Deakin University

File(s) under permanent embargo

Chassis for pneumatic vehicle

posted on 2012-11-20, 00:00 authored by Bernard RolfeBernard Rolfe, Timothy De Souza, Gregory Pitts, S Hanafin, Steven Agius, B Adamson, M Pereira, T Black, C Hurren, Noel Miller
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.


Patent owner

Deakin University

Registry office

United States (2)

Patent number

US 2010078245 (B2)

Patent family name

Chassis for pneumatic vehicle



Publication classification

I.1 Patents

Usage metrics

    Research Publications


    No categories selected