Attached To And Extending Between Opposite Walls Across The Container Patents (Class 220/653)
  • Patent number: 10752107
    Abstract: A tank manufactured from a plastic material. The tank includes a reinforcement member. The reinforcement member includes a first portion made of a first material weldable to the plastic material of the tank and a second portion made of a second material having a tensile stress at break which is three to nine times larger than the tensile stress at yield of the first material. The second portion includes at least one through-hole, and the first material extends in the at least one through-hole and at opposite sides of the second portion adjacent the at least one through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventor: Bjorn Criel
  • Patent number: 10703481
    Abstract: A conformable tank includes a body with a plurality of composite walls formed around a cavity, and an internal support connected to one of the plurality of composite walls and positioned in the cavity. The plurality of composite walls includes a flat side wall disposed opposite a curved side wall. A first section of one of the plurality of composite walls includes an exterior facing, an interior facing, and a core positioned between the exterior facing and the interior facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Casey Slane, Nathaniel Ching, Jin Hu, Galdemir Cezar Botura
  • Patent number: 10648616
    Abstract: A pressure vessel assembly includes a plurality of lobes, each lobe having at least one vertically arranged interior wall, the lobes positioned in a side by side arrangement such that a first interior wall of a first lobe is positioned adjacent a second interior wall of a second lobe, the first interior wall having a first wall top and bottom side, the second interior wall having a second wall top and bottom side, the first wall top side joined to the second wall top side and the first wall bottom side joined to the second wall bottom side. Also included are first and second end wall surfaces of each of the plurality of lobes. Further included is a plurality of end caps, each of the end caps joined to the end wall surfaces of the lobes, each of the end caps joined to at least one adjacent end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Garosshen, Ellen Y. Sun, Paul F. Croteau, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek, Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Wenping Zhao, Justin R. Hawkes, John A. Sharon, John P. Wesson, Daniel V. Viens
  • Patent number: 10525825
    Abstract: A reinforcement for a tank wall of a vehicle tank includes at least one reinforcing shield for flanking the tank wall, a shield support for supporting the reinforcing shield, and a clamping element. The shield support is axially secured in an axial direction on a clamping element. At least a portion of the reinforcing shield extends in a flank direction transverse to the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Mario Patino, Oliver Rabut, Patrik Mueller
  • Patent number: 10322629
    Abstract: A method for assembling a tank including: providing a first shell and a second shell; putting edges of the first and second shells into contact with each other and mutually connecting the edges; providing the first shell with a first connecting member extending inwardly from an inner surface of the first shell, the first connecting member including a hole; and after the edges of the first and second shells are put into contact with each other, connecting the first connecting member to the second shell by inserting a pin shaped element through a hole in the second shell and the hole in the first connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Laurent Duez, Eric Boucaux, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen
  • Patent number: 10086687
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuel tank of thermoplastic polymer for a motor vehicle, having at least one reinforcing element inside the fuel tank, the reinforcing element inside the fuel tank extending between opposing tank walls (15), parts of the reinforcing element passing through the tank wall and parts of the reinforcing element engaging behind the tank wall from outside, the fuel tank being distinguished according to the invention in that the reinforcing element (8) is provided with at least one multipart fastening head (11), which comprises a first closing means engaging through the tank wall (15) from inside and a second closing means engaging through the tank wall (15) from outside, which closing means are of mutually complementary construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Eulitz, Ulrich Karsch
  • Patent number: 9937788
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a welded member that is welded inside a fuel tank body. The welded member includes a welded face that is welded on at least one of a first tank face and a second tank face which faces the first tank face, of the fuel tank body, and wherein the welded face includes a facing side in a concave shape that faces a given point determined based on a displacement of distance between the first tank face and the second tank face when the fuel tank body receives an internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 9731866
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuel tank (1) made from thermoplastic material, having a top (2) and a bottom (3), which are supported upon one another via at least one column-shaped supporting element (4), wherein the supporting element (4) is connected positively and/or materially to a wall (6) of the top (2), on the one hand, and to a wall (6) of the bottom (3), on the other hand, in such a way that it can absorb tensile forces caused by a pressure within the tank, wherein the supporting element (4) is designed as a one-piece solid profile which has a ribbed profile, at least in cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Quant, Thomas Wagner, Harald Lorenz
  • Patent number: 9714110
    Abstract: The inward and outward deflection of sidewalls of a holding tank for liquids is reduced or eliminated by sidewall reinforcing stringers that extend between the sides and which are located inside the tank. The stringers, maintain the separation distance between the sidewalls to keep the sidewalls substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons, Michael A. Graef
  • Patent number: 9702103
    Abstract: A hopper spreader for installation on a vehicle has a flow regulator configured to regulate flow of particulate material from the container. The spreader has a conveyor mechanism for conveying particulate material to a spinner that distributes the particulate material to the surface over which the vehicle moves. The spreader also includes a flow regulation mechanism located between the particulate material in the hopper and the conveyor mechanism which is configured to regulate flow of material from the hopper to the conveyor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sno-Way International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry C. Wendorff, Kevin J. Kuechler, Robert N. Gamble, II, Jacob R. Brehmer
  • Patent number: 9683699
    Abstract: A compressed gas tank (1) made from carbon fibre materials, which has a filling and removal neck, and a method for the production thereof, with the following steps: providing a meltable core, which forms an interior of the compressed gas tank (1), wrapping the core with at least one carbon fibre bandage and impregnating the carbon fibres with a curable polymer matrix material, thereby providing a preform of the compressed gas tank (1), consolidating the polymer matrix material of the preform and obtaining the carbon fibre composite compressed gas tank (1), and liquefying the core material by melting, and removing the liquid core material from the filling and removal neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Andreas Knoop
  • Patent number: 9617034
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) of thermoplastic material with at least one support (4), which is arranged in the interior of the container, extends between opposing container walls (2) and is anchored at each end to the container walls with a positive engagement and/or a material bond, the support (4) comprising at least one supporting strut (5) and the supporting strut (5) substantially absorbing a supporting load on the container walls (2) induced by negative pressure in the container, and a tensile force that is induced by positive pressure being absorbed by at least one tension-resistant bracing element in the form of a tension-resistant band (8) which extends between the container walls (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Timm Heidemeyer, Ulrich Karsch, Stefan Lenz, Frank Quant, Thomas Wagner
  • Patent number: 9090156
    Abstract: A tie rod for a plastic tank, in which the tie rod has end faces made of plastic and between the end faces has a central part made of a metal, a plastic tank having such a tie rod and a method for producing a plastic tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesmbH
    Inventors: G√ľnther Pozgainer, Bernd Kahler
  • Patent number: 8991637
    Abstract: A molded reservoir support structure coupling may include an anchor and a support structure. The anchor may have one or more first flange(s) projecting generally laterally from a side wall of the anchor. The support structure may have one or more second flange(s) projecting generally laterally therefrom. When interconnected, surface-to-surface confrontation between the first flange(s) and the second flange(s) inhibits longitudinal separation of the anchor and the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Andreas W. Dobmaier, Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Peter Grauer, Gerrit A. Michaelis, Matthias B. Olbrich
  • Patent number: 8919599
    Abstract: A fuel tank is provided having a plastic container with a cavity for holding fuel. Inner and outer plates are arranged on opposite wall regions of the plastic container. A reinforcement device is arranged between opposite wall regions of the fuel tank and comprises a tension/compression strut extending through the inner plates, wall regions, and outer plates. Axial securing means are provided on free ends of the tension/compression strut. The reinforcement device further comprises a spring device bearing against the inner plates. The reinforcement device is configured to absorb both compressive forces and tensile forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Menke
  • Publication number: 20140346181
    Abstract: A partial reinforcement packing structure includes wall portions and corner portions between adjacent two of the wall portions. The wall portions or the corner portions are provided with reinforcement strips. In the same conditions, a thin material replaces a thick material to meet the technical requirements of product packing. The present invention can ensure the strength of packing without increasing the entire thickness of packing, be in line with the concept of low-carbon environment, reduce production cost, and enhance comprehensive benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: XIAMEN C&D PAPER&PULP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoyan LIN
  • Patent number: 8763218
    Abstract: A modular casket made of lightweight materials is structurally reinforced using a structural sealant along at least the inner surfaces of the side panels, and optionally along at least side edge portions of a base panel to which the side panels are coupled, to stiffen and rigidize the casket against flexion along longitudinal and lateral axes, as well as torsional flexion. The structurally reinforced casket is sealed or more readily sealed against leakage and provides other benefits of structural stiffness and rigidity with relatively small cost and weight penalties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Timothy D. Derengowski, Ricky L. Eustice
  • Patent number: 8752725
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a cruciform construction element for use inside a tank to connect panels, which element is forged or molded in one piece and comprises intersecting webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Aker Engineering & Technology AS
    Inventors: Arne Barrett Sele, Trygve Johannes Lund
  • Patent number: 8668102
    Abstract: A shipping container liner system for use in the shipping of bulk flowable products is described. The system comprises a specially adapted shipping container liner that is self-supporting without the need of rear-mounted rigid supportive bars to retain the liner within the shipping container during filling and discharge. The system comprises an arrangement of interior support baffles operating in conjunction with a plurality of exterior anchor straps adapted to distribute the cargo load throughout the length of the liner. A specialized hopper for unloading the bulk material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Art Townsend
  • Patent number: 8608011
    Abstract: A fuel tank capable of strongly fusion-bonding a built-in part to an inner surface of an outer wall thereof while protecting the outer wall even when an impact, etc. are applied thereto. In the fuel tank for a motor vehicle, which is formed by blow molding, in which the built-in part is mounted, and which has the outer wall composed of a synthetic resin, a plurality of mounting members adapted to mount the built-in part to the fuel tank are provided on the built-in part so as to be fusion-bonded to the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank. An abutment portion is formed on each of the mounting members for contacting the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank, and an abutment surface and a plurality of abutment pins, each projecting from the abutment surface, are formed in the abutment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Asahara, Tomohide Aoki, Yasuyuki Washiyama
  • Patent number: 8413836
    Abstract: A packaging system for providing lateral support for a packaged appliance is provided. The packaging system comprises a carton sized to fit around the appliance and having opposing side walls, each having an aperture extending there through; a cross brace having opposing ends and a hollow interior space at each end, the cross brace extending between the first pair of opposing sidewalls such that the cross brace hollow interior space at each end communicates with an aperture; and a pair of plugs, each plug having an elongated body and a flange extending laterally from an end of the elongated body, the flange located adjacent the exterior surface of one of the first pair of opposing side walls, the body of the plug extending through the corresponding aperture and within the hollow interior space of one end of the cross brace so that together the plugs position and secure the cross brace within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Senn, Eric Zerfas
  • Patent number: 8291556
    Abstract: A modular casket made of lightweight materials is structurally reinforced using a structural sealant, and/or longitudinally-arranged reinforcing members, and/or laterally-arranged reinforcing members, to stiffen and rigidize the casket against flexion along longitudinal and lateral axes, as well as torsional flexion. The structurally reinforced casket is sealed or more readily sealed against leakage and provides other benefits of structural stiffness and rigidity with relatively small cost and weight penalties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Timothy D. Derengowski, Ricky L. Eustice
  • Publication number: 20120138618
    Abstract: A packaging system for providing lateral support for a packaged appliance is provided. The packaging system comprises a carton sized to fit around the appliance and having opposing side walls, each having an aperture extending there through; a cross brace having opposing ends and a hollow interior space at each end, the cross brace extending between the first pair of opposing sidewalls such that the cross brace hollow interior space at each end communicates with an aperture; and a pair of plugs, each plug having an elongated body and a flange extending laterally from an end of the elongated body, the flange located adjacent the exterior surface of one of the first pair of opposing side walls, the body of the plug extending through the corresponding aperture and within the hollow interior space of one end of the cross brace so that together the plugs position and secure the cross brace within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Senn, Eric Zerfas
  • Publication number: 20120024868
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a cavity (2) with a reinforcement device (5; 45) to provide support. The reinforcement device (5) is configured to absorb both compressive forces and tensile forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Andreas Menke
  • Patent number: 8100286
    Abstract: A tie system for plastic containers intended to provide greater rigidity and stability, wherein each tie comprises a central bar having two ends with clasps that fit with protuberances existing in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Wenco S.A.
    Inventor: Pedro Chinni Vergottini
  • Publication number: 20110168728
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank having opposite upper and lower ends, a tank wall extending between the ends, and an internal tie assembly to assist the tank wall to resist hydrostatic pressure induced by fluid in the tank, the internal tie assembly comprising an elongate tie having spaced apart couplings, and a plurality of retaining formations fixed to, or integrally formed on, an inner surface of the tank wall, wherein the couplings of said tie are arranged to be received in respective ones of said retaining formations to connect said tie to said tank wall so that said tie is able to resist outward deformation of said tank wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED
    Inventors: Terry McDermott, Neil Wallace
  • Patent number: 7971748
    Abstract: A flexible, silicone mold having a container and a peripheral rim that defines an opening to the container. Grasping zones are disposed along the rim and the grasping zones have sufficient dimensions to permit control of the geometry of the rim and also to permit control of the horizontal positions of the two grasping zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Mastrad SA
    Inventor: Mathieu Lion
  • Patent number: 7967161
    Abstract: A shipping container liner system for use in the shipping of bulk flowable products is described. The system comprises a specially adapted shipping container liner that is self-supporting without the need of rear-mounted rigid supportive bars to retain the liner within the shipping container during filling and discharge. The system comprises an arrangement of interior support baffles operating in conjunction with a plurality of exterior anchor straps adapted to distribute the cargo load throughout the length of the liner. A specialized hopper for unloading the bulk material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Arthur M. Townsend
  • Patent number: 7934619
    Abstract: A waste water tank having an inner tank with an inner tank wall; a concentric outer tank with an outer tank wall; a plurality of inner walls extending from the outer tank wall to the inner tank wall, such that the plurality of inner walls divides the outer tank into a plurality of chambers; and a plurality of cables attached to and extending between adjacent pairs of the inner walls, such that the cables provide support to the inner walls when the chamber defined by the inner walls, the inner tank wall, and the outer tank wall is full of fluid and adjacent chambers are empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: All State Tank Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Darrel Robertson
  • Patent number: 7900794
    Abstract: Sealed, thermally insulated tank has tank walls fixed to the load-bearing structure (1) of a floating structure, the tank walls having, in succession, in the direction of the thickness from the inside to the outside of the tank, a primary sealing barrier (8), a primary insulating barrier (6), a secondary sealing barrier (5) and a secondary insulating barrier (2), at least one of the insulating barriers includes juxtaposed non-conducting elements, each non-conducting element including a thermal insulation liner (63) and load-bearing elements that rise through the thickness of the thermal insulation liner in order to take up the compression forces, characterized in that the load-bearing elements of a non-conducting element include pillars (65) of small transverse section as compared to the dimensions of the non-conducting element in a plane parallel to the tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Gaztransport et Technigaz
    Inventors: Jacques Dhellemmes, Pierre Michalski, Vincent Fargant
  • Patent number: 7819272
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel tank structure capable of securely suppressing deformation of a fuel tank by mutual contact of a pair of upper and lower interference sections at the time of deformation of tank by negative pressure. On a peak wall and a bottom wall of the fuel tank, an upper stand-off and a lower stand-off are formed face to face vertically with a certain interval therebetween. The lower stand-off is larger in diameter than the upper stand-off, and includes a general surface for contacting a projecting end of the upper stand-off during application of negative pressure, and an annular rib for preventing dropping of the projecting end. Therefore, at the time of application of negative pressure, deformation of the fuel tank can be securely suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20090206097
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoplastic fuel tank (1) for motor vehicles, with at least on stiffening element within the fuel tank (1), wherein the stiffening element extends between two opposite tank walls (4) in such a manner that it counteracts deformation caused by internal pressure of the fuel tank (1). According to the invention, two ends of the stiffening element arranged within the fuel tank (1) engage behind the tank wall (4) from the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Gebert, Ulrich Karsch
  • Patent number: 7455190
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for an internalized fuel system of a fuel tank. The apparatus comprises a support portion and a valve retainer arm attached about the support portion. The support portion has a body and first and second ends. The first end has a connecting flange configured to engage the fuel tank and the second end has a reduced cross-sectional portion attached thereto to provide flexibility to the fuel tank from pressure and vacuum forces. The valve retainer arm has an attachment end attached about the support portion. The attachment end extends to a valve retainer end for retaining the internalized fuel system within the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Automotive Components Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Potter, Cory Borghi
  • Patent number: 7413111
    Abstract: A container (21) for storing and shipping produce is reinforced with at least one cross beam (20) extending across the bottom wall (26) of the container to form a bridge under loose product placed in the container to support at least a portion of the weight of the product and prevent sagging of the container bottom. The cross beam is positioned and held in place by engaging the ends of the cross beam in recesses (71) formed by crushed areas (82) on an inner surface of opposing side walls, or cut-outs (93) in the side walls, and/or by flaps (42, 43) folded upwardly from the container bottom wall and to which the cross beam is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Quaintance, Brian D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7407014
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a vehicle body and at least one reservoir containing a fire suppressant agent. A distribution system receives the fire suppression agent from the reservoir and conducts the agent to at least one location about the vehicle's body in response to the determination by a sensor system and controller that the vehicle has been subjected to a significant impact. The reservoir includes a discharge port which is positioned in part by a tensile member extending through the reservoir to an anchor incorporated in an external wall section of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Thompson
  • Patent number: 7314058
    Abstract: A reservoir tank comprises a tank body and a double bottom. The tank body is constituted of a roof, a tank bottom plate and a tank wall. The roof and the tank bottom plate are fixed to the tank wall by welding. The double bottom includes a double bottom plate and a rim, which are fixed to each other by welding. A leakage liquid outlet is formed at one side of the double bottom plate on which reinforcement ribs are arranged in a lattice state. Cutouts are formed in the reinforcement ribs. The double bottom plate has a declivity so that the leakage liquid outlet is positioned at the lowermost level. The rim is provided with three detection ports. Upon welding the tank wall to the rim, the inside of the double bottom becomes an airtight state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Saito
  • Patent number: 7111750
    Abstract: Substantially rectangular-shaped tanks are provided for storing liquefied gas, which tanks are especially adapted for use on land or in combination with bottom-supported offshore structure such as gravity-based structures (GBS). A tank according to this invention is capable of storing fluids at substantially atmospheric pressure and has a plate cover adapted to contain fluids and to transfer local loads caused by contact of said plate cover with said contained fluids to an internal frame structure comprised of a plate girder ring frame structure and/or an internal truss frame structure. Optionally, a grillage of stiffeners and stringers may be disposed on the plate cover and additional sifters disposed on the plate girder ring frame structure and/or an internal truss frame structure. Methods of constructing these tanks are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Kailash C. Gulati, Raymond Moon
  • Patent number: 7051825
    Abstract: A high-voltage equipment component is disposed in a recessed accommodating portion which is formed on a vehicle body floor in such a manner as to be recessed downwardly. The high-voltage equipment component is accommodated in the recessed accommodating portion in a suspended state via a sub-assembly frame which is supported on the vehicle body floor. A heat insulating member for forming a flow path for allowing cooling air to flow towards the high-voltage equipment component is interposed between the high-voltage equipment component and a bottom portion of the recessed accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ritsuo Masui, Hiroshi Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 6981305
    Abstract: Substantially rectangular-shaped tanks are provided for storing liquefied gas, which tanks are especially adapted for use on land or in combination with bottom-supported offshore structure such as gravity-based structures (GBS). A tank according to this invention is capable of storing fluids at substantially atmospheric pressure and has a plate cover adapted to contain fluids and to transfer local loads caused by contact of said plate cover with said contained fluids to a grillage of stiffeners and stringers, which in turn is adapted to transfer the local loads to an internal truss frame structure. Methods of constructing these tanks are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Kailash C. Gulati
  • Publication number: 20040188447
    Abstract: An underground storage tank includes a shell provided with an outer wall which is molded to include a plurality of longitudinally spaced, opposed pairs of receiving pockets which extend inwardly from the outer surface of the outer wall. Internal reinforcements may be provided either as tubular members mounted within the shell on reinforcement mounts molded into the pockets, or as tubes molded into the shell. The reinforcements are positioned within the chamber of the tank and resist deformation by maintaining the opposed pairs of pockets in spaced-apart relationship. Stabilization lugs are molded into the shell at corners adjacent each of the longitudinally spaced generally dome-shaped ends. A manway has an upwardly extending collar for receiving a cover thereon, and a circumscribing trough for isolating the collar against deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Todd Bolzer
  • Patent number: 6785355
    Abstract: A method for storing nuclear fuel in a container (10) including a concrete body and a fuel receiver embedded in the concrete body, comprises the steps of: providing formwork (62) for the concrete body and supporting the fuel receiver within the formwork; placing the formwork in an immersed position in a pool (54) containing a body of water; placing concrete in the immersed formwork (62); and removing the formwork with the concrete body cast therein from the pool (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Oyster International N.V.
    Inventor: Hans Georgii
  • Patent number: 6779678
    Abstract: A molded plastic bottle of generally parallelepiped configuration and having two opposing sides has an integrally molded reentrant beam support extending inwardly of the bottle and engaging the other opposing side, with that support including a flexible portion to permit a limited amount of deflection of the two opposing sides toward or away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Vitality Foodservice, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D Baron
  • Patent number: 6771731
    Abstract: A device (10) for storage of hazardous material, especially heat-producing hazardous material, such as radioactive spent nuclear reactor fuel, comprises a substantially cylindrical reinforced concrete body (12) and has an axially elongate storage space (18) for the hazardous material. A prestressed reinforcement (17) having reinforcing members (28, 29) extending helically about the storage space (18) is provided in the concrete body (12) adjacent to the outer side thereof. Preferably, the reinforcing members (28, 29) are divided into two groups, one inside the other, the hand of the reinforcing members (28) of one of the groups being opposite to the hand of the reinforcing members (29) of the other group. Also preferably, the ends of the concrete body are provided with end covers (15, 16) in which the reinforcing members (28, 29) are anchored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Oyster International N.V.
    Inventor: Hans Georgii
  • Publication number: 20040134920
    Abstract: A molded plastic bottle of generally parallelepiped configuration and having two opposing sides has an integrally molded reentrant beam support extending inwardly of the bottle and engaging the other opposing side, with that support including a flexible portion to permit a limited amount of deflection of the two opposing sides toward or away from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: Richard D. Baron
  • Patent number: 6732881
    Abstract: A large, box-like polygonal tank for storing liquefied gas on land or on ground based structures (GBS) and a method of constructing the tank. The tank is comprised of an internal, truss-braced, rigid frame, having a cover on the frame for containing the stored liquid within the tank. The internal, truss-braced frame allows the interior of the tank to be contiguous throughout while compensating for the dynamic loads caused by the “sloshing” of stored liquid which, in turn, is due to the short excitation periods cause by seismic activity or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Kailash C. Gulati
  • Patent number: 6691889
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for a fuel tank for heavy vehicles. A middle section, which consists of plastic or aluminum material with an at least essentially identical transcurrent cross section in a horizontal direction viewed in the longitudinal direction, exhibits internal partitions extending horizontally in the longitudinal direction and bulkheads extending across the aforementioned partitions in the longitudinal direction. Pairs of end pieces forming end walls exhibit essentially the same profile as the circumference of the middle section and at least parts of the cross section of the partitions as end pieces which meet one another and middle sections for welding together at the respective ends of the assembled fuel tank. The partitions of the end pieces exhibit recesses forming connecting paths between the various formed sections in the middle section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Teknikkusten AB
    Inventor: Ingemar Falk
  • Patent number: 6689435
    Abstract: The present invention is a hollow article with an integral impact absorbing rib and the method of manufacturing the same. The apparatus is a hollow article made of thermoplastic resin and integrally formed by blow molding, comprising a first wall and a second wall confronting across a spacing. There is an integral rib between the first wall and the second wall, wherein the integral rib comprises a flat rib between the walls and one or more hollow ribs adjacent to each of two side ends of the flat rib. The impact absorbing rib is disposed at intervals and in an impact action direction. The rib is uniform in shape, dimensions and wall width, and free from reduction of wall width of the inner rib, yet possessing proper structural support and mechanical strength, and excellent in impact absorbing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co. LTD
    Inventor: Kenji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 6649060
    Abstract: A septic tank having internal supports. The internal supports may be lateral or vertical supports integrally molded to the septic tank. The internal supports provide structural support for the septic tank under various loading conditions. The supports will thus substantially prevent cracking of the septic tank, as well as deformation of the septic tank, manhole and other components thereof. A mold for manufacturing the septic tank is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: E-Z Set Tank Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Perry
  • Patent number: 6386471
    Abstract: System for releasably retaining portions of a data cartridge shell in an assembled configuration including at least one first boss tower on a first portion of the data cartridge shell having a receiving hole with an inner surface. At least one second boss tower on a second portion of the data cartridge shell including an outer surface is adapted to releasably engage with the receiving hole at a boss tower interface in the assembled configuration. A plurality of retention ribs and a plurality of guide ribs are located at the boss tower interface to releasably retain the first portion of the cartridge shell to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Keller, Gregg C. Hagen, Gregory D. Roberts, Gregory H. Johnson, Michael W. Johnson, Bryan W. Noble
  • Patent number: 6266502
    Abstract: A cleaning frame used in a process cartridge which is detachably mountable to a main body of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus and which includes an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, and a cleaning member for removing developer adhered to the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the process cartridge including a drum attaching portion for attaching the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, a cleaning member attaching portion for attaching the cleaning member, one end wall provided at one longitudinal end of the cleaning frame, the other end wall provided at the other longitudinal end of the cleaning frame, an exposure opening for receiving information light to be illuminated onto the electrophotographic photosensitive drum attached to the drum attaching portion when the process cartridge is mounted to the main body of the electrophotographic image forming apparatus, and a reinforcing member provided between the one end wall and the other end wall along the longitudinal direction of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroomi Matsuzaki, Tadayuki Tsuda, Akira Suzuki, Kazuo Chadani