Patent Number: 7,464,797

Title: Centrifugal brakes for wheels

Abstract: A wheel assembly having a braking mechanism that is actuated by centrifugal force. The braking mechanism includes a rotating hub insert having a first pocket, a thread guard having a second pocket fixed relative to the frame of the wheel assembly, and an internal ball between the rotating hub insert and the thread guard. The internal ball can be flung by centrifugal force from the first rotating pocket to the second fixed pocket to cause a braking force from contact of the ball in the second pocket with the rotating hub insert. The amount of centrifugal force required to fling the ball into the second pocket can be calculated for rotation of the wheel greater than a certain predetermined speed.

Inventors: Kidd; Michael T. (Delton, MI), Cline; Gerald L. (Delton, MI)

Assignee: Jarvis/Pemco, Inc.

International Classification: B60B 33/00 (20060101); B60T 8/72 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-12-16 0:00:00