Accession Number : ADD011671

Title :   Air Bag Restraint System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lorch,D L

Report Date : 02 Apr 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : An air bag restraint system is disclosed for protecting an occupant in a seat during ejection from a vehicle, particularly an aircraft. In one perferred embodiment, an air bag member is deployed from a stored position frontally to the chest of the occupant and guided upward and downward along tracks on either side of the seat so that the upper body of the occupant is enclosed within the seat just prior to ejection. In another preferred embodiment, the air bag is stowed within a cover about a semi-circular hoop releasably connected to the seat about the chest of the occupant. At the initiation of the ejection sequence, the cover is released and the air bag inflated, expanded into the proper shape by external restraint straps, so that the head, arms and torso of the occupant are encapsulated at the time of ejection.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *EJECTION SEATS, AIRCRAFT, BODIES, EJECTION, EXTERNAL, SIDES, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, INFLATABLE STRUCTURES, HUMAN BODY, PILOTS, BAGS, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, RESTRAINT, STRAPS

Subject Categories : Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE