Apparatus Which Isolates Flames From Non-burning Area Patents (Class 169/48)
  • Patent number: 10051756
    Abstract: A surround for an electrical box has a sheet of flexible, weatherproof material having a skirt portion, and a flange extending at least outward relative to the skirt portion, the flange defining an opening within the skirt portion sized to provide access to an inner cavity of the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Gabe Coscarella
  • Patent number: 9901760
    Abstract: An air delivery system is configured to deliver air to an enclosed structure and may include at least one air channel configured to deliver air to or receive air from the enclosed structure, at least one component disposed within the at least one air channel, and at least one flame-blocking filter removably and adjustably secured within the at least one air channel. The at least one flame-blocking filter is configured to isolate the at least one component from a source of excessive temperature or flames. The at least one flame-blocking filter is configured to allow air to pass therethrough under normal operating conditions, and to block air and flames from passing therethrough when exposed to the excessive temperature or the flames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nortek Air Solutions Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Norman Erb, Stephen Harold Hanson, Mohammad Afshin
  • Patent number: 9883602
    Abstract: A surround for an electrical box has a sheet of flexible, weatherproof material having a skirt portion, and a flange extending at least outward relative to the skirt portion, the flange defining an opening within the skirt portion sized to provide access to an inner cavity of the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Gabe Coscarella
  • Patent number: 9597976
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatus for removing heat generated by cells of a battery pack. The methods and apparatus may employ one or more fan modules disposed between or next to cells of the battery pack, or one or more fans directly mounted to the battery pack or battery pack case housing the cells. Further, a motor controller isolation system operates to electrically isolate the motor controller of the electric vehicle when the battery pack is being charged. The motor controller isolation system may be integrated with the integrated battery pack and thermal and ventilation system. The integrated system, or “integrated battery unit (IBU),” is preferably manufactured in a manner that requires no, modifications to the electric vehicle in which the IBU is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Blake E. Dickinson, Larry Hayashigawa
  • Patent number: 9512620
    Abstract: A rooftop photovoltaic solar system is disclosed. The solar system comprises a plurality of photovoltaic modules forming a rooftop array, the rooftop array having at least one edge and a wind deflector positioned along the edge of the rooftop array, the wind deflector constrained in a first configuration by a fuse. In the first configuration the wind deflector comprises a deflecting portion adapted to deflect wind blowing on the rooftop above the rooftop array and a ventilation portion having a plurality of openings, the openings positioned to permit airflow under the rooftop array. The wind deflector assumes a second configuration upon release of the fuse. In the second configuration, the deflecting portion is elevated from the first configuration and the ventilation portion is positioned to permit less airflow through the plurality of openings than in the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christine Concho, Michael Crockett, Carl J. S. Lenox
  • Patent number: 9482495
    Abstract: A body shell of an armored vehicle includes a front face carrying a bulletproof windscreen projecting towards an outside of the body shell, at least one side wall including an opening, the side wall being integral with the front face at a strut that is defined by a part of the side wall included between an edge of the opening and a rim of the side wall situated furthest outwards at the front of the vehicle. In the armored vehicle body shell, the strut extends beyond the front face towards the outside of the body shell, and the edge of the opening is situated near the front face so that a junction between the strut and the front face of the body shell is at the vicinity of the edge of the opening which forms a rear edge of the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTER SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Jacky Jacquemont
  • Patent number: 9435552
    Abstract: A system for circulating and conditioning air within a nuclear reactor habitability area is provided. The system may include an upper plenum formed between a lowered ceiling partition within the habitability area and a ceiling of the habitability area and a lower plenum formed between a raised floor partition within the habitability area and a floor of the habitability area. The system can additionally include at least one recirculation air handling unit located within the habitability area, the at least one recirculation air handling unit operable to generate a recirculation air flow within the habitability area by circulating air between the lower and upper plenums absent any air carrying ductwork routed through the ceiling, floor or walls of the habitability area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GE-HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY AMERICAS LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sulva
