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1. WO2018012966 - TRANSMISSION AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH A TRANSMISSION

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CLAIMS

1 . Transmission, comprising a first circulating element rotatable about a first rotation axis, a second circulating element rotatable about a second rotation axis, an elongate flexible continuous transmission element which is passed around both the first circulating element and around the second circulating element,

at least one of the first and second circulating elements comprising:

- a number of contact elements which are distributed around the rotation axis of the respective circulating element for contact with the transmission element, which contact elements determine a running radius on which the transmission element is passed around the respective circulating element,

- a radial guide for each of the contact elements, along which the respective contact elements can be moved to and fro radially between an inner radial position and an outer radial position,

- displacement means for moving the contact elements to and fro in the radial direction between the inner and the outer position,

wherein the transmission element is provided with a number of engagement elements which are provided at a regular pitch on a side facing the contact elements, and each of the contact elements comprising

- a base part which is in operative contact with the radial guide and with the displacement means, and

- an engagement member which is connected to the base part and can be moved in a radial direction with respect to the base part,

wherein the engagement member of at least one of the number of contact elements of the respective circulating element is in positive-locking contact with at least one engagement element of a number of engagement elements of the transmission element.

2. Transmission according to Claim 1 , wherein the engagement member is configured to be able to move in a radial direction on account of the engagement member and an engagement element of the number of engagement elements of the transmission element coming into contact with each other during rotation of the circulating element.

3. Transmission according to Claim 1 or 2, wherein each contact element of the number of contact elements comprises a spring member which is active between the base part and the engagement member to move the engagement member to a predetermined neutral position, at least when there is no contact between the engagement member and transmission element.

4. Transmission according to any of Claims 1 , 2 or 3, wherein the engagement member is formed by a plurality of lug elements which are radially movable with respect to the base part of the contact element and which are preferably arranged at at least substantially the same mutual pitch as the pitch between the engagement elements of the transmission element.

5. Transmission according to Claim 4, wherein the base part has an external surface which is curved in the direction of rotation of the transmission element around the respective circulating element, wherein the lug elements, in a second end position, radially project beyond the external surface and, in a first end position, radially project beyond the external surface less far than in the second position or are completely recessed radially in the base part below the external surface.

6. Transmission according to Claim 3 and according to Claim 4 or 5, wherein the predetermined position relates to the second end position.

7. Transmission according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the engagement member is also movable in the direction of rotation of the transmission element around the respective circulating element with respect to the base part of the contact element.

8. Transmission according to Claim 7, wherein the contact element furthermore comprises a connecting piece, wherein the engagement member is held to the connecting piece so as to be movable in a radial direction, wherein the connecting piece is connected to the base part so as to be movable in the direction of rotation of the transmission element around the respective circulating element with respect to the base part of the contact element.

9. Transmission according to Claim 8, wherein the base part has an external surface which is curved in the direction of rotation and along which the connecting piece is movable in the direction of rotation.

10. Transmission according to Claim 9, wherein the connecting piece is curved in the direction of rotation, wherein a curvature of an internal surface thereof facing the base part corresponds to the curvature of the external surface of the base part.

1 1 . Transmission according to Claim 8 or a claim which is dependent thereon, wherein each contact element of the number of contact elements comprises a further spring member which is active between the base part and the connecting piece in order to move the connecting piece to a predetermined neutral position, at least when there is no contact between the engagement member and transmission element.

12. Transmission according to Claim 1 1 , wherein a distance over which the connecting piece can be displaced in the direction of rotation is at least equal to the pitch between the engagement elements of the transmission element and is preferably in the range of 1 or 2 times said pitch.

13. Transmission according to Claims 1 1 and 12, wherein the neutral position of the connecting piece is situated midway along said distance.

14. Transmission according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the circulating element comprises a first disc element and a second disc element, each of which comprise a first and second radial slot, respectively, for each contact element, which radial slots form the radial guide, wherein the number of contact elements is situated between the first and second disc element and wherein the base part of each of the contact elements extends into a first and second slot associated with that contact element.

15. Transmission according to Claim 14, wherein the base part is in contact with the displacement means on the side of the first disc element, and furthermore comprises an axial contact surface which bears against the second disc element.

16. Transmission according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the displacement means comprise at least one displacement element with a wedge face, wherein the wedge face and the contact elements are in contact with each other, wherein the at least one displacement element can be moved to and fro in the axial direction with respect to the rotation axis of the circulating element between a first axial position, in which the contact elements are in the inner radial position, and a second axial position, in which the contact elements are in the outer radial position, wherein the contact elements move along the wedge face during such an axial displacement.

17. Transmission according to Claim 16, wherein each of the contact elements comprise a rolling wheel which is attached to the base part, which rolling wheel is configured to roll over the wedge face during the axial displacement of the displacement element.

18. Transmission according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the circulating element comprising the contact elements is a conical disc circulating element, wherein the displacement means are formed by an axially displaceable conical disc of the conical disc circulating element.

19. Vehicle provided with a transmission according to one or more of Claims 1 to 18.