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Tilt Detection Unit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038775D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rousculp, DE: AUTHOR

Abstract

A tilt detection unit is provided which can be attached to a power vehicle. The detection is electrically connected to the vehicle battery and operates the vehicle horn in the event the vehicle tilts at an angle which alerts the operator and others of the fact that the vehicle may topple or has toppled over. (Image Omitted) The detection unit 10 consists of a sealed container 11 filled approximately 1/3 full with an electroconductive liquid 12. The upper inside edge of the container 11 has a pattern of alternating positive electrodes 13 and neutral electrodes 14. Electrodes 13 are connected to the battery 15. Electrodes 14 are connected to the horn 16. When the unit 10 is tilted approximately 25 degrees or more from the horizontal (Fig.

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Tilt Detection Unit

A tilt detection unit is provided which can be attached to a power vehicle. The detection is electrically connected to the vehicle battery and operates the vehicle horn in the event the vehicle tilts at an angle which alerts the operator and others of the fact that the vehicle may topple or has toppled over.

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The detection unit 10 consists of a sealed container 11 filled approximately 1/3 full with an electroconductive liquid 12. The upper inside edge of the container 11 has a pattern of alternating positive electrodes 13 and neutral electrodes 14. Electrodes 13 are connected to the battery 15. Electrodes 14 are connected to the horn 16. When the unit 10 is tilted approximately 25 degrees or more from the horizontal (Fig. 3), liquid 12 floods the area of electrodes 13 and 14, thereby connecting battery 15 with horn 16 to sound an alarm. The electroconductive liquid 12 can be mercury or an electrolyte solution. A splash plate 17, supported on post 18 slightly above liquid 12 when detection 10 is horizontal, prevents liquid 12 from activating the horn as a result of splashing when the vehicle moves over rough terrain without sufficient tilt.

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