Accession Number : AD0163647

Title :   Hybrid Pneumatic-Mechanical Variable Configuration Wheel.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Markow,Edward G.

Report Date : 16 NOV 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The patent discloses a variable-geometry-type vehicle wheel whose profile can be automatically changed as required from a circular configuration for normal operation on roads to an elliptical configuration for off-the-road travel to increase traction. The profile of the wheel, formed with a flexible pneumatic spoke membrane and resilient rim is changed from a circular shape to an elliptical shape by canting the wheel hub disks relative to the wheel shaft centerline.

Descriptors :   (*VEHICLE WHEELS, *PATENTS), TIRES, INFLATABLE STRUCTURES, ACTUATORS, STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE