With Retainer Patents (Class 220/328)
  • Patent number: 10071795
    Abstract: A clamp device includes a clamp portion defining a threaded opening therein. The clamp portion is configured to contact a first side of a beam. The clamp device also includes a threaded fastener configured for insertion into the threaded opening via a hole defined within the decompression panel. The clamp device causes the decompression panel to contact a second side of the beam when the threaded fastener is tightened within the threaded opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Perkins, Michael J. Olliges, Allan A. Loken, Hannah Rebecca Arm, Jeremy Ryan Glaze Tatum
  • Patent number: 9718533
    Abstract: Aircraft fuel tank access door systems and methods incorporating one or more of an outer fuel tank access door completely encapsulated by a dielectric material and an inner fuel tank access door comprising at least one drainage feature are disclosed. These systems and methods reduce or prevent (i) fuel pooling on the inner fuel tank access door, (ii) moisture pooling between the inner and outer fuel tank access doors, and (iii) p-static build up and lightning attachment to the outer fuel tank access door to increase safety, reduce the likelihood of corrosion and ease installation of the fuel tank access door system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Billy M. Martin, Timothy E. Harrison, Zai Lo, Brandon L. Parks
  • Patent number: 9677301
    Abstract: A locking cover for existing subgrade vault openings. The cover is installed with mounting brackets on side walls of construction vaults and secured with locking latch components secured against flange portions of the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Haskel Zeloof, Thomas Vanderpool
  • Patent number: 9194174
    Abstract: There is disclosed a structural arrangement (10) for an access window (30) to a fuel tank (20) with composite coating (40), this structural arrangement (10) comprising an external lid (11) associated to the access window (30) by fastening means (12), the structural arrangement (10) for an access window (30) to a fuel tank (20) with composite coating (40) further comprising a continuous metal frame (31) disposed on an internal portion of the fuel tank (20), fastened to the composite coating (40) internally and perimetrally circumventing the access window (30), the continuous metal frame (31) being cooperative with the external lid (11) in the conduction of an electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: EMBRAER S.A.
    Inventors: Aroldo Pontes, Danilo Seixas Victorazzo, Douglas Carrari Firmino, Erich Robert Schaay, Fabiano Lobato, Flavio Yoiti Sasaki, Sidney Osses Nunes, Silvio Luiz Francisco Osorio
  • Patent number: 9097346
    Abstract: A closure comprises a hub with a central opening and a head pivotally connected to the hub, the head sealing the central opening when in a closed position. A lip seal relief is defined by a stepped surface between the head and the hub so that when the head is closed, the relief or clearance is provided between the head and hub inhibiting damage to a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Sypris Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford M. Rowland, William L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8708183
    Abstract: A lid-lift hole assembly for an underground utility vault lid comprises a liner positioned in an open-ended lid-lift hole, and a receptacle positioned below the liner. Opposite side walls of the receptacle contain thru-holes aligned with fastener holes in opposite side walls of the liner, Fasteners extending through the thru-holes and into the fastener holes (from the underside of the lid) are tightened (to apply pressure to the juncture between the receptacle and the liner) to lock the liner in the lid-lift hole. The receptacle forms an enlarged-volume, box-like enclosure rigidly (but releasably) held beneath an open passage through the liner. The space inside the receptacle can contain debris kept from entering the working area of the vault. The space inside the receptacle is shaped to receive a tool for removing the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Channell Commercial Corporation
    Inventor: Edward J. Burke
  • Patent number: 8689996
    Abstract: A system includes a container assembly comprising a cover threadingly coupled to a container along a threaded interface portion of an interface and a cover lock assembly. The cover lock assembly includes a lock screw configured to selectively move between a cover lock position and a cover release position. The lock screw extends across the interface to resist threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover lock position, and the lock screw is recessed away from the interface to enable threaded rotation of the cover relative to the container in the cover release position. The cover lock assembly also includes a lock insert configured to block movement of the lock screw from the cover lock position to the cover release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xu Ting, Kai Fan, Yuan Xia
  • Patent number: 8608010
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing element fastening system for at least one sealing element of a pressure vessel, which has at least one opening and a sealing part, in particular a cover, provided for the opening. In the operating state of the pressure vessel each sealing element is at least partially inserted in an accommodating groove in the sealing part and corresponding sealing element fastening devices are positioned in each case in an indentation in the sealing part. The indentations are in each case sealed by a fill element in the operating state of the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Areva GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Constantin, Jens Beck, Reiner Scheler
  • Patent number: 8602064
    Abstract: A fluid passage closure system in a compressor includes a fluid passage, a seal cap unit and a flow space. The fluid passage formed in the housing of the compressor includes a large-diameter and the small-diameter passages, a step formed between the large-diameter and the small-diameter passages and a flat portion formed in the step. The large-diameter passage is formed on the opening side of the fluid passage and connected to the small-diameter passage. The seal cap unit closing the fluid passage includes a flat sealing surface and a press-contact surface. The flat sealing surface is in contact with the flat portion to close the fluid passage. The press-contact surface is formed to be pressed against the peripheral wall surface so that the seal cap unit is kept in the fluid passage. The flow space is formed between the press-contact surface and the peripheral wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Masato Yoneda, Hiroyuki Nagai, Atsushi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8556106
    Abstract: A reusable oval cap for an oval container that is threaded for ease of removal and installation and provides a water tight seal when fully seated in the container. When the cap is removed, the full cross sectional area of the housing is open for inserting or removing the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Bayco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bijan Bayat, Gordon L. Treichler
  • Patent number: 8528772
    Abstract: A rectangular container has a child resistant lid assembly wherein the rectangular closure is provided with an opening. The child lid assembly is preferably removably mounted on the closure to close the opening and is preferably positioned during shipment and storage to be substantially planar with the closure. The side walls of the container may be tapered to facilitate nesting with a similar container. The locking mechanism on the closure engages an exterior portion of the lid, such as at least one of a plurality of teeth in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8528767
    Abstract: An exemplary hydraulic reservoir includes a reservoir tank having an interior cavity for retaining a fluid and an aperture fluidly connecting the interior cavity to an exterior region of the reservoir. A cover selectively engages the reservoir tank, and is movable between an open position, wherein the fluid path through the aperture in the reservoir tank is at least partially open, and a closed position, wherein the fluid path through the aperture is substantially closed. The hydraulic reservoir further includes a pressure relief mechanism having at least one pressure responsive fastener for releasably connecting the cover to the reservoir tank. The at least one pressure responsive fastener includes a fastener fixed for concurrent movement with one of the cover and the reservoir tank, and a biasing member operably connecting the fastener to whichever of the cover and reservoir tank is not fixed for concurrent movement with the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Don R. Draper, Christopher T. Arneson
  • Publication number: 20130075405
    Abstract: There is provided a port closing device for a compressor which is fixed to a housing of the compressor by a bolt and includes a packing and a cap. The packing closes a suction port or a discharge port formed in the housing. The packing has a first end, a second end and a peripheral surface formed between the first end and the second end. The first end of the packing has a flat seal portion that is in contact with a surface of the housing surrounding the port. The cap has a holding portion that presses the peripheral surface of the packing for holding the packing, and a pressing portion that presses the second end of the packing. The pressing portion of the cap has therethrough a hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventor: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
  • Patent number: 8286819
    Abstract: An open ended container with locking lid can provide a number of features. The lid and the container have cooperating threads. The lid has also has a locking mechanism connected to the lid, such as from a downwardly extending wall. The container has a stop, in some embodiments accessible from below, such as with an upwardly extending abutment of the locking mechanism. In fact, some embodiments have a stop as a portion of teeth in which at least some of the teeth which are not in contact with an abutment of the locking mechanism, engage the threads of the lid to assist in retaining the lid on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8272528
    Abstract: A utility box having a housing, and a ring that forms a hole that receives an attachment from a cover. A fastener retention piece has a first recess in a first surface, a second recess within the first recess, and a third recess in a second surface. The first and second recesses retain fasteners when the first surface is adjacent a lower surface of the ring. The third retaining recess retains a fastener when the second surface is adjacent the lower surface of the ring. The fasteners secure the attachment depending from the cover, and the recesses prohibit complete rotation of the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: U.S. Utility Enclosures, LLC
    Inventor: John P. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8240500
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for securing access to an underground device such as a storage tank. A lockable blocking plate is secured to a filler cap for an underground storage tank in a manner to inhibit access to the filler cap. The locking mechanism is configured such that the lock and blocking plate may freely rotate with respect to the filler cap. The blocking plate may include a side skirt extending to cover portions of the filler cap and, optionally, portions of a standpipe and coupling for the filler cap. Free rotation is enabled by way of an annular groove in a portion of the locking mechanism, and into which groove one or more locking portions may be inserted, or by way of a freely moving swivel boss attached to the filler cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Dalton, Jr., Matthew R. Greiner
  • Patent number: 8091726
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a cell with a locking pin, and a cap and associated methods and systems. The locking pin may be configured to engage the cap when the pressure vessel is pressurized to prevent rotation of the cap without depression of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Bradshaw, Robert Murphy, Dale Jamison
  • Publication number: 20110303670
    Abstract: A cap for closing a container comprising an openable access port located at or towards one end of the cap through which contents of the container can be dispensed when the access port is in an opened condition, an internal wall surface for engaging with one or more parts of an external surface of the container, a first part of a securing means located on the internal wall surface of the cap, the first part of the securing means for cooperatively engaging with second part of the securing means located on the external surface of the container to prevent removal of the cap from the container when the cap is located in a sealing condition on the container thereby preventing removal of the cap from the container, in that the engaging elements form a ratchet arrangement or a ratchet and pawl like arrangement allowing rotational movement of the cap with respect to the container in one direction only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Raymond John Baker
  • Patent number: 7882978
    Abstract: Threaded channel closure for tubular heat exchanger comprising channel header wherein the gasket is provided at the shoulder of the channel, tongue of the diaphragm is provided to apply pressure on the gasket to achieve the sealed joint, outer compression ring provided at back side of the diaphragm and being loaded by push bolts, provided at the periphery of threaded lock ring, outer compression ring being supported by channel cover, which is kept in position by threaded lock ring, characterized in that, the channel header being provided with plurality of radial holes on its periphery, approximately at the centerline of the width of the outer compression ring in its assembled condition; the outer compression ring being provided with plurality of radial through holes matching the set of holes in number as well as angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Larsen & Toubro Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Modi, Veeravali Ramesh Nembilli, Venkatesh Murur
  • Patent number: 7861882
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the sealed docking (14) of mobile containers (42) equipped with plugs (44) of various diameters on a containment box (10). The device includes a center disk (22) and at least one docking flange (20a, 20b, 20c) that are concentric to each other, normally plugging the access opening (18) of the containment box. A locking/unlocking mechanism (24) makes it possible to only unlock the center disk (22) alone or the center disk and one or more of the docking flanges (20a, 20b, 20c), according to the diameter of the plug (44). This arrangement makes it possible, in particular, to clean the plug (44) of a mobile container (42) serving to transport contaminated nuclear equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Matieres Nucleaires
    Inventors: Luc Tumolo, Pascal Le Chevalier
  • Publication number: 20100059519
    Abstract: A closure having a stopping mechanism whereby a stop lug is positionable between a flexed and unflexed position relative to a spring gap. The stop lug may project from a skirt of the closure top wall. The spring gap is positioned adjacent the stop lug to provide an area for the stop lug to travel when outside forces are applied to the stop lug and subsequently return back to the unflexed position. The stop lug may have a substantially vertical support rib in combination with a plurality of annularly spaced ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Brian Brozell, Kiran M. D'Silva, C. Edward Luker, J. Nathan Marret, John D. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7607553
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lower portion of an electric and electronic enclosure, comprising a bottom and fastening arrangements for fastening a cover to the lower portion with a bayonet-like fastening, the fastening arrangements comprising a bore and a shoulder-like stopper for receiving a mounting bracket of a spindle-like element. So as to be able to fasten the cover to the lower portion with either bayonet snap lock means or conventional screws, the bore of the lower portion comprises threads for receiving the screw. The invention also relates to an electric and electronic enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Fibox Oy AB
    Inventor: Kenneth Weber
  • Patent number: 7513384
    Abstract: A container assembly having a lid which connects to an open container. A locking mechanism is employed which preferably includes a slide which cooperates with at least one stop connected to the lid wherein movement of the slide relative to the lid is preferably utilized to disengage the locking mechanism to allow the lid to be unscrewed relative to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: M & M Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20030201269
