With Wave-making Means Patents (Class 4/491)
  • Patent number: 10300360
    Abstract: A disclosed facility includes a wave generator, a support including an edge zone, a culminating zone, a progression zone sloping upwardly between the edge and culminating zones, a crest between the culminating zone and a depressed zone depressed relative to the crest, water situated over the edge and progression zones, forming part of an aquatic environment including horizontally contiguous upper and deep regions which are respectively higher than and lower than the edge zone, and an inner zone over the edge and progression zones and which is vertically contiguous with the upper region; the facility being configured such that the water at end of travel of the waves gets past the crest and falls into a reception volume delimited by the depressed zone when the generator is in use; and a fluidic communication below the support linking the deep region to an opening that is open to the reception volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Laurent Hequily
  • Patent number: 10233660
    Abstract: A wave pool having a deep end and a shallow end with a plurality of wave generators along the deep end that are extended along a curved stagger line positioned at an oblique angle relative to the moving waves. The wave generators are preferably extended in a substantially staggered manner relative to the travel direction of the waves. A pair of dividing walls is preferably provided in front of each generator, wherein the dividing walls are extended substantially forward with a fade angle of no more than about 20 degrees relative to each other. The wave generators are preferably operated in sequence, such that a plurality of wave segments is generated, and such that the wave segments travel forward and then merge together to form a substantially uniform resultant wave which travels forward and then breaks along the shallow end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 10207168
    Abstract: A surf pool design comprising of an artificial contiguous reef, consisting of a first and second reef sub sections and a specific surf pool design that function together to create a surf pool for recreational surfing. Aspects of the invention provide a surf pool including a contiguous artificial reef of any shape or size. The continuous artificial shaped reef can include an inclined slope traversing the reef from the tip of the first artificial reef sub section to the open end of the second artificial reef sub section. The definition for the purpose of this invention an artificial contiguous reef, is a reef that is angled, contoured and shaped to the bottom of the surf pool. The meaning of pool in the embodiment is any artificially created body of water such as a pool, lake or lagoon which is constructed for the purpose of recreational surfing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett, Matthew Gunn
  • Patent number: 10145135
    Abstract: A wave generating apparatus mobile application controller and method is provided in which a mobile controller actuates a plurality of wave generating chambers in sequence using a delay between actuation of each chamber to produce a rideable wave in a pool. The mobile application controller allows the user to select the exact type of wave to be produced by the wave generator apparatus by selecting size, shape, and pattern of the wave. The application also allows the user to use a camera to photograph or record herself or someone else, even while riding a wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: American Wave Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce McFarland, Clement Ginestet
  • Patent number: 10132625
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the technical field of irrigation and water conservancy, and discloses a method for acquiring anisotropic basin surface roughness and use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CHINA INSTITUTE OF WATER RESOURCES AND HYDROPOWER RESEARCH
    Inventors: Shaohui Zhang, Di Xu, Yinong Li, Meijian Bai, Fuxiang Li
  • Patent number: 10119285
    Abstract: A wave generating system can include a water channel for creating a flow of water to produce a standing wave. A water return passageway can circulate the water back to the inlet of the water channel. One or more pipes can extend under the water channel for circulating the water. A water storage chamber can be positioned below the water channel. Water can be stored in the space between the one or more pipes, and the storage water can be isolated from the water being circulated in the system. The system can produce a hydraulic circuit with hydraulic continuity so that water can be efficiently circulated through the water channel and water return passageway. The system can be modular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Wave Pool Company, LLC
    Inventor: Johan Perslow
  • Patent number: 10119284
    Abstract: A wave generator which may e.g. rest on a deck of a concrete swimming pool is disclosed. The wave generator may include a chassis for support of other components, have structure for engaging a supporting environmental surface or object, an agitator to be periodically projected into the water, and an oscillating device for periodically projecting the agitator into the water and withdrawing the agitator from the water to enable subsequent impingements against the water. The oscillating device includes a rocker arm, a powered crank mechanism to rock the rocker arm, and a support arm to hold the agitator below the elevated end of the rocker arm, thus enabling the agitator to impinge against the surface of the water. Optionally, functional components of the wave generator are covered by a cover simulating e.g. a whale. Optionally, the wave generator includes a protective cage held in the water below the agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan M. Dunlap
  • Patent number: 10081956
    Abstract: A wave park includes a body of water, and a track positioned in or proximate the body of water. The wave park further includes at least one foil coupled to move along the track, the foil being at least partially submerged in the body of water. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that includes a leading surface that is concave about a vertical axis to provide drag to generate a primary wave laterally in water of the body of water that contacts the leading surface of the foil, and a trailing surface that narrows from a maximum width of the foil adjacent the leading surface to a point at an end of the foil, the trailing surface to decrease the drag of the foil and to minimize oscillatory waves that trail the primary wave from the water moving past the leading surface of the foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kelly Slater Wave Company
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 10066410
    Abstract: A wave pool includes a channel that includes a bottom contour with a depth that runs from a deep end to a shoal or beach. One or more three-dimensional foils are vertically arranged along at least one side of the channel, and moved against the water in the channel. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that defines a leading surface that is adapted to generate a wave in water moving past the leading surface, and a trailing surface configured for flow recovery to avoid separation of the flow of water in the wave and to mitigate drag from the foil from the water moving past the leading surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kelly Slater Wave Company, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 9926712
    Abstract: [Problem to be solved] To provide a wave making apparatus for surfing that can make a so-called tubular curling wave suitable for surfing and in which a breaking portion and about to break portion are arrayed in a line. [Solution] The wave making apparatus comprises: a water carrying bucket 110 opened at the front, including a bottom plate and a side surface plate, and capable of holding water in a portion of an inner space thereof; a supporting structure 120 that supports the water carrying bucket 110; and a transmission apparatus 130 that moves the water carrying bucket 110 forward at a predetermined speed. The water carrying bucket 100 supported by submerging the water carrying bucket 110 under waterline of the pool such that the front of the water carrying bucket 110 faces the play area of the pool. The transmission apparatus 130 moves the water carrying bucket 110 forward along a track extending forward the play area with the water carrying bucket 100 kept below the waterline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: RESPONCE-ENGINEER, INC.
    Inventor: Takahiro Oshibe
  • Patent number: 9879438
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing waves having a first wave forming portion with an inclined section and a second wave dampening portion having a raised floor above a bottom chamber floor wherein the raised floor preferably has multiple openings thereon and a predetermined porosity (?) within the range of 0<??0.5, such that as the waves travel across the wave dampening chamber, a boundary layer of energy absorbing vortices and eddies are generated above and below the raised floor resulting from water flowing up and down through the perforations, which helps to dampen the waves, and wherein the raised floor preferably comprises a padded grate drainage system consisting of multiple elongated members formed by rigid bars with foam adhered on one side thereof, which are encapsulated by a water impervious layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9856665
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing waves has a first wave-forming portion with an inclined section for causing the waves to begin breaking and a second wave-dampening portion with a raised floor with perforations extended above a bottom chamber floor. The raised floor is preferably adapted with a predetermined porosity such that a boundary layer of energy absorbing vortices and eddies is generated above and below the raised floor, resulting from water passing up and down through the openings, and the boundary layer effects on the raised floor help to dampen the waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9777494
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for a wave pool having a deep end and a shallow end, wherein a plurality of wave generators is provided for producing wave segments in the wave pool. The wave generators are preferably extended substantially along the deep end in a substantially staggered manner relative to the travel direction of the wave segments. A pair of dividing walls is preferably provided in front of each wave generator, wherein the dividing walls are extended substantially forward in the travel direction and substantially parallel to each other or with a fade angle of no more than about 20 to 30 degrees relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Stagger Reef Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9649569
    Abstract: Examples of a wave simulator for board sports and other uses are disclosed. An example wave simulator includes means for forming a wave, the means having at least one inclined side wall and a bottom corresponding to a desired wave shape. The wave simulator includes means for flowing water along at least partially along the inclined side wall and bottom of the flume to form a simulated wave. The wave simulator includes means for restraining a board rider in the means for forming a wave. Streamlines of the simulated wave are substantially parallel to a crest line of the simulated wave, and an inclined water flow ends in a downward arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Douglas Hill
  • Patent number: 9574360
    Abstract: A wave pool for generating surfable waves is disclosed. The wave pool includes a pool for containing water. The pool defines a channel having a first side wall, a second side wall, and a bottom with a contour that slopes upward from a deep area proximate the first side wall toward a sill defined by the second side wall. The wave pool further includes at least one foil at least partially submerged in the water near the side wall, and being adapted for movement by a moving mechanism in a direction along the side wall for generating a wave in the channel that forms a breaking wave on the sill. The wave pool further includes one or more passive flow control mechanisms to mitigate a mean flow of the water induced by the movement of the at least one foil in the direction along the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: KELLY SLATER WAVE COMPANY, LLC.
