Abstract: A building structure that can be assembled easily with high assembling precision is provided. The building structure of the present invention is a building structure for transmitting a load on a roof to a post, and includes a unit (10) joined to a post (20). The unit includes three or more first beams arranged in parallel in one direction and three or more second beams arranged in parallel in another direction intersecting the one direction. Each first beam and each second beam has a truss structure. In a section where the first beam intersects the second beam, an upper chord of the first beam is disposed on an upper chord of the second beam and is joined to the upper chord of the second beam via a joining member, using a fastener. In the section where the first beam intersects the second beam, a lower chord of the first beam is disposed on a lower chord of the second beam and is joined to the lower chord of the second beam via a joining member, using a fastener.
Abstract: Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) sheet or jacket systems and methods are provided as an alternative splicing method to connect driven pile segments or other structural members. These systems are applicable to both unforeseen and preplanned splicing situations and can be used in the unforeseen condition when other splice systems may fail to provide the required capacity.
May 3, 2021
Date of Patent:
May 3, 2022
THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Seyed Saman Khedmatgozar Dolati, Armin Mehrabi
Abstract: An insulated panel assembly having improved insulative R-value. The insulated panel assembly comprises a cover panel, a first insulation layer, and at least one additional insulation layer, wherein the at least one additional insulation layer has a higher R-value than the first insulation layer. The first insulation layer is secured to the cover panel. The first insulation layer further forms at least one recessed portion. The at least one additional insulation layer is positioned in the at least one recessed portion of the first insulation layer. Examples of the at least one additional insulation layer may include vacuum insulated panels and modified atmosphere insulation panels.
Abstract: A composite structure joining system and method comprises a structural panel, preferably but not necessarily fabricated from structural composite materials, that further comprises a nesting C-joint feature that facilitates assembly of a plurality of panels of the invention to form a planar structure such as a wall. An embodiment of the present invention comprises a plurality of the panels of the invention, joined together using the C joint of the invention, captured in a frame. The frame structural elements may comprise metals such as aluminum or steel, or may be hand laid or extruded fiberglass as described in more detail below. The invention further comprises methods of manufacturing a plurality of structural panels of the invention. The method of the invention may be used to fabricate intermodal shipping containers that have superior structural and thermal characteristics, are lightweight, resulting in lower transportation costs and lower container costs.
Abstract: A stile system to support a door or other types of panels is provided. The doors and/or panels may include frameless glass panes. The stile system may include a longitudinal channel into which the side of the door may be received and secured. The system may include a clamping assembly that may provide clamping forces onto the opposing lateral surfaces of the door within the longitudinal channel to secure it therein. The clamping assembly may be controlled by a controlling assembly in combination with the housing to provide inward forces to the clamping members to secure the panel. The stile system also includes a unitizing gasket configured to hold the elements of the clamping assembly in place during the system's assembly and use.
Abstract: A plurality of seismic foundation frames are utilized to secure rebar in a fixed location to produce a cementitious supporting form that is embedded in the poured concrete and reinforces the concrete. The frame has an open construction with a plurality of openings to allow the concrete to flow therethrough and to provide increased surface area for reinforcement. The frame has pin openings and rebar openings for receiving and retaining pins or rebar respectively, such as when the frames are stacked. A frame has rebar retainers for retaining rebar that extends perpendicularly to the surface of the frame to a second frame at an offset distance. A flexible containment sleeve is configured around the frames and may be fastened to the frame to create a sleeved form for receiving a cementitious mix. The containment sleeve has apertures for controlled permeation to control the rate of cure of the cementitious mix.
Abstract: A plurality of identical slab bolster uppers each include a body with a rebar contact surface separated a height distance from a ground contact surface along a vertical axis. The rebar contact surface extends from a first end to a second end along a horizontal axis. The first end terminates in a planar abutment surface that is one side of a thickness profile, and the second end has a different shape that includes a planar abutment surface, and a snap-fit connector shaped to receive the thickness profile of the first end. Two slab bolster uppers may be moved from a disconnected configuration to a connected configuration exclusively responsive to sliding the planar surfaces along one another while in contact along a vertical axis until the thickness profile of the one slab bolster upper is received in the snap-fit connector on the other slab bolster upper.
Abstract: A connection system for a house and a vehicle, may include a vehicle door provided in the vehicle to open or close a vehicle entrance through which a passenger enters or exits the vehicle and allowing an internal space of the vehicle to be exposed into the house when authenticated by the house; and a hatch provided in a house entrance on a side wall of the house to selectively couple the house entrance and the vehicle entrance with each other so that an internal space of the vehicle and an internal space of the house are connected to each other in a state that the vehicle door is open when the authenticated vehicle is parked on a side of the house entrance.
August 14, 2019
Date of Patent:
March 29, 2022
Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
Dong Eun Cha, Jin Ho Hwang, Sang Heon Lee
Abstract: An apparatus for an architectural opening may include a plurality of panels. At least one of the plurality of panels may include a frame including a pair of rails and a pair of stiles secured to the pair of rails at respective interfaces. The frame may define at least one opening. The interfaces may be sealed in a manner allowing a vacuum to be created inside at least a portion of the frame. An inset panel may be secured within the at least one opening. At least portions of the frame may be vacuum insulated. One or more hinges may secure a first panel of the plurality of panels to a second panel of the plurality of panels. The member may be a transparent or translucent window. The apparatus may be a garage door, an entry door, a window, or a storefront.
