Float Structure Patents (Class 114/267)
  • Patent number: 10653074
    Abstract: A flowerpot made of waste tires, includes: a suspended tire, a circular bottom plate, a hose clamp, a fixed disk and a supporting tube; wherein the fixed disk is fixed on a ground, the supporting tube is set up from a center of the fixed disk, the circular bottom plate has through holes for matching with the supporting tube; the suspended tire, the circular bottom plate and the hose clamp pass through the supporting tube, and the hose clamp tightly clamps a top portion of the supporting tube on the circular plate without any slip; the suspended tire is provided above the circular plate; the suspended tire, the circular bottom plate and the hose clamp form a flowerpot body structure suspended on the supporting tube; the suspended tire is filled with soil for planting plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Xinqiao He
  • Patent number: 10305232
    Abstract: A connector housing includes a cylindrical side wall. The cylindrical side wall includes a concave surface on one side of an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical side wall in a first direction. The concave surface curves inwards into an arc shape and extends in a second direction, so that the concave surface is to be pressed against a cylindrical member with the second direction aligned with a direction in which the cylindrical member extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Urashima, Masashi Nakamura, Yoshiharu Ishii, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Kenji Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10293897
    Abstract: A stable fishing raft that is easily transportable to the water without a trailer and has a deck large enough to easily and securely carry fishing gear. The deck and bottom are flat, and the sides are perpendicular to the deck and bottom. The deck is connected to the bottom at the bow and stern with a circular arc. The core of the raft is a buoyant foam, preferably polyurethane, and covered in a water-resistant resin, preferably polyethylene. The raft is steerable and propelled by paddle or trolling motor that attaches to a removable motor mount. In a preferred embodiment the raft has a recessed accessory track and a series of recessed rings on the deck to receive the bottom edge of a bucket and hold it in place as a seat. Rafts can be joined together with couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Elias Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10266236
    Abstract: A floating body includes a main body having first and second surfaces opposite to each other and a first side surface connecting the first and second surfaces and first and second joining parts located on the first side surface to be opposite to each other in a first direction parallel to a ridge line defined by the first surface and the first side surface. The first and second joining parts each include a first portion located on the first side surface and a second portion connected to the first portion to face the first side surface. End portions of the first and second joining parts face each other. A minimum distance between the end portions is greater than twice a width of the second portion in the first direction, and is smaller than a minimum distance between the first portions of the first and second joining parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuo Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10145074
    Abstract: A system for removing an oil from a surface of a body of water including a vessel capable of floating on the body of water, with a bow arrangement having a port and a starboard deflector plate and with a downward facing deflector plate, a flow control foil attached to the bow arrangement below the surface of water, a horizontal elongated roller capable of breaking solidified fluids mounted just above the control foil. Behind and below the bow arrangement is a flow opening on the vessel underside where the flow opening is openly submerged below the surface of water. The system includes a separation compartment with walls, a roof, an open bottom and an oil pump having an inlet located near the top of the separation compartment and connected for transfer of collected oil to an onboard or remote storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Wallace Jackson
  • Patent number: 10017230
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to a method for affixing two or more structures to be used in connection with a floating dock, stationary dock, gang plank, swim platform, or the like. The subject invention more specifically discloses a deck structure which is comprised of one or more sections which are adapted to be interconnected, wherein said sections are comprised of a frame, and a deck, wherein the frame is comprised of a first box-channel on a first side of the frame, a second box-channel on the second side of the frame, and at least two self-squaring cross braces, wherein the self-squaring cross braces are attached to both the first side and the second side of the frame, and wherein the deck is attached to the top side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: American Muscle Docks & Fabrication LLC
    Inventor: Lucas Diserio
  • Patent number: 9914281
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for producing an endless corrugated cardboard web laminated on at least one side, the assembly comprising a first corrugating roller and a second corrugating roller for producing a corrugated web provided with a corrugation as well as a glue application assembly. The glue application assembly comprises a glue container for receiving glue, a glue application roller for applying the glue disposed in the glue container to tips of the corrugation of the corrugated web, and at least one glue wave inhibiting assembly arranged in the glue container for inhibiting the formation of glue waves of the glue disposed in the glue container. The assembly for producing an endless corrugated cardboard web laminated on at least one side further has a pressure assembly for pressing a cover layer against the tips, provided with glue, of the corrugated web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Grünwald, Florian Müller, Wolfgang Janner
  • Patent number: 9873493
    Abstract: An arrangement of fenders nested together for compact storage, the fenders including two or more cylindrical bodies having a cavity accessed through the fender top, the fenders being similar shape but graduated in size such that the cavity of a larger fender tensionally receives the next smaller sized fender, the outer diameter of the smaller fender equal to the inner diameter of the larger fender cavity. A fender has a rigid inner core surrounded by a compressible shell made of foam or similar material. The inner core has attachment points for a rope or line. The smallest nesting fender in the set has a cavity diameter sized to fit a commercially-available, off-the-shelf fender. The fenders may be separated and deployed at individual locations on a vessel, or kept together and deployed as a single fender capable of absorbing a greater impact than any of the fenders individually would absorb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Contact Left, LLC
    Inventors: John D. Denney, Jr., Robert Carrasca, Christopher Hamlin
  • Patent number: 9841308
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for detecting water in a tensioning buoy of a riser column of an installation located in an aquatic environment, the method including, in succession, steps of: defining a representative standard echo; emitting the ultrasonic signal on a wall of the buoy; measuring a representative response echo due to the reflection of the ultrasonic signal in the buoy; comparing the representative response echo to the representative standard echo; and determining whether water is present in or absent from the buoy from the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Total S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Aubert
  • Patent number: 9802677
    Abstract: A floating module includes an upper half and a lower half. The upper half includes one edge from which a flange extends downwardly, while the lower half includes an opposite edge that includes an upwardly facing flange. Modules can be interconnected to one another by engaging the upper flange from one with the lower flange from another. A cavity and channels are formed in the lower surface of the module such that water will become entrapped in the cavity and channels when the platform is placed in water. Through use of one way check valves positioned in fluid communication with the cavity and channels, a hydro-lock is formed that prevents the water from escaping the cavity and channels while it is placed in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Charles Simola
  • Patent number: 9598154
    Abstract: A novel float that can be constructed in pieces. Each piece providing buoyancy and when joined together able to provide floatation for a structure. The float having containers that can serve as storage for different materials. The floats making a system used to float a large structure such as a home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Strain
  • Patent number: 9321511
    Abstract: A floating element is for forming a modularly constructed buoyancy system. The floating element is provided with a cavity. At least the first side face of the floating element is provided with at least one first cut-out which, at its first end, is connected to a first channel whose mouth is in a first coupling face, and which, at its second end, is connected to a second channel whose mouth is in a second coupling face. A buoyancy system is made up of a plurality of floating elements. A method is for forming such a buoyancy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Akvadesign AS
    Inventor: Anders Naess
  • Patent number: 9051784
    Abstract: An apparatus for tensioning a marine riser comprising a support for a number of actuators, where the support is connected to a vessel's structure, and where each actuator is connected to the support and to a marine riser, and where elements of the riser tensioner apparatus are enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO NORWAY AS
    Inventors: Christian B. Von Der Ohe, David Bengt Johan Ankargren
  • Publication number: 20150144068
    Abstract: A floating structure and method for obtaining same. The structure includes a first plurality of tubes and a second plurality of tubes. The second plurality of tubes are inserted into the first plurality of tubes to extend through the upper portion of same, and both sets of tubes are welded together. The ends of the tubes of the first plurality of tubes are closed in order to be used as flotation tanks when the floating structure is fitted out for such use. The method concerns locking the first plurality of tubes in place on the frame, with pairs of holes in each of the first plurality of tubes being aligned, and a corresponding tube of the second plurality of tubes being inserted through each pair of aligned holes by force. Each of the connection portions or parts contained in the tubes are welded on the periphery of the holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ESPANOLA DE PLATAFORMAS MARINAS, S.L.
