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Number: 180/164
Name: Motor vehicles > With powered means for creating fluid force to attract vehicle to surface of travel
Description: Vehicle provided with a fluid-moving device (e.g., blower, fan) driven by the vehicle"s propulsion motor or by an auxiliary motor, for causing a flow of fluid (ordinarily air) away from all or a portion of the region between the vehicle and a surface on or along which it may travel (usually a vehicle-underlying surface) and with such confining structure (e.g., apron, seal) for the region as may be necessary to cause the flow of fluid therefrom to result in a less-than-ambient pressure in the region, thus causing the vehicle to be attracted to the surface (by a force greater than that of gravity when the surface is a vehicle-underlying one).

Patents under this class:
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8210303 Traction robot Jul. 3, 2012
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7938216 Moving carrier that sticks to surface by use of sticking means such as negative pressure May. 10, 2011
7866421 Automated remote carriage for tightening generator wedges Jan. 11, 2011
7775312 Surface traversing apparatus and method Aug. 17, 2010
7765032 Systems comprising a mechanically actuated magnetic on-off attachment device Jul. 27, 2010
7748487 Device movable along body surface Jul. 6, 2010
7694767 System element for the transporting and positioning of tools Apr. 13, 2010
7520356 Modular wall climbing robot with transition capability Apr. 21, 2009
7404464 Vacuum traction device Jul. 29, 2008
7311162 Apparatus and method for traversing compound curved and other surfaces Dec. 25, 2007
7280890 Method for fabricating sliding vacuum cups Oct. 9, 2007
7204672 Multi-modal forced vortex device Apr. 17, 2007
7174982 Displaceable support stand Feb. 13, 2007
7155307 Surface adhering tool carrying robot Dec. 26, 2006
6964312 Surface traversing apparatus and method Nov. 15, 2005
6742617 Apparatus and method for traversing compound curved and other surfaces Jun. 1, 2004
6691811 Safety configuration for an apparatus that can be moved over a surface Feb. 17, 2004
6336515 Unsprung vacuum-operated traction enhancement system for land vehicles Jan. 8, 2002
6318489 Ground effect machine Nov. 20, 2001
6276478 Adherent robot Aug. 21, 2001
6122578 Active controls for vehicular suspensions Sep. 19, 2000
6102145 Coating removal vehicle with resilient suction ring Aug. 15, 2000
6099091 Traction enhanced wheel apparatus Aug. 8, 2000
6090221 System for treating exterior surfaces of buildings Jul. 18, 2000
6053267 Coating removal vehicle with inflatable suction ring Apr. 25, 2000
5839532 Vacuum wall walking apparatus Nov. 24, 1998
5752577 Device capable of suction-adhering to surface of object and moving therealong May. 19, 1998
5592998 Device capable of suction-adhering to a surface and moving therealong Jan. 14, 1997
5588900 Surface treating device Dec. 31, 1996
5536199 Traveling device Jul. 16, 1996
5487440 Robotic apparatus Jan. 30, 1996
5366038 Robot traveling on wall face Nov. 22, 1994
5351626 Walking robot Oct. 4, 1994
5194032 Mobile toy with zero-gravity system Mar. 16, 1993
5161631 Suction device capable of moving along a surface Nov. 10, 1992
5014803 Device capable of suction-adhering to a wall surface and moving therealong May. 14, 1991
5007210 Device capable of suction-adhering to a wall surface and moving therealong Apr. 16, 1991
4997052 Device for moving along a wall surface while suction-adhering thereto Mar. 5, 1991
4971591 Vehicle with vacuum traction Nov. 20, 1990

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