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1. WO1997034785 - AIRBAG SYSTEM INFLATOR

Publication Number WO/1997/034785
Publication Date 25.09.1997
International Application No. PCT/US1997/004676
International Filing Date 21.03.1997
IPC
B60R 21/205 2011.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
20Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components
205in dashboards
B60R 21/26 2011.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
26characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow
B60R 21/261 2011.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
26characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow
261with means other than bag structure to diffuse or guide inflation fluid
B60R 21/268 2011.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
26characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow
268using instantaneous release of stored pressurised gas
F16K 17/36 2006.1
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
KVALVES; TAPS; COCKS; ACTUATING-FLOATS; DEVICES FOR VENTING OR AERATING
17Safety valves; Equalising valves
36actuated in consequence of extraneous circumstances, e.g. shock, change of position
F16K 17/40 2006.1
FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OR UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
KVALVES; TAPS; COCKS; ACTUATING-FLOATS; DEVICES FOR VENTING OR AERATING
17Safety valves; Equalising valves
40with fracturing member, e.g. fracturing diaphragm, fusible joint
CPC
B60R 2021/26094
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings ; , e.g. crash pads
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
26characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow
26094characterised by fluid flow controlling valves
B60R 2021/2612
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings ; , e.g. crash pads
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
26characterised by the inflation fluid source or means to control inflation fluid flow
261with means other than bag structure to diffuse or guide inflation fluid
2612Gas guiding means, e.g. ducts
B60R 21/01516
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
015including means for detecting the presence or position of passengers, passenger seats or child seats ; , and the related safety parameters therefor, e.g. speed or timing of airbag inflation in relation to occupant position or seat belt use
01512Passenger detection systems
01516using force or pressure sensing means
B60R 21/01526
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
015including means for detecting the presence or position of passengers, passenger seats or child seats ; , and the related safety parameters therefor, e.g. speed or timing of airbag inflation in relation to occupant position or seat belt use
01512Passenger detection systems
01516using force or pressure sensing means
01526using piezoelectric elements
B60R 21/01544
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
015including means for detecting the presence or position of passengers, passenger seats or child seats ; , and the related safety parameters therefor, e.g. speed or timing of airbag inflation in relation to occupant position or seat belt use
01512Passenger detection systems
01544detecting seat belt parameters, e.g. length, tension or height-adjustment
B60R 21/205
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
02Occupant safety arrangements or fittings ; , e.g. crash pads
16Inflatable occupant restraints or confinements designed to inflate upon impact or impending impact, e.g. air bags
20Arrangements for storing inflatable members in their non-use or deflated condition; Arrangement or mounting of air bag modules or components
205in dashboards
Applicants
  • AIRBELT SYSTEMS, INC. [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • FINK, Michael
Agents
  • CASCIO, Anthony, T.
Priority Data
08/656,37421.03.1996US
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) AIRBAG SYSTEM INFLATOR
(FR) SYSTEME POUR GONFLER UN AIR-BAG
Abstract
(EN) A valve mechanism (40) for controlling the release of gas (52) from a pressure vessel (50) into an airbag system is disclosed. When a collision occurs, gas (52) is initially released from a pressure vessel (50). The gas (52) travels through a valve mechanism (40) which regulates the volume of the gas (52) flowing through the valve from the pressure vessel (50) into an inflatable vehicle occupant restraint (30). When inflated, the vehicle occupant restraint (30) restrains an occupant of a vehicule during a collision. By controlling the gas flow into the airbag (30) at the appropriate times, the valve achieves the desired bag energy absorbing characteristics for each unique crash situation. The valve uses pilot pressure and actuating means (86) to control the flow by controlling the cross-sectional area of the gas flow path through the valve system (40).
(FR) L'invention concerne un mécanisme de valve (40) pour réguler la libération de gaz (52), depuis un récipient (50) sous pression, dans un système d'air-bag. Quand il se produit une collision, le gaz (52) est libéré initialement d'un récipient (50) sous pression. Le gaz (52) traverse le mécanisme de valve (40) qui ajuste le volume de gaz (52) traversant la valve depuis le récipient (50) sous pression dans un système gonflable (30) restreignant les mouvements de l'occupant. Quand il est gonflé, le système (30) immobilise l'occupant du véhicule durant une collision. En ajustant le débit du gaz dans l'air-bag (30), à des moments appropriés, la valve permet d'avoir les caractéristiques d'absorption de l'énergie adaptées à chaque situation de collision particulière. La valve utilise une pression pilote et un moyen d'actionnement (86) pour adapter le débit, par l'ajustement de la section transversale offerte au flux de gaz dans le système de valve (40).
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