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Blast resistant vehicle seat

United States Patent

February 12, 2013
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Disclosed are various seats for vehicles particularly military vehicles that are susceptible to attack by road-bed explosive devices such as land mines or improvised explosive devices. The seats often have rigid seat shells and may include rigid bracing for rigidly securing the seat to the chassis of the vehicle. Typically embodiments include channels and particulate media such as sand disposed in the channels. A gas distribution system is generally employed to pump a gas through the channels and in some embodiments the gas is provided at a pressure sufficient to fluidize the particulate media when an occupant is sitting on the seat.
Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 952,326
November 23, 2010
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.