Synchronous Drive Apparatus With Non-circular Drive Elements
This Study relates to drive systems synchronized using timing belts (e.g. an automobile internal combustion engine) which must elimintate or minimize undesirable fluctuating load torques from the moving parts of the motor (which may cause noise or damage). Specifically, this Study relates to a system which uses a non-circular rotor which creates a periodic fluctuating corrective torque on the timing belt. The torque created by this non-circular rotor reduces or substantially cancels the undesireable fluctuating load torques created by the motor.
The system should be designed such that the non-circular rotor applies an opposing fluctuating corrective torque which minimizes or cancels the fluctuating load torques from sources such as a the camshaft, water pump or the fuel pump. The system may use one or more non-circular rotors.
Please note that references which do not show all of the following elements will be Declined:
(a) torque reduction or cancellation,
(b) by means of a non-circular rotor, and
(c) in a timing belt-type system.
Latest Date for Prior Art: 11/27/2001
This Study is a request for prior art, including US and foreign patents and patent applications, non-patent literature, and systems that provides a path to invalidity for the Study patent claims that is not already known.
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Research Requirements: Download known prior art
Please see Study Description and Patent, with focus on Claims 1, 30, 39, and 50.
Please note that references which do not show torque reduction or cancellation by means of a non-circular rotor will be Declined.
All references need to have either been filed or published on or before this date. Any references filed or published after the LDPA will be automatically declined.
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