Patent Number: 6,254,194

Title: Thermal signature reduction cover for hub and wheel

Abstract: The invention is a structure for reducing the thermal signature of an assembly on a vehicle that includes a hub, a wheel on the hub and a tire on the wheel. The structure comprises a generally planar cover disposed outboard of the assembly so that an air gap is between the cover and the assembly. A set of multifunctional elements lock the wheel to the hub, space the cover from the wheel and help retain the cover in connection with the wheel. In one embodiment, the cover is an eccentric, lobed sheet metal member that completely eclipses the wheel and partly eclipses the tire from a point of view outboard of the vehicle. In another embodiment, the cover has an inner unit comprised of metal plates having an insulating disk therebetween and further comprises a flexible flange encircling the inner unit.

Inventors: Capouellez; James A. (Sterling Heights, MI), Korpi; John G. (Livonia, MI)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army

International Classification: B60B 7/00 (20060101); B60B 7/14 (20060101); B60B 007/00 (); B60B 007/14 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018