    Abstract: A locking lid and method for a valve box. The locking lid has a closure and surrounding external seal, which fit into the valve box opening and close/seal it. The locking mechanism of the locking lid preferably consists of an actuator spindle that extends through the closure, and that is received in an actuator follower positioned therebelow. The actual follower is in pivotal engagement with a plurality of locking pawls, such that turning of the actuator spindle causes movement of the actuator follower and thus pivoting of the locking pawls—moving the locking pawls into a locked or unlocked position relative to a lid seat within the valve box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: L. Rodger Calder
  • Patent number: 6494338
    Abstract: A hatch cover (10) is engageable with a hatch (11) on a railroad car (13). The hatch cover comprises a first rib (30) and a second rib (32) running annularly about the under side of the hatch cover and has an associated first coefficient of expansion. A gasket (70) having an annular shape and a U-shaped cross-section is coupled to the first and second ribs. The gasket forms a seal between the hatch and the hatch cover. The gasket has a second coefficient of expansion which is greater than the first coefficient of expansion. As the railroad car moves through different external temperature environments, the second coefficient of expansion being greater than the first coefficient of expansion allows the gasket to remain coupled to the hatch cover and maintain the seal between the hatch cover and the hatch throughout the various temperatures experienced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: TRN Business Trust
    Inventor: Francis R. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6435365
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a fuel tank having a tank opening and a component disposed therein includes a seal adapted to be disposed between the component and a tank surface of the fuel tank. The seal assembly also includes an encapsulated studded ring assembly for attachment to the tank surface and adapted to be disposed about the tank opening. The seal assembly further includes a locking ring cooperating with the encapsulated studded ring assembly for engagement with the component to secure the component to the fuel tank and to seal the tank opening via the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahlon Richard Pachciarz, Gary Francis Stack
  • Patent number: 6343709
    Abstract: A impact resistant, sealable canister is provided comprising a wall structure having a lower edge portion joined to a base. A receiving collar is joined to an opposing top edge portion of the wall structure. The receiving collar includes an annular channel and an inner shoulder having fastener pads. The pads have fastener openings and stationary connector elements. A container lid releasably seals against the collar by operation of fastener parts retained in the lid that engage the collar connector elements. Gasket materials adjacent the collar periphery and around the fastener parts function to provide a reusable sealed canister useful for water activities and other outdoor involvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Wild Ideas, LLC
    Inventors: Allen L. DeForrest, Craig J. Kent
  • Patent number: 6339630
    Abstract: A sealed operator is provided for operating an internal locking control element for a closure head for the inner container in a dual container hazardous waste storage system. The operator includes a cylindrical housing in which a bushing/operator element assembly is mounted for translational movement. The latter assembly includes a cylindrical bushing sealingly mounted in the housing, a spherical bearing assembly including an annular outer bearing press fit within the bushing and an annular inner bearing. An operator element is press fit within the inner surface of the inner bearing. The operator element includes a driving head which engages the locking control element for the closure head of the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Michael S. Hartley
  • Patent number: 6223925
    Abstract: A mechanism for selectively securing a cover to a flange of a pressure vessel. A plurality of such devices can be employed, using a plurality of studs that extend through matching openings in the flange and cover. A movable anchor plate or plates, also with holes through which each stud extends, is disposed adjacent to the flange or cover. The head of each stud will fit through its associated hole of the anchor plate (and into the opening of the closer one of the flange or cover) only if the anchor plate is properly oriented. When the anchor plate is so oriented, a piston head at the opposite end of the stud can be actuated away from the flange and cover to retract the stud head into the opening of the flange or cover. This protects the stud when the cover is disengaged from the flange. The stud can be biased in the opposite direction to permit the anchor plate to be reoriented into a position in which the stud head cannot pass through the anchor plate, so the stud can clamp the flange and cover together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Corporation
    Inventors: Allen S. Malsbury, Ronald T. Myszka, Joseph Kalinosky, Richard Klick
  • Patent number: 6085929
    Abstract: A mechanism for selectively securing a cover to a flange of a pressure vessel. The cover and flange each have openings that are aligned when the cover is in position facing the flange. The mechanism includes an anchor plate having a hole therethrough. A piston is slidable in a direction normal to the cover in alignment with the opening therethrough. A stud extends from to the piston with a stud head remote from the piston. The stud head fits through the opening of the closer of the cover and flange and through a wider portion of the anchor plate hole, and is positioned opposite the flange and cover from the piston when the cover is positioned over the flange. The stud head does not fit through a narrower portion of the anchor plate hole. A resilient member biases the piston away from the cover. A selectively activated actuator overcomes the resilient member and forces the stud head away from the flange and the anchor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler USA Corporation
