Car Supported By Fluid Current Pushing Against Surface Patents (Class 104/23.2)
  • Patent number: 9597603
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an amusement ride comprising in one example a linear induction motor (LIM) secondary that is recessed from the sliding surface of a raft. Sections of flume that contain the linear induction motor primaries may be raised up vertically above the lowermost inner surface to come in close contact with the recessed aluminum structure and to protect the LIM primaries from water damage and contact damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Skyturtle Technologies Ltd
    Inventor: Lance C Fisher
  • Patent number: 9546053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport device (1) for conveying a product, comprising a stationary running rail (2) which extends along a longitudinal axis (3); a cart (6) with a height axis (5) which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (3), said cart being guided on the running rail (2); guiding rollers (7) which are arranged on the cart (6), can be rotated about rotational axes (8) perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (3), and roll on the running rail (2), wherein the rotational axis (8) of each guiding roller (7) intersects the same straight line (9), which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (3); and a compensating device for compensating for a yaw moment (M) of the cart (6) about the height axis (5), comprising multiple magnetic coils (12) arranged along the running rail (2), at least two ferromagnetic or permanent magnetic counter elements (11) which are arranged on the cart (6) and which are arranged on both sides of the running rail (2), and a control device (18) for controlling the magnet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Hanisch, Heinrich van de Loecht
  • Patent number: 9332625
    Abstract: An EUV light source apparatus by which detachment of a chamber or a part of the chamber, movement to a maintenance area, and highly accurate placement relative to projection optics can be performed easily for maintenance of the EUV light source apparatus. The EUV light source apparatus is an apparatus for generating plasma by applying a laser beam to a target material within a chamber and entering EUV light radiated from the plasma into projection optics of exposure equipment, and includes a positioning mechanism for positioning the chamber or a maintenance unit of the chamber in a predetermined location where an optical axis of the collected extreme ultraviolet light and an optical axis of the projection optics of the exposure equipment are aligned, and a movement mechanism for moving the chamber or the maintenance unit of the chamber between the predetermined location and a maintenance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GIGAPHOTON INC.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nishisaka, Yukio Watanabe, Osamu Wakabayashi, Kouji Kakizaki, Michio Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 9052615
    Abstract: An EUV light source apparatus by which detachment of a chamber or a part of the chamber, movement to a maintenance area, and highly accurate placement relative to projection optics can be performed easily for maintenance of the EUV light source apparatus. The EUV light source apparatus is an apparatus for generating plasma by applying a laser beam to a target material within a chamber and entering EUV light radiated from the plasma into projection optics of exposure equipment, and includes a positioning mechanism for positioning the chamber or a maintenance unit of the chamber in a predetermined location where an optical axis of the collected extreme ultraviolet light and an optical axis of the projection optics of the exposure equipment are aligned, and a movement mechanism for moving the chamber or the maintenance unit of the chamber between the predetermined location and a maintenance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GIGAPHOTON INC.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nishisaka, Yukio Watanabe, Osamu Wakabayashi, Kouji Kakizaki, Michio Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 8261668
    Abstract: A vehicle track including a soft porous material and a vehicle which rides on the track by skiing cm the soft porous material. The vehicle has a large ski surface that rides on the soft porous material, supporting the weight of the vehicle at high speeds. Air within the soft porous material supplies most of the lift needed to support the train, Only a small amount of the support is provided by the structure of the porous material itself when the vehicle is in motion. As a result, the friction between the soft porous material and the ski surface may also be exceedingly small. To increase the amount of lift provided by the soft porous material it can be contained within a channel having impermeable sides and bottom. If the ski surface is substantially the same width as the channel, the impermeable sides prevent the air from escaping on either side of die ski surface. Accordingly, the trapped air contributes to greatly enhanced lift force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Sheldon Weinbaum, Yiannis Andreopoulus, Parisa Mirbod
  • Patent number: 8210955
