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1. (WO1998013109) ABRASION RESISTANT ENERGY ABSORBING TREADMILL WALKING/RUNNING BELT

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/013109    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/015393
Publication Date: Apr 2, 1998 International Filing Date: Sep 26, 1996
IPC: A63B 22/02
B65G 15/42
Applicants: THE GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
DEBUS, James, Walter
Inventors: DEBUS, James, Walter
Title: ABRASION RESISTANT ENERGY ABSORBING TREADMILL WALKING/RUNNING BELT
Abstract:
An endless belt (10) for use in exercising treadmills is provided. The endless belt includes at least an underlying ply (18) of low friction material, an internal core (38) of compressive and resilient material, and an overlying skin (42) of abrasion resistant material. The internal core (38) consists of a series of transverse projections (30) having inclined side walls (46, 47). The shape of projections (30) of the internal core (38) allows for the compression thereof while providing a suitable walking/running surface. The underlying ply (18) minimizes friction between the belt and any underlying support. The overlying skin (12) increases the durability of the belt while providing friction between a user's foot and the belt (10) for movement thereof. The belt may further include a reinforcing ply (32) disposed between the underlying ply (18) and the internal core (38).