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Boeing : Patent Issued for Gravity Chamber That Rotates on Support Bearings Mounted on an Inner Surface of a Hull of a Habitation Module (USPTO 9908644)

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03/15/2018 | 01:34pm EST

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL) has been issued patent number 9908644, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx editors (see also The Boeing Company).

The patent's inventors are Dharmaraj, Raju (League City, TX); Swartzell, Patrick A. (Pearland, TX); Engle, James Michael (Pearland, TX); Heiman, Karl David (Houston, TX).

This patent was filed on January 11, 2016 and was published online on March 6, 2018.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "When humans occupy a space station, they encounter a zero-gravity environment or 'weightless' environment. Extended exposure to a zero-gravity environment can be detrimental to the health of the human occupants, such as muscle and bone degeneration. To avoid these long-term health effects, artificial gravity environments may be installed in the space station. One way to create artificial gravity is with centrifugal force, where a vessel rotates at a speed that drives a human occupant inside of the vessel toward the outer hull of the vessel. The force on the human occupant feels like a gravitational pull.

"Because of the health benefits and comfort of artificial gravity, it is desirable to design improved artificial gravity environments for space habitats/vehicles."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, NewsRx reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Embodiments described herein include a habitation module for a space station or the like that includes a gravity chamber for human occupancy. The gravity chamber is cylindrical with an outer cylindrical wall and opposing side walls. The gravity chamber attaches to an inner surface of the hull of the habitation module via support bearings. Each support bearing includes an outer race attached to the hull, and an inner race attached to the gravity chamber. A drive mechanism rotates the gravity chamber on the support bearings about an axis to simulate a gravitational force within the gravity chamber. Artificial gravity is therefore created within the gravity chamber.

"In one embodiment, the drive mechanism directly drives one or both of the support bearings. For instance, the inner race of a support bearing may include teeth that mesh with a drive gear of the drive mechanism. Therefore, the drive mechanism is able to directly drive the gravity chamber (i.e., rotate the gravity chamber about the axis) without direct contact with a wall of the gravity chamber. Thus, the drive mechanism will create very little noise within the gravity chamber.

"A gravity chamber as described herein may be used as a walking, jogging, or running track, where crew members are able to exercise in an artificial gravity environment. An exercise track with artificial gravity is an improvement over treadmills and the like that are presently used in zero-gravity environments. Also, exercise in artificial gravity as compared to zero-gravity provides health benefits for the crew members, such as reduced muscle and bone degeneration.

"A gravity chamber may be used for or reconfigured into resting areas, such as a restroom, bedroom, office, etc. Using a gravity chamber in this manner has benefits for the crew members, such as sleeping in a horizontal position, sitting in normal postures for work, etc.

"One embodiment comprises a habitation module comprising a hull that defines an outer diameter of the habitation module. The habitation module further includes a gravity chamber that includes an outer cylindrical wall and opposing side walls that connect to the outer cylindrical wall. The habitation module further includes first support bearings for attaching the gravity chamber to the hull of the habitation module, wherein each of the first support bearings includes an outer race attached to an inner surface of the hull, and an inner race attached to the gravity chamber. The habitation module further includes a first drive mechanism that drives the inner race of at least one of the first support bearings to rotate the gravity chamber in a first direction about an axis to simulate a gravitational force within the gravity chamber.

"In another embodiment, the first support bearings comprise a pair of support bearings spaced axially along the inner surface of the hull, and attached to opposing sides of the gravity chamber.

"In another embodiment, the habitation module further includes a cylindrical counter-weight member that rotates about the axis in an opposite direction than the gravity chamber.

"In another embodiment, the cylindrical counter-weight member comprises a counter-weight and second support bearings for attaching the counter-weight to the hull. Each of the second support bearings includes an outer race attached to the inner surface of the hull, and an inner race attached to the counter-weight.

"In another embodiment, the habitation module further includes a second drive mechanism that drives the inner race of at least one of the second support bearings to rotate the counter-weight in a second direction about the axis that is opposite than the first direction.

"In another embodiment, a first one of the first support bearings includes teeth on the inner race. The first drive mechanism includes a drive gear having teeth that mesh with the teeth on the inner race of the first one of the first support bearings. The first drive mechanism is configured to spin the drive gear to impart rotational movement to the inner race of the first one of the first support bearings.

"In another embodiment, the gravity chamber is hollow between the outer cylindrical wall and the side walls, and an inner surface of the outer cylindrical wall is lined with a material for an exercise track.

"In another embodiment, the gravity chamber includes an inner cylindrical wall, where the side walls extend between the inner cylindrical wall and the outer cylindrical wall. The gravity chamber includes a plurality of partitions that extend radially from the inner cylindrical wall to the outer cylindrical wall to define compartments within the gravity chamber. The compartments may be for a restroom facility, a sleeping facility, etc.

"In another embodiment, the gravity chamber includes an inner cylindrical wall, where the side walls extend between the inner cylindrical wall and the outer cylindrical wall. The gravity chamber includes a divider orthogonal to the axis that divides the gravity chamber into a first annular sub-chamber and a second annular sub-chamber. The first annular sub-chamber is hollow between the inner cylindrical wall, the outer cylindrical wall, and the side walls for an exercise track. The second annular sub-chamber includes a plurality of partitions that extend radially from the inner cylindrical wall to the outer cylindrical wall between the side walls to define compartments within the second annular sub-chamber.

"In another embodiment, the side walls include support members that connect to the outer cylindrical wall and provide rigidity to the side walls. The support members include spring dampeners.

"Another embodiment comprises a habitation module that includes a hull that defines an outer diameter of the habitation module. The habitation module further includes a first gravity chamber that includes a first outer cylindrical wall and first opposing side walls, and a second gravity chamber that includes a second outer cylindrical wall and second opposing side walls. The habitation module further includes first support bearings for attaching the first gravity chamber to the hull of the habitation module. Each of the first support bearings includes a first outer race attached to an inner surface of the hull, and a first inner race attached to the first gravity chamber. The habitation module further includes second support bearings for attaching the second gravity chamber to the hull. Each of the second support bearings includes a second outer race attached to the inner surface of the hull, and a second inner race attached to the second gravity chamber. The habitation module further includes at least one drive mechanism that rotates the first gravity chamber on the first support bearings in a first direction about an axis, and rotates the second gravity chamber on the second support bearings in a second direction about the axis that is opposite than the first direction.

"Another embodiment comprises a habitation module having a hull that defines an outer diameter of the habitation module. The habitation module further includes an annular gravity chamber that includes an outer cylindrical wall, an inner cylindrical wall, and opposing side walls that connect the outer cylindrical wall and the inner cylindrical wall. The habitation module further includes first support bearings for attaching the gravity chamber to the hull. Each of the first support bearings includes a first outer race attached to an inner surface of the hull, and a first inner race attached to the gravity chamber. The habitation module further includes a first drive mechanism that drives the first inner race of at least one of the first support bearings to rotate the gravity chamber in a first direction about an axis to simulate a gravitational force within the gravity chamber. The habitation module further includes a counter-weight and second support bearings for attaching the counter-weight to the hull. Each of the second support bearings includes a second outer race attached to the inner surface of the hull, and a second inner race attached to the counter-weight. The habitation module further includes a second drive mechanism that drives the second inner race of at least one of the second support bearings to rotate the counter-weight in a second direction about the axis that is opposite than the first direction.

"The features, functions, and advantages that have been discussed can be achieved independently in various embodiments or may be combined in yet other embodiments, further details of which can be seen with reference to the following description and drawings."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Dharmaraj, Raju; Swartzell, Patrick A.; Engle, James Michael; Heiman, Karl David. Gravity Chamber That Rotates on Support Bearings Mounted on an Inner Surface of a Hull of a Habitation Module. U.S. Patent Number 9908644, filed January 11, 2016, and published online on March 6, 2018. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9908644.PN.&OS=PN/9908644RS=PN/9908644

Keywords for this news article include: Physics, Business, Bone Research, Space Station, The Boeing Company, Health and Medicine, Gravitational Forces, Aerospace and Defense Companies.

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2018, NewsRx LLC

(c) 2018 NewsRx LLC, source Health Newsletters

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