Accession Number : ADD016121

Title :   Submarine Mast Fairing Bearing Configuration.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 28 Jun 91, patented 18 Jan 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Plangetis, Gus F

Report Date : 18 Jan 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Bearing apparatus for submarine mist fairing or other cylindroid member, featuring at least one stave bearing which is made an integral part of the fairing or other cylindroid member and which is tangentially and supportively engaged by a complementary structural bearing which is coupled with the submarine sail or other supporting structure. Utilization of the stave bearing surface rather than the cylindroid member surface in the bearing engagement permits utilization of superior materials for the mating elements and consequent improvement in wear, noise and maintenance characteristics of the bearing assembly. For some embodiments an adjustable housing for the complementary bearing allows for wear of the stave bearing and complementary bearing by providing adjustability of the clearance distance at the interface between these two mating clements. Additional structural support can be provided by one or more bushings, molds and/or other reinforcement members. At the same time, this invention offers requisite camouflage capabilities in terms of coloration for many submarine applications.

Descriptors :   *BEARINGS, *SUBMARINE EQUIPMENT, *PATENTS, ASSEMBLY, BUSHINGS, CAMOUFLAGE, CLEARANCES, FAIRINGS, HOUSINGS, INTEGRALS, INTERFACES, INVENTIONS, MAINTENANCE, MATERIALS, MIST, NOISE, STRUCTURES, SUBMARINES, SUBMARINE SAILS, SURFACES, TIME, UTILIZATION, WEAR

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE