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Dec. 17. 1946.
2,412,885
R. M. HARMON
SHOCK ABSORBER
Filed Oct. 14, 1944
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Patented Dec. 17, 1946
2,412,885
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,412,885
SHOCK ABSORBER
Ralph M. Harmon, Wichita, Kane, asslgnor to
Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kane, a
corporation of Delaware
Application October 14, 1944, Serial No. 558,155
2 Claims.
(01. 188-88)
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The invention here disclosed relates to shock
absorbers. and particularly to shock absorbers of
the type employed in aircraft landing gear.
Objects of the invention are to provide shock
absorbing mechanism of strong but light weight
cated at the outer end of the barrel and a second
bearing land 8 is provided at an intermediate
point, slightly beyond mid-length of the cylinder.
construction and arranged to effectively carry the
bending stresses to which such devices are sub
by welding, brazing, soldering, riveting, bolting or
iected.
screw fastening.
‘Other objects of the invention are to simplify
and reduce the cost of manufacture and assem
bly.
Other desirable objects and the novel features
by which the purposes of the invention are at
These spaced bearing lands may be integral
portions of the cylinder or they may be separately
formed and then integrated with the cylinder as
In the illustration the outer or end bearing land
10 is indicated as having a screwed connection at
9 in the end of the cylinder and the intermediate
bearing land is shown as secured at a selected in
termediate position in the cylinder by screw fas
tenings Ill.
of the following speci?cation.
This construction, with the piston of smaller
15
The drawing accompanying and forming part
diameter and free and clear of the inner surface
tained are set forth or will appear in the course
of the speci?cation illustrates a‘present practical
oi’v the barrel and the only engagement between
the barrel and piston taken by interposed bearing
embodiment of the invention. Structure, how
ever, may be modi?ed and changed as regards
lands eliminates need for precision machine work
the present disclosure, all within the true intent 20 and time consuming ?nishing operations on the
inner surface of the barrel. As the piston en
and broad scope ‘of the invention as hereinafter
gages only the inner surfaces of the two bearing
ie?ned and claimed.
The single ?gure in the drawing is a longitudi
elements ‘I, ll, only the inner surfaces of these
18.1 sectional view of a present commercial em
members need be accurately ?nished, such as to
aodiment of the invention.
25 the extent of honing and polishing, to match the
?nish of the piston.
In this view the barrel or cylinder is designated
I and the tubular piston operating therein, 2.
Where as is usually preferred, the bearing lands
1 and 8 are separately formed ring elements, these
can be readily machined at reasonable cost, sep~
:ively movable parts of the aircraft landing gear 30 arate and apart from the barrel and then after
proper ?nishing, be assembled and secured in their
)1‘ other apparatus to which the mechanism is
applied.
proper positions in the barrel. The piston, be
In the example, the closed end of the cylinder
ing of the one continuous diameter, can be as
sembled by simply passing it through the spaced
:arries a ?tting 3 perforated to receive a mount
ng bolt, and similarly the closed end or the pis 35 outer and inner bearings of the cylinder, and dis
assembly can be as readily accomplished, in re
aon carries a ?tting 4 perforated for reception of
The outer or closed ends of these parts are sult
ibly equipped for attachment between the rela
a. bolt or other fastening.
The inner end of the piston carries a cap or
ring 5 open at the center at 8 for passage of air
ll'ld oil or other mediums that may be employed
is the cushioning and shock absorbing materials.
The external surface of the tubular piston is
:moothly. ?nished, usually centerless ground and
)OIiShBd, and in the structure shown the piston
verse manner.
The piston is shown as having an attachment
II for ?lling and emptying and a packing is con
ventionally indicated at H in the outer bearing
land, it being appreciated that these may be of
any standard or acceptable designs and located
in either or both of the aforementioned lands.
The novel construction disclosed enables ac
s of the same, single diameter its full length. 45 curate calculation of bending stresses in the piston
and ef?ciency in a strength-weight ratio. Little
inishing operations on the piston.
or no internal machining in the cylinder is re
The piston, instead of having a sliding engage
quired. The bearing‘lands can be made up as pre
nent its full length in the cylinder or having a
finished rings and be inserted and mechanically
mad in sliding engagement in the cylinder, is 50 secured in proper position in the barrel at much
ilidingly guided and supported by special bearing
less cost and with more efficient operation than
this enables simple, inexpensive machining and
ands poistioned and proportioned to best carry
could be accomplished with internal boring and
.he loads and stresses to which the parts are sub
honing operations on the barrel.
The screw
mounting of the bearing lands illustrated enables
In the illustration, one bearing land ‘I is 10- 55 ready removal and replacement of these parts if
ected. '
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they should become worn or injured.
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This re
placeability of the inner, intermediately located
bearing is of advantage also to provide for re
placement of such a bearing land with one of
,
supported and spaced bearing lands, whereby the
only bearing surfaces are the external surface of
the piston and the internal surfaces of said ?xedly
spaced lands.
greater or less width or located in a different in
termediate position for taking care of different
bearing loads or other variables.
2. In a shock absorber or hydraulic actuator for
aircraft or the like, an arrangement comprising a
claims shouldbe read accordingly.
I claim:
tained liquid and air, said piston having external
barrel having open and closed ends and external
While of particular importance for shock struts
attaching means at the closed end, a tubular pis
and other forms of shock absorber constructions,
ton having open and closed ends and operating
it will be realized that the invention is adapted to 10 with the open end within the open end of the
other purposes, such as to hydraulic actuators for
barrel and forming therewith a variable capacity
aircraft and the like. The speci?cation and
compression ‘and expansion chamber for con
attaching means at the closed end or the same,
1. In a shock absorber or hydraulic actuator for 15 said piston being of less diameter and operating
aircraft of the like, an arrangement comprising a
clear of the inner surface of the barrel and hear
barrel having open and closed ends and external
ing lands for the piston ?xedly secured in said
attaching means at the closed end, a tubular
barrel at the outer, open end and at an inter
piston having open and‘ closed ends and operating
mediate point in the length of the barrel, said
with the open end within the open end of the bar 20 bearing lands having smooth ?nished internal
rel and forming therewith a variable capacity
bearing surfaces of fundamentally the same di
compression and expansion chamber for con
ameter and of less diameter than the internal di
tained liquid and air, said piston having external
ameter of the barrel and the tubular piston hav
attaching means at the closed end of the same,
ing a corresponding smooth ?nished bearing sur
said piston being of less diameter and operating
face of the same diameter and slidingly operating
clear of the inner surface of the barrel and bear
in said ?nished internal surfaces of said ?xedly
ing lands for the piston ?xedly secured in said
supported and spaced bearing lands, whereby the
barrel at the outer, open end and'at an inter
only bearing surfaces are the external surface of
mediate point in the length of the barrel, said
the piston and the internal surfaces of said ?xedly
bearing lands having smooth ?nished internal 30 spaced lands, said intermediate bearing land be
bearing surfaces of fundamentally the same die
ing a pre?nished ring of a size insertable in the
ameter and of less diameter than the internal di
barrel and said ring being inserted to a selected
meter of the barrel and the tubular piston hav
intermediate position in the barrel, and means se
ing a corresponding smooth finished bearing sur- ,
curing said pre?nished inserted ring ?xed to said
face of the same diameter and slidingly operating 35 barrel in said selected position.
in said ?nished internal surfaces 0! said ?xedly
RALPH M. HARMON.
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