Accession Number : ADD018057

Title :   A Fin Assembly for a Vehicle.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 1 May 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Cho, Chahee P ; Olson, Stanley J

PDF Url : ADD018057

Report Date : 01 May 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A fin assembly for effecting guidance of a vehicle through a fluid medium includes an electromagnet fixed in a portion of the vehicle, and a rigid shaft fixed to a hull portion of the vehicle and extending outwardly therefrom and in alignment with the electromagnet. A fin is rotatably mounted on the shaft and is, at least in part, a permanent magnet. A switch assembly is provided in the vehicle for effecting in a first portion of the electromagnet an attractive force between the electromagnet and the permanent magnet, and in a second portion of the electromagnet a repelling force therebetween, to cause the fin to rotate on the shaft in a selected direction to effect the guidance of the vehicle.

Descriptors :   *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *HULLS(MARINE), *FINS, FLUIDS, MOUNTS, GUIDANCE, SHAFTS(MACHINE ELEMENTS), ASSEMBLY, RIGIDITY, PERMANENT MAGNETS, ELECTROMAGNETS, SWITCHES

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE