Car In Wheel Patents (Class 104/77)
  • Patent number: 10576387
    Abstract: A gondola 40 is mounted to move freely along an endless, sinuous track 20. With the track 20 rotating about a horizontal axis, the gondola 40 is raised and, as the track 20 presents a downhill section, the gondola 40 rolls down it under the influence of gravity. The steeper the downhill section, the greater the speed until the gondola 40 reaches its lowermost position (FIG. 1B). Its momentum cause the gondola 40 to carry on travelling along a momentarily uphill section of the track 20. Travel from then on depends on a number of variables, including the rotational speed, direction and acceleration of the track 20, the weight of the gondola 40 and its passengers, the natural damping effect of friction in the mounting of the gondola 40 on the track 20, and any additional braking and/or driving effect that may be applied to the gondola 40. As compared to a conventional rollercoaster, the ride 1 may occupy a very much smaller footprint, incur a much lower capital cost and be readily adaptable to mobile use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Pondorfer
  • Patent number: 10182555
    Abstract: A self-supporting rigid cylindrical treadwheel includes a plurality of identically-shaped platforms each having a curved surface. A first end of one platform is configured to be connectable to a second end of an adjacent platform in a repeatable manner where the plurality of platforms are configured to form a singular and continuous cylindrical structure. The treadwheel includes a plurality of identically-shaped elongated curved connectors. A connector extension of one connector is configured to be connectable to a connector recess of an adjacent connector in a repeatable manner where the plurality of connectors are configured to form a first and second singular and continuous ring. The first ring is configured to be attached to a right side of the cylindrical structure and the second ring is configured to be attached to a left side of the cylindrical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Farley
  • Patent number: 9403544
    Abstract: An embodiment of a rail vehicle may comprise at least one passenger receptacle; a device configured to generate a driving and/or braking force; a transmitting device for transmitting the driving and/or braking force onto a circuit; and at least one actuating device configured to exert a control over at least one of the vehicle's speed and acceleration. The transmitting device has a first engagement element configured for positive engagement with a compatible second engagement element arranged stationarily on the circuit, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to provide control signals to the device for generating the driving and/or braking force which are independent or dependent from the control exerted through the at least one actuating device. The control signals, at least intermittently, limit or shut off the control via the at least one actuating device or superimpose on the control via the at least one actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Joerg Beutler
  • Patent number: 8647212
    Abstract: An intersecting path ride providing close vehicle interaction without risk of collision. The ride includes a track assembly defining first and second linear, open channels bisecting at a vehicle path intersection point. The ride includes first and second vehicle guides movable within the channels. The ride includes first and second vehicle subassemblies supported by the guides, and the vehicle subassemblies move or reciprocate with the guides along linear paths defined by the channels. The ride includes a vehicle positioning assembly that concurrently reciprocates the guides back and forth along the linear channels through the intersection point. The vehicle positioning assembly includes a connection link pivotally coupled to the guides, a drive motor with an output shaft, and a crank arm rigidly coupled to the output shaft at one end and pivotally coupled to the connection link at another end moving the midpoint of the link through a circular drive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8636600
    Abstract: Ride systems providing guest compartment(s) with a roll degree of freedom through radial mount(s) are described. The guest compartment of the vehicles is attached to a track via a chassis. The guest compartment and the chassis are configured such that the guest compartment has a roll degree of freedom relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Howard
  • Patent number: 8348776
    Abstract: An intersecting path ride providing close vehicle interaction without risk of collision. The ride includes a track assembly defining first and second linear, open channels bisecting at a vehicle path intersection point. The ride includes first and second vehicle guides movable within the channels. The ride includes first and second vehicle subassemblies supported by the guides, and the vehicle subassemblies move or reciprocate with the guides along linear paths defined by the channels. The ride includes a vehicle positioning assembly that concurrently reciprocates the guides back and forth along the linear channels through the intersection point. The vehicle positioning assembly includes a connection link pivotally coupled to the guides, a drive motor with an output shaft, and a crank arm rigidly coupled to the output shaft at one end and pivotally coupled to the connection link at another end moving the midpoint of the link through a circular drive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 6910972
    Abstract: A real-size simulated drag strip ride is presented which recreates the physical and visual sensations of a drag race. A pair of real-size dragsters are positioned along specified and controlled parallel linear tracks. The occupant is positioned inside the driver's compartment, with a full safety harness securing him in place in an adjustable seat. The invention includes audio sounds of ignition, “burn-out” and acceleration simulating a drag strip race, as well as simulated smoke from the “burn out” portion of the race preparation. Once the simulated light tower signals that the dragster is set to race, each driver of two, side-by-side vehicles pushes the acceleration pedal to accelerate the vehicle through an initial acceleration zone. The dragsters are propelled by use of a pneumatically powered piston attached to a cable located out of sight underneath the vehicle. The race is finished when the cars pass the finish line. Speeds and the winner are displayed on the starting line tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Steven Norbury
  • Patent number: 4291630
    Abstract: An extractor carriage is furnished on each side with an elbow bracket projecting towards its lower portion. To each of these brackets is attached the end of a cable which moves the carriage in its forward direction towards the centrifuging machine. Each cable is protected at its upper portion from sand debris by lateral wings extending from the upper portions of a trough which receives the debris. These cables, as well as a third cable for returning the carriage, are wound around a single motor drum driven by hydraulic motors which are capable of operating at several speeds. The invention may be applied to centrifuging equipment for cast iron pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Pont-a-Mousson S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre H. Fort