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Homework 2

Patent 4,529,056: Mechanism for the spring-cushioning of a vehicle wheel

    Date issued: July 16, 1985 

This invention is an improved means to absorb and dampen shocks and vibrations for vehicle wheels similar to the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle. It features a spring an dampener which connect from the wheel to the frame of the vehicle using an assemble of rods and revolute joints. This has an advantage over previous mechanisms as it does not place the fork under a bending moment and because it can be adjusted to alter the hardness of the damping. I chose this patent, as I am interested in the kinetics and solid mechanics of machine. Additionally, this patent seemed to have the right amount of complexity and similar products exist for it to be compared to. This patent can be found at: http://www.google.com/patents?id=mhg7AAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&source=gbs_overview_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false