Patents by Inventor Fred Stafford, III

Fred Stafford, III 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).

  • Patent number: 5725327
    Abstract: A water-resistant mine bulkhead or seal is provided in which two walls are constructed across the mine entry. One of the walls is constructed in layers. After a lower portion of the layered wall is erected, a first layer of gravel is provided between the walls. The gravel is then saturated with a binding material such as a polyurethane composition so that the binding material fills the voids between the gravel particles. Additional layers of gravel subsequently saturated with the binding material are provided until the gravel layer is equal in height to the lower portion of the layered wall. The layered wall is then further erected and the process continues until the layered wall is completely constructed and the binding material-saturated filler material emplaces the mine roof. Finally, the exposed surface of the exposed wall is coated with a sealant. Alternatively, the binding material and filler material can be pre-mixed and injected into the space between the two walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Earth Support Services
    Inventors: David A. Hussey, Fred Stafford III
  • Patent number: 5385504
    Abstract: A mine seal is provided in which two walls are constructed across the mine entry. One of the walls is constructed in layers. After a lower portion of the layered wall is erected, a first layer of gravel is provided between the walls. The gravel is then saturated with a binding material such as a polyurethane composition so that the binding material fills the voids between the gravel particles. Additional layers of gravel subsequently saturated with the binding material are provided until the gravel layer is equal in height to the lower portion of the layered wall. The layered wall is then further erected and the process continues until the layered wall is completely constructed and the binding material-saturated filler material emplaces the mine roof. Finally, the exposed surface of the exposed wall is coated with a sealant. Alternatively, the binding material and filler material can be pre-mixed and injected into the space between the two walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Earth Support Systems
    Inventors: David A. Hussey, Fred Stafford, III