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Title:
MULTIFUNCTION THRUSTER ASSEMBLY FOR WATERCRAFT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/039742
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A thruster assembly that in addition to propulsion provides water flow to/from compartments and systems on board a vessel. In a first position, the thruster assembly provides propulsion/steering. Pivoted to a second position, operation of the thruster in a first direction draws a flow into the vessel and in a second direction draws a flow out of the vessel. The flows may be conveyed to/from compartments/systems on board the vessel via conduits in communication with a chamber having an opening through which the thruster drives the flows. The flows may be used to submerge/surface the vessel, or to provide systems cooling or serve other functions. Pivoted to a third position the thruster assembly is retracted and enclosed within the chamber to form a hydrodynamically clean exterior.

Inventors:
AYOTTE THOMAS M (US)
CLIFTON SCOTT M (AU)
TODTER CHRIS G (US)
TODTER MICHAEL M (US)
Application Number:
US2016/000053
Publication Date:
April 06, 2017
Filing Date:
June 27, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
OCEAN AERO INC (US)
AYOTTE THOMAS M (US)
CLIFTON SCOTT M (AU)
TODTER CHRIS G (US)
TODTER MICHAEL M (US)
International Classes:
B63G8/22; B63B13/00; B63B13/02; B63G8/08; B63G8/16; B63H5/14; B63H23/24
Foreign References:
US20120137951A12012-06-07
US20090211511A12009-08-27
GB1001594A1965-08-18
US3030910A1962-04-24
US6932013B12005-08-23
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HATHAWAY, Todd, N. (#620Bellingham, WA, US)
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