#2246: Burstoroid

A burst tyre is something to be avoided. In particular a tyre which shreds when an aircraft lands or a lorry passes over some sharp ironwork can have catastrophic consequences.

Today’s invention is therefore a simple backup.

backupwheel

A vehicle with many wheels would have some subset of its tyres constructed in the following way.

These tyres would have a solid inner tyre moulded into them during manufacture.

When the outer rubber surface is damaged and deflation occurs, this inner tyre would contact the ground as the outer fragments were torn away.

This would allow control to be maintained until the vehicle could be brought to a stop.

Although this would add a small weight penalty, the improvement in safety would be significant.

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by rob tillaart

    Why not “chamberize” the wheel in “air circles” sort of onion of air

  2. Comment by Patrick

    Well my thinking on this was that I wanted a single, solid failsafe. The only downside would be having to take off with an extra n solid rubber wheels. Using an onion configuration might complicate the question of how to keep the various layers inflated correctly (If I’ve understood your suggestion).

    Airline economies being what they are (£5 smoke hoods are too expensive) I suspect that this might not meet with their approval, but it could be a go-er for heavy-lift military aeroplanes.
    Cheers,
    p

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