    Inventor: Andres Quinta Cortinas
  • Patent number: 8978570
    Abstract: A lifting platform for use in a body of water has (a) a plurality of float modules, each float module having a buoyancy compartment, and each float module being attached to adjacent float modules by means of flexible joints; (b) at least one container disposed in each float module for retaining a buoyancy fluid; and (c) a discharge apparatus for discharging buoyancy fluid to the buoyancy compartments of the float modules, so as to fill each buoyancy compartment with buoyancy fluid, thereby causing the plurality of modules to float to a position at or near the surface of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Mauck, William Bryan, Ronald H. Garber, Clifford A. Jennings, Nicholas K. Miller, John Linn
  • Patent number: 8955449
    Abstract: A dock assembly is made of floats and deck supports on top of the floats. The floats have upwardly opening channels in which utility conduits may be laid from above before the channels are closed by the deck supports. Whalers attached to the sides of the floats and deck supports connect adjacent floats to each other. Decking may be attached to the deck supports. Rods extending from side to side hold the whalers in place and fasten the deck supports to the floats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Global Dock and Marina Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Patrick Falcone
  • Patent number: 8820259
    Abstract: A method for transporting a civil engineering structure including a mast in an aquatic medium is presented. In an embodiment, the method includes fastening the civil engineering structure to at least one flotation unit, moving the civil engineering structure and the connected flotation unit in the aquatic medium as far as a desired position. The civil engineering structure may be fastened to the flotation unit in a region situated above the center of equilibrium of the civil engineering structure connected to the flotation unit. The connection may be configured to uncouple the rotational movements of the flotation unit and of the civil engineering structure about at least one axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the mast of the civil engineering structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Soletanche Freyssinet
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Lebon, Erik Mellier
  • Publication number: 20140224165
    Abstract: A device (1) for supporting a photovoltaic panel essentially includes a sealed plastic jacket (2), the plastic jacket (2) forming a lower wall (3), an upper wall (4), and four sidewalls (5, 6, 7, 8), the device including elements for securing a photovoltaic panel to the upper wall (4) of the plastic jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: CIEL ET TERRE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Manuel Veloso, Alexis Gaveau
  • Publication number: 20140209005
    Abstract: The subject disclosure presents assemblies, devices and methods to float a structure over a body of water by using a saddle fastened to a pontoon, whereby the saddle remains above the water line. The saddle includes a plurality of external clamp plates outside a pontoon sidewall, and fastened to one or more internal clamp plates placed inside the pontoon sidewall, thereby clamping the sidewall between them. Attachment points for the external and internal clamp plates are situated at a height that is relatively higher than a water line anticipated when the pontoon is under a load. This ensures that corrodible components are maintained above a water level while the pontoon is floating the structure, reducing corrosion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: FERGUSON ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Ralph D. Ford, Cesar N. Gallardo, Jeffrey Brian Terai, Mark S. Vorobik
  • Patent number: 8783199
    Abstract: A modular floating platform system includes parallelepiped-shaped floating blocks, each floating block (1) having rings (2), cavities (3) and projections (4) on the lateral faces. The projections (4) are mated with the cavities (3) on the lateral faces of the adjacent floating blocks (1), and pins are inserted into corresponding rings (2), to assemble the floating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Indústria Mecânica NTC Ltda.
    Inventor: Bernardo Shih Cion Shen
  • Patent number: 8733264
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for varying the buoyancy of a floating structure are provided. The method can include securing a plurality of floatation modules to at least a portion of the floating structure at various locations thereabout, while the floating structure is at sea such that the operational flexibility of the floating structure is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventors: Drew Linden Krehbiel, Richard D'Souza
  • Publication number: 20140137785
    Abstract: A device for the remote tracking of water masses through a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver equipped with a telecommunications modem and an electronic control board is provided. The device includes GPS locator enclosed within a floating watertight and sealed container or float. A method for the simultaneous management and operation of a set of one or more of such devices is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (C.S.I.C.)
    Inventors: Raul Garcia Cruz, Francisco Javier Gutierrez Royo, Gabriel Navarro Almendros, Javier Tomas Ruiz Segura
  • Publication number: 20140130726
    Abstract: The object of invention is a light recreational boat, which can be used as a means of transportation on water for a variety of forms of recreation, in particular fishing, rowing, sailing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Zbigniew Pelczynski
  • Patent number: 8707883
    Abstract: The modular floating bar with optional canopy mounts is a floatation device with optional canopy mounts therefor. The device includes a plurality of modular segments that can be assembled and arranged in a various patterns to create a floating structure that is usable in pools, lakes and ponds or in any water that is relatively calm and devoid of strong current pulls. The modular segments are provided with a hinge and pin arrangement that permits easy assembly. The segments incorporate structure for retaining cups and beverage coolers therein. Support structure is also provided for mounting a canopy on the assembled segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Michael K. Peters
  • Patent number: 8701582
    Abstract: A floating dock system contains a polymeric foam core, a structural collar, attachment means connected to the structural collar and a protective coating adhering to and completely covering the polymer foam core and structural collar and is free of decking or plates that are independent of the structural collar between the top surface of the polymeric foam core and the protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Clinton M. Schmidt, Daniel G. Darling, Gary D. Parsons, Jeffrey M. Alcott
  • Patent number: 8671867
    Abstract: A construction barge having a body with a generally rectilinear configuration, including two substantially vertical side walls and two substantially vertical end walls, together with a top support platform and a bottom platform. The top and bottom platforms may be made of a rigid, yet relatively lightweight construction including a plurality of elongate roll-formed metal sections connected to one another. The side and end walls each include a pair of vertically-spaced connection angles each having a horizontal flange with a plurality of spaced openings. The dimensions of the barge and the configuration of the connection arrangement are designed such that the barge may have a reduced size and/or weight compared to existing barges, yet may be connected to existing barges while floating in a body of water with the top support platforms of the barges properly aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mid-America Foundation Supply Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Emch
  • Patent number: 8668542
    Abstract: A multiple use, light weight, cost-effective, indoor and all-weather outdoor construction toy for stimulating children's imaginations and encouraging physical activity comprises a basic modular unit with open ended cup-like coupling-means on its perimeter for male to female coupling and decoupling to other couple-able units, is described. The coupling-means may be molded as an integral part forming one seamless basic unit. The open bottom end of the coupling means provides for coupling, the open top end prevents the buildup of snow inside the coupling unit. Coupling can be achieved via coupling-means on basic units to each other or through the use of accessory independent coupler-units. The basic unit of the modular toy may be in the form of a saucer, disc, an oval, or in a rectilinear-shape for use as a sled, skiing device, a flotation device, or as fort building modules. Additional accessory parts include skis and inner-tubes, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua D Bruzgul
  • Patent number: 8622011
    Abstract: The floating foundation supporting framework according to the invention for offshore structures comprises a plurality of buoyancy elements which are arranged on the outside of a bar-type supporting framework which, in turn, is connected to ballast elements via cables (8, 9, 10). This design results in a simple construction and low construction costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gicon Windpower IP GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Jähnig, Frank Dahlhaus
  • Publication number: 20130285383
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pontoon unit 1 intended for an energy generation system 2, said pontoon unit 1 comprising one first water surface pontoon part 3 having an unsymmetrical convexly curved inner surface X, a second water surface pontoon part 4 having an unsymmetrical convexly curved inner surface Y, and one bottom pontoon part 5 being substantially perpendicular to the first and second water surface pontoon parts 3, 4 and also having an unsymmetrical convexly curved inner surface Z.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Mohamed Sahbi Belarbi
  • Patent number: 8522707
    Abstract: A three dimensional floating structure is formed of interconnected sealed pipes. Large tires are filled with foam, sealed and arranged side by side on the lowest horizontal pipes. A deck supports activities. Structures on sides at a water surface trap floating substances. Offset hinged plates connect modules, forming large structures. Wind redirectors are mounted on plural levels. Windmill pumps draw cool deep water and spray water to disrupt wind energy, cool the surface and concentrate floating substances. The windmills drive turbine generators directly by pumping water to storage tanks and discharging the water through penstocks to drive hydro-electric turbine generators. Excess power is transmitted through cables to onshore power grids. The floating structures provide oil recovery and wind de-energizing, water and waste treatment and residential and recreational activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Engineering Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Samir S. Shiban
  • Publication number: 20130174770
    Abstract: A lifting platform for use in a body of water has (a) a plurality of float modules, each float module having a buoyancy compartment, and each float module being attached to adjacent float modules by means of flexible joints; (b) at least one container disposed in each float module for retaining a buoyancy fluid; and (c) a discharge apparatus for discharging buoyancy fluid to the buoyancy compartments of the float modules, so as to fill each buoyancy compartment with buoyancy fluid, thereby causing the plurality of modules to float to a position at or near the surface of the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: David C. Mauck, William Bryan, Ronald H. Garber, Clifford A. Jennings, Nicholas K. Miller, John Linn
  • Patent number: 8418640
    Abstract: A floating vessel is equipped with perforated plates which exhibit both an added-mass effect and a damping effect. The addition of porosity to an added mass plate phase-shifts the added mass force so that it becomes at least partially a damping force which does not depend on large velocities to develop a large damping force. Preferred porosity is in the range of about 5% to about 15% of total plate area. A semi-submersible vessel may have damper plates fitted between its surface-piercing columns, within a support grid in the area between the pontoons and/or extending from the sides of its pontoons. A truss spar offshore platform may have damper plates installed within its truss structure intermediate its hull and ballast tank. Drill ships and similar vessels may be equipped with damper plates extending from the sides of their hulls to reduce both heave and roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Seahorse Equipment Corp
    Inventor: Steven John Leverette
  • Patent number: 8402908
    Abstract: There is provided a dock having a pair of primary frame members and a pair of secondary frame members. A plurality of cross members extends between the pair of primary frame members. The dock includes a plurality of cross member connectors for connecting the cross members to the primary frame members. Each cross member connector includes a frame contact portion and a cross member engagement portion extending from the frame contact portion. The frame contact portion is connected to a respective one of the plurality of primary frame members. The cross member engagement portion defines a channel sized and configured to receive the alignment plate of a respective one of the plurality of cross members. A roller assembly may also be included for stabilizing the dock relative to an adjacent piling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: Paul R. Gerst, Paul Vernon Gerst, John William Gerst
  • Publication number: 20130019792
    Abstract: A floating structure has an annular support as an underwater support with a buoyant body. A tower penetrates the annular support centrally and is connected to the annular support at a location underneath the annular support by slantedly outwardly ascending tension spokes and at a location above the annular support by slantedly outwardly descending tension spokes. Anchors on the ocean floor are connected by tension elements with the annular support. The structure is built by the steps of supporting by auxiliary devices the annular support on a floor of a basin that can be flooded; positioning the tower at the center of the annular support in vertical position; attaching the tension spokes at the annular support and at the tower; flooding the basin; towing the structure to its desired final position; and lowering and anchoring the structure in a submerged floating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: GICON WINDPOWER IP GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Jähnig, Alexander Zacharias
  • Patent number: 8342352
    Abstract: Disks configured to float on the surface of a body of liquid, including a top member configured to float substantially above the surface of the body of liquid, a bottom member spaced from the top member and configured to float substantially below the surface of the body of liquid, a sidewall extending between the top member and the bottom member along the periphery of the top member and along the periphery of the bottom member, wherein the top member, the bottom member, and the sidewall collectively define a cavity, a chamber mounted within the cavity, the chamber enclosing a predetermined volume of a gas, and a port defined in the sidewall to allow liquid from the body of liquid to enter the cavity, wherein the predetermined volume of gas enclosed in the chamber is selected to impart a buoyancy force sufficient to maintain the disk afloat on the body of liquid with the bottom member a predetermined depth below the member of the body of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Matt Alirol
  • Publication number: 20120295499
    Abstract: Many of the known wave-powered devices (“WPDs”) comprise (1) a float, (2) a swimmer, and (3) a tether connecting the float and the swimmer. The swimmer generates thrust as the float moves up and down due to surface waves. A WPD is provided with a rigid tether that can be moved from (a) a first position (“adjacent position”) in which at least a part of the tether is adjacent to the float to (b) a second position (“extended position”) in which the tether (i) is extended below the float and (ii) is at least in part substantially rigid. The WPD can if desired be transported, stored, or launched while the tether is in the adjacent position, and the tether can be moved into the extended position after the device has been launched and remain in the extended position while the device is being operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: LIQUID ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Roger G. Hine
  • Patent number: 8308397
    Abstract: A concrete floating dock can be formed using a form that has an inner and an outer form. Concrete sections can be cast such that they include a deck portion and two longitudinally extending side walls that extend downwardly from the deck portion. The concrete sections can be removed from the form and coupled together to form a concrete floating dock. One or more buoyancy elements can be positioned in the cavities of the fully cured concrete sections before or after the concrete sections are coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Allen J. Danskine
  • Patent number: 8291849
    Abstract: A floating vessel is equipped with perforated plates which exhibit both an added-mass effect and a damping effect. The addition of porosity to an added mass plate phase-shifts the added mass force so that it becomes at least partially a damping force which does not depend on large velocities to develop a large damping force. Preferred porosity is in the range of about 5% to about 15% of total plate area. A semi-submersible drilling rig may have damper plates fitted between its surface-piercing columns and/or extending from the sides of its pontoons. A truss spar offshore platform may have damper plates installed within its truss structure intermediate its hull and ballast tank. Drill ships and similar vessels may be equipped with damper plates extending from the sides of their hulls to reduce both heave and roll. In certain embodiments, the damper plates are retractable so as not to interfere with docking and to reduce drag while the vessel is underway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Seahorse Equipment Corp.
    Inventor: Steven John Leverette
  • Patent number: 8176868
    Abstract: A coupling to engage and retain two adjacent buoyant marine bodies in a side to side abutting relationship, is described. The coupling has two coupling portions (9), one each on one of the two adjacent buoyant marine bodies. The coupling portion (“first coupling portion”) including a downwardly directed receiving recess that includes at least one bearing surface (7) that faces away from a plane of abutment of the two marine bodies and that increases in distance away from the plane of abutment from top to bottom. The coupling also having a locking bar to be retained by the other coupling portion (second coupling portion) in a manner to allow it to move vertically thereto and to project from the second coupling portion for engagement with the first coupling portion, the locking bar including a receiving surface (16) to abut with the bearing surface (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Lei Han
  • Publication number: 20120090525
    Abstract: Floats having a buoyant portion and a chamber portion hold liquid within their chambers above the interface of the surrounding body of liquid and gas which creates a downward force which stabilizes the float. If the liquid is water, the float holds water in the inner chamber which is disposed above the waterline of the body of water in which the float is suspended. The elevated water exerts a downward force that acts against rocking, swaying, and other destabilizing forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: James Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20120073488
    Abstract: A mainframe for a float structure is described. The mainframe is detachably connectable to the dorsal surface of the float structure inflatables and comprises: a plurality of segmented and connectable cross-structure support members transversely attached to a plurality of segmented and connected longitudinal connector members via a connector member. Each of the longitudinal members and crossmembers may be made up of a plurality of detachable sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: James E. Temple
  • Patent number: 8132364
    Abstract: A buoyant walkway or island and its method of manufacture. In a preferred embodiment, the buoyant walkway comprising: an internal frame comprising semi-rigid members that are attached to one another, said internal semi-rigid frame having openings; an internal block disposed in each of said openings, said internal blocks being spaced apart from one another by gaps and forming a top surface and a bottom surface; cured thermoplastic foam disposed in said gaps that attach said internal blocks to said semi-rigid internal frame and to one another; a permeable top layer that is attached to said top surface; and a bottom layer that is attached to said bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fountainhead LLC
    Inventors: Bruce G. Kania, Frank M. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20120024215
    Abstract: A floating technical hollow body (1), in particular for covering open liquid areas, comprises a shell, which is formed by at least two interconnected shell parts (1A, 1B), which at least comprises one opening (2.2) for filling the shell interior with liquid, and in which at least a fluid-in particular an air-tight inner hollow body (4; 4?) is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Weener Plastik AG