Abstract: Described herein is a method for forming a monolithic surface in a ceiling system, the method comprising overlapping a first facing sheet and a second facing sheet to create an overlap region, each of the first and second facing sheets having a first major surface opposite a second major surface and side surface extending between the first and second major surfaces, wherein the lower surface of the first facing sheet contacts the upper surface of the second facing sheet within the overlap region, and running a blade of a cutting tool along the overlap region such that the blade extends through the first and second facing sheets at a cutting angle that is oblique to the first major surface of the first facing sheet within the overlap region.
Abstract: A joist is disclosed. The joist includes a first leg portion, a second leg portion, and a central portion, wherein each of the first leg portion and the second leg portion define a first side, a second side, and a distal side, a first lap portion and a second lap portion located at the central portion, and one or more stiffener defined within each of the first side, the second side, and the distal side of the first leg portion and the second leg portion.
Abstract: A hard-shell motorcycle cover assembly includes a floor panel that is positionable on a support surface thereby facilitating a motorcycle to be rolled onto the floor panel. The floor panel is longitudinally elongated to accommodate a full length of the motorcycle. A shell is divided into a rear portion that is hingedly coupled to a front portion. The rear portion is positionable in an open position to facilitate the motorcycle to be driven onto the floor panel. Additionally, the rear portion is positionable in a closed position to enclose, and protect, the motorcycle on the floor panel. A biasing unit is coupled between the rear portion and the front portion for biasing the rear portion into the open position.
Abstract: Floor panels are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system that may be locked with a vertical displacement of a first panel against a second panel. The locking system includes a first rigid and a second flexible joint edge section with different locking functions. The first edge section provides a horizontal locking and the second section provides a vertical locking.
Abstract: A metallic roof material 1 according to the present invention comprises: a front substrate 10 made of a metal sheet, the front substrate 10 comprising a body portion 100 formed into a box shape; a back substrate 11 arranged on a back side of the front substrate 10 so as to cover an opening of the body portion 100; and a core material 12 filled between the body portion 100 and the back substrate 11, the metallic roof material 1 being tightened to a roof base by driving at least one tightening member into the body portion 100, wherein a top plate portion 101 of the body portion 100 comprises at least one protruding rib 3 comprised of at least one protrusion 30 disposed along a side of a polygon or along a circle, and wherein the metallic roof material 1 is configured such that the tightening member is driven into an inner region 3a of the protruding rib 3.
Abstract: A modular facility formation system includes any number of modules that may be coupled to one another to create a facility. Walls of the facility may be provided by one or more removeable walls, the walls of a shipping container, or a combination thereof. When installed within a shipping container, upper and lower braces are pressure fit into the shipping container without penetrating the container. The lower braces are configured to engage guidance mechanisms of the modules to guide the modules into a stowage position within the shipping container and to secure the modules in place. The modules may be configured with a pre-determined internal configuration corresponding to a defined function of the room within the facility.
Abstract: A thermal break wood and rigid insulation wall support column, buttress or header is comprised of spaced apart multiple parallel and right angled wood panels. The right angled wood panels are secured together by box joints. Non-metallic angled mechanical fasteners hold the lumber panels together in a truss angled arrangement maintaining the panels spaced relationship. A thermal break section of rigid foam insulation is injected between the lumber panels and around the mechanical fasteners.
Abstract: A permanent spacing beam for the rapid deployment of roofing trusses on site. Such permanent spacing beams and truss ties as described may utilize a mount end, a retention end, and an elongate portion which spans the distance between the mount end and the retention end. The mount end may have a mount slot and the retention end may have a retention slot. The mount slot and the retention slot may be configured to permanently couple and mount to a first truss timber stud and an adjacent truss timber stud used in residential and commercial roof construction. Such a configuration results in a permanent truss tie being spanned between two roofing trusses thereby creating a more robust and sturdy roof construction.
Abstract: A double return panel system utilizing a perimeter extrusion having an arm terminating in an end portion configured to contact and twice bend a panel. The panel fits into a slot formed adjacent the arm. The perimeter extrusion is held to a facade by a base member.
Abstract: A method for producing a partially contoured, fiber-reinforced plastic profile includes providing a plurality of first reinforcing fibers. The first reinforcing fibers are combined to produce a uni-, bi-, or tridirectional fiber bundle. The fiber bundle is impregnated with a first plastic matrix. The impregnated fiber bundle is supplied to a unit for at least partial shaping or for at least partial shaping and at least partial curing of the first plastic matrix to produce a fiber-reinforced plastic base element. Second reinforcing fibers are provided for at least partial application to the fiber-reinforced plastic base element. The fiber-reinforced plastic base element is provided with the second reinforcing fibers for at least partial fiber-reinforced profiling and/or shaping to produce an at least partially contoured, fiber-reinforced plastic strand and the at least partially contoured, fiber-reinforced plastic strand is cut to produce an at least partially contoured, fiber-reinforced plastic profile.
Abstract: A window system for a building includes a panel and a first element assembly that supports the panel and includes a cross member and a pressure plate laterally offset from the cross member. A glazing pocket is defined between the cross member and the pressure plate, and a thermal separator is positioned within the glazing pocket and extends between the pressure plate and the cross member. The thermal separator includes a tongue extension and a rod gasket seals an interface between the tongue extension and the cross member.
June 12, 2018
Date of Patent:
January 18, 2022
Arconic Technologies LLC
Gregory Blake McKenna, Jeffrey Scott Dolby