    Inventors: Adam Fincham, Kelly Slater
  • Patent number: 9556633
    Abstract: A wave pool having a deep end and a shallow end with a plurality of wave generators along the deep end that are extended along a curved stagger line positioned at an oblique angle relative to the moving waves. The wave generators are preferably extended in a substantially staggered manner relative to the travel direction of the waves. A pair of dividing walls is preferably provided in front of each generator, wherein the dividing walls are extended substantially forward with an outward fade angle of no more than about 20 degrees relative to each other. The wave generators are preferably operated in sequence, such that a plurality of wave segments is generated, and such that the wave segments travel forward and then merge together to form a substantially uniform resultant wave which travels forward and then breaks along the shallow end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9546491
    Abstract: A surface gravity wave generator and wave pool is disclosed. A wave pool is formed of opposing side walls and a center channel of water. The channel includes a bottom contour with a depth that runs from a deep end to a shoal or beach. One or more three-dimensional foils are vertically arranged along at least one side wall, and moved against the water in the channel. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that defines a leading surface that is adapted to generate a wave in water moving past the leading surface, and a trailing surface configured for flow recovery to avoid separation of the flow of water in the wave and to mitigate drag from the foil from the water moving past the leading surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KELLY SLATER WAVE COMPANY, LLC.
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 9534408
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to a system and method for generating waves in multiple directions. Present embodiments may include a wave generation mechanism configured to be positioned centrally within a container filled with water that is sufficiently sized to facilitate recreational activities for patrons within the container. The wave generation mechanism may include at least one actuator configured to activate at least one water-displacement medium to displace the water such that waves are propagated through the water, and a directional feature configured to direct the waves away from the wave generation mechanism after activation of the actuator such that the waves are propagated outward from the wave generation mechanism in multiple directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9506259
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing waves having a first wave forming portion with an inclined section oriented obliquely relative to the travel direction of the waves and a second wave dampening portion having a raised perforated floor above a bottom chamber floor wherein the raised floor is preferably extended substantially horizontally at a predetermined depth in the water or at a slight incline, and wherein the raised floor preferably has a predetermined porosity (?) within the range of 0<??0.5, such that as the waves travel across the wave dampening chamber, a boundary layer of energy absorbing vortices and eddies are generated above and below the raised floor resulting from water flowing up and down through the perforations, which helps to dampen the waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9457290
    Abstract: Examples of a wave simulator for board sports and other uses are disclosed. An example wave simulator includes means for forming a wave, the means having at least one inclined side wall and a bottom corresponding to a desired wave shape. The wave simulator includes means for flowing water along at least partially along the inclined side wall and bottom of the flume to form a simulated wave. The wave simulator includes means for restraining a board rider in the means for forming a wave. Streamlines of the simulated wave are substantially parallel to a crest line of the simulated wave, and an inclined water flow ends in a downward arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Douglas Hill
  • Patent number: 9394711
    Abstract: A cleaning system comprising a cleaner body configured to travel through a water pool powered by a positive pressure water flow supplied via a flexible hose. The system is characterized by: (1) a water distribution subsystem carried by the cleaner body including a state valve selectively operable in a forward or redirect state and a mode valve selectively operable in a top or bottom mode; and/or (2) a wall fitting including an outlet section extending downward at an oblique angle between 15° and 75° to reduce the likelihood of hose restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Henkin-Laby, LLC
    Inventors: Melvyn L. Henkin, Jordan M. Laby
  • Patent number: 9279263
    Abstract: A wave generating apparatus and method is provided in which a controller actuates a plurality of wave generating chambers in sequence using a delay between actuation of each chamber to produce a rideable wave in a pool. The actuation delay period may be a predetermined proportion of the chamber period. The sequence creates a surging motion in the pool that changes the characteristics of the waves to create a considerably hollow barreling wave. The flow of water created by a sequence may resemble a diamond pattern and additional patterns may resemble diamonds linked at the vertices. This pattern effectively reduces the depth of the water between successive waves, which causes them to pitch away from the chambers and create a considerably hollow barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Bruce McFarland
  • Publication number: 20150107013
