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Title:
VIBRATION DAMPENING APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2002023061
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Disclosed are apparatus and methods used to reduce or eliminate vibration during material removable processes, such as high-speed machining. The apparatus and method are particularly useful in the machining of thin-wall or oddly-shaped structures. The apparatus (2) includes a self-contained flexible, expandable bladder (4), which is surrounded by a gel-like material (10), which is in turn enclosed in a flexible, expandable bag-like enclosure (6). The flexible bag material provides structural support to prevent disturbance of the work piece when influenced by material removal forces. The bladder is capable of expanding and contracting within the enclosure. The expansion of the bladder displaces the gel-like material and expands the bag-like enclosure, thereby ensuring adequate contact between the bag-like enclosure and both the holding fixture and the work piece.

Inventors:
SOUCY ALAN J (US)
Application Number:
US0128816W
Publication Date:
June 20, 2002
Filing Date:
September 14, 2001
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Assignee:
SOUCY, ALAN, J.
International Classes:
F16F9/04; F16F9/30; F16F13/00; (IPC1-7): F16F13/00; F16F9/30
Domestic Patent References:
WO1997025551A21997-07-17
WO1993021790A11993-11-11
Foreign References:
EP1031299A22000-08-30
US4724560A1988-02-16
US4416445A1983-11-22
EP0533214A11993-03-24
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