Patent Number: 8,875,762

Title: Air maintenance tire and elbow connector system

Abstract: An air maintenance tire and connector system includes a tire carcass having an elongate integral air passageway contained within a flexible tire component of the tire carcass between an air inlet and an air outlet cavity and a connector assembly inserted within an outlet one of the cavities. The connector assembly includes a hollow right angled elbow-shaped body fitting within the outlet cavity. The elbow-shaped body's second housing segment has an axial length sufficient to project axially inward from the first housing segment through a tire wall thickness to a tire central cavity. A valve device attaches to a remote end of the second housing segment within the tire cavity, the valve device operative to regulate air flow between the elbow-shaped body central chamber and the tire cavity.

Inventors: Hinque; Daniel Paul Luc Marie (Habay-la-Neuve, BE), Haegel; Yannick Raymond Georges (Villeneuve d'aseq, FR), Di Prizio; Olivier (Hettange-Grande, FR), Bonnet; Gilles (Niederfeulen, LU), Frantzen; Andreas (Trier, DE), Beck; Raphael (Reichlange, LU), Clausse; Patrice (Ettelbruck, LU)

Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

International Classification: B60C 23/00 (20060101); B60C 23/10 (20060101); B60C 19/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00