FEASIBILITY OF AN IN-FLIGHT TIRE INFLATION/DEFLATION SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$47,921.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
1988
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
8625
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Flow Systems Inc
21414 - 68th Ave S, Kent, WA, 98032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 MARK H MARVIN
 (206) 872-8500
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AIRCRAFT TYPICALLY USE PNEUMATIC TIRE EQUIPPED LANDING GEAR. MORE AIRCRAFT ARE BEING TASKED TO BE CAPABLE OF OPERATING TO AND FROM PAVED AND ROUGH/SOFT FIELDS OR RUNWAYS TO SUPPORT GROUND OPERATIONS. ADJUSTING TIRE PRESSURE FOR OPTIMAL TIRE/SOIL INTERACTION WILL BE NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL. THIS PROPOSAL PRESENTS A RELIABLE SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING TIRE PRESSURE WHILE IN FLIGHT. AIR WILL BE PROVIDED BY A SYSTEM EXTERNAL TO THE TIRE AND TRANSPORTED THROUGH A ROTARY JOINT TO THE TIRE. THE CIRITICAL ELEMENT OF THE SYSTEM IS A SWIVEL/VALVE WHICH ALLOWS THE TIRE TO BE INFLATED OR DEFLATED WHEN ACTIVATED, BUT ISOLATES THE TIRE PRESSURE FROM THE ROTARY SEAL WHEN NOT ACTIVATED. A MAJOR OBJECTIVE IS TO DESIGN, FABRICATE, AND TEST A SWIVEL/VALVE TO VERIFY THE FEASIBILITY OF ITS USE IN AN INFLATION/DEFLATION SYSTEM.

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