    Inventors: Allen S. Malsbury, Ronald T. Myszka, Joseph Kalinosky, Richard Klick
  • Patent number: 5803297
    Abstract: A lid for a container holding a hot liquid, such as hot asphalt or the like is provided having a section releasably fixed to the edge of the container and a movable section carried on the fixed section adapted to alternately open or close the opening leading into the container. A spring biasing arrangement coupled between adjacent edges of the sections normally biases the movable section into a closed position and hasp and retainer are employed for holding the movable section in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Rey Vasquez
  • Patent number: 5697602
    Abstract: A container (10) for a filter (12) has a cylindrical housing (16) receiving the filter (12) and permitting replacement of the filter (12) from an open end. An enlarged diameter fitting (22) is secured about the open end of the cylindrical housing (16) and has retaining lugs (30) for retaining a removable end cap assembly. The removable end cap assembly has an anchor plate (40) with projections (46) that are received within arcuate slots (32) of the end fitting (22). The anchor plate (40) is coupled to an end cap (42) for rotation to position the projections (46) beneath the lugs (30) to restrain outward movement of the anchor plate (40). A single bolt (44) through the end cap (42) is threaded to the anchor plate (40). Rotation of the bolt draws the anchor plate (40) tightly against the lugs (30). The end cap (42) is simultaneously forced against an O-ring (36) disposed on the outer end (50) of fitting (22) for sealing the end cap to the container. An embodiment of FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Valycontrol S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Carlos J. Guerra Cisneros, Jose A. Rico Mora
  • Patent number: 5639427
    Abstract: An assembly for prepping sulfuric acid for spectrometric analysis comprised of a vessel member having sleeve members formed with channels disposed about an outer peripheral surface and a cap member including a disc shaped top portion and a lower body portion and further including a gasket member to be positioned between the cap member and the vessel member wherein the lower body portion extending into a chamber of the vessel member and wherein the top portion includes channels to be aligned with the channels of the sleeves of the vessel member for receiving mounting devices for rigidly mounting the cap member to the vessel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Ashland Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Chenevert, Peter Stone
  • Patent number: 5603427
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an access door construction that is used with hot water tank assemblies that include an access opening in the inner tank and an access opening in the outer tank. The access door construction includes a first clamp that is interiorly located in the inner tank and is used to cover the first opening and a second clamp that is exteriorly located on the outer tank and is used to cover the second opening. A threaded rod is located between the first and second clamps to provide for the first and second clamps to be connect and to be a one piece structure. Centrally located on the first clamp is a circular groove while centrally located in the second clamp is a threaded through hole. The rod includes a handle at one end and a ball at its opposite end to provide for the ball to be located in the groove and for the opposite end extend through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventors: Michael Truchon, B. Wayne Folsom
  • Patent number: 5542576
    Abstract: Apparatus for preventing spillage or leakage from at least one friction resealable container, such as a paint can-type container during air transport, includes elastomeric gasket sealing the lid of the container, top and bottom braces engaging the container lid, and the bottom of the container, and a plurality of clamps connecting the two braces together. The clamps urge the braces together to compress the gasket, seal the container and hold the lid onto the container during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Elton D. Arment
  • Patent number: 5489041
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding materials including a container having a container wall, a non-circular container opening extending through the container wall, a non-circular container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall and surrounding the container opening. A non-metallic, non-circular access hatch connectable to the container flange by bolting and having a plurality of apertures extending therethrough is provided. The non-metallic, non-circular access hatch preferably includes a primary opening having a removable cover and a variety of associated components being accommodated by respective apertures such as a recirculation line, a pressure relief valve, a vacuum relief valve, and a fluid level indicator. Preferably the hatch apparatus and the primary opening cover are made of an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: James F. Matthews, Brett L. Muckelrath, Gail F. Davis
  • Patent number: 5481790
