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Title: Support and maneuvering device

Abstract

A support and maneuvering device includes an elongated flexible inflatable enclosure having a fixed end and a movable end. The movable end is collapsible toward the fixed end to a contracted position when the enclosure is in a noninflated condition. Upon inflation, the movable end is movable away from the fixed end to an extended position. The movable end includes means for mounting an article such as a solar reflector thereon. The device also includes a plurality of position controlling means disposed about the movable end to effect adjusting movement of portions thereof by predetermined amounts and for controlling an angle at which the article disposed at the movable end is oriented. The plurality of position controlling means limits a suitable number degrees of freedom of the movable end for transmitting a steering motion thereto and for controlling the position thereof. 9 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6875132
Patent Number(s):
-US-A6028934
Assignee:
TIC; ERA-13-050985; EDB-88-167415
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; HELIOSTATS; SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEMS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; MEMBRANES; SOLAR TRACKING; EQUIPMENT; SOLAR CELL ARRAYS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT 140700* -- Solar Thermal Power Systems

Citation Formats

Wood, R.L. Support and maneuvering device. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Wood, R.L. Support and maneuvering device. United States.
Wood, R.L. Mon . "Support and maneuvering device". United States.
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abstractNote = {A support and maneuvering device includes an elongated flexible inflatable enclosure having a fixed end and a movable end. The movable end is collapsible toward the fixed end to a contracted position when the enclosure is in a noninflated condition. Upon inflation, the movable end is movable away from the fixed end to an extended position. The movable end includes means for mounting an article such as a solar reflector thereon. The device also includes a plurality of position controlling means disposed about the movable end to effect adjusting movement of portions thereof by predetermined amounts and for controlling an angle at which the article disposed at the movable end is oriented. The plurality of position controlling means limits a suitable number degrees of freedom of the movable end for transmitting a steering motion thereto and for controlling the position thereof. 9 figs.},
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year = {1987},
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