Rolfe, Bernard Frank, De Souza, Timothy Ian, Pitts, Gregory Ryan, Hanafin, Stuart James McFarlane, Agius, Steven Lewis Anthony, Adamson, Benjamin Paul, Pereira, Michael Pio Gordon, Black, Timothy John, Hurren, Christopher James and Miller, Noel Egan 2010, CHASSIS FOR PNEUMATIC VEHICLE, United States (2) Patent US 2010078245 (A1).
A pneumatic vehicle is provided with a first sub-assembly with a chassis, part of the vehicle body, a pair of B-pillars, a pair of rear rails, wheels, an elongate aluminum compressed load bearing air tank oriented longitudinally in the chassis, side panels connected to the tank and the wheels, a heat exchanger to heat the compressed air, and an air motor driven by the heated, compressed air and connected to a wheel. A ventilation system has a restrictive solenoid valve for directing air to the heat exchanger. The air tank is provided with a carbon filament reinforced plastic layer, and a fiberglass and aramid-fiber layer. A second sub-assembly includes part of the vehicle body bonded to the first-sub-assembly using a structural adhesive, a pair of A-pillars, and a pair of roof rails. Seating includes inflatable components for adjustment.