(19)
(11)EP 3 231 707 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 17166467.5

(22)Date of filing:  13.04.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B64D 11/06(2006.01)
B60N 2/14(2006.01)
F16D 121/24(2012.01)
B60N 2/02(2006.01)
F16D 65/28(2006.01)
B60N 2/90(2018.01)

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LATERAL BRAKE ASSEMBLY FOR A SEAT LOCKING MECHANISM

SEITLICHE BREMSANORDNUNG FÜR EINEN SITZVERRIEGELUNGSMECHANISMUS

ENSEMBLE DE FREIN LATÉRAL POUR UN MÉCANISME DE VERROUILLAGE DE SIÈGE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 15.04.2016 US 201615130291

(43)Date of publication of application:
18.10.2017 Bulletin 2017/42

(73)Proprietor: Goodrich Corporation
Charlotte, NC 28217-4578 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • DAVIS, Kenneth J.
    Menominee, MI 49858 (US)
  • HYDE, Patrick Emmett
    Peshtigo, WI 54157 (US)
  • TEDTMAN, Scott H.
    Pound, WI 54161 (US)

(74)Representative: Dehns 
St. Brides House 10 Salisbury Square
London EC4Y 8JD
London EC4Y 8JD (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1- 3 444 483
US-A- 5 161 765
US-A1- 2013 161 990
US-A- 4 842 234
US-A1- 2006 108 848
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND



    [0001] The subject matter disclosed herein generally relates to aircraft interiors, and more particularly to locking mechanism for aircraft seats.

    [0002] Adjustable seats are commonly used on modern aircraft to permit the user to move a seat in several directions. For example, some seats permit a user to translate the seat forward, aft and laterally, while also permitting the user to rotate the seat around a central axis. For each of these seat movements, many different locking mechanisms have been used to control seat positioning. Some adjustable seats have required an abundance of cables, often exceeding 10 cables, to engage and disengage multiple locking mechanisms. Accordingly, a locking mechanism capable of adjusting a seat in multiple directions while minimizing the part count would bring cost, weight, and reliability benefits. US 5161765 A describes a movable seat mounting device. US 2006/108848 A describes a moveable seat. DE3444483 describes a locking device for a moveable seat.

    SUMMARY



    [0003] According to one embodiment, a lateral brake assembly of a seat locking mechanism is provided. The lateral brake assembly comprises a first lateral brake including a first track bar and a first housing. The first housing in operation moves over the first track bar and locks onto the first track bar. The lateral brake assembly also comprises a second lateral brake including a second track bar and a second housing. The second housing in operation moves over the second track bar and locks onto the second track bar. The lateral brake assembly further comprises a carriage tube operably connected to the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates. The lateral brake assembly also comprises a plurality of first slots located in the first track bar; and a first lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The first lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the first slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0004] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments of the lateral brake assembly may include a plurality of second slots located in the second track bar; and a second lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The second lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the second slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the second lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0005] According to another embodiment, a seat locking mechanism is provided. The seat locking mechanism comprises a control mechanism. The control mechanism in operation controls at least one of unlocking the seat locking mechanism when the control mechanism is activated and locking the seat locking mechanism when the control mechanism is deactivated. The seat locking mechanism also comprises a plurality of positional brake mechanisms operably connected to the control mechanism. The plurality of positional brake mechanisms include a lateral brake assembly, a longitudinal brake assembly, and a rotational brake assembly. The lateral brake assembly comprises a first lateral brake including a first track bar and a first housing. The first housing in operation moves over the first track bar and locks onto the first track bar. The lateral brake assembly also comprises a second lateral brake including a second track bar and a second housing. The second housing in operation moves over the second track bar and locks onto the second track bar. The lateral brake assembly further comprises a carriage tube operably connected to the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates. The lateral brake assembly also comprises: a plurality of first slots located in the first track bar; and a first lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The first lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the first slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0006] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments of the seat locking mechanism may include a plurality of second slots located in the second track bar; and a second lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The second lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the second slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the second lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0007] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments of the seat locking mechanism may include that the control mechanism is an electric motor assembly operably connected to the carriage tube. The electric motor assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube to move the lateral brake assembly to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.

    [0008] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments of the seat locking mechanism may include that the control mechanism is an override bypass assembly operably connected to the carriage tube. The override bypass assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube to move the lateral brake assembly to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.

    [0009] According to another embodiment, a method of assembling a seat locking mechanism is provided. The method comprises installing a control mechanism onto a structural support of the seat locking mechanism. The control mechanism in operation controls at least one of unlocking the seat locking mechanism when the control mechanism is activated and locking the seat locking mechanism when the control mechanism is deactivated. The method also comprises installing a plurality of positional brake mechanisms onto the structural support; and operably connecting the control mechanism to each of the plurality of positional brake mechanisms. The plurality of positional brake mechanisms include a lateral brake assembly, a longitudinal brake assembly, and a rotational brake assembly. The lateral brake assembly comprises: a first lateral brake including a first track bar and a first housing. The first housing in operation moves over the first track bar and locks onto the first track bar. The lateral brake assembly also comprises a second lateral brake including a second track bar and a second housing. The second housing in operation moves over the second track bar and locks onto the second track bar. The lateral brake assembly further comprises a carriage tube operably connected to the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral brake and the second lateral brake to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates. The lateral brake assembly also comprises a plurality of first slots located in the first track bar; and a first lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The first lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the first slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the first lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0010] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments the method may include that the lateral brake assembly further comprises: a plurality of second slots located in the second track bar; and a second lateral lock pin operably connected to the carriage tube. The second lateral lock pin in operation engages and disengages the second slots. The carriage tube in operation moves the second lateral lock pin to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube rotates.

    [0011] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments the method may include that the control mechanism is an electric motor assembly operably connected to the carriage tube. The electric motor assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube to move the lateral brake assembly to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.

    [0012] In addition to one or more of the features described above, or as an alternative, further embodiments the method may include that the control mechanism is an override bypass assembly operably connected to the carriage tube. The override bypass assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube to move the lateral brake assembly to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.

    [0013] Technical effects of embodiments of the present disclosure include a locking mechanism to allow seat adjustment in forward, aft, lateral and rotational directions while minimizing the part count and/or weight of the locking mechanism.

    [0014] The foregoing features and elements may be combined in various combinations without exclusivity, unless expressly indicated otherwise. These features and elements as well as the operation thereof will become more apparent in light of the following description and the accompanying drawings. It should be understood, however, that the following description and drawings are intended to be illustrative and explanatory in nature and non-limiting.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0015] The subject matter is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other features, and advantages of the present disclosure are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an aircraft that may incorporate embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 2 is a schematic illustration of a seat locking mechanism in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 3 is a schematic illustration of a seat locking mechanism in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 4 is a schematic illustration of an override bypass assembly of a seat locking mechanism in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 5 is a schematic illustration of an override bypass assembly of a seat locking mechanism in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 6 is an exploded view of the override bypass assembly of FIGs. 4 & 5, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 7 is a schematic illustration of a carriage assembly, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 8 is a schematic illustration of a rotational brake assembly and an electric motor assembly, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 9 is an exploded view of the rotational brake assembly of FIG. 8, according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 10 is a schematic illustration of a lateral brake assembly in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure; and

    FIG. 11 is a schematic illustration of a lateral brake assembly in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure.



    [0016] The detailed description explains embodiments of the present disclosure, together with advantages and features, by way of example with reference to the drawings.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0017] Referring now to FIG. 1, which shows a perspective view of an aircraft 2 that may incorporate embodiments of the present disclosure. Aircraft 2 includes a fuselage 4 extending from a nose portion 6 to a tail portion 8 through a body portion 10. Body portion 10 houses an aircraft cabin 14 that includes a crew compartment 15 and a passenger compartment 16. Body portion 10 supports a first wing 17 and a second wing 18. First wing 17 extends from a first root portion 20 to a first tip portion 21 through a first airfoil portion 23. First airfoil portion 23 includes a leading edge 25 and a trailing edge 26. Second wing 18 extends from a second root portion (not shown) to a second tip portion 31 through a second airfoil portion 33. Second airfoil portion 33 includes a leading edge 35 and a trailing edge 36. Tail portion 8 includes a stabilizer 38. Aircraft 2 includes an adjustable seat 40 in the crew compartment 15 of the aircraft. In an embodiment, the adjustable seat 40 includes a seat locking mechanism 80 operably connected to the bottom of the adjustable seat 40. The adjustable seat 40 may also be mounted within the passenger compartment 16. As will be appreciated by those of skill in the art, the adjustable seat 40 may also be mounted within a building and/or within various types of vehicles including but not limited to automotive, aerospace, navel, locomotive, and railway.

    [0018] Referring now to FIGs. 2 and 3, FIG. 2 displays a schematic illustration of the seat locking mechanism 80 in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure; and FIG. 3 displays is a schematic illustration of the seat locking mechanism 80 in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. The seat locking mechanism 80 includes an override bypass assembly 100, a carriage assembly 200, a rotational brake assembly 300, an electric motor assembly 400, a lateral brake assembly 500 and a longitudinal brake assembly 600. The longitudinal brake assembly 600 controls movement of the adjustable in the longitudinal Y direction (forward and aft) relative to the adjustable seat. In certain instances the forward and aft directions may be reversed depending on the orientation of the seat and/or may be referred to using different terminology such as, for example first and second. Likewise components of the seat locking mechanism described with the forward and aft terminology may also use the reverse terminology in certain instances and/or may be referred to using different terminology such as, for example a first and second. The lateral brake assembly 500 controls movement of the adjustable seat in the lateral X direction (left and right) relative to the adjustable seat. As will be appreciated by those of skill in the art, the orientation of the longitudinal Y and lateral X coordinate frame of the adjustable seat relative to an outside reference frame may vary based on a rotational R position of the adjustable seat. The rotational brake assembly 300 controls movement of the adjustable seat in the rotational R direction around an axis Z. As seen in FIGs. 2 and 3, axis Z may be perpendicular to both the longitudinal Y and lateral X direction. The longitudinal brake assembly 600, the lateral brake assembly 500, and the rotational brake assembly 300 may be referred to as positional brake mechanisms. The seat locking mechanism 80 may be controlled manually by applying tension to a cable 104 through the override bypass assembly 100 and/or automatically utilizing the electric motor assembly 400. The override bypass assembly 100 and the electrical motor assembly 400 may be referred to as control mechanisms.

    [0019] In order to control the seat locking mechanism 80 manually, an occupant of the adjustable seat will activate a position control lever (not shown), which provides tension to the cable 104. The position control lever may be located in an arm (not shown) of the adjustable seat. As tension is applied to the cable 104, the cable 104 pulls on and releases the override bypass assembly 100, which rotates a carriage tube 210 of the carriage assembly 200. In the illustrated embodiment, the override bypass assembly 100 is located towards the aft end of the seat locking mechanism 80; however the override bypass assembly 100 may be located in other various locations. The carriage tube 210 is operably connected to an aft lateral brake 502 and a forward lateral brake 504 of the lateral brake assembly 500. As the carriage tube 210 rotates the lateral brake assembly 500 is unlocked, which allows the adjustable seat to move laterally along an aft track bar 550 and a forward track bar 560. The carriage assembly 200 is operably connected to the longitudinal brake assembly 600 through a longitudinal brake cable 220. As the carriage tube 210 rotates, tension is applied to the longitudinal brake cable 220, which releases the longitudinal brake assembly 600 and allows the adjustable seat to move longitudinally (forward and/or aft) along two longitudinal track bars 610. As will be appreciated by those of skill in the art, the structural support of the seat locking mechanism 80 may be composed of the longitudinal track bars 610, the aft track bar 550, and the forward track bar 560. The carriage assembly 200 is also operably connected to the rotational brake assembly 300 through a rotational brake cable 230. As the carriage tube 210 rotates, tension is applied to the rotational brake cable 230, which releases the rotational brake assembly 300 and allows the adjustable seat to rotate. Summarily, when tension is applied to the cable 104, the override bypass assembly 100 is released, which allows the carriage assembly 200 to rotate and unlock the lateral brake assembly 500, the longitudinal brake assembly 600, and the rotational brake assembly 300. The seat locking mechanism 80 may be seen in its unlocked position in FIG. 3.

    [0020] Once the tension on the cable 104 is released, a biasing mechanism 116 will move the override bypass assembly 100 back to its locked position, which in turn rotates the carriage assembly 200 back to its locked position. With the carriage assembly 200 back in its locked position, the lateral brake assembly 500 is now locked and tension is relieved on both the longitudinal brake cable 220 and the rotational brake cable 230. The tension relief on the longitudinal brake cable 220 locks the longitudinal brake assembly 600. The tension relief on the rotational brake cable 230 allows a biasing mechanism 370 to move the rotational brake assembly 300 back to its locked position. The seat locking mechanism 80 may be seen in its locked position in FIG. 2.

    [0021] The seat locking mechanism 80 may also be unlocked automatically utilizing the electric motor assembly 400, which operably connects to the carriage assembly 200 and rotates the carriages assembly 200 to unlock the lateral brake assembly 500, the longitudinal brake assembly 600, and the rotational brake assembly 300. The seat locking mechanism 80 may be seen in its unlocked position in FIG. 3. To lock the seat locking mechanism 80, the electric motor assembly 400 will rotate the carriage assembly 200 back to its locked position. With the carriage assembly 200 back in its locked position, the lateral brake assembly 500 is now locked and tension is relieved on both the longitudinal brake cable 220 and the rotational brake cable 230. The tension relief on the longitudinal brake cable 220 locks the longitudinal brake assembly 600. The tension relief on the rotational brake cable 230 allows a biasing mechanism 370 to move the rotational brake assembly 300 back to its locked position. The seat locking mechanism 80 may be seen in its locked position in FIG. 2.

    [0022] Referring now to FIGs. 4 - 6: FIG. 4 shows a schematic illustration of the override bypass assembly 100 of the seat locking mechanism in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure; FIG. 5 shows a schematic illustration of the override bypass assembly 100 of the seat locking mechanism in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure; FIG. 6 shows an exploded view of the override bypass assembly 100 of FIGs. 4 & 5, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. The override bypass assembly 100 includes a cable 104, a pulley wheel 106, a telescoping cylinder assembly 141, and a biasing mechanism 116. The cable 104 is operably connected to the pulley wheel 106. As tension is applied to the cable 104, the cable 104 rotates the pulley wheel 106. The pulley wheel 106 is operably connected to the telescoping cylinder assembly 141, such that as the pulley wheel 106 rotates, the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 linearly extends and then rotates an aft lateral brake lever 558 to unlock the aft lateral brake 502. The aft lateral brake 502 locks when the aft lateral brake lever 558 rotates an aft lateral lock pin 554 to engage with an aft slot 552 of the aft track bar 550, as seen in FIG. 4. The aft lateral brake 502 unlocks when the aft lateral brake lever 558 rotates an aft lateral lock pin 554 to disengage with an aft slot 552 of the aft track bar 550, as seen in FIG. 5.

    [0023] The rotational motion of the pulley wheel 106 is translated to linear motion of the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 via a linear slide mechanism 120. In the illustrated embodiment, the linear slide mechanism 120 includes a slide housing 121, a bearing 170, a bearing pin 172, and a slide 122 operably connected to the telescoping cylinder assembly 141, as seen in FIG. 6. The bearing 170 is operably connected to the pulley wheel 106 via the bearing pin 172. The bearing 170 is also operably connected to the slide 122. As the pulley wheel 106 rotates, the bearing 170 moves the slide 122, along with the telescoping cylinder assembly 141, linearly relative to the slide housing 121. The slide 122 is operably connected to the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 via a cable anchor pin 124.

    [0024] Once tension on the cable 104 is relieved, the biasing mechanism 116, operably connected to the telescoping cylinder assembly 141, will linearly move the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 back to its locked position and subsequently lock the aft lateral brake 502. In the illustrated embodiment, biasing mechanism 116 is connected to the slide 122 and the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 via the cable anchor pin 124. Also, as seen in the illustrated embodiment, the biasing mechanism 116 may be secured to the slide housing 121, via a biasing mechanism anchor pin 118. In an embodiment, the biasing mechanism 116 may be a spring.

    [0025] In the illustrated embodiment, the telescoping cylinder assembly 141 includes a cylinder 142, a shaft 146, a cap 152 and a roll pin 144, as seen in FIG. 6. The shaft 146 includes a first end 146a located internal to the cylinder and a second end 146b fixedly connected to the cap 152. The roll pin 144 allows the shaft 146 to translate within the cylinder 142, while operably connecting the shaft 146 to the cylinder 142 at the first end 146a. The roll pin 144 may be located in a through hole 145 of the shaft 146 and operably connected to a slot 143 of the cylinder 142, as seen in FIG. 6. The roll pin 144 secures the shaft 146 to the cylinder 142, while allowing the shaft 146 to translated the length of the slot 143. The cap 152 is operably connected to the aft lateral brake lever 558 via a clevis pin 154. The clevis pin 154 may be secured in place by a cotter pin 156. As the aft lateral brake lever 558 rotates, the carriage tube 210 rotates as well.

    [0026] Referring now FIG. 7, which shows a schematic illustration of a carriage assembly 200, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. The carriage assembly 200 includes a carriage housing 216 fixedly connected to the carriage tube 210, as seen in FIG. 7. The carriage housing 216 is operably connected to the rotational brake assembly 300 and the longitudinal brake assembly 600. The carriage housing 216 includes a rotational brake connecting point 232 and a longitudinal brake connecting point 222. The carriage housing 216 is operably connected to the rotational brake assembly 300 through the rotational brake cable 230, which connects to the carriage housing 216 at the rotational brake connecting point 232. The carriage housing 216 is operably connected to the longitudinal brake assembly 600 through the longitudinal brake cable 220, which connects to the carriage housing 216 at the longitudinal brake connecting point 222. The carriage housing 216 rotates as the carriage housing tube 210 rotates. As the carriage housing 216 rotates, it pulls on longitudinal brake cable 220 to unlock the longitudinal brake assembly 600, which allows the adjustable seat to move forward and aft. Simultaneously, as the carriage housing 216 rotates, it pulls the rotational brake cable 230 to unlock the rotational brake assembly 300, which allows the adjustable seat to rotate.

    [0027] The carriage housing 216 may also be operably connected to the electric motor assembly 400 via a motor link 480. The motor link 480 connects to the carriage housing 216 at the motor connection point 218 located on the carriage housing 216. The carriage assembly 200 may also include a damper 280 operably connected to the carriage housing 216 through a damping link 282. The damper 280 dampens the motions of the electric motor assembly 400.

    [0028] Referring now to FIGs. 8 and 9. FIG. 8 shows a schematic illustration of the rotational brake assembly 300 and the electric motor assembly 400, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. FIG. 9 shows an exploded view of the rotational brake assembly of FIG. 8, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. As seen in FIG. 9, the rotational brake assembly 300 includes a rotational brake pin 322, a lifting pin 324, a cam 320, a biasing mechanism 370 and a swivel disc 304 having a plurality of locking holes 306 proximate the outer diameter 308 of the swivel disc 304. The cam 320 includes angled slot 350, where the lifting pin 324 resides. The lifting pin 324 is operably connected to the rotational brake pin 322. As the cam 320 translates radially inward, the lifting pin 324 slides up the angled slot 350 along with the rotational brake pin 322. This motion lifts the rotational brake pin 322 out of a locking hole 306 and allows the adjustable seat to rotate. In the illustrated embodiment, the cam 320 is operably connected to the carriage housing 216 of the carriage assembly 200 through a series of linkages, including a control lever 314 and a link 310. The control lever 314 is operably connected to the cam 320 and the link is operably connected to the control lever 314. The carriage housing 216 is operably connected to the link 310 through the rotational brake cable 230. Once the tension is applied to the cable 104, the override bypass assembly 100 releases and rotates the carriage tube 210 along with the carriage housing 216, which pulls on the rotational brake cable 230 and subsequently moves the cam 320 radially inward to lift the rotational brake pin 322 out of the locking hole 306. If the seat locking mechanism 80 possesses an electric motor assembly 400, the electric motor assembly 400 will rotate the carriage housing 216, which pulls on the rotational brake cable 230 and subsequently moves the cam 320 radially inward to lift the rotational brake pin 322 out of the locking hole 306.

    [0029] Once tension on the cable 104 is relieved and/or the electric motor assembly 400 moves the carriage housing 216 back to the locked position, the biasing mechanism 370 will move the cam 320 radially outward, thus allowing the lifting pin 324 to slide down in slot 350 and let the rotational brake pin 322 move back into a locking hole 306. In the illustrated embodiment, the biasing mechanism 370 is operably connected to the cam 320 through the control lever 314, as seen in FIG. 8.

    [0030] The electric motor assembly 400 includes a drive motor 410, a drive motor link 480, a solenoid 460 operably connected to the drive motor 410 through a clutch system 430, as seen in FIG. 8. The clutch system includes a female gear 432 and a male gear 434. The electric motor assembly 400 is operably connected to the carriage housing 216 of the carriage assembly 200 through the drive motor link 480. When the electric motor assembly 400 is activated, the solenoid 460 moves the male gear 434 to engage with the female gear 432, thus allowing the drive motor 410 to move the drive motor link 480. Subsequently, the drive motor link 480 will rotate the carriage housing 216. When the electric motor assembly 400 is deactivated, the solenoid 460 moves the male gear 434 to disengage with the female gear 432 and the biasing mechanism 116 will move the move the override bypass assembly 100 back to its locked position. This motion subsequently rotates the carriage housing 216 back to its locked position, which allows the biasing mechanism 370 to move the rotational brake assembly 300 back to its locked position. The electric motor assembly 400 may include limit switch mount 440 for mounting a limit switch (not shown). The electric motor assembly 400 may also include spacers 450 to maintain separation between the solenoid 460 and the drive motor 410. As seen in FIG. 8, the electric motor assembly 400 includes a motor mount 420 to fixedly connect the electric motor assembly 400 to the seat locking mechanism 80.

    [0031] Referring now to FIGs. 10 and 11. FIG. 10 shows a schematic illustration of a lateral brake assembly 500 in a locked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. FIG. 11 shows a schematic illustration of a lateral brake assembly 500 in an unlocked position, according to embodiments of the present disclosure. The lateral brake assembly 500 includes an aft lateral brake 502, a forward lateral brake 504, and a carriage tube 210 that connects the aft lateral brake 502 to the forward lateral brake 504. An aft end 212 of the carriage tube 210 operably connects to the aft lateral brake 502. A forward end 214 of the carriage tube 210 operably connects to the forward lateral brake 504. The aft lateral brake 502 includes an aft housing 530, an aft track bar 550 within the aft housing 530, an aft lateral lock pin 554, and an aft lateral brake lever 558. The aft track bar 550 includes a plurality of aft slots 552 for the aft lateral lock pin 554 to engage and/or disengage. The aft housing 530 may include bearings (not shown) to aid movement over the aft track bar 550 when the lateral brake assembly 500 is in the unlocked position, as seen in FIG. 11. The forward lateral brake 504 includes a forward housing 540, a forward track bar 560 within the forward housing 540, a forward lateral lock pin 564, and a forward lateral brake lever 568. The forward track bar 560 includes a plurality of forward slots 562 for the forward lateral lock pin 564 to engage and/or disengage. The forward housing 540 may include bearings (not shown) to aid movement over the forward track bar 560 when the lateral brake assembly 500 is in the unlocked position, as seen in FIG. 11.

    [0032] The carriage tube 210 is operably connected to the aft lateral housing 530, such that the carriage tube 210 is free to rotate. The carriage tube 210 is fixedly connected to the aft lateral lock pin 554 through the aft lateral brake lever 558. As the carriage tube 210 rotates, the aft lateral lock pin 554 will engage (i.e. lock, as seen in FIG. 10) the plurality of aft slots 552 and/or disengage (i.e. unlock, as seen in FIG. 11) the plurality of aft slots 552. The carriage tube 210 is operably connected to the forward lateral housing 540, such that the carriage tube 210 is free to rotate. The carriage tube 210 is fixedly connected to the forward lateral lock pin 564 through the forward lateral brake lever 568. As the carriage tube 210 rotates, the forward lateral lock pin 564 will engage (i.e. lock, as seen in FIG. 10) the plurality of forward slots 562 and/or disengage (i.e. unlock, as seen in FIG. 11) the plurality of forward slots 562. The aft lateral lock pin 554 and the forward lateral lock pin 564 will engage and/or disengage simultaneously because their movement is tied together by the carriage tube 210. As described above, the carriage tube 210 may be rotated manually by the override bypass assembly 100 at the aft lateral brake lever 558 or automatically by the electric motor assembly 400.

    [0033] While the present disclosure has been described in detail in connection with only a limited number of embodiments, it should be readily understood that the present disclosure is not limited to such disclosed embodiments. Rather, the present disclosure can be modified to incorporate any number of variations, alterations, substitutions, combinations, sub-combinations, or equivalent arrangements not heretofore described, but which are commensurate with the scope of the present disclosure. Additionally, while various embodiments of the present disclosure have been described, it is to be understood that aspects of the present disclosure may include only some of the described embodiments. Accordingly, the present disclosure is not to be seen as limited by the foregoing description, but is only limited by the scope of the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A lateral brake assembly (500) for a seat locking mechanism (80), the lateral brake comprising:

    a first lateral brake (502) including a first track bar (550) and a first housing, the first housing in operation moves over the first track bar (550) and locks onto the first track bar (550);

    a second lateral brake (504) including a second track bar (560) and a second housing, the second housing in operation moves over the second track bar and locks onto the second track bar;

    a carriage tube (210) operably connected to the first lateral brake (502) and the second lateral brake (504), the carriage tube (210) in operation moves the first lateral brake (502) and the second lateral brake (504) to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube (210) rotates;

    a plurality of first slots (552) located in the first track bar (550); and

    a first lateral lock pin (554) operably connected to the carriage tube (210), the first lateral lock pin (554) in operation engages and disengages the first slots (552),

    wherein the carriage tube (210) in operation moves the first lateral lock pin (554) to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube (210) rotates.


     
    2. The lateral brake assembly of claim 1, further comprising:

    a plurality of second slots (562) located in the second track bar (560); and

    a second lateral lock pin (564) operably connected to the carriage tube (210), the second lateral lock pin (564) in operation engages and disengages the second slots (562), wherein the carriage tube (210) in operation moves the second lateral lock pin (564) to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube (210) rotates.


     
    3. A seat locking mechanism (80) comprising:

    a control mechanism, the control mechanism in operation controls at least one of unlocking the seat locking mechanism (80) when the control mechanism is activated and locking the seat locking mechanism (80) when the control mechanism is deactivated; and

    a plurality of positional brake mechanisms operably connected to the control mechanism, the plurality of positional brake mechanisms include a lateral brake assembly (500) according to claim 1 , a longitudinal brake assembly (600), and a rotational brake assembly (300),


     
    4. The seat locking mechanism of claim 3, further comprising:

    a plurality of second slots (562) located in the second track bar (560); and

    a second lateral lock pin (564) operably connected to the carriage tube (210), the second lateral lock pin (564) in operation engages and disengages the second slots (562), wherein the carriage tube (210) in operation moves the second lateral lock pin (564) to at least one of a locked position and an unlocked position, when the carriage tube (210) rotates.


     
    5. The seat locking mechanism of claim 3, wherein:
    the control mechanism is an electric motor assembly operably connected to the carriage tube (210), the electric motor assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube (210) to move the lateral brake assembly (500) to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.
     
    6. The seat locking mechanism of claim 3, wherein:
    the control mechanism is an override bypass assembly operably connected to the carriage tube (210), the override bypass assembly in operation rotates the carriage tube (210) to move the lateral brake assembly (510) to at least one of the locked position and the unlocked position.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Seitliche Bremsanordnung (500) für einen Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus (80), wobei die seitliche Bremse Folgendes umfasst:

    eine erste seitliche Bremse (502), die eine erste Spurleiste (550) und ein erstes Gehäuse umfasst, wobei sich das erste Gehäuse im Betrieb über die erste Spurleiste (550) bewegt und auf der ersten Spurleiste (550) verriegelt;

    eine zweite seitliche Bremse (504), die eine zweite Spurleiste (560) und ein zweites Gehäuse umfasst, wobei sich das zweite Gehäuse im Betrieb über die zweite Spurleiste bewegt und auf der zweiten Spurleiste verriegelt;

    ein Trägerrohr (210), das mit der ersten seitlichen Bremse (502) und der zweiten seitlichen Bremse (504) wirkverbunden ist, wobei das Trägerrohr (210) im Betrieb die erste seitliche Bremse (502) und die zweite seitliche Bremse (504) in mindestens eine von einer verriegelten Position und einer entriegelten Position bewegt, wenn sich das Trägerrohr (210) dreht;

    eine Vielzahl von ersten Schlitzen (552), die in der ersten Spurleiste (550) liegt; und

    einen ersten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (554), der mit dem Trägerrohr (210) wirkverbunden ist, wobei der erste seitliche Verriegelungsstift (554) im Betrieb die ersten Schlitze (552) in Eingriff nimmt und freigibt,

    wobei das Trägerrohr (210) im Betrieb den ersten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (554) in mindestens eine von einer verriegelten Position und einer entriegelten Position bewegt, wenn sich das Trägerrohr (210) dreht.


     
    2. Seitliche Bremsanordnung nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

    eine Vielzahl von zweiten Schlitzen (562), die in der zweiten Spurleiste (560) liegt; und

    einen zweiten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (564), der mit dem Trägerrohr (210) wirkverbunden ist, wobei der zweite seitliche Verriegelungsstift (564) im Betrieb die zweiten Schlitze (562) in Eingriff nimmt und freigibt, wobei das Trägerrohr (210) im Betrieb den zweiten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (564) in mindestens eine von einer verriegelten Position und einer entriegelten Position bewegt, wenn sich das Trägerrohr (210) dreht.


     
    3. Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus (80), umfassend:

    einen Steuermechanismus, wobei der Steuermechanismus im Betrieb mindestens eines von einem Entriegeln des Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus (80), wenn der Steuermechanismus angeschaltet wird, und einem Verriegeln des Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus (80), wenn der Steuermechanismus ausgeschaltet wird, steuert; und

    eine Vielzahl von Positionsbremsmechanismen, die mit dem Steuermechanismus wirkverbunden ist, wobei die Vielzahl von Positionsbremsmechanismen eine seitliche Bremsanordnung (500) nach Anspruch 1, eine längsgerichtete Bremsanordnung (600) und eine rotierende Bremsanordnung (300) beinhaltet.


     
    4. Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus nach Anspruch 3, ferner umfassend:

    eine Vielzahl von zweiten Schlitzen (562), die in der zweiten Spurleiste (560) liegt; und

    einen zweiten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (564), der mit dem Trägerrohr (210) wirkverbunden ist, wobei der zweite seitliche Verriegelungsstift (564) im Betrieb die zweiten Schlitze (562) in Eingriff nimmt und freigibt, wobei das Trägerrohr (210) im Betrieb den zweiten seitlichen Verriegelungsstift (564) in mindestens eine von einer verriegelten Position und einer entriegelten Position bewegt, wenn sich das Trägerrohr (210) dreht.


     
    5. Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus nach Anspruch 3, wobei:
    der Steuermechanismus eine Elektromotoranordnung ist, die mit dem Trägerrohr (210) wirkverbunden ist, wobei die Elektromotoranordnung im Betrieb das Trägerrohr (210) dreht, um die seitliche Bremsanordnung (500) in mindestens eine von der verriegelten Position und der entriegelten Position zu bewegen.
     
    6. Sitzverriegelungsmechanismus nach Anspruch 3, wobei:
    der Steuermechanismus eine Überbrückungsanordnung ist, die mit dem Trägerrohr (210) wirkverbunden ist, wobei die Überbrückungsanordnung im Betrieb das Trägerrohr (210) dreht, um die seitliche Bremsanordnung (510) in mindestens eine von der verriegelten Position und der entriegelten Position zu bewegen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble de frein latéral (500) pour un mécanisme de verrouillage de siège (80), le frein latéral comprenant :

    un premier frein latéral (502) comportant une première barre de route (550) et un premier logement, le premier logement en fonctionnement se déplace sur la première barre de route (550) et se verrouille sur la première barre de route (550) ;

    un second frein latéral (504) comportant une seconde barre de route (560) et un second logement, le second logement en fonctionnement se déplace sur la seconde barre de route et se verrouille sur la seconde barre de route ;

    un tube de chariot (210) raccordé de manière opérationnelle au premier frein latéral (502) et au second frein latéral (504), le tube de chariot (210) en fonctionnement déplace le premier frein latéral (502) et le second frein latéral (504) vers au moins l'une parmi une position verrouillée et une position déverrouillée, lorsque le tube de chariot (210) tourne ;

    une pluralité de premières fentes (552) située dans la première barre de route (550) ; et

    une première goupille de verrouillage latérale (554) raccordée de manière opérationnelle au tube de chariot (210), la première goupille de verrouillage latérale (554) en fonctionnement vient en prise avec les premières fentes (552) et se sépare de celles-ci,

    dans lequel le tube de chariot (210) en fonctionnement déplace la première goupille de verrouillage latérale (554) vers au moins l'une parmi une position verrouillée et une position déverrouillée, lorsque le tube de chariot (210) tourne.


     
    2. Ensemble de frein latéral selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

    une pluralité de secondes fentes (562) située dans la seconde barre de route (560) ; et

    une seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) raccordée de manière opérationnelle au tube de chariot (210), la seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) en fonctionnement vient en prise avec les secondes fentes (562) et se sépare de celles-ci, dans lequel le tube de chariot (210) en fonctionnement déplace la seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) vers au moins l'une parmi une position verrouillée et une position déverrouillée, lorsque le tube de chariot (210) tourne.


     
    3. Mécanisme de verrouillage de siège (80), comprenant :

    un mécanisme de commande, le mécanisme de commande en fonctionnement commande au moins l'un parmi le déverrouillage du mécanisme de verrouillage du siège (80) lorsque le mécanisme de commande est activé et le verrouillage du mécanisme de verrouillage de siège (80) lorsque le mécanisme de commande est désactivé ; et

    une pluralité de mécanismes de frein de position raccordée de manière opérationnelle au mécanisme de commande, la pluralité de mécanismes de frein de position comporte un ensemble de frein latéral (500) selon la revendication 1, un ensemble de frein longitudinal (600) et un ensemble de frein en rotation (300).


     
    4. Mécanisme de verrouillage de siège selon la revendication 3, comprenant en outre :

    une pluralité de secondes fentes (562) située dans la seconde barre de route (560) ; et

    une seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) raccordée de manière opérationnelle au tube de chariot (210), la seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) en fonctionnement vient en prise avec les secondes fentes (562) et se sépare de celles-ci, dans lequel le tube de chariot (210) en fonctionnement déplace la seconde goupille de verrouillage latérale (564) vers au moins l'une parmi une position verrouillée et une position déverrouillée, lorsque le tube de chariot (210) tourne.


     
    5. Mécanisme de verrouillage de siège selon la revendication 3, dans lequel :
    le mécanisme de commande est un ensemble de moteur électrique raccordé de manière opérationnelle au tube de chariot (210), l'ensemble de moteur électrique en fonctionnement fait tourner le tube de chariot (210) pour déplacer l'ensemble de frein latéral (500) vers au moins l'une parmi la position verrouillée et la position déverrouillée.
     
    6. Mécanisme de verrouillage de siège selon la revendication 3, dans lequel :
    le mécanisme de commande est un ensemble de dérivation prioritaire raccordé de manière opérationnelle au tube de chariot (210), l'ensemble de dérivation prioritaire en fonctionnement fait tourner le tube de chariot (210) pour déplacer l'ensemble de frein latéral (510) vers au moins l'une parmi la position verrouillée et la position déverrouillée.
     




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