Patents by Inventor Dean L. Sicking

Dean L. Sicking has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180318700
    Abstract: Rate of deceleration is an important factor in determining the severity of injuries possibly sustained when participants collide with a wall assembly while playing, for example, ice hockey. Decreasing the rate of deceleration of the participant during such a collision with a wall assembly, by extending the distance over which a participant decelerates, is a key factor in reducing head and spinal injuries. The present disclosure provides apparatuses for decreasing the rate of deceleration by providing a wall assembly having a moveable piece that includes a first position and a plurality of second positions with a bias of the moveable piece to the first position. The movable wall assembly can move independently of a support frame, thereby further decreasing the rate of deceleration of a participant in a collision. The movable wall assembly can be supported on a base and slidable with respect to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventor: Dean L. Sicking
  • Patent number: 10119231
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post. An improved upper section of Post 1 has an anchor bearing plate with a cooperating stabilizing bolt engaging with the upstream face of the upper post section. The downstream side of the upper post section is provided with split, spaced-apart strut sections which do not obstruct the rear cable pass through notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking, King K. Mak, John D. Reid
  • Patent number: 10036132
    Abstract: This guardrail terminal design incorporates an impact head of open front configuration adapted with the rear portion as a funnel disposed with the narrow end of the funnel facing forward which will flatten the W beam guardrail as it moves down the beam when impacted by a vehicle. Tension is maintained on the beam by flat strips connected from the beam through top open front of the impact head and is attached to a front anchor post. A wedge shaped reverse direction bracket with slotted bolt holes such that the slots open toward the traffic direction disposed at the back of the impact head where it connects to the guardrail will allow for reverse direction impacts to be accounted for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Dean L. Sicking
  • Patent number: 9963844
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking, King K. Mak, John D. Reid
  • Publication number: 20170275837
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking, King K. Mak, John D. Reid
  • Patent number: 9732484
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak, Dean L. Sicking
  • Publication number: 20160265177
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Safety By Design, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak, Dean L. Sicking
  • Publication number: 20160060831
    Abstract: This guardrail terminal design incorporates an impact head of open front configuration adapted with the rear portion as a funnel disposed with the narrow end of the funnel facing forward which will flatten the W beam guardrail as it moves down the beam when impacted by a vehicle. Tension is maintained on the beam by flat strips connected from the beam through top open front of the impact head and is attached to a front anchor post. A wedge shaped reverse direction bracket with slotted bolt holes such that the slots open toward the traffic direction disposed at the back of the impact head where it connects to the guardrail will allow for reverse direction impacts to be accounted for.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventor: Dean L. Sicking
  • Publication number: 20150328531
    Abstract: An energy absorbing sports board assembly positioned at a periphery of a playing surface, includes: a catch plate having front surface facing a playing surface and a back surface opposite to the front surface of the catch plate; a frame having a front facing the playing surface, a back opposite to the front, a bottom portion positioned near the playing surface, a top portion opposite to the bottom portion, and first and second side portions between the top and bottom portions; a first extension hinge extending out from the first side portion of the frame; a second extension hinge extending out from the second side portion of the frame; a first elongated slot in the first extension hinge; a second elongated slot in the second extension hinge; and a dasher board on the front of the frame, wherein the bottom portion of the frame is positioned adjacent to the back surface of the catch plate and the bottom portion of the frame can laterally deflect away from the catch plate during impact on front of the front of t
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventor: Dean L. SICKING
  • Patent number: 9091091
    Abstract: An energy absorbing sports board assembly that is not fixed to the floor of the arena but is allowed to move relative to the arena floor. The system utilizes vertical and horizontal tension to return the structure to its original position after deflection from impact from within the playing surface of the sports arena. The bottom portion, which is covered with a dasher board, rotates relative to the see-through material making up the top portion (glass). Because the sports board system is not attached to the floor of the arena, hockey players sliding along the ice during a hockey game are protected from concussion and paralyzing injuries to a greater extent than current systems which are fixed to the arena floor. The flexible connection between panels allows one or more panels to slide outward from the playing surface on impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Dean L Sicking, Cody S. Stolle
  • Publication number: 20150013239
    Abstract: An energy absorbing sports board assembly that is not fixed to the floor of the arena but is allowed to move relative to the arena floor. The system utilizes vertical and horizontal tension to return the structure to its original position after deflection from impact from within the playing surface of the sports arena. The bottom portion, which is covered with a dasher board, rotates relative to the see-through material making up the top portion (glass). Because the sports board system is not attached to the floor of the arena, hockey players sliding along the ice during a hockey game are protected from concussion and paralyzing injuries to a greater extent than current systems which are fixed to the arena floor. The flexible connection between panels allows one or more panels to slide outward from the playing surface on impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Dean L. Sicking, Cody S. Stolle
  • Publication number: 20130256617
    Abstract: A highway guardrail terminal having horizontally extending guardrail elements mounted on a plurality of vertical posts. An anchor cable release mechanism having a cable release bracket attached to a W-beam rail element by cable release bolts has an arrangement of tapered slots and elongated openings to quickly release the cable release bracket from the W-beam rail element upon end-on vehicular impact to the terminal. The tapered slots have a geometry which lifts the bracket away from and out of a parallel alignment with the W-beam rail element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking, King K. Mak, John D. Reid