    Abstract: An amusement ride vehicle for maneuvering over a travel surface having a cushion of water includes a vehicle body defining a vehicle undersurface disposed for travel generally along the travel surface and at least one drive assembly housed by the vehicle body. The at least one drive assembly comprises a driven wheel disposed for selective engagement with the travel surface to maneuver the vehicle generally along the travel surface. The at least one drive assembly operates between a neutral state having the driven wheel disengaged from the travel surface, a forward drive state having the driven wheel engaged with the travel surface and driven in a forward direction, and a reverse drive state having the driven wheel engaged with the travel surface and driven in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: StarFlight Amusement Rides, LLC
    Inventor: Lance Yule
  • Publication number: 20110308422
    Abstract: A vehicle track including a soft porous material and a vehicle which rides on the track by skiing cm the soft porous material. The vehicle has a large ski surface that rides on the soft porous material, supporting the weight of the vehicle at high speeds. Air within the soft porous material supplies most of the lift needed to support the train, Qniy a small amount of the support is provided by the structure of the porous material itself when the vehicle is in motion. As a result, the friction between the soft porous material and the ski surface may also be exceedingly small. To increase the amount of lift provided by the soft porous material it can be contained within a channel having impermeable sides and bottom. If the ski surface is substantially the same width as the channel, the impermeable sides prevent the air from escaping on either side of die ski surface. Accordingly, the trapped air contributes to greatly enhanced lift force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Sheldon Weinbaum, Yiannis Andreopoulus, Parisa Mirbod
  • Publication number: 20110214586
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile robotic arm workcell. A robotic arm is mounted on a superstructure that carries all the equipment associated with the workcell's task. Thus, the workcell is self-contained needing only power. The workcell may be moved by activating air bearings that are pressurized by an air compressor that is also mounted on the superstructure. Power is received via power contacts that engage a power rail. Guidance is provided a guide system. The guide system may include guide rails engaged by guide carriages. Propulsion is provided by a drive system that may engage the guide system or the factory floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Brent Wessel, Lance F. Guymon, Michael Olson
  • Patent number: 7896752
    Abstract: An amusement ride system includes an amusement ride infrastructure defining a travel surface, with at least one vehicle having a vehicle body defining a vehicle undersurface disposed for travel generally along the travel surface. A plurality of valves are disposed to selectively deliver a pressurized flow of water through the travel surface, into a confined region defined between the vehicle undersurface and the travel surface, the pressurized flow of water into and through the confined region creating a cushion of water to separate the vehicle undersurface from the travel surface. The vehicle is configured to convey at least one passenger generally along the travel surface upon the cushion of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Lance Yule
  • Patent number: 6592462
    Abstract: An amusement ride that simulates the sport of drag racing. The ride includes a vehicle propelled by a compressed fluid system. They compressed fluid system includes a pressure sleeve slid over and receiving pressure from a pressure tube. The vehicle is attached to the pressure sleeve such that pressure entering the pressure sleeve through the pressure tube from a pressure source causes separation of the pressure tube and pressure sleeve thereby moving the vehicle. The compressed fluid system further includes a main dump valve operative to supply pressure to the pressure tube on demand. Accordingly, the release of pressure into the pressure sleeve causes the vehicle to rapidly accelerate and simulate the sport of drag racing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Len Puch
  • Patent number: 6553915
    Abstract: A traffic system is disclosed to include a passageway defining a moving direction and a vehicle mounted in the passageway and running along the moving direction. In one instance, the passageway has two inner side walls and an inner bottom wall having a transverse cross-section formed into a continuous smooth surface. In further a instance, there is provided with a buoyant fluid stored in the passageway for generating a buoyancy while displaced by the vehicle. A traffic method is also provided to include steps of providing a vehicle, providing a medium for carrying thereon the vehicle moving therealong, and providing a buoyant medium for reducing a weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Hong-Li Tseng
  • Patent number: 6530444
    Abstract: In a controlled levitation vehicle that has a levitation apparatus where multiple air pads are connected to the undersurface of a chassis that also doubles as a duct connected to a blower, and where damper valves are connected between the blower and chassis and to the chassis, it is furnished with: a controller (S1, S2) that closes the damper valve between the blower and chassis when starting and that also regulates the frequency of the inverter to the standby frequency that is below the levitation frequency; the controller (S6, S7) also closing the chassis damper valve responsive to an instruction to levitate and also increasing the frequency from a standby frequency to a levitation frequency to cause the vehicle to levitate; and the controller also lowering (S9-S12) the frequency from the levitation frequency to the standby frequency upon an instruction to land and also opening the blower and chassis damper valves to stop the vehicle rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Miyazawa, Koji Kiyomoto
  • Patent number: 6431077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a train (1) which forms a transport device displaceable along a fixed track (3), comprising a frame with a drive; at least one bogie (6) with a flat sole (10); and at least one supply of a liquid which is suitable for pouring the liquid over the track (3), wherein at speed of the train higher than a threshold value at least a part of the sole (10) floats over a film created by liquid. The supply is adapted to carry the liquid onto the track (3) in front of the sole (10) in the direction of movement of the train (1) and the sole (10) is positioned inclining upward on the front side in the direction of movement. The invention also relates to a track (3) for an above described train (1) which comprises at least one platform extending in horizontal direction. The platform is coated with a levelling material, wherein an upper surface of the track has a very high degree of smoothness with very small height differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Ingenieurs Bureau Oranjewoud B.V.
    Inventor: Bernardus L. L. Hijlkema
  • Publication number: 20020069785
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus (10) comprises a transporting plane (11) and a transporting platform which can be displaced in different directions in a largely friction-free manner on an air cushion above the transporting plane (11), the air cushion being generated by air nozzles (13) which are distributed in the transporting plane (11) and can be optionally opened and closed individually in each case by means of a valve, and through which compressed air flows out in the upward direction from beneath through the transporting plane (11), and the valves of the air nozzles (13) and the transporting platform being designed such that they interact with one another depending on the position of the transporting platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: Wolfgang Knapp
  • Publication number: 20010045311
    Abstract: In a controlled levitation vehicle that has a levitation apparatus where multiple air pads are connected to the undersurface of a chassis that also doubles as a duct connected to a blower, and where damper valves are connected between the blower and chassis and to the chassis, it is furnished with: a controller (S1, S2) that closes the damper valve between the blower and chassis when starting and that also regulates the frequency of the inverter to the standby frequency that is below the levitation frequency; the controller (S6, S7) also closing the chassis damper valve responsive to an instruction to levitate and also increasing the frequency from a standby frequency to a levitation frequency to cause the vehicle to levitate; and the controller also lowering (S9-S12) the frequency from the levitation frequency to the standby frequency upon an instruction to land and also opening the blower and chassis damper valves to stop the vehicle rapidly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Miyazawa, Koji Kiyomoto
  • Publication number: 20010017092
    Abstract: A switching device for ground-effect vehicles, the said device comprising at least three sections of guidance and support tracks for the entry and exit of the vehicles, at least one of these tracks being the vehicle entry track, the said device comprising at least one support surface able to move between at least two positions, each of the said positions corresponding to a path by which the vehicles cross the switching device, the support surfaces of the sections of guide tracks being, for each path, in continuity with the movable support surface or surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Applicant: POMA-OTIS Systemes de Transport
    Inventor: Alain Mollet
  • Patent number: 6216599
    Abstract: A transportation system has an air cushion vehicle in a U-shaped or W-shaped channel in the ground. The channel provides support and directional stability for the air cushion vehicle during transit along its length. This system assures high speed overland transport of heavy equipment which is faster than trains, and the system is cost effective since it does not incur expensive nonrecurring capital investments and expensive recurring maintenance costs. This transportation system is adaptable to existing overland right-of-ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Richard A. Cavanagh