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Title: Magnetic gripper device

Abstract

A climbing apparatus is provided for climbing ferromagnetic surfaces, such as storage tanks and steel frame structures. A magnet assembly is rotatably mounted in a frame assembly. The frame assembly provides a pair of cam surfaces having different dimensions so that, when the frame is rotated, the cam surfaces contact the ferromagnetic surface to separate the magnet assembly from the surface. The different cam dimensions enable one side of the magnet at a time to be detached from the surface to reduce the effort needed to disengage the climbing apparatus. The cam surface also provides for smoothly attaching the apparatus. A hardened dowel pin is also attached to the frame and the pointed end of the dowel engages the surface when the magnet is attached to the surface to prevent downward sliding movement of the assembly under the weight of the user.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
OSTI Identifier:
868690
Patent Number(s):
5192155
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
magnetic; gripper; device; climbing; apparatus; provided; ferromagnetic; surfaces; storage; tanks; steel; frame; structures; magnet; assembly; rotatably; mounted; provides; pair; dimensions; rotated; contact; surface; separate; enable; time; detached; reduce; effort; disengage; smoothly; attaching; hardened; dowel; attached; engages; prevent; downward; sliding; movement; weight; user; storage tanks; rotatably mounted; assembly provides; storage tank; ferromagnetic surface; magnet assembly; steel frame; frame assembly; /403/36/52/248/

Citation Formats

Meyer, Ross E. Magnetic gripper device. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Meyer, Ross E. Magnetic gripper device. United States.
Meyer, Ross E. Fri . "Magnetic gripper device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/868690.
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abstractNote = {A climbing apparatus is provided for climbing ferromagnetic surfaces, such as storage tanks and steel frame structures. A magnet assembly is rotatably mounted in a frame assembly. The frame assembly provides a pair of cam surfaces having different dimensions so that, when the frame is rotated, the cam surfaces contact the ferromagnetic surface to separate the magnet assembly from the surface. The different cam dimensions enable one side of the magnet at a time to be detached from the surface to reduce the effort needed to disengage the climbing apparatus. The cam surface also provides for smoothly attaching the apparatus. A hardened dowel pin is also attached to the frame and the pointed end of the dowel engages the surface when the magnet is attached to the surface to prevent downward sliding movement of the assembly under the weight of the user.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {1}
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