05539624 is referenced by 99 patents and cites 13 patents.

An enhanced hose for use in fuel transfer and the like. Embedded within the hose's body are fiber-optic fibers in which light is transmitted. At predefined locations on the hose, selected portions of said fiber-optic fibers are exposed and structured to permit light to escape. Structuring of the fiber-optic fibers to permit light to escape is done by: terminating the fiber at that point, removing the cladding on the fiber at that point, or by creating a radical bend in the fiber. The intensity of the light escaping from the fiber-optic fibers is easily controllable by adjustment of the light source's intensity which feeds the light into the fiber-optic fibers. Additionally, compensation is made so that elongation of the hose does not break the fibers. Since no electrical current is being used, the enhanced hose is particularly useful for illuminating the exterior of a hose which is conveying explosive materials such as fuel. The enhanced hose is particularly useful for aerial refueling; but, numerous other applications exist including ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, and ship-to-shore fueling, as well as low visibility diving operations.

Title
Illuminated hose
Application Number
8/374031
Publication Number
5539624
Application Date
January 17, 1995
Publication Date
July 23, 1996
Inventor
Robert C Dougherty
Tucson
AZ, US
Agent
Ogram & Teplitz
Assignee
Durodyne
AZ, US
IPC
B64D 39/00
F21V 8/00
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