Patent Number: 6,168,487

Title: Inflatable structure, in particular a life float

Abstract: In inflatable large-size structures such as life boats it is required that an external and easily accessible gas cylinder is hose-connected with a plurality of mutually separated injection areas, because the gas medium, by evaporation and expansion, produces a substantial reduction in temperature at each injection area there will potentially exist choking ice formations. This can be counteracted by distributing the injection over more areas or spots in order to achieve a more rapid and effective transfer of heat from the surroundings for making sure that the inflation can take place in a desirably rapid manner. Conventionally this implies that the structure exhibits exposed connector hoses to the different injection spots, these hoses causing trouble in use of the structure. With the invention it has been recognized that the relevant distribution system may be arranged in the interior of the structure, whereby these troublesome exterior hoses can be entirely avoided.

Inventors: Nissen; Richardt Brodersen (Esbjerg, DK)

Assignee: Thanner & Co. A/S

International Classification: B63C 9/00 (20060101); B63C 9/02 (20060101); B63C 009/18 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018