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing waves having a first wave forming portion with an inclined section oriented obliquely relative to the travel direction of the waves and a second wave dampening portion having a raised perforated floor above a bottom chamber floor wherein the raised floor is preferably extended substantially horizontally at a predetermined depth in the water or at a slight incline, and wherein the raised floor preferably has a predetermined porosity (?) within the range of 0<??0.5, such that as the waves travel across the wave dampening chamber, a boundary layer of energy absorbing vortices and eddies are generated above and below the raised floor resulting from water flowing up and down through the perforations, which helps to dampen the waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Publication number: 20150089731
    Abstract: A wave pool having multiple wave breaking zones extending across the pool floor, wherein different wave breaking formations with different wave characteristics can be generated within each zone, using the same wave energy derived from the same original wave, wherein surfers with different abilities can surf in different locations within the same pool. Specific features are provided that enable breaker waves to be properly managed and controlled such that intermediate/advanced surfers can surf in one zone and beginner surfers can surf in another zone. Included are special dividers to prevent surfers from crossing from one zone to the next, while at the same time, allowing wave energy to pass through. An attenuating means is provided to help reduce the choppiness of the waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Publication number: 20150040306
    Abstract: A wave-making apparatus for use in a swimming pool comprises a motor that may be powered at least in part by the flow of water from a swimming pool pump. When water from the pump flows through an inlet in the motor housing, it rotates a turbine within the housing, which in turn rotates a cantilever arm about a central axis of the turbine. A distal end of the cantilever arm is attached, e.g., by a tether or other device, to a buoy or float at the surface of the water such that rotation of the cantilever arm pulls the float down periodically, creating perpetual swimming pool waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Distinti
  • Publication number: 20150033465
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing waves having a first wave forming portion with an inclined section and a second wave dampening portion having a raised floor above a bottom chamber floor wherein the raised floor preferably has multiple openings thereon and a predetermined porosity (?) within the range of 0<??0.5, such that as the waves travel across the wave dampening chamber, a boundary layer of energy absorbing vortices and eddies are generated above and below the raised floor resulting from water flowing up and down through the perforations, which helps to dampen the waves, and wherein the raised floor preferably comprises a padded grate drainage system consisting of multiple elongated members formed by rigid bars with foam adhered on one side thereof, which are encapsulated by a water impervious layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 8907514
    Abstract: A wave-driven power generation system that uses a motor reducer to turn a rocker bar in moving wave-making barrels alternatively up and down, causing creation of water waves in a water reservoir so that a float board in the water reservoir is moved by created water waves to rotate transmission mechanisms that are coupled to respective power generators through inertia wheel sets, and thus, the power generators are driven to generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Sheng-Po Peng, Sheng-Da Peng, Kevin Peng
  • Publication number: 20140304905
    Abstract: A 3D artificial hyperbolic reef system for producing plunging or barreling waves for surfing in a body of water propagates waves over a 3d hyperbolic reef which forms a wave breaking surface which has a slope sufficient to cause the waves to break in a plunging and barreling way as the waves traverse the 3d hyperbolic reef. The waves are artificial generated by a wave generating machine or device with a slope sufficient to break in a plunging and barreling way. Multiple waves are generated in a set frequency from the wave generator along the wave generator house (berm) side of the 3d artificial hyperbolic reef to produce a wave that peels laterally along the reef to produce a wave suitable for tube riding. Aspects of the invention provide a wave surf pool including at least one 3D hyperbolic artificial reef. The 3D artificial reef can include an inclined slope traversing the reef from the tip of the 3D hyperbolic reef to the open end, or the back side of the 3D hyperbolic reef.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett, David Evans
  • Publication number: 20140250579
    Abstract: A wave park for an open or large body of water is disclosed. The wave park includes a body of water, and a track positioned in or proximate the body of water. The wave park further includes at least one foil coupled to move along the track, the at least one foil being at least partially submerged in the body of water. The at least one foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that includes a leading surface that is concave about a vertical axis to provide drag to generate a primary wave laterally in water of the body of water that contacts the leading surface of the foil, and a trailing surface that narrows from a maximum width of the foil adjacent the leading surface to a point at an end of the foil, the trailing surface to decrease the drag of the foil and to minimize oscillatory waves that trail the primary wave from the water moving past the leading surface of the foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: KELLY SLATER, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 8776830
