Retractable, Lever Action, Scroll Seal for a Surface Effect Ship.
Patent, Filed 24 Feb 86, patented 29 Sep 87,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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This abstract discloses an improved seal design for a Surface Effect Ship, having an inflatable inner seal member, and outer seal member composed of a pliable sheet material scrollably affixed to the hull fore and aft of the inner seal member. The seal may be retracted for hullborne operation by deflating the inner seal member and scrolling the outer seal member tight to hull. The inner seal member has transverse webbing for stability. The outer seal member is periodically scrolled forward to expose an unworn section to the water surface thereby reducing seal failure due to wear. The present invention relates generally to an Air Cushion Vehicle. An Air Cushion Vehicle ACV rides on a cushion of air contained below the ship by a flexible seal depending from the ships periphery. A Surface Effect Ship SES, an ACV comprising two sidehulls, a fore seal, and an aft seal, may operate in either the hullborne mode or the air cushion. Objects of the present invention are to reduce the wear and drag of an SES seal to improve the safety of air cushion operation to reduce the risk of damage and injury from seal failure due to excessive cushion venting, seal deflation, seal sweepback, and seal damage from wear to improve the hullborne operating characteristics of an SES and to reduce the frequency, expense, and difficulty of SES seal maintenance. Patents. aw
- Adhesives, Seals and Binders
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles