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Title: Device for absorbing mechanical shock

Abstract

This invention is a comparatively inexpensive but efficient shock-absorbing device having special application to the protection of shipping and storage cylinders. In a typical application, two of the devices are strapped to a cylinder to serve as saddle-type supports for the cylinder during storage and to protect the cylinder in the event it is dropped during lifting or lowering operations. In its preferred form, the invention includes a hardwood plank whose grain runs in the longitudinal direction. The basal portion of the plank is of solid cross-section, whereas the upper face of the plank is cut away to form a concave surface fittable against the sidewall of a storage cylinder. The concave surface is divided into a series of segments by transversely extending, throughgoing relief slots. A layer of elastomeric material is positioned on the concave face, the elastomer being extrudable into slots when pressed against the segments by a preselected pressure characteristic of a high-energy impact. The compressive, tensile, and shear properties of the hardwood and the elastomer are utilized in combination to provide a surprisingly high energy-absorption capability.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Knoxville, TN)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
OSTI Identifier:
863753
Patent Number(s):
US 4241810
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) ORNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
device; absorbing; mechanical; shock; comparatively; inexpensive; efficient; shock-absorbing; special; application; protection; shipping; storage; cylinders; typical; devices; strapped; cylinder; serve; saddle-type; supports; protect; event; dropped; lifting; lowering; operations; preferred; form; hardwood; plank; grain; runs; longitudinal; direction; basal; portion; solid; cross-section; upper; cut; concave; surface; fittable; sidewall; divided; series; segments; transversely; extending; throughgoing; relief; slots; layer; elastomeric; material; positioned; elastomer; extrudable; pressed; preselected; pressure; characteristic; high-energy; impact; compressive; tensile; shear; properties; utilized; combination; provide; surprisingly; energy-absorption; capability; preferred form; typical application; concave surface; longitudinal direction; elastomeric material; selected pressure; storage cylinders; mechanical shock; comparatively inexpensive; special application; storage cylinder; /188/206/248/410/

Citation Formats

Newlon, Charles E. Device for absorbing mechanical shock. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Newlon, Charles E. Device for absorbing mechanical shock. United States.
Newlon, Charles E. Tue . "Device for absorbing mechanical shock". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863753.
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abstractNote = {This invention is a comparatively inexpensive but efficient shock-absorbing device having special application to the protection of shipping and storage cylinders. In a typical application, two of the devices are strapped to a cylinder to serve as saddle-type supports for the cylinder during storage and to protect the cylinder in the event it is dropped during lifting or lowering operations. In its preferred form, the invention includes a hardwood plank whose grain runs in the longitudinal direction. The basal portion of the plank is of solid cross-section, whereas the upper face of the plank is cut away to form a concave surface fittable against the sidewall of a storage cylinder. The concave surface is divided into a series of segments by transversely extending, throughgoing relief slots. A layer of elastomeric material is positioned on the concave face, the elastomer being extrudable into slots when pressed against the segments by a preselected pressure characteristic of a high-energy impact. The compressive, tensile, and shear properties of the hardwood and the elastomer are utilized in combination to provide a surprisingly high energy-absorption capability.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1980},
month = {Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1980}
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