Thales has patented a device with vibration absorbers that can oscillate between positions, each with a unique natural frequency. The absorbers have deformation parts with faces that rub against each other during oscillation, reducing vibrations. GlobalData’s report on Thales gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Thales, Drone swarm control was a key innovation area identified from patents. Thales's grant share as of January 2024 was 67%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Vibration absorbers with different natural frequencies for a device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Thales SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11885391B2) discloses a device comprising a body with vibration absorbers capable of oscillating between two positions, each absorber having a unique natural frequency. The absorbers include deformation parts with faces designed to exert shear forces during oscillation. The deformation parts consist of stacked strips that deform by bending, causing movement along the stacking direction. Additional layers like resin or elastomer may be included, along with ribs for reinforcement and weight suspension for movement relative to the body.

Furthermore, the patent describes a vehicle, particularly an aircraft, equipped with the aforementioned device. The vehicle includes a platform where the body oscillates between positions, with different natural frequencies for various vibration absorbers. The body consists of a beam and a head, with absorbers mounted on the beam's end. This innovative technology aims to enhance vibration absorption in vehicles, particularly aircraft, by utilizing unique deformation mechanisms and natural frequencies to optimize performance and stability during operation.

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