Patent Number: 6,308,813

Title: Fluid controlled interlock mechanism and method

Abstract: An interlock mechanism is provided which includes a controllable fluid within a hydraulic link. The controllable fluid, preferably comprising a magnetorheological fluid, is disposed within the interlock mechanism. The viscosity of the fluid can be changed to allow the interlock mechanism to be actuated. A fluid control means, such as a magnet assembly, is used to control the fluid.

Inventors: Carlson; J. David (Cary, NC)

Assignee: Lord Corporation

International Classification: F16H 61/22 (20060101); F16H 59/10 (20060101); F16F 009/12 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018