    Inventor: Gerhold Flockenhagen
  • Patent number: 8097150
    Abstract: A wave energy conversion system includes a barge support frame having a frame superstructure and a plurality of frame support legs selectively extendable from the frame superstructure, a barge carried by the barge support frame and at least one wave energy conversion pump comprising a water transfer conduit carried by the barge support frame and having a filter port and an inner water transfer space disposed in fluid communication with the filter port, a pressure conduit mounted for displacement on the water transfer conduit and having an outer water transfer space disposed in fluid communication with the inner water transfer space and a buoyancy vessel carried by the pressure conduit. Also disclosed are a power generation pumping system and a river or stream fed system having tanks to contain and pressurize water to a force sufficient to drive turbine generators for electric power production and potable water use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Dwight Francis Houser, Dwight F. Houser, II, Mattew J. Houser
  • Patent number: 8087373
    Abstract: A floating module and fastening system for interconnecting a row of modules while allowing relative movement of the modules resulting from wave action. The present invention provides a system for interconnecting floating structures to form breakwaters and other integrated floating structures. The interconnection system includes one or more cables or other securing lines extending longitudinally through a row of floating structures and fastened at the ends of the row. Two or more socket members, through which the cables pass, are secured in and project outwardly from each end wall of the floating structures. Each of the socket members defines a recess, which extends into the end walls of the floating structures. Opposed socket members projecting from adjacent floating structures are sized so that an end of a first of the socket members fits within an opposed end of a second of the socket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry L. Mattson
  • Publication number: 20110318112
    Abstract: A method and device for installing wind energy converters at sea is disclosed, whereby the wind energy converter is carried by a setup of buoyant bodies, characterized in that the wind energy converter is connected to ships by outriggers, in a way that allows to give the angle between outrigger and the vertical axis, in order to control the orientation of swimming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jan Alexis THEY
  • Publication number: 20110271893
    Abstract: A marine structure comprises a supporting member adapted to be located at least partially immersed in water. The supporting member comprises a wall at least partially delimiting the supporting member such that an inner side of the wall at least partially delimits an inner hollow volume of the supporting member and an outer side of the wall is adapted to be in contact with the ambient environment of the supporting member. The supporting member further comprises a stiffening web frame attached to the wall in order to modify the structural capacity of the supporting member, which stiffening web frame comprises a rib and a flang.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Åstrand
  • Publication number: 20110259276
    Abstract: A float (1) comprising a hollow pneumatically pressurisable ovoid shell (5) is provided with a damping plate (12) extending laterally outwardly around the shell (5) for damping vertical upward and downward movement of the float in water during stormy conditions, thereby minimising the effect of the buoyant upward propulsion force acting on the float when the float is submerged in stormy conditions. A keel (18) extends downwardly from the float (5) for minimising rolling movement of the float (1). A pair of coupling plates (22) extending from front and rear ends (19,20) of the shell (5) facilitate coupling of the float (1) between a pair of spaced apart tethering ropes used in mussel growing. A plurality of the floats (1) may be secured between a pair of spaced apart tethering ropes at spaced apart intervals along the tethering ropes for supporting the tethering ropes so that crop ropes impregnated with mussel spawn may be suspended from the tethering ropes for growing mussels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: RODICON LIMITED
    Inventor: John Francis CONCANNON
  • Patent number: 8007202
    Abstract: A system to protect structures in a marine environment from the effects of an impact force. The system includes a plurality of floatable devices (panels) and a plurality of fibrous networks. The fibrous networks include high tenacity fibers which extend at least in a generally horizontal direction and are in communication with the plurality of floatable panels. The plurality of fibrous networks are disposed in a generally parallel arrangement with respect to each other and are vertically spaced apart by a distance not exceeding about 12 inches (30.5 cm). The system is designed to be spaced from the structure to be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Davis, Barbara M. Costain, Carolyn S. Westmark, Ashok Bhatnagar
  • Patent number: 7992509
    Abstract: Methods of producing precast concrete structures, installing them to form larger structures along shorelines or underwater and the structures produced thereby are disclosed. Certain preferred embodiments can be employed as underwater shellfish habitats for raising oysters, mussels and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Sidney Edwin Veazey