US 9,809,109 B2
Ballooning self-sealing bladders
Michael P. Kozar, Mercer Island, WA (US); and Mark S. Wilenski, Mercer Island, WA (US)
Assigned to The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed by The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed on Sep. 2, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/843,571.
Prior Publication US 2017/0057342 A1, Mar. 2, 2017
Int. Cl. B60K 15/03 (2006.01)
CPC B60K 15/03177 (2013.01) [B60K 15/03 (2013.01); B60K 2015/03085 (2013.01); B60K 2015/03407 (2013.01); B60K 2015/03447 (2013.01)] 26 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A self-sealing liquid bladder comprising:
a liquid bladder having a bladder wall structure that is impermeable to a liquid in the bladder, and that includes a plurality of connected cells each cell having an elastic wall portion and a stiffened wall portion; and
at least one source of pressure associated with one or more of the plurality of cells wherein perforation of a cell causes the at least one source of pressure to urge the elastic wall portion of cells adjacent to the perforated cell to expand towards the perforated cell.