  • Publication number: 20110127480
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing post for absorbing the impact energy of an errant vehicle wherein the impact energy is absorbed by out-of-place deformation in the material of the post. Out-of-plane deformation is provided by utilizing a through bolt extending through a splice connection between upper and lower posts sections. Alternatively, out-of-plane deformation is provided by leaving an axial gap on a splice bolts. For terminal applications, a single through-bolt is utilized to allow the upper post section to pivot during end on impacts. Bolt. tear out facilitators, including stress concentrators and pre-buckles, or an angled through-bolt decrease any initially high tear-out forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Dean L. Sicking, John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak
  • Publication number: 20100314595
    Abstract: A guardrail system having a standard length-of-need section and a terminal end, the terminal end having a high effective flare rate of at least 5:1 is provided with two independent and cooperating cable anchor systems. One of the cable anchor systems is a side impact releasing mechanism which may include a strut connecting a first and a second breakaway post; a strut anchor release affixed at a first end to a first breakaway post and at a second end to the rail element; a strut with a plug weld anchor release; a strut with a shear bolt anchor release; and a strut with an angled plate anchor release.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: John D. Reid, Dean L. Sicking, John R. Rohde, King K. Mak
  • Patent number: 7690687
    Abstract: A trailer mounted crash attenuation system has an impact head assembly, a bursting tubular trailer frame member, and a breakaway axle assembly. Upon impact by a vehicle, the head assembly is urged forward bursting the tubular frame of the trailer. As the impact continues, the head assembly contacts an axle accelerator rod which results in the disengagement of the axle, trailer tire, and fenders from the trailer frame member. Impact energy is dissipated by the controlled deceleration of the vehicle as it moves forward through the attenuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Safety By Design Co.
    Inventors: John D. Reid, John R. Rohde, King K. Mak, Dean L. Sicking
  • Publication number: 20090242863
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing post for absorbing the impact energy of an errant vehicle wherein the impact energy is absorbed by out-of-place deformation in the material of the post. Out-of-plane deformation is provided by utilizing a through bolt extending through a splice connection between upper and lower posts sections. Alternatively, out-of-plane deformation is provided by leaving an axial gap on a splice bolts. For terminal applications, a single through-bolt is utilized to allow the upper post section to pivot during end on impacts. Bolt tear out facilitators, including stress concentrators and pre-buckles, or an angled through-bolt decrease any initially high tear-out forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Dean L. Sicking, John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak
  • Publication number: 20080230760
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing post for absorbing the impact energy of an errant vehicle wherein the impact energy is absorbed by out-of-place deformation in the material of the post. Out-of-plane deformation is provided by utilizing a through bolt extending through a splice connection between upper and lower posts sections. Alternatively, out-of-plane deformation is provided by leaving an axial gap on a splice bolts. For terminal applications, a single through-bolt is utilized to allow the upper post section to pivot during end on impacts. Bolt tear out facilitators, including stress concentrators and pre-buckles, or an angled through-bolt decrease any initially high tear-out forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Dean L. Sicking, John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak
  • Patent number: 7410320
    Abstract: A high-impact, energy-absorbing vehicle barrier system generally includes a substantially rigid outer containment wall coupled via strap assemblies with an energy-absorbing inner impact wall, and energy-absorbing cartridges strategically positioned between the impact wall and containment wall. The impact wall is constructed of a number of tubes coupled with one another to present a substantially smooth, uniform surface to passing vehicles. The energy-absorbing cartridges generally consist of a foam member or a number of foam sheets which compress and crush between the containment wall and impact wall to absorb energy from an errant vehicle striking the face of the impact wall, while the deflection and deformation of the impact wall tubes dissipates additional energy to reduce peak decelerations and mitigate the severity of high-energy vehicular impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Board of Regents of University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Ronald K. Faller, Dean L. Sicking, John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, Robert W. Bielenberg, James C. Holloway, Karla A. Polivka
  • Patent number: 7220077
    Abstract: A crashworthy traffic noise barrier system for use alongside a path of traffic, the crashworthy traffic noise barrier system comprises a crashworthy longitudinal barrier extending substantially parallel to the path of traffic and a crashworthy traffic noise barrier wall supported by the longitudinal barrier. The crashworthy traffic noise barrier wall includes a plurality of upstanding posts attached to the traffic noise barrier wall, at least one panel supported between each adjacent pair of posts in the plurality of upstanding posts, and at least one longitudinal beam spaced above a top surface of the longitudinal barrier and extending across the plurality of upstanding posts for redirecting a portion of an errant vehicle away from the at least one panel. The longitudinal beams redirect energy of the errant vehicle away from the panels such that the panels and any fragments of the panels, remain attached to the traffic noise barrier wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignees: CYRO Industries, Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Eric C. Humphries, Stephen D. Barratt, Ronald K. Faller, Keith J. Kurz, Dean L. Sicking
  • Patent number: 7147088
    Abstract: A single-sided crash attenuation cushion system having an impact head and three stage energy absorption mechanism. The energy absorbing mechanism has a mandrel for deforming thin-walled tubes in a controlled collapse to absorb impact forces from a colliding vehicle. The third stage of the absorption mechanism includes an additional deformable compressible tube between the fixed-object hazard and the thin walled tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: John D. Reid, John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking