Patents by Inventor Geoffrey M. Bowmer

Geoffrey M. Bowmer 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: 5411347
    Abstract: A high dynamic strength or fatigue resistance is achieved in a taper thread reinforcing bar splice for use in steel reinforced concrete by coordinating the elongations of the coupler sleeve and bar to achieve the required movements of the coupler sleeve at the mouth. This is accomplished in the preferred embodiment by two attenuation grooves on the outside of a circular cylindrical coupler body at each end, each groove being placed in a particular axial relationship with respect to the end of the coupler sleeve and the area of thread engagement with the bar. The grooves are of different depths, with the groove closest to the mouth of the coupler sleeve being the deepest. Also the diameter of the circular cylindrical coupler body at each end is selected so that the wall thickness at the mouth is as thin as possible. At the center of the coupler sleeve there is an enlarged portion extending axially several threads beyond the last thread of each bar joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Erico International Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey M. Bowmer, Paulus W. T. Gruson
  • Patent number: 5067844
    Abstract: A position coupler for connecting reinforcing bar in concrete construction where neither bar is able to rotate either conveniently or not at all includes a sleeve at least a portion of which is internally cylindrically threaded and which receives at least one split collar insert. The insert has external cylindrical threads which match the internal cylindrical threads of the sleeve and also has internal tapered threads which match the tapered external threads on the bars to be joined. The inserts, in addition to being longitudinally split are provided with either a transverse slot or a hex head on their outer ends to receive a wrench. When a transverse slot is provided a spanner wrench may be inserted between the bar and sleeve. The tightening of the insert creates a wedge action which hoop stresses the sleeve locking the parts together and reduces slippage. The insert may be locked anywhere along the interior of the cylindrical thread portion of the sleeve to connect bars at different axial spacings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Erico International Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey M. Bowmer, John E. Groth