    Abstract: A system for mounting access plates for covering an access opening onto storage tanks and the like. A backing plate assembly comprising two semi-circular, rigid backing plates is provided. The backing plates are passed individually into the interior of the tank where the backing plate assembly is reconfigured. The backing plate assembly located within the interior of the tank provides a solid structure that can be used to anchor the access plate onto the tank wall over the opening. Interior and exterior gaskets are used to create a fluidtight seal around the opening and to facilitate assembly of the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Clarus Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Koreis, Monte M. Koreis
  • Patent number: 5458257
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding materials comprising: a container including a container wall and having a first container opening extending through the container wall; a first container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall surrounding the first container opening; and a non-metallic blanking hatch connectable to the first container flange by bolting. The non-metallic blanking hatch has a plurality of apertures extending therethrough which provide access to the interior of the container.The inventive apparatus preferably also comprises: (a) a second container flange connected to the exterior of the container wall and surrounding a second container opening extending through the container wall and (b) a non-metallic manway hatch connectable to the second container flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: Brett L. Muckelrath, James F. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5425466
    Abstract: A combination manway cover and pressure relief apparatus (2) for a tank (4) having a manway opening (14) and containing a fluid. A body (12) covers the manway opening and is guided and biased along a substantially vertical, linear path (16). The body is guided along the path by bolts (18) which pass through a plurality body, gasket and flange bolt holes (22, 23, 24). The weight of the body biases the body along the path toward the manway opening. Pressure relief for the tank is provided when the fluid pressure within the tank moves the body away from the manway opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Convault, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Bambacigno
  • Patent number: 5379912
    Abstract: An arrangement for connecting a cover panel for an electrical apparatus with a body structure, particularly of a vehicle, has locking bolts. On the interior side of its bottom, the cover panel is provided with locking rails into which, for the fastening of the panel, snap-in heads of bolts connected with the body structure can be inserted in a clamping manner. For removal, the panel is arranged so than it can be slid longitudinally on the snap-in heads that are held in the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 5346090
    Abstract: The invention teaches apparatus suited for holding highly corrosive solvents heated under sealed conditions to temperatures up to 500.degree. C., for even extended durations. The apparatus is in the form of an open top vessel having a removable cover therefor, a seal cooperating between the vessel and cover, and clamping structures isolated radially beyond the seal from the vessel contents to hold the cover and vessel sealed together. The vessel and cover can be made structurally of chemically resistent material, such as a nickel alloy; or can be made as a separate chemically resistent liner, cover and seal structure contained within an outer pressure shell and cover, and clamping structures. The liner, cover, and seal would be formed of chemically resistent tantalum (Ta), platinum (Pt) or polytetrafluoroethylene. Gem-quality diamonds can be refined by using different related vessels exclusively to hold respective caustic, acid and rinse solvents, and moving the diamonds from vessel to vessel sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Anshal, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankur Purohit, Ahnal A. Purohit
  • Patent number: 5316167
    Abstract: A container for a fuel tank having an access opening is provided with a closure which fits within a channel in the container to cover the access opening. An elongated bolt has a collapsible cylinder located between the bolt head and the top of the closure to hold the closure to the container. The cylinder is located about the shank of the bolt, and is collapsible above a selected threshold pressure. Under normal bolting conditions, the cylinder is rigid to provide sufficient force to maintain the closure against the tank. Should an abnormal pressure develop within the tank, the closure moves axially along the shank of the elongated bolt, crushing the cylinder and providing additional tank volume to absorb the increased fluid pressure. This reduces the likelihood of catastrophic failure of the closure and also reduces pressure stress on the other tank structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce F. Kay
  • Patent number: 5297693
    Abstract: A closure member for sealing an opening for a cavity in a housing to prevent fluid from being communicated to the surrounding environment. The closure member has a shaft with an end member having a irregular radial surface thereon. A first torque is applied to the irregular surface to move threads into corresponding threads in the housing to join the closure member to the housing. A self locking fastener has as stem with threads that extend from a head that engages the housing when a second torque is applied to the head. A washer retained on the stem engages the irregular surface and deforms as the second torque is applied to the head. The deformation prevents relative rotation to thereafter occur between the closure member and housing to assure that the opening in the cavity remains sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventor: Russell C. Perkey
  • Patent number: 5273178
    Abstract: The invention provides a closable container having an access opening closable by closure doors comprising preferably two hinged doors hingedly mounted on the container on opposed sides of the access opening, and a releasable locking mechanism for the doors. The locking mechanism includes a pair of T-shaped pressure plates hingedly mounted by means of hinge pins on opposed sides of the access opening, to be pivotally displaceable around axes disposed at right angles to the pivotal axes of the hinged doors, to a closed position in which they are positioned over the doors to overlap at least partially with the edges of each door. An engagement block with a handle is provided to hold the pressure plates and the doors in the closed position, the engagement block being rotatably displaceable from a disengaged position to an engaged position in which it engages the pressure plates to exert force on the plates so as to press the edge regions of the doors uniformly against the sides of the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Eimco Mining Machinery (PTY) Limited
    Inventor: Roy William Sandham
  • Patent number: 5238137
    Abstract: A long-term storage container including a box-like titanium receptacle having a titanium primary cover and sealed by a seal ring of malleable precious metal clamped between the cover and the receptacle, with titanium/ceramic valves in the cover for use in exhausting air from the receptacle and replacing it with argon gas, with titanium/precious metal back-up plugs sealing the valves after the air has been replaced. A titanium secondary cover is bonded to the receptacle by a titanium weld, reinforces the seal by the primary cover, and has a cuttable integral metal wall for ease of opening, and an inner titanium container is disposed in the receptacle with elongated, resiliently flexible ribs in its walls engaging similar ribs on the adjacent walls to provide cushioning against crushing and shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Church of Spiritual Technology
    Inventor: Harry J. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 5191991
    Abstract: A fastening which allows a bolted-on cap to part from a body when excessive pressures develop in a cavity in the body, comprises a nut and bolt arrangement, and includes a weakened tubular spacer surrounding each bolt, between the bolt head and the cap. The wall of the spacer is drilled or scored in its mid-length area. The material and proportions of the spacer, and the proportions of the score or drilling, are so matched in relation to a particular pressure environment, that on excessive pressure developing, the load exerted on the cap causes the spacer to collapse in controlled manner, rather than merely crushing or breaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Northern Engineering Industries PLC
    Inventor: Leonard Jackson
  • Patent number: 5135130
    Abstract: A safety enclosure providing quick and easy access to the processing area comprising a counter-weighted movable open ended cylinder capable of being raised and lowered and in this lowered position can be securely affixed by swing away clamps to a flanged pressure vessel head containing processing equipment for pyrotechnic materials whereby detonation of materials in the enclosure during processing contains and directs the blast upward through the blast venting protecting the workers and equipment external to said safety enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: James S. Andrews
  • Patent number: 5119956
    Abstract: An expendable closure assembly is provided for use (in multiple units) with a lockable pressure vessel cover along its rim, such as of an autoclave. This assembly is suited to variable compressive contact and locking with the vessel lid sealing gasket. The closure assembly consists of a thick walled sleeve insert for retention in the under bores fabricated in the cover periphery and the sleeve is provided with internal threading only. A snap serves as a retainer on the underside of the sleeve, locking it into an under bore retention channel. Finally, a standard elongate externally threaded bolt is sized for mating cooperation with the so positioned sleeve, whereby the location of the bolt shaft in the cover bore hole determines its compressive contact on the underlying gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Olisse C. Cioletti
  • Patent number: 5092483
    Abstract: A pressure vessel includes an enclosure adapted to contain a structural assembly in a pressurized environment. The vessel includes first and second enclosure components which together define the enclosure, the first enclosure component is movable relative to the second enclosure component which permits the enclosed pressure to be vented. Structure is provided for coupling between the first and second enclosure components, wherein the structure becomes inoperative when the pressure within the vessel reaches a predetermined excessive level thereby allowing the first enclosure component to separate from the second enclosure component. Structure for limiting the distance the first enclosure component may separate from the second enclosure component is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: A.B Chance Co.
    Inventor: Marvin D. McKelvy
  • Patent number: 4654185
    Abstract: A deep beam head for a nuclear reactor and an improved reactor containing such a head where the upper horizontal support plate of a calandria in the reactor forms a sealing plate for the reactor vessel. The sealing plate has a ring member about the upper periphery thereof that is secured to the top of the pressure vessel cylindrical wall and reinforcing members extend across the sealing plate and are welded to the ring, while transverse cross-members extend across the sealing plate and are welded to the reinforcing members. The calandria may be removed from the reactor while attached to the ring member to provide ready access to the reactor internals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Drake