    Abstract: An invention for transporting material is described. The material, which may be or include a liquid or particles, be transported floats on and flows on a more dense fluid. Standing waves may be induced in the more dense fluid, and devices are provided to either force the transported fluid in a direction, or to prevent the transported fluid from flowing in a direction counter to the flow direction. The inventive apparatus and method have the ability to transport fluids long distances with much less frictional losses than convention technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Walter Chen, C. K. Hari Dharan
  • Publication number: 20140189948
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for a wave pool having a deep end and a shallow end, wherein a plurality of wave generators is provided for producing wave segments in the wave pool. The wave generators are preferably extended substantially along the deep end in a substantially staggered manner relative to the travel direction of the wave segments. A pair of dividing walls is preferably provided in front of each wave generator, wherein the dividing walls are extended substantially forward in the travel direction and substantially parallel to each other or with a fade angle of no more than about 20 to 30 degrees relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Stagger Reef Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Publication number: 20140115769
    Abstract: A wave pool configured to generate waves from a center portion of the wave pool towards the outer perimeter of the wave pool. A motor is positioned substantially at a center of the wave pool and is connected to a foil via an arm extending outwardly from the motor. The motor causes rotation of the arm and the foil for generating waves that travel away from the motor and towards an outer edge of the pool. The foil may be formed in the shape of a scoop and configured to adjust its angle relative to the arm via one or more angular adjustment connections with the arm. Multiple arms and/or foils may be used to generate waves in the wave pool. The wave pool has a deeper body of water located adjacent to the motor and a shallower body of water adjacent to the outer perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140115770
    Abstract: A wave generating apparatus mobile application controller and method is provided in which a mobile controller actuates a plurality of wave generating chambers in sequence using a delay between actuation of each chamber to produce a rideable wave in a pool. The mobile application controller allows the user to select the exact type of wave to be produced by the wave generator apparatus by selecting size, shape, and pattern of the wave. The application also allows the user to use a camera to photograph or record herself or someone else, even while riding a wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: AMERICAN WAVE MACHINES, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce McFarland
  • Publication number: 20140105685
    Abstract: A wave forming apparatus has a channel for containing a flow of water with an inlet end connected to a water supply, a floor, and spaced side walls, a first bed form or weir at the inlet end of the channel, and a second bed form in the channel downstream of the first bed form. Also disclosed is a wave forming apparatus has a channel for containing a flow of water, the channel having an inlet end connected to a water supply for supplying a flowing stream of water, a floor, and spaced side walls, and at least one oblique foil member adjustably mounted in the floor of the channel. The foils, weirs or bed form, form a standing wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: American Wave Machines, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce McFarland
  • Publication number: 20140059758
    Abstract: A surface gravity wave generator and wave pool is disclosed. A wave pool is formed of opposing side walls and a center channel of water. The channel includes a bottom contour with a depth that runs from a deep end to a shoal or beach. One or more three-dimensional foils are vertically arranged along at least one side wall, and moved against the water in the channel. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that defines a leading surface that is adapted to generate a wave in water moving past the leading surface, and a trailing surface configured for flow recovery to avoid separation of the flow of water in the wave and to mitigate drag from the foil from the water moving past the leading surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kelly Slater Wave Company, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Publication number: 20140000020
    Abstract: Provided is a system for generating circular steady water waves for sport activities. The system comprises a ring-shaped water pool having inner and exterior rings and a floor inclined from the outer ring to the center of the water pool. The system comprises channels located under the floor of the water pool for recirculating water. At least one water propeller turbine is installed inside the channels and configured to recirculate water from the water pool through the channels and back to the water pool. The system comprises guiding plates installed on the floor. Waves of different shapes including breaking waves are generated by varying velocities of different water current and controlling guiding plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Max von Groll, Mirek Goebel
  • Patent number: 8602684
    Abstract: The arrangement for producing linear standing waves includes: a transverse structure arranged at least substantially perpendicularly to the flow direction, the structure designed such that the outflow is converted from a streaming flowing movement into a shooting flowing movement; a ramp connected downstream to the transverse structure and arranged at least substantially perpendicularly to the flow direction; a counter-ramp arranged at least substantially in the flow direction at the downstream end of the ramp and the average inclination in the flow direction forms an angle to the horizontal in the flow direction, and which has a flow-promoting transition to the ramp at its upstream end; a base arranged downstream of the ramp and the counter-ramp and whose bottom is arranged lower by a height dimension than the downstream end of the ramp and/or the upstream end of the counter-ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Markus Aufleger, Ulrich Hautzel, Derek O'neill, Roland Hoepffner
  • Patent number: 8573887
    Abstract: A surface gravity wave generator and wave pool is disclosed. A wave pool is formed of opposing side walls and a center channel of water. The channel includes a bottom contour with a depth that runs from a deep end to a shoal or beach. One or more three-dimensional foils are vertically arranged along at least one side wall, and moved against the water in the channel. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that defines a leading surface that is adapted to generate a wave in water moving past the leading surface, and a trailing surface configured for flow recovery to avoid separation of the flow of water in the wave and to mitigate drag from the foil from the water moving past the leading surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kelly Slater Wave Company, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 8561221
    Abstract: A wave pool for producing periodic waves preferably having a first wave forming portion with an inclined section oriented obliquely relative to the travel direction of the waves, and a second wave dampening portion having a relatively deep solid chamber floor and a raised perforated floor above it for dampening the waves. The wave dampening portion preferably dissipates the waves, which in turn, reduces wave reflections and rip currents that can otherwise interfere with the oncoming waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Hendrik Dirk van Ettinger, Dirk Bastenhof
  • Publication number: 20130227777
    Abstract: A wave generating apparatus and method is provided in which a controller actuates a plurality of wave generating chambers in sequence using a delay between actuation of each chamber to produce a rideable wave in a pool. The actuation delay period may be a predetermined proportion of the chamber period. The sequence creates a surging motion in the pool that changes the characteristics of the waves to create a considerably hollow barreling wave. The flow of water created by a sequence may resemble a diamond pattern and additional patterns may resemble diamonds linked at the vertices. This pattern effectively reduces the depth of the water between successive waves, which causes them to pitch away from the chambers and create a considerably hollow barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce McFarland
  • Patent number: 8516624
    Abstract: An artificial surfing facility for producing a standing wave, with an inclined ramp, to the upper end of which water is conveyed by at least one pump and at the lower end of which the water discharges into a wave pool. A standing wave is easily attained by there being an adjustable guide device in the wave pool at a distance from the bottom end of the ramp in the flow direction as a wave initiator. The wave pool, during operation of at least one pump, has a liquid level which is located above the liquid level of a main pool which surrounds the wave pool and the amount of water in the wave pool offers a defined resistance to the water flowing down the ramp so that the formation and height of the standing wave are influenced by the change of the flow velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Action Team Veranstaltungs GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Klimaschewski
  • Patent number: 8496403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wave pool with a beach having a body of water and a wave generator that travels along a relatively shallow channel across from the beach. The wave generator is adapted to travel through the channel and displace the water in the channel to create primary waves on which surfing maneuvers can be performed. The primary waves in turn enter into the body of water to produce secondary waves that can be acted upon by the inclined pool floor so that they eventually break and spill onto the beach. The water in the channel is preferably provided with a reverse current to enable the absolute speed of the wave generator to be reduced, which allows the channel to be shorter in length without significantly impacting the wave effects that are created, which helps reduce the cost of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Lochtefeld, Charles E. Sauerbier
  • Patent number: 8434966
    Abstract: A wave generating apparatus and method is provided in which a controller actuates a plurality of wave generating chambers in sequence using a delay between actuation of each chamber to produce a rideable wave in a pool. The actuation delay period may be a predetermined proportion of the chamber period. The amount of delay in the sequence can determine the direction that the peak of the wave travels and the amplitude of the peak. Through the sequencing, the peak of the wave produced can travel in a direction not substantially perpendicular to the wave generating chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce McFarland
  • Publication number: 20130074254
    Abstract: An island wave pool for a water amusement park is presented. A wave generation apparatus is positioned on an island, the island located within a water-filled swimming pool. The water-filled swimming pool is suitable for water recreation activities, including wading, swimming, and wave riding. A beach recreation area bounds the outer perimeter of the pool. The wave generation apparatus on the central island generates single or multiple continuous waves in the water-filled swimming pool. Wave generation apparatuses are presented, including an island-based caisson wave generator and an island-based plow, channel, and reef wave generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Steven Payne, Silvia Payne, David John Henderson, Dawn Rene Streety
  • Publication number: 20130061382
    Abstract: A wave pool for generating surfable waves is disclosed. The wave pool includes a pool for containing water. The pool defines a channel having a first side wall, a second side wall, and a bottom with a contour that slopes upward from a deep area proximate the first side wall toward a sill defined by the second side wall. The wave pool further includes at least one foil at least partially submerged in the water near the side wall, and being adapted for movement by a moving mechanism in a direction along the side wall for generating a wave in the channel that forms a breaking wave on the sill. The wave pool further includes one or more passive flow control mechanisms to mitigate a mean flow of the water induced by the movement of the at least one foil in the direction along the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: KELLY SLATER WAVE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: KELLY SLATER WAVE COMPANY, LLC
  • Patent number: 8375477
    Abstract: The present invention relates to wave pools and diversion channels that capture high kinetic energy portions of a wave generated within the wave pool, and redirects the captured wave portions to the vicinity of wave formation, preferably timed so as reinforce a subsequently generated wave. The high kinetic energy within the diversion channel creates an additional feature in the form of an action river for riders of a wave pool to enjoy. At the same time, capturing of portions of the wave reduces the backwash of the wave and stabilizes the level of water within the wave pool, especially for embodiments with wave generators and pools capable of high volume waves. Riders may enter the diversion channel and ride from the distal, beach end of the wave pool to the proximal, wave generating end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Garrett Tyler Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130036545
    Abstract: A surface gravity wave generator and wave pool is disclosed. A wave pool is formed of opposing side walls and a center channel of water. The channel includes a bottom contour with a depth that runs from a deep end to a shoal or beach. One or more three-dimensional foils are vertically arranged along at least one side wall, and moved against the water in the channel. Each foil has a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that defines a leading surface that is adapted to generate a wave in water moving past the leading surface, and a trailing surface configured for flow recovery to avoid separation of the flow of water in the wave and to mitigate drag from the foil from the water moving past the leading surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Kelly Slater, Adam Fincham
  • Patent number: 8366347
    Abstract: Wave-generating apparatus (1) that is installed in an aquatic environment (3) and which comprises, as its main elements, at least one elongated profile (5) that moves tangentially in relation in relation to a uniformly-deep floor (4) by the action of a drive mechanism (6). As a result, a wave (2) forms on the profile (5) and moves along with the profile (2). The profile (5) is disposed to form an angle (8) other than 90° with the direction of displacement (7), the purpose being to generate a wave (2) with an escape area and which can therefore be surfed. Some parameters of the apparatus (1) may be adjusted for the purpose of changing the degree of difficulty of the wave (2) that is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Instant Sport, S.L.
    Inventor: Jose Manuel Odriozola Sagastume
  • Publication number: 20120255112
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to a system and method for generating waves in multiple directions. Present embodiments may include a wave generation mechanism configured to be positioned centrally within a container filled with water that is sufficiently sized to facilitate recreational activities for patrons within the container. The wave generation mechanism may include at least one actuator configured to activate at least one water-displacement medium to displace the water such that waves are propagated through the water, and a directional feature configured to direct the waves away from the wave generation mechanism after activation of the actuator such that the waves are propagated outward from the wave generation mechanism in multiple directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8267047
    Abstract: In order to generate waves in a volume of water of an aquarium, it is proposed that a storage container which extends beyond the surface of the volume of water should be provided in the aquarium. Using a pump, water is periodically pumped from the water container into the storage container and returned from the storage container into the aquarium. The energy delivered to the water during this leads to fluctuations in the position of the free surface of the volume of water and in-phase operation of the pump provides stronger surface displacements in the aquarium, which are comparable with a wave in open water and which expose the plants and living beings in the aquarium to an alternating mechanical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tunze Aquarientechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Tunze