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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A PUMPING TUBE INTO AN AIR MAINTENANCE TIRE SIDEWALL GROOVE

United States Patent Application

20160082680
A1
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Apparatus and method of assembling an elongate air pumping tube into an elongate tire sidewall groove includes engaging the tire sidewall outward surface with an impact wheel at an impact location proximally adjacent and above the elongate groove as the tire is rotated. The groove is thereby spread segment-by-segment for segment-by-segment synchronous insertion of the tube into the groove. The groove is closed segment-by-segment as each spread segment is returned to its original narrower dimension utilizing elastomeric material composition properties of the tire sidewall.
Dyrlund, Christopher David (Canton, OH), Delgado, Andres Ignacio (Medina, OH)
14/ 489,608
September 18, 2014
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FUNDING [0001] This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-EE0005447 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.