Chippenham, UK; 31 Jul 2020. Carbon ThreeSixty, the structural composites specialist, are delighted to announce that the UK’s Intellectual Property Office have granted the company a patent (GB2575889A) on a novel and disruptive architecture for lightweight bolt-less runflat and beadlock wheels.
The design, codename LPRB, provides lightweight fighting and support vehicles with runflat and beadlock functionality whilst also enabling a reduction in gross vehicle weight. By incorporating a runflat element, it is also possible to remove the need for the vehicle to carry a spare wheel assembly.
The combined runflat and beadlock features ensure that during loss of tyre pressure the vehicle remains operational with minimal impact on performance.
The patent’s unique interlocking feature means that tyres can be changed using standard equipment with no specialist tools or machines required. No fasteners are required to secure the runflat elements in place.ndustry.
Benefits of the LPRB System:
Improved escape and evade capability
Reduction in vehicle weight
Eliminates the need for a spare wheel
Retro-fit for existing vehicles
Additional payload capacity
The LPRB concept was conceived and developed to work with lightweight rapid response vehicles where gross vehicle weight reduction, increased payload and improved functionality are highly desirable. The system is being further developed to work on a range of vehicles from single operator ATVs to multi-role vehicles with a 20” wheel size. It also has the potential to be adapted for the armoured/VIP vehicle market.
Ed Allnutt, Managing Director at Carbon ThreeSixty, said:
“My co-founder Will Battrick and I are delighted to have secured this first patent for Carbon ThreeSixty – just the first of many protecting the highly innovative work the team here generate.”
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About Carbon ThreeSixty (www.carbonthreesixty.com)
Carbon ThreeSixty provide lightweighting solutions through the use of advanced composite materials and manufacturing processes. They specialise in resin transfer moulding (RTM) processes and novel preforming techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) to produce highly optimised and cost-effective structures.
Carbon ThreeSixty are a member of CompositesUK, the Trade Body for the UK composites industry.