  • Patent number: 9425535
    Abstract: A connector cover in an eco-friendly vehicle covers the outside of a connector for an electronic part mounted to the eco-friendly vehicle. The cover covers the outside of the connector, and a width thereof is adjusted. The cover grasps both sides of the connector, is coupled to the outside of the connector as the width of the cover becomes narrower, and maintains a state in which the width is narrowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jee-Heon Kim, Ju-Man Yoon
  • Patent number: 9404606
    Abstract: A backplate for installation between a utility box and an exterior surface of a building has a plate body having a first side and a second side. A moisture dam on the plate body extends outward from the first side of the plate body. The moisture dam defines a receptacle that is sized and shaped to receive the utility box such that when the plate body is installed between the utility box and the exterior surface of the building. The moisture dam receives and extends around an outer perimeter of a rear surface of the utility box. Apertures through the plate body receive one or more utility lines and for receiving a mounting system. There are one or more seals on the second side of the plate body for sealing between the apertures and an outer perimeter of the plate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Gabe Coscarella
  • Patent number: 9320926
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed towards fire blocking apparatuses that include fire skirts that extend off edges of solar panels installed on roofs. The fire skirts are configured to block the gap between a solar panel and the roof surface on which it is installed to prevent or suppress the ignition for spreading of fire underneath the solar panel. Some of the fire skirts are heat or fire sensitive and are configured to the melt, deform, or otherwise be altered upon the application of a threshold temperature such that the fire skirts block the gap between the solar panel and the roof surface. Other embodiments are directed towards fire skirts that include a solar panel mounting surface and a shelf surface configured to accommodate ballast or fasteners to affix the solar panel to the roof surface. Such embodiments can be formed from pre-scored or pre-folded sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Julian Ryba-White, Damien Scott, Ben Tarbell
  • Patent number: 9248325
    Abstract: The invention is designed to be used for the large outdoor fires such as fires on the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, in forests and grasslands and at airports and chemical plants. The operators of an “assist unit” should always be behind the firefighters. At long range it can blow fire suppressors into a fire and smother it. The suppressors can be water or chemicals by the firefighters. Soot, ashes, dirt or sand around a fire itself are good suppressors. The “assist unit” will blow them into the fire and it blows away the smoke and fumes as well. There are two versions of the “assist unit”: the ALL MANUAL one and the VEHICLE MOUNTED one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Nathanial Henry Lewis
  • Patent number: 8997884
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a wildfire and structure fire containment system by means of a fire-resistant Mesh Sheet (13). Said Mesh Sheet (13) is held aloft by a fire resistant Balloon (11) or Balloons (21) which are filled with a lighter-than-air material comprising gas, plasma, liquid, solid, or a combination. Propellants (10) are attached to said Balloon (11) or Balloons (21). A fire resistant Base or Anchor (16) is along the bottom edge of said Mesh Sheet (13). One or more additional said Mesh Sheets (13) can be attached horizontally using a Lip (32) and Channel (31) system. Additional said Mesh Sheets (13) can be added to vertically extend the embodiment to higher elevations. A Flap (14) exists covering an opening on the bottom section of the Mesh Sheet (13). Various electronic cameras, heat sensors, wind sensors, and other electronic and digital devices can be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: John Michael Morlier
  • Publication number: 20150068776
    Abstract: A fire-protection mechanism is described. The fire-protection mechanism includes multiple, overlapping cavities that can be filled with water (and, more generally, a fluid). When the fire-protection mechanism is deployed over an object, such as a building, and the cavities are filled with water, the fire-protection mechanism reduces the likelihood that the object is damaged by the heat associated with a fire proximate to the object, such as a wild fire. In particular, the heat capacity and latent heat of the water significantly increase the thermal time constant of the object, thereby reducing the likelihood of combustion. The fire-protection mechanism may include a reflective coating to redirect infrared radiation away from the object to provide further protection. In addition, the water in the cavities may be refilled, as needed, by directing a stream of water onto the fire-protection mechanism and/or through an internal channel in the fire-protection mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: David C. Douglas
  • Publication number: 20150060445
    Abstract: A pressure release device for a protective housing for flameproof enclosure of electrical operating means. The device includes an accommodating body (18) having a passage (22), and a porous body (24) arranged in the passage (22). The porous body (24) is elastically deformed by means of an interference fit in the passage (22), and thus, reliably supported therein free of flame or spark exiting gaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ulrich Mann, Bernd Limbacher, Helmut Wurz
  • Patent number: 8960320
    Abstract: Example inline plug flame arrestors are disclosed. A disclosed example flame arrestor includes a body having a passage to enable fluid communication between a first end of the passage and a second end of the passage, wherein the first end of the passage includes a shoulder and a plug disposed within the passage to substantially fill a cross-sectional area of the passage, wherein a first end of the plug engages the shoulder, wherein the plug is configured to provide a gap between an exterior surface of the plug and a wall of the passage to fluidly couple the first and the second ends of the passage, and wherein the plug includes at least one slot at the first end of the plug extending along an exterior surface of the first end of the plug to a peripheral edge of the first end of the plug to direct fluid flow in the slot toward the wall of the passage and along the gap and the exterior surface of the plug toward the second end of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Glen Moyer
  • Publication number: 20150047860
    Abstract: Self-closing vent assemblies configured to provide ventilation during normal ambient conditions and to close during a fire are provided. In one embodiment, the self-closing vent assembly includes a base vent plate having a plurality of apertures and a floating vent plate having a plurality of apertures offset from the apertures in the base vent plate. The floating vent plate is configured to move between a first position spaced apart by a distance from the base vent plate and a second position abutting the base vent plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Rutherford
  • Publication number: 20140374127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for self-protection against forest fires, especially for the protection of urban communities (1) close to forest areas (2), which comprises creating a protective area (3) around the urban community (1) to be protected and assembling in said area a hydraulic water supply system (4) capable of covering at least the protective area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Ferran Dalmau Rovira
  • Publication number: 20140367127
    Abstract: A fire stop system with a pass through device is installed in a structural opening. The fire stop system includes a split pipe, a foam wall gasket and an annulus plate. The split pipe includes a first end and a second end. The first end and the second end have an intumescent material installed thereon to seal the split pipe when the split pipe is exposed to elevated temperatures. The foam wall gasket is installed around the split pipe adjacent the structural opening. The foam wall gasket forms a contour to the structural opening blocking air flow between the split pipe and the opening. The annulus plate covers the foam wall gasket and is installed around the split pipe at the structural opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventors: Gary L. Zernach, Joseph Allen Dukes, Travis M. Samples, Scott M. Younghouse, Nathan W. Pascarella, John G. Duffield
  • Publication number: 20140352988
    Abstract: A panel (10) for use as a fire suppressing system which comprises a substrate (12) and an exothermic gas producing charge (14) wherein the exothermic gas producing charge (14) is integral with the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Albertelli Aldino, Michael Frieh
  • Patent number: 8899342
    Abstract: A safety apparatus is disclosed for inhibiting an outbreak of an electrical fire within an electrical box. The apparatus includes a heat sensitive device which is disposed within the electrical box for sensing a potentially hazardous temperature rise within the electrical box caused by an electrical fault in the electrical box. A control device is associated with the heat sensitive device such that the control device is activated by the heat sensitive device when the heat sensitive device senses the potentially hazardous temperature rise within the electrical box. The electrical fire inhibiting device has a dormant mode and a fire extinguishing mode. The arrangement is such that when the control device is activated by the heat sensitive device, the control device switches the fire inhibiting device from the dormant mode to the fire extinguishing mode so that the outbreak of the electrical fire within the electrical box is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Lyle H Chesley
  • Patent number: 8875802
    Abstract: A blanket (103) providing a plurality of pockets (109) in which to contain fire suppression compound (211). A blanket (103) can be wrapped around a container of flammable liquid to resist fire resulting from a ballistic attack. Fire suppression compound (211) carried in a pocket (109) may be provided as a plurality of sub-portions individually disposed in a respective pouch (214). End caps (106) may also be included to further surround a container with fire suppression compound (211).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: HPS Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Jesclard, Jr., Candice J. Jesclard, A. Brent Strong, John D. Schaalje
  • Patent number: 8875801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a measure for minimizing an undesired passage of fluid from a first sector (1) to a second sector (2) separated by a non-fluid-tight separation (3), wherein a first pressure (P1-1) prevails in the first sector (1) and a lower second pressure (P2-1) than the first pressure (P1-1) prevails in the second sector (2). An intermediate chamber (4) which separates the two sectors (1, 2) from one another is arranged at the separation (3). A conveyor mechanism (5) is further provided which is designed to convey fluid from the intermediate chamber (4) to the first sector (1) in order to generate a lower pressure in the intermediate chamber (4) than the first pressure (P1-1) prevailing in the first sector (1), wherein the pressure (P4-1) generated in the intermediate chamber (4) is just as high or higher than the second pressure (P2-1) prevailing in the second sector (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amrona AG
    Inventor: Michael Kind
  • Publication number: 20140311761
    Abstract: A fire barrier includes a very lightweight plate capable of overcoming flammability, smoke toxicity and heat release tests. The plate combines two layers, a first layer of a first thermoplastic attached to a second layer formed by a second foamed thermoplastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Freire de la Cruz, Angel Hernanz Arbeloa
  • Patent number: 8857528
    Abstract: A flame-blocking system includes flame retardant foam having at least one through hole and at least one flame retardant tube passing through the through hole. Both the flame retardant foam and the flame retardant tube comprise graphite, aluminum hydroxide and ammonium phosphate in addition to a base resin. The flame-blocking system prevents flames and toxic gases generated during a fire or a similar accident from being spread through holes through which a wire, a cable or a pipe is installed across a wall of buildings or ships, which can reduce damage to life and property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Won Rock Lee
  • Patent number: 8851198
    Abstract: Protective covers made with fire-resistant and thermo-insulated blankets to shield diverse structures and objects from fire. Interconnective tent units forming protective surface passageways for sheltering and evacuating firemen at fire locations and for providing tactical shelter for security personnel. Novel tent configurations having optimal packaging and surface coverage characteristics. Ground-covering blankets for stopping ground-level fire and for diverse fire-fighting tactical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Herbert R. Burnham
  • Patent number: 8844641
    Abstract: A device for containing and/or suppressing a fire may include a flexible barrier configured to at least substantially cover at least one item located on a base structure. The flexible barrier may include a flexible sheet and an intumescent material layer substantially covering a surface of the flexible sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Peltz
  • Patent number: 8844640
    Abstract: A ground supported and upwardly extensible firewall curtain, such as for use in containing fires. A plurality of ground anchored and elongated housing are arranged in end-to-end interconnected fashion, such as in an advance position of an approaching fire. Each housing assembly includes an interiorly stored and upwardly extended curtain constructed of a fire resistant material. The curtains are likewise interconnected in end-to-end and inter-structurally supported fashion and so that a continuous fire wall is created to prevent or retard the advance of the fire in a given direction, such as toward residential or other populated areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Oria Collapsibles, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Publication number: 20140284068
    Abstract: Fire door leaf for industrial use in relation to openings in structures such as buildings, vessels and/or land and sea-based oil and gas installations, where the fire door with said fire door leaf contributes to providing a passage between different compartments in said structures. The fire door leaf is constructed to work as an element in a certified barrier against the spreading of fire, smoke and/or pressure. The leaf comprises two leaf elements where each leaf element comprises a main surface, and where the leaf elements assembled is suitable to forming a volume between themselves without stiffening elements within the volume. At least one main surface comprises a single-curved surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Espen Dobakk
  • Publication number: 20140262358
    Abstract: A multi-member assembly including a first structural member, a second structural member opposed from the first structural member, a crossover seal positioned between the first and second structural members, wherein the crossover seal defines a bore, and an end cap including a cap portion and a plug portion protruding from the cap portion, wherein the plug portion is at least partially received in the bore such that the cap portion bridges the first and second structural members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott M. Livingston, Jack W. Mauldin, Robert P. Lotter, Paul B. Philipp, Khalid S. Alshobber, John N. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140264136
    Abstract: A crankcase explosion relief valve with an external flame trap made from compressed and sintered porous metal powder. Should an explosion take place, the valve plate will lift, allowing the flame front and exhaust gasses to enter the device. The exhaust gasses exit the valve though a circular flame trap made of porous metal. The circular flame trap is of a ribbon shape as to increase the amount of permeable area on the component. Due to the narrow interconnected porosity, flames will not be able to propagate past the porous material, while the exhaust gasses are able to freely pass through. In another embodiment, the porous material component is in the form of a plurality of cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PENN TROY MACHINE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Kafka
  • Patent number: 8834153
    Abstract: In a flame arrester arrangement having a housing (1) for holding at least two flame arrester inserts (6, 6?) having a large number of axial passage gaps dimensioned for a combustible gas, and having an intermediate layer (7) arranged between two flame arrester inserts (6, 6?), which permits a radial distribution of the gas flow emerging from one flame arrester insert (6, 6?) and entering an adjacent downstream flame arrester insert (6, 6?), the ability of the flame arrester inserts (6, 6?) to be easily assembled and disassembled for servicing purposes without restricting the functional integrity can be achieved by at least one separate closed seal (11, 11?, 15, 17, 17?, 20) being arranged between a flame arrester insert (6, 6?) and the housing (1) or between two flame arrester inserts (6, 6?) in such a way that a flow around the flame arrester insert (6, 6?) in a space (12) located radially outside the passage gaps is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Protego (U.S.A.), Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Helmsen, Christoph Leinemann
  • Patent number: 8833478
    Abstract: A fire stop system with a pass through device is installed in a structural opening. The fire stop system includes a split pipe, a foam wall gasket and an annulus plate. The split pipe includes a first end and a second end. The first end and the second end have an intumescent material installed thereon to seal the split pipe when the split pipe is exposed to elevated temperatures. The foam wall gasket is installed around the split pipe adjacent the structural opening. The foam wall gasket forms a contour to the structural opening blocking air flow between the split pipe and the opening. The annulus plate covers the foam wall gasket and is installed around the split pipe at the structural opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Gary L. Zernach, Joseph Allen Dukes, Travis M. Samples, Scott M. Younghouse, Nathan W. Pascarella, John G. Duffield
  • Publication number: 20140238707
    Abstract: A building is provided with a shutter, a stairway, and a handrail. The handrail has a connection member and a connection apparatus. The shutter opens and closes in a horizontal direction. A gap through which the shutter can pass is formed in the stairway. The handrail is provided at the stairway, and includes a handrail main body and a movable member. A gap through which the shutter can pass is formed in the handrail main body, and the movable member closes the gap in the handrail main body. The connection member connects one end portion of the movable member with the handrail main body such that the movable body is turnable relative to the handrail main body. The connection apparatus releasably connects another end portion of the movable member with the handle main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: TAKENAKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: TAKENAKA CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8794341
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for fire suppression and containment is provided in accordance with one embodiment of the invention. A conduit with a plurality of nozzle connections, in various configurations to create specific fire suppressant discharge patterns. Each conduit can be operated individually or connected to another conduit by a predetermined length of hose forming a contiguous system, traversing large areas of land. The invention and components form a multipurpose fire suppression apparatus. The system can be operated remotely or manually. An alternative embodiment can be installed in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Each system can be custom designed based upon environmental engineering requirements and system application—with regard to conduit diameters, material composition, shape, length and nozzle design without leaving the core design. The system components can also incorporate sensors, monitoring devices, robotics (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: John Wayne Howard, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8789616
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are provided for inhibiting the propagation of a flame front that is ignited by a pumping mechanism which draws a waste stream from a process chamber. The apparatus comprises a foreline for conveying the waste stream which is drawn from the process chamber to the pumping mechanism. The foreline comprises an isolation valve for selectively isolating the pumping mechanism from the process chamber and a bypass positioned around the isolation valve. The apparatus further comprises a controller for actuating the isolation valve. The controller is configured to cause the isolation valve to be closed when the waste stream is initially drawn from the process chamber. During which time the waste stream is conveyed to the pumping mechanism via the bypass, the bypass comprises means for inhibiting propagation of a flame front therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Bailey
  • Publication number: 20140202721
    Abstract: A smoke-barrier device for securely sealing the spaces beneath and around a door and a fire and smoke retardant door cloth panel will gain two or more hours for a person(s) trapped by a fire in a closed room, even one that has a residential style wood door that is known to burn in about 20 minutes. The combined use of the tested and rated smoke-guard device and the tested and rated fire and smoke retardant panel will prevent fire, smoke, and lethal gases from entering the room through a doorway even after the wooden door burns through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: BUTTERFLY SAFETY PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Alan Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140190709
    Abstract: A smoke or fire protection device securely seals an opening for limiting the spread of fire and smoke through the opening of a building. A sealing lip and flexible ballast arranged at the foot of the opening of the building such that a flexible protection element is situated on the ground when the device is deployed to the protection arrangement. A locking device to lock a rod in an activated position when the device is deployed to said protection arrangement. The flexible protection element configured in a variety of arrangements using various materials and numerous construction methods. A lead guide for the device improves the resistance of the flexible protection member to forces exerted thereon. As such, the device may have certain advantages in limiting the spread of fire and smoke while resisting external forces and retaining mechanical strength and stability sufficient to pass the Hose Stream Test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: STOEBICH BRANDSCHUTZ GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Stoebich, Stefan Siller, Frank Krueger, Robert Knein-Linz
  • Patent number: 8752641
    Abstract: A fire blanket assembly includes a thermal insulation material defining an opening, a metallic foil layer positioned along a first surface of the thermal insulation material and over at least a portion of the opening, an insert disc positioned adjacent to a second surface of the thermal insulation material opposite the first surface and further being positioned at the opening in the thermal insulation material, and a detail. The detail includes a base positioned at least partially within the opening in the thermal insulation material, a sidewall extending from the base, and a flange extending from the sidewall at a location spaced from the base, a perimeter of the flange turned at least partially away from the metallic foil layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Kenneth Holland, William Bogue, Daniel M. Stadtlander
  • Publication number: 20140138103
    Abstract: A fireproof rack for protecting an object is provided. The fireproof rack includes a major frame, a moveable frame, a fireproof chamber and a fireproof liquid. The moveable frame is slidably connected to the major frame, and the moveable frame slides between a first position and a second position relative to the major frame, and the object is disposed in the moveable frame, and the moveable frame and the object are in the first position under an operation mode. Under a fireproof mode, the moveable frame and the object slide to the second position, and are received in the fireproof chamber. The fireproof liquid is located in the fireproof chamber. When the moveable frame and the object are in the second position, the object is soaked in the fireproof liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Po-Kuan LEE, Chung-Ting KAO
  • Patent number: 8720593
    Abstract: A system and method provide portable protection against a fire. An expandable fire protection enclosure has at least a base enclosure member, an intermediate enclosure member and a top enclosure member. The enclosure members are nested in a transportable configuration. When needed, the expandable fire protection enclosure is placed on a surface and the enclosure members are pulled from the nested, transportable configuration to an occupiable, expanded configuration. The enclosure members are constructed from a thermally-resistant material such as thermal protection system (TPS) silica. The system may include a flexible barrier positionable around an inner perimeter of the base enclosure member. The system may be placed on a thermally protective blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Warren N. Root
  • Publication number: 20140102733
    Abstract: A fire resistant assembly which may be used to ensure the fire resistance of a fire barrier such as a wall, comprising a first layer having a lumen therein, a second layer adjacent the first layer, and a box having a cavity defined by a wall, an opening in the wall, and a flange proximate the opening, wherein the box is disposed between the first layer and the second layer and wherein the opening is disposed on the lumen of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: E.Z. Barrier, Inc.
    Inventor: Happy Moselle
  • Publication number: 20140076587
    Abstract: Fire-suppression devices to protect structures from fire damage comprising a fibrous matrix and a fire-retardant composition applied to that matrix. The fire suppression device may be applied to a wooden structure to render at least a portion of that wooden structure resistant to fire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Osmose Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Herdman, Randy Marquardt, Peter-Yu Tham, Thomas Pope, Robert Butera
  • Patent number: 8636076
    Abstract: A method of firestopping a through-penetration is disclosed, which makes use of a fusible inorganic blended-fiber web. The fusible inorganic blended-fiber web can provide a fire-stopped through-penetration without the use of sealants, intumescent materials, and the like. The fusible inorganic blended-fiber web may comprise a blend of at least first, low melting inorganic fibers and second, high melting inorganic fibers. The fusible inorganic blended-fiber web comprises a bulk density of at least about 7 pounds per cubic foot (0.112 grams/cc).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brandon L. Cordts, George W. Frost, Ernst L. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140020915
    Abstract: A firestopping sleeve positionable usually in walls which is self-adjusting and includes a sleeve defining an access corridor extending longitudinally therewithin with at least one firestopping pad positioned therein. The pad defines an access corridor extending therethrough for receiving wall penetrating cables which are firestopped therearound by the pad. A supplemental construction band is positioned extending around the pad for enhancing firestopping adjacent the penetrating wire for facilitating preventing the flow of heat, smoke or fire therepast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Lopes
  • Patent number: 8622146
    Abstract: A device for fire extinguishing is described, comprising a fire retardant cloth, which is arranged to cover objects upon a fire or the beginnings of a fire, to put out or prevent the fire from developing, wherein the fire retardant cloth is mounted in a release mechanism arranged to release the fire retardant cloth, in such a way that the cloth covers said objects, upon detection of the fire or development of the fire. A method for same is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Klimek, Richard Tangen
  • Publication number: 20140000916
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed towards fire blocking apparatuses that include fire skirts that extend off edges of solar panels installed on roofs. The fire skirts are configured to block the gap between a solar panel and the roof surface on which it is installed to prevent or suppress the ignition for spreading of fire underneath the solar panel. Some of the fire skirts are heat or fire sensitive and are configured to the melt, deform, or otherwise be altered upon the application of a threshold temperature such that the fire skirts block the gap between the solar panel and the roof surface. Other embodiments are directed towards fire skirts that include a solar panel mounting surface and a shelf surface configured to accommodate ballast or fasteners to affix the solar panel to the roof surface. Such embodiments can be formed from pre-scored or pre-folded sheet materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: SOLARCITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julian Ryba-White, Damien Scott, Ben Tarbell
  • Publication number: 20130312984
    Abstract: A system or method that has an air distribution system configured to provide nitrogen into a room to reduce an oxygen concentration level within the room below a desired oxygen concentration level such that the atmosphere in the room fails to provide sufficient oxygen to sustain combustion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Optimal Fire Prevention Systems LLC
    Inventors: William A. Piegari, Mel Appelbaum
  • Publication number: 20130277073
    Abstract: A flashback preventer with a cylindrical flame trap (8, 8?, 21) which is installed in a wall (6, 6?), separating an at-risk region (13) from an external region (15), and has a cross-sectional surface area containing a multiplicity of throughflow gaps and a height determining the length of the throughflow gaps and an underside (9) directed towards the at-risk region (13), and an upper side (16) directed towards the external region (15), can be formed with a low mass and high energy-dissipation efficiency in that the flame trap (8, 8?, 21) is inserted into an opening (7, 7?) in the wall (6, 6?), said opening corresponding to the cross-sectional surface areas of the flame trap (8, 8?, 21), and has at least a fifth of its height projecting beyond the wall (6, 6?) into the external region (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: LEINEMANN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Frank Helmsen
  • Patent number: 8524105
    Abstract: Compositions are described which are useful in many applications such as fire extinguishing or refrigeration. The compositions may include a hydrochlorofluorocarbon such as 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane, a dispersant such as CF3I, and an inert gas such as argon, and may in some embodiments be held under pressure. For example, some fire extinguishing compositions may be composed of 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane, CF3I, and argon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: American Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Gibson, Bradford Colton
  • Publication number: 20130220648
    Abstract: The Burn Blanket is an effective way to help fire fighters protect themselves and save the lives of others. It is completely hands free and a new step in the rescue of people from fires. Made from Nomex and Kevlar and the other materials found in fire fighter equipment the burn blanket is a hands free cape that can add a new protective layer for the firefighters and be easily used to rap a victim with out having to be carried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Carson Wade Muir