Highway Guard Patents (Class 256/13.1)
  • Patent number: 11021843
    Abstract: Disclosed is a crashworthy post, which allows a post body to slide rearward along with a vehicle at the early stage of a vehicle collision, and simultaneously a compressive deforming pipe is compressed to dissipate impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: KOREA INSTITUTE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, KONGJU NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jung-Gon Sung, Duk-Geun Yun, Jae-Hong Park, Suk-Ki Lee, Jae-Pil Moon, Choong-Heon Yang, Man-Gi Ko, Kee-Dong Kim, Ki-Jang Han, Min-Hyung No
  • Patent number: 10995462
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an autonomous mobile attenuator system for mitigating vehicular collisions. The system includes one or more mobile attenuators that receive data indicating a need for deployment from one or more sensors. The one or more mobile attenuators perform a collision risk assessment on the received data to determine a probability of a potential vehicle collision. The one or more mobile attenuators determine the probability of the potential vehicle collision exceeds a predetermined risk threshold value. The one or more mobile attenuators determine a predicted location for the potential vehicle collision. The one or more mobile attenuators proceed to the predicted location to mitigate the potential vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Michael S. Gordon, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10988903
    Abstract: A bollard assembly includes a bottom plate with a forward edge and an aft edge, an elongated member mounted on the bottom plate and extending from a forward end to an aft end in a direction from the forward edge toward the aft edge, a bollard secured to the bottom plate with a bollard section of the elongated member disposed inside of the bollard, flat bars mounted on the bottom plate on opposite sides of the elongated member diverging away from the elongated member in a direction from the forward end of the elongated member toward the aft end of the elongated member, and a top plate having a smaller perimeter than the bottom plate mounted on the elongated member and the flat bars with the bollard extending above the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 10982710
    Abstract: A shaft can include a first portion comprising a first material having first material properties, a disconnect portion comprising at least some of a second material having second material properties, and a third portion comprising a third material having third material properties. The disconnect portion can be positioned between the first portion and the third portion, the three material properties being configured such that the first portion is physically disconnected from the third portion in response to failure of the disconnect portion under at least one of a mechanical load and/or an electrical load and/or thermal load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Kris H. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10978038
    Abstract: An invisible sound barrier includes a periodic array of spaced apart, columnar unit cells. Each unit cell includes a pair of joined, and inverted, columnar Helmholtz resonators, having neck portions that point in opposite directions. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can be formed of a sound absorbing material and coated with a light reflective material causing light to reflect around the resonators, thereby conferring invisibility. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can alternatively be formed of a light reflecting material, and positioned in between vertical mirrors, with a transparent material filling space between the resonators and the vertical mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Taehwa Lee, Hideo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10967789
    Abstract: A safe driving assistance device includes a region setting section that sets a collision risk determination region used for determining presence or absence of a collision risk of a host vehicle, and a determination section that determines a collision risk between the host vehicle and another vehicle using a host vehicle collision risk determination region, another vehicle collision risk determination region, and environment data. The host vehicle collision risk determination region of the host vehicle is set based on travel data of the host vehicle, a vehicle specification of the host vehicle, and the environment data obtained by the host vehicle. The other vehicle collision risk determination region is obtained by a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device. The other vehicle collision risk determination region is the collision risk determination region of the other vehicle as a collision risk determination target with the host vehicle set by the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Katou, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10961674
    Abstract: An anchorless crash cushion apparatus having a plurality of interconnected water-filled crash cushion elements and a non-water filled forward-most cushion element includes vehicle capture structure resisting upward tilting of an impacting vehicle and ramping of the impacting vehicle and stabilizing structure resisting relative rotation between the crash cushion elements in both vertical and lateral planes during vehicle impact. A transition weldment is employed to connect the anchorless crash cushion apparatus to a rigid hazard object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew A. Elmore, Alvaro E. Morales Flores, Jason T. Lim, Daniel Paul Dacayanan Loya, Gerrit A. Dyke, Jeff M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10947682
    Abstract: A temporary barrier system that is configured to be placed adjacent a concrete divider on a roadway wherein the temporary barrier system provides an increased vertical barrier so as to inhibit seeing therepast. The temporary barrier system includes a storage container having the body of the present invention stored in its first position therein. The body of the present invention is planar in manner and stored in a rolled position in the storage container. The body is wrapped around a winding apparatus and includes an end that is configured to be secured to a deployment vehicle. The deployment vehicle traverses away from the storage container to deploy the body to its second position. The body further includes a plurality of support members being configured to be perpendicular to the upper and lower edge. The storage container is configured as a towable trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Roy Allen Foster
  • Patent number: 10914044
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having an improved breakaway guardrail post. An improved upper section of Post 1 has an anchor bearing plate with a cooperating stabilizing bolt engaging with the upstream face of the upper post section. The downstream side of the upper post section is provided with split, spaced-apart strut sections which do not obstruct the rear cable pass through notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Safety By Design, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, Dean L. Sicking, King K. Mak, John D. Reid
  • Patent number: 10900185
    Abstract: A modular dike or barrier system includes interconnectable side and corner members having front and rear walls with integrally formed support ribs. Upper, base and side end walls connect and are integral with the front and rear walls. Each of the front and rear walls extends at an acute angle relative to the base wall that is configured to rest against a substratum. The inward acute angle allows for containing and redirecting a surge flow inwardly within an area contained by the barrier system in a direction away from the members. The members are generally plate-like and are configured to allow for horizontal stacking on the substratum. Members can include a selectively collapsible support assembly configured to be retained at central bodies of the respective members and to limit interference during stacking and transport of the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: POLYSTAR INC.
    Inventors: David Huston, Robert Huston, Robert L. Nightwine, Robert S. Nightwine, Mark Pethtel
  • Patent number: 10895048
    Abstract: A spacer for a road safety barrier is provided. The spacer includes a rail support having a front face to be fastened to a rail, a rear face to be fastened to a post and a flange that connects the front face to the rear face. The front face includes a connector housing and a weaker area connecting the connector housing to the upper edge of the front face, the mechanical resistance of the weaker area being strictly lower than the intrinsic mechanical resistance of the constituent material of the remaining part of the front face of the rail support. The spacer also includes a rail guide including a fastening area for fastening the rail guide to a post above the rail support, a connecting piece and a rail reinforcement area for fastening the rail guide to the reverse side of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Michaël Gremling
  • Patent number: 10851503
    Abstract: An end treatment for a guardrail safety system includes a terminal portion of a guardrail beam comprising a downstream end and upstream end, a first tension cable coupled to an upstream end of the terminal portion. An extruder configured to receive at least a portion of the guardrail beam and at least a portion of the first tension cable, and a terminal support post installed adjacent the roadway at an upstream end of the terminal portion of the guardrail beam. The extruder includes a narrowing throat providing a channel in which at least a portion of the guardrail beam is disposed. The narrowing throat is configured to flatten the guardrail beam in response to a collision with a vehicle moving the extruder in a downstream direction along the guardrail beam. The terminal support post coupled to an upstream end of the first tension cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dean C. Alberson, D. Lance Bullard, Jr., C. Eugene Buth, Roger P. Bligh, Akram Y. Abu-Odeh
  • Patent number: 10844560
    Abstract: A barrier element for bounding a carriageway including an elongated casing, having two opposing longitudinal side walls and an upper wall joining the two side walls; and at least one casing support structure located in the elongate casing and connecting to both the side walls. Additionally, a support structure for use in a barrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Laura Metaal Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Nicky Joseph Gerardus Ramaekers, Michael Sean Van der Vlist
  • Patent number: 10837150
    Abstract: A stackable, portable, traffic barrier having a molded elongated body with a generally extruded triangular shape having a longitudinal axis; a separable base; a top; a first pair of opposing sides disposed between the top and the base; a second pair of arcuate opposing sides disposed between the top and the base; a plurality of vertically disposed fillable cavities disposed through the top of the body; and a plurality of caps, where each of the caps has a cross sectional shape suitable for functionally engaging a corresponding cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit of America Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard J. Muegerl
  • Patent number: 10837148
    Abstract: The invention provides a security barrier section (10) which has first (12) and second (14) barrier islands and cables (28, 30) there between. Each barrier island comprises a cast concrete block (16) having a front face and a rear face and a spring steel post (22) extending upwardly from a top face of the cast concrete block at a location between the front face and the rear face. An attachment means (26) is located on, or extending from, at least one of the front face and the rear face. At least one first cable (28) extends between the spring steel posts (22) of said the first (12) and second (14) barrier islands and is attached thereto by cable attachments. At least one second cable (30) extends between the attachment means (26) of said first (12) and second (14) barrier islands and is also attached thereto by cable attachments. The cable attachments are configured to allow said cable to slip in said cable attachment under loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Gerrard, Marcus Gerrard
  • Patent number: 10794023
    Abstract: A longitudinal beam barrier system comprises a longitudinal beam and a post linked together via a fastener incorporating at least one deformable washer. The link is made in a releasable and tunable manner dependent on an applied force via the at least one deformable washer. Release may be made dependent on both the magnitude and direction of the force so that release may be a result of different release forces in different force angles. The deformable washer may be designed to transfer a longitudinal beam load force from a fastener to a post wall, the washer extending around the fastener and having a first face that bears on the fastener or a part thereof (or forms part of the fastener) and an opposing face that at least partly bears on a part of the post wall or walls. The washer is designed so that, in the event of an impact of sufficient force on the longitudinal beam, post, or fastener, the washer at least partly deforms allowing separation to occur between the post or posts and the longitudinal beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Holmes Solutions LP
    Inventors: Christopher James Allington, Andrew Karl Diehl, Andrew Sarratt, Emerson Ryder, Ken Readman, Nathan King
  • Patent number: 10753055
    Abstract: A modular anti-vehicle barrier comprising a plurality of anti-vehicle devices provided with respective tubular support elements, which are spaced apart from one another and have respective vertical reference axes, respective regular polygonal shaped bases, which are designed to support said tubular support elements and are mutually arranged in abutment against the relative sides, fastening means designed to mutually connect the bases in order to form a single body, which constitutes a base of the anti-vehicle barrier; friction means, which are interposed between the bases and the upper bearing surface of the ground and are structured for countering by friction the movement of the anti-vehicle barrier caused by an impact of a vehicle against the same, a plurality of ballasts, which are designed to be coupled, in an easily removable manner, to the tubular support elements for adjusting the weight and/or the height of the modular anti-vehicle barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: EPS ITALIA SRL
    Inventors: Luca Tosolini, Luca Giubilato
  • Patent number: 10689818
    Abstract: Surrogates for roadside objects, such as metal guardrails, can be used for vehicle testing. A surrogate for a metal guardrail can have substantially the same size and/or shape as the metal guardrail that the surrogate is mimicking. The surrogate can be configured to exhibit substantially the same characteristics as their actual counterpart metal guardrail when sensed by one or more vehicle sensors (e.g., cameras, radar sensors, and/or LIDAR sensors). Such surrogates can be used to test autonomous vehicles, one or more vehicle sensors, a vehicle sensor system, and/or one or more vehicle system (e.g., a road departure mitigation system). The surrogates can be configured to withstand being crashed into by a test vehicle without being damaged and without damaging the test vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Ohio State Innovation Foundation, The Trustees of Indiana University
    Inventors: Rini Sherony, Stanley Yung-Ping Chien, Qiang Yi, Jun Lin, Abir Saha, Yaobin Chen, Chi-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10683625
    Abstract: Molded plastic barrier segments, typically water or sand-ballasted, are engineered to be attached together, end-to-end, in a barrier array, with innovative features which result in low rotation between attached barrier segments. Such a low rotation barrier array will, upon impact by a vehicle, act as a re-directive barrier, rather than a capturing barrier, which is an important safety feature in some crash scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TrafFix Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Kulp, Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Christopher A. Jaime
  • Patent number: 10676885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shock absorber for buffering the barrier wall of a road. According to the present invention, a horizontal inner pipe bumper is inserted into a pedestal attached to a boundary of a barrier wall and joined to the support pillar. The buffer rail transversely connected to the protruding portion of the buffer pad on the front surface of the pedestal constitutes the buffer portion of the collision portion barrier wall, and when the buffer pad adhered to the inner pipe bumper is displaced upright, tension of the elastic rail connecting the buffer pad and the elastic rail block is generated, and the guard rail of the pillar is coupled to the barrier bridging body by a connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Kyoungpa Baek
  • Patent number: 10655288
    Abstract: Assembly for energy absorption, comprising m number of substantially straight steel wires and n number of curved steel cords, at least one of the m number of substantially straight steel wires having a tensile strength of at least 1000 MPa and an elongation at fracture of at least 5%, at least one of the n number of curved steel cords having a tensile strength of at least 2000 MPa and an elongation at fracture of at least 2%, wherein m and n are integers m>1, n>1, and at least one of the m number of substantially straight steel wires and at least one of the n number of curved steel cords are fixed together along their longitudinal direction, and the elongation at fracture of at least one of the m number of substantially straight steel wires is at least 2% larger than the elongation at fracture of at least one of the n number of curved steel cords such that the elongation curve of the assembly comprises three zones (11, 11?, 12, 12?, 13, 13?), wherein a first zone (11,11?) is characterized by an elastic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NV BEKAERT SA
    Inventors: Henk Cornelus, Steven Derycke, Christophe Mesplont, Filip De Coninck, Björn Maiheu
  • Patent number: 10648142
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spacer for a road safety barrier. The spacer includes a post and a rail connected to the post via an intermediary of the spacer and a connector. The spacer includes a rail support having a front face intended to be fastened to a rail, a rear face intended to be fastened to a post and a flange that connects the front face to the rear face. The front face includes a notch emerging on the upper edge of the front face, the notch includes a connector housing, located in the lower portion of the notch and two convergent lateral edges connecting the connector housing to the upper edge of the front face. The present invention also provides a safety barrier including a spacer and a fabrication kit for a safety barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Michaël Gremling
  • Patent number: 10612201
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shock-absorbing barrier. According to the present invention, the shock-absorbing barrier is configured wherein guardrails onto which shock-absorbing members like waste tires or waste rubber are mounted are attached to barrier walls and pillar bodies made by attaching pillar tubes to pillars are connectedly erected by means of the barrier walls on which the guardrails are mounted, so that if an external collision occurs, rotary rods are changed to a shape of a cone around the axis of the pillar tube rail to extend a shock-absorbing section, and the external collision is distributed by the compression and tension of both side rails to decrease the deviation displacement of the barrier wall boundary and to allow the pressure of the collision portion to be distributedly absorbed to the parts connected by the guardrails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Kyoungpa Baek
  • Patent number: 10597835
    Abstract: Surrogates for roadside objects, such as concrete dividers, can be used for vehicle testing. A surrogate for a concrete divider can have substantially the same size and/or shape as the concrete divider that the surrogate is mimicking. The surrogate can be configured to exhibit substantially the same characteristics as their actual counterpart concrete divider when sensed by one or more vehicle sensors (e.g., cameras, radar sensors, and/or LIDAR sensors). Such surrogates can be used to test autonomous vehicles, one or more vehicle sensors, a vehicle sensor system, and/or one or more vehicle system (e.g., a road departure mitigation system). The surrogates can be configured to withstand being crashed into by a test vehicle without being damaged and without damaging the test vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., The Trustees of Indiana University, Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Rini Sherony, Stanley Yung-Ping Chien, Qiang Yi, Jun Lin, Abir Saha, Yaobin Chen, Chi-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10597834
    Abstract: A crash barrier system includes upper posts, box beams, upper tube profiles and barrier rails. The box beams are connected to the upper posts on a front side of the crash barrier system. The upper tube profiles are connected to the box beams. The barrier rails are fastened to the upper tube profiles. The upper posts are arranged axially parallel to one another at a uniform axial post spacing along the box beams. The upper tube profiles are arranged axially parallel to one another at a uniform axial tube spacing along the box beams. The post spacing differs from the tube spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Matthias Koestner
  • Patent number: 10577827
    Abstract: A modular barrier system enables demountable outdoor rinks—typically for ice hockey, or ice skating, or street hockey. A rink includes multiple panels, each having a factory-attached link. These panels are linearly disposed, adjacent to one another, to form a piecewise continuous boundary wall enclosing a desired area. Attaching one link to the next, typically via insertion of a thumbscrew, connects the panels into a robust assembly. Both straight and curved panels are provided, thereby enabling a rink with round corners. Each panel includes a shell molded from plastic resin, and has a hollow interior which can be filled with water (or other ballast).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Scott Winslow, Brian Packard
  • Patent number: 10570641
    Abstract: A post assembly (10,10.0, 10.00, 10.000, 10.0000, 110, 210, 310) for a parking lot barrier system (11), the post (12) of the post assembly (10,10.0, 10.00, 10.000, 10.0000, 110, 210, 310) being of any appropriate section and having at least one aperture (30, 32) at or near to the base (12.1) of the post (12). The at least one aperture (30, 32) is sized and shaped so as to allow the post (12) to deform elastically under collision loads at low speeds sign posted in parking lots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Galvanizers Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Peter Pavey
  • Patent number: 10513236
    Abstract: An energy absorbing member (20) is formed of an aluminum alloy extruded material having a substantially quadrangular outer shape. Straight portions of a pair of long sides of a quadrangular shape are each segmented into three side walls (21a, 21b, 21c) by two arcuate internal projections (26) that project inward. Vertices of opposing internal projections (26) are joined by a rib (25). Accordingly, the energy absorbing member (20) is configured to have a shape in which three cylindrical portions having hollow portions (24a, 24b, 24c) are joined. Arc-shaped internal projections (23) that each project inward are provided in four corners of the quadrangular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: UACJ Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Yokota, Yutaka Yamada, Yoshiharu Sakai
  • Patent number: 10501901
    Abstract: A guardrail vehicle crash absorbing assembly including a braking structure at a panel joint including a tooth having a cutting portion for making a horizontal cut in a rail panel slidably moving relative to another rail panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Anghileri, Valeria Di Giacomo, Roberto Brivio Colombo, Gerrit A. Dyke, Jeffrey M. Thompson, Daniel Paul Dacayanan Loya
  • Patent number: 10414419
    Abstract: A multiple direction railroad gate release mechanism which is attached between the mount arms of a railroad gate actuator and a crossing arm to prevent breakage of the crossing arm due to impingement in either a frontal or rearward direction by a vehicle or other outside force. A pivot arm assembly allows a released movement of the crossing arm in reaction to frontal impingement and returns the crossing arm to the original and detent position subsequent to an impingement in order to maintain grade crossing protection. A spring return assembly, a shock absorber, and a detent plunger act to return the pivot arm assembly and attached crossing arm to a neutral detent position. The pivot arm assembly allows for rotation about a single pivot point of at least ±/?90 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis of the attached crossing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MTR Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Leon Brandt, Arlyn Douglas Wadsworth, Roger Wade Debates
  • Patent number: 10407855
    Abstract: A K rail end cap is fixed to ends of the K rails to repair chipped K rails or protect the ends of undamaged K rails. The caps are preferably a plastic material or the like, are between 0.093 inches and 0.125 inches thick, and about 9 inches deep. The caps slip over the top, sides, and bottom of the K rail ends, and may be glued in place. An opening in the face of the caps exposes metal loops at each end of the K rails to allow connection of consecutive K rails after the caps are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Darrell Cook
  • Patent number: 10378165
    Abstract: A guardrail crash absorbing assembly including overlapping elongated upstream and downstream rail panels, an impact head for sliding an upstream rail panel relative to a downstream panel when impacted by a vehicle, and a cutting tooth with a cutting tooth portion having a cutting surface and a hook structure for cutting and splitting the downstream rail panel upon vehicle impact on the impact head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Dyke, Jeffrey M. Thompson, Daniel Paul Decayanan Loya, Alvaro E. Morales Flores, Jason T. Lim, Scott G. Kroeker, Marco Anghileri
  • Patent number: 10370808
    Abstract: An exemplary modular vehicle barrier includes a rigid, generally L-shaped frame having a base and an upright portion. The base including two or more joists spaced apart and extending orthogonal to a foot plate, wherein the foot plate is attached to a bottom surface at a front end of the two or more joists, the upright portion configured in a ladder arrangement having spaced apart vertical posts secured at bottom ends to a bottom beam and at top ends to a top beam, wherein the bottom beam is attached to a top surface at a back end of the two or more joists, and a wedge point formed the bottom surface of the second end of the two or more joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Neusch Innovations, LP
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 10370867
    Abstract: A fence extension system for selectively increasing a height of a fence includes a fence that has a plurality of sections. A plurality of screen units is provided. Each of the screen units is removably coupled to an associated one of the sections. Each of the screen units extends upwardly from the associated section. Thus, each of the screen units enhances privacy of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Frances Rosato
  • Patent number: 10364538
    Abstract: Apparatus positioned at a guardrail lead end portion for absorbing energy resulting from vehicle impact includes an impact terminal, a support structure supporting the impact terminal at or adjacent to a lead end portion of the guardrail and a chute. The guardrail is in frictional engagement with inner chute surfaces and the chute applies torquing forces on the guardrail during passage of the guardrail through the chute to cause twisting of the guardrail and absorb vehicle collision impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Dyke, Joseph Martin Sicat
  • Patent number: 10335707
    Abstract: A new type of demountable modular panel and its respective assembly process, intended for use on motor sports circuits, particularly on urban circuits. It has the advantage of being easily assembled and disassembled, allowing easy access to any point on the circuit. It can be used on metal barriers or on concrete bases fitted with “U” section metal guides at their ends, into which a metal support profile is inserted. Above the base, a fencing panel is placed, with a top section included at 45°. A tubular metal shaft is introduced vertically through metal connectors and tightly clamped in rectangular retention brackets. The attachment of the panel is reinforced by “L” section metal brackets and respective bolts with washers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LEADERTECH, UNIPESSOAL, LDA (ZONA FRANCA DA MADEIRA)
    Inventors: Rodrigo Pereira Nunes, Maria Susana Ferreira de Oliveria da Curz e Silva Nunes, António Abel de Melo Nunes
  • Patent number: 10272949
    Abstract: A battery assembly is attached to a tray below a floor pan of a vehicle on a front channel and a rear channel that extend transversely relative to the vehicle. Edge reinforcements of the tray are secured by shear pins or other deformable connectors that retain the tray in a centered location on the channels until a side impact with a vehicle shears the shear pins and permits the tray to move laterally away from the location of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10253469
    Abstract: A single anchor terminal is provided for a roadside wire rope barrier. The single anchor terminal includes a release post, a brace, and an anchor base. The brace supports the release post in an upright position and extends from the release post to the anchor base. The brace has a first portion attached to the release post and a second portion coupled to the first portion with a release component. The anchor base includes a main post that supports the release post and a brace anchor that is coupled to the main post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Michael S. Brackin, Dean C. Alberson, Roger P. Bligh, Delbert Lance Bullard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10233601
    Abstract: A security barrier section includes two barrier section posts and at least one cable which extends between the two posts and is attached thereto, for example with U-bolts. Under impact of a vehicle the cable can slip to a limited degree. A security barrier includes a plurality of the security barrier sections and adjacent security barrier sections share a common barrier section post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Gerrard, Marcus Gerrard
  • Patent number: 10214867
    Abstract: A terminal for an end portion of a road crash barrier, comprising: a plurality of energy absorbing modules arranged in a linear formation along a longitudinal axis, each module defining a hollow section; and at least two anchors for anchoring the one or more energy absorbing modules, wherein at least one of the energy absorbing modules is supported by a flexible linear member between the at least two anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Obex Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Alberto Stevanato, Patrick O'Reilly
  • Patent number: 10208430
    Abstract