finishing point of a route including a plurality of stopping stations, where the first train runs through a tunnel having two levels, the first train running on a first level of the tunnel and stopping at all the stopping stations on the route; the method also including running a second train in the first direction of the route on the second level of the tunnel, where the second train does not stop at all the stopping stations on the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: METRO DE MADRID, S.A.
    Inventor: Ildefonso Pablo De Matias Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20130025493
    Abstract: A transportation system which is linked through a common single operating system, in the form of a vacuum tube-link network of transport tubes avoids the limitations of current transportation systems in terms of cost of construction, continuous rising costs of maintenance, limited speed capacity, limited volume capacity, insufficient safety, and vulnerability to environmental and climatic changes. The present invention offers year-round, uninterrupted operation while providing a safe haven at stations for the public during environmental or climatic conditions making sustaining life difficult or impossible. The transportation system of the present invention operates in a contained vacuum tube link environment within which a transport capsule is levitated. Levitation is provided by permanent magnets located in the interior of the transport tube and liquid-cooled super-conducting bulk elements located on the capsule. Cooling may be provided by a fluid such as nitrogen, helium, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Jan "Yon" Friedmann
  • Publication number: 20120132102
    Abstract: A method of providing a weather-proof high-speed transportation system including an underground tunnel tube within which a high-speed vehicle moves. Presenting visual images to a person on the vehicle in coordination with the instantaneous location of the person. Providing visual images with or without accompanying audio to a person on the vehicle including correlating the visual images to a predetermined location of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: IRVING M. WEINER
  • Patent number: 8146508
    Abstract: A pneumatic mass transportation system employs a combined cycle turbine power system with digital controls to effect acceleration, deceleration and train propulsion. Combustion turbines can be adapted to use alternative fuels including bio fuels as they are developed. A heat recover steam generator recycles hot exhaust gasses from turbines to generate electricity to be used by the system. A multi-car train is propelled by differential air pressure forward and aft of the vehicle in a pneumatic tube. Air propulsion is achieved by large in-tube impellers driven by the turbines. A digital control system controls turbine speed, pitch of impeller blades and vacuum/pressure release valves in the tubes to maneuver and control the train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph Flynn
  • Publication number: 20110303116
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a payload through a pipe having the ability to automatically self-stabilize and orient itself inside the pipe by controlling two pipe tracking contactors so as to maintain contact between the pipe tracking contactors and the pipe wall and maintain the apparatus in a functional orientation. The apparatus includes tilt sensor arrays for continuously monitoring the position of the apparatus with respect to the pipe wall, variable speed drive motors operably connected with the pipe contactors for rotating the contactors, tilt motors operably connected with the pipe tracking contactors to enable movement of the contactors between a non-functional orientation and a functional orientation, and a controller for controlling the motors based upon information provided by the tilt sensor arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventor: James Louis
  • Publication number: 20110283914
    Abstract: Provided is a tube railway system that minimizes noise and air resistance using a sealed evacuated tube as a passage for a tube railway., thereby allowing a train to run at a very high speed. More particularly, provided is a vacuum division management system and vacuum blocking screen device for a tube railway system required to maintain vacuum (1/3 to 1/1000 of atmospheric pressure), in which the vacuum blocking screen device serves to rapidly block a passage for a tube railway with an operation signal, is installed in every fixed section or in some designated sections of the tube railway, and is driven in a specific section where problems with maintenance of the vacuum occur, where the vacuum is intentionally released, for instance, due to maintenance, or where a train is urgently stopped, thereby allowing the specific section to be isolated from the other sections and to be managed with a degree of vacuum different from those of the other sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Sam-Young Kwon, Hyung-Chul Kim, Dong-Wook Jang, Yong-Hyeon Cho, Hyung-Woo Lee, Chan Bae Park
  • Publication number: 20110265681
    Abstract: Propellable apparatus, assemblies and related methods including a self-enclosed member are disclosed. The self-enclosed member can include an inner surface at least partially defining an enclosed region, and an outer surface that turns outwardly to engage a cavity or lumen wall in addition to turning inward to at least partially encompass a central region defining a longitudinal path. The apparatus can include an internal drive mechanism engageable with the outer surface of the self-enclosed member to provide relative movement between the self-enclosed member and the cavity or lumen wall. A tapered member, positioned on the apparatus adjacent an end of the self-enclosed member, can provide a size transition between an outer surface portion of the self-enclosed member and an outer surface of a payload insertable within the central region. In some examples, one or more reinforcing members can be integrated within the self-enclosed member for increased durability and rotational use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: JOHN J. ALLEN, Tracee Elizabeth Eidenschink, Charles A. Brantingham, Richard Cornelius
  • Publication number: 20110259236
    Abstract: The wheel-type high-speed railway system includes rails provided on a railroad track and configured such that wheels provided in a bogie of a vehicle come into contact with them, a support provided on a tread surface of a railroad track between the rails, a repulsive Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) provided between the bogie and the support and configured to improve traveling performance by reducing axle load in a high-speed region, first and second steel plates mounted on both sides of the support in inclined positions, and first and second attractive Dynamic Motion Control (DMC) magnets mounted on the bogie of the vehicle in inclined positions to correspond to the first and second steel plates, and configured to generate attractive force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Sam-Young Kwon, Hyung-Woo Lee, Chan-Bae Park, Byung-Song Lee, Hynn-June Park, Yong-Hyeon Cho, Nam-Po Kim, Sin-Chu Yang, Jun-Suk Lee, Man-Cheol Kim, Kang-Youn Choe
  • Patent number: 8006625
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new personal transport system for passengers and goods, which comprises: a tube car comprising a self-powered closed tube car carrying passengers or goods from door to door; and a network of tubes comprising a plurality of tubes, the said network of tubes combined with the existing blocks or buildings, with each tube in the network of tubes provided with an upper rail and/or a lower rail for supporting and/or guiding the said tube car carrying passengers or goods. According to the invention it is possible to achieve a door-to-door transport between two buildings. In comparison to other traffic systems, the inventive system's velocity, line capacity, safety and reliability, ability of resisting disasters and comfortableness are much increased while its consumption of energy, construction cost, occupied space, operating cost, noise and visual pollution are greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Nanzheng Yang
  • Patent number: 7954575
    Abstract: A crawler device for pulling a leader string through electrical or cable conduit. The crawler device has a traction head, for example using caterpillar-type rubber tracks, biased outwardly into contact with the inner wall of the conduit when inserted in the conduit. The traction head pulls its own motor and power supply behind it, serially and flexibly linked to follow the traction head and negotiate curves in the typically small diameter electrical conduit. In the preferred from, the power supply is a series of linked batteries, such that the crawler is an independently and self-sufficiently mobile machine traveling through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Joel O. Bloxsom, Jason M. Romine
  • Patent number: 7772796
    Abstract: Various robotic devices and related medical procedures are disclosed herein. Each of the various robotic devices have an agent delivery component. The devices include mobile robotic devices and fixed base robotic devices as disclosed herein. The agent delivery component can have at least one agent reservoir and a discharge component in fluidic communication with the at least one reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane M. Farritor, Dmitry Oleynikov, Stephen R. Platt, Mark Rentschler, Jason Dumpert, Adnan Hadzialic, Nathan A. Wood
  • Publication number: 20100192799
    Abstract: A transportation system having a tube containing hydrogen gas and a vehicle designed to operate within the tube. The vehicle breathes hydrogen from the tube to power fuel cells in order to produce power. The vehicle is suspended above the tube on a low-friction layer and is propelled through the tube via a propulsion system, such as contra-rotating propfans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Arnold R. Miller
  • Publication number: 20100083864
    Abstract: This invention is a pneumatic mass transportation system on the cutting edge of technology employing a combined cycle turbine power system with digital controls to effect acceleration, deceleration and train propulsion. The combustion turbines can be adapted to use alternative fuels including bio fuels as they are developed. The heat recover steam generator will recycle the hot exhaust gasses from the turbines to generate electricity to be used by the system. The multi-car train is propelled by differential air pressure forward and aft of the vehicle in the pneumatic tube. Air propulsion is achieved by large in-tube impellers driven by the turbines. A digital control system will operate the pitch of the impeller blades and the vacuum/pressure release valves in the tubes to produce full movement control of the trains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph Flynn
  • Patent number: 7685946
    Abstract: The tubular transporter for moving a submersible pump through a collecting pipe under a landfill has a set of wheels angularly mounted to a cylindrical housing in positions above a center of gravity of the transporter. The transporter has a screen at a suction end and an end plate at a discharge end. The end plate has a vent hole with an optional plug. A pressure sensor is removably mounted to the housing and operates for determining when sufficient water is present to actuate the pump. The pump discharges the water to be treated prior to being returned to the ground. A series of hose dollies are mounted to the discharge hose to enable entry into a long collection pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: John M. Elstone, III
  • Publication number: 20090214291
    Abstract: This invention discloses a set of components that have been designed and engineered and have functionalities, dimensions and structural properties specifically intended to enable selected combinations of the components to be assembled into modular sections of an enclosed and elevated roadway suitable for bicycles, other small vehicles and pedestrian walkways. Such modular sections can, in turn, be joined together and interconnected so as to form a network of roadways that include main thoroughfares and branches and other desired functions such as rest stops and parking facilities. Furthermore, the disclosed set of components enables a process to plan, design, engineer and configure networks of enclosed and elevated roadways to serve a specific municipality, campus, military base or any other geographical region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas P. Farr
  • Patent number: 7543536
    Abstract: A remotely controlled, traction wheel driven, transporter moves inspection equipment within a walled cavity to check internal structural features. The inspection equipment can be mounted on a positioner pushed by the transporter, which adjusts with changing dimensions of the cavity so as to maintain the inspection equipment in a desired position or attitude, for example, centered within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward G. Sergoyan, G. Dale Davis, Ronald D. Curl
  • Publication number: 20090101040
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new personal transport system for passengers and goods, which comprises: a tube car comprising a self-powered closed tube car carrying passengers or goods from door to door; and a network of tubes comprising a plurality of tubes, the said network of tubes combined with the existing blocks or buildings, with each tube in the network of tubes provided with an upper rail and/or a lower rail for supporting and/or guiding the said tube car carrying passengers or goods. According to the invention it is possible to achieve a door-to-door transport between two buildings. In comparison to other traffic systems, the inventive system's velocity, line capacity, safety and reliability, ability of resisting disasters and comfortableness are much increased while its consumption of energy, construction cost, occupied space, operating cost, noise and visual pollution are greatly reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Nanzheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20070227393
    Abstract: A closing system for pressurized pipes, includes an annular supporting structure, designed to be secured to one end of the pipe, a closing hatch mounted on the annular support, and elements for locking the hatch including a locking ring inserted into an annular cavity in the support to lock the hatch, wherein the inside edge of the hatch is tapered to form an inclined wall for coupling to a corresponding inclined wall in the annular support. The collapsible ring includes a number of sectors, one of which is fixed and integral with the hatch, while the others are hinged to the adjacent sectors, so that they can rotate on a plane parallel with the hatch until they exit from the annular seating and allow the hatch to open. The hatch is opened and closed simply by rotating it around a hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: FULGOSI GIOVANNI DE CERRI CORRADO & C.S.N.C.
    Inventor: Davide Fulgosi
  • Patent number: 7099746
    Abstract: A mobile device for traversing a ferromagnetic surface. The device includes a frame and at least one surface contacting device attached to the frame. The device also includes a Halbach magnet array attached to the frame, wherein the Halbach magnet array provides a magnetic force to maintain the surface contacting device substantially into contact with the ferromagnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: William P. Ross, James F. Hoburg, Christopher Fromme, John Bares, Mark DeLouis
  • Patent number: 7025656
    Abstract: An apparatus for allowing an individual to simply assemble a transparent cylindrical conduit sectioned track system which guides a self propelled toy vehicle through this track system. A self propelled toy vehicle designed to run securely through transparent cylindrical conduit track prohibiting the toy vehicle from falling off of the track, an easy to assemble the transparent cylindrical sections, and an interlocking structure to ensure the fitting of the track sections are secure enough to remain intact for normal use. A portable means for an individual to carry said self-propelled toy vehicle and the various shaped transparent cylindrical track sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Robert J Bailey
  • Patent number: 7000548
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled carriage suitable for traveling in a gallery of substantially cylindrical shape. The carriage comprises a chassis (1) made up of two wheel sets (14); a skip (10); and a horizontal longitudinal support axis (16) on which said skip is pivotally mounted. Each wheel set comprises two arms (24, 26) each having a first end pivotally mounted on one end of said axis; two rotary drive shafts (32) extend orthogonally to the support axis and are mounted at the opposite ends of the arms; drive means (38) for rotating said shafts; and two wheels (40, 42), each wheel comprising a hub (54) secured to a respective drive shaft, at least one circular disk secured to the hub, and having its periphery fitted with a plurality of rollers mounted to rotate freely about axes that are orthogonal to the axis of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Compagnie du Sol
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Sabatie
  • Publication number: 20040244635
    Abstract: A system for propelling a vehicle along an elevated, pneumatic power tube carried by exterior support structure above ground. First and second angles define tracks for the vehicle and extend parallel to the power tube. Undercarriages secured to the vehicle including vehicle support and guidance wheels which are rotatable about axes inclined relative to legs of the angle tracks have a periphery that engages the legs of the angle tracks so that the weight of the vehicle is supported by the tracks and the support structure only. A pneumatic propulsion unit is movably disposed inside the power tube and is guided along rails on the inside of the power tube. A magnetic coupler having first and second cooperating magnetic elements is attached to the vehicle and the propulsion unit in operative alignment with each other. A portion of the power tube located between the magnetic elements is constructed of a non-magnetic and non-conductive material and extends over the length of the power tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: FlightRail Inc.
    Inventor: Max P. Schlienger
  • Patent number: 6792335
    Abstract: A mobile device for traversing a ferromagnetic surface. The device includes a frame and at least one surface contacting device attached to the frame. The device also includes a Halbach magnet array attached to the frame, wherein the Halbach magnet array provides a magnetic force to maintain the surface contacting device substantially into contact with the ferromagnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: William P. Ross, James F. Hoburg, Christopher Fromme, John Bares, Mark DeLouis