Accession Number : ADD003706

Title :   Inflatable Roadway.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Stachiw,Jerry D ; Berkeley,Joseph B , Jr

Report Date : 28 Dec 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : An inflatable roadway includes elongate flexible upper and lower panels secured and sealed together about their peripheries. The roadway is stored and transported in a laterally rolled configuration and when it is placed on the near side of an area of unfirm terrain, it is immediately ready for deployment. Coupling a source of pressurized gas to an appropriately disposed fitting on the roadway inflates at least one longitudinal envelope to cause an unrolling of the roadway across the unfirm area. A multitude of strands extending between the upper and lower panels ensures that the exposed surface of the upper panel maintains an essentially flat configuration. Personeel and vehicles can savely traverse a body of water, thin ice, swamp or simialr unfirm areas, safely. An air bearing cargo transportor also can traverse the unfirm terrain since the strands ensure that a smooth upper exposed surface is presented for pneumatic cooperation with the air bearing. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Inflatable structures, *Pontoons, Inflating, Gas cylinders, Panels, Configurations, Military applications, Swamps, Ice

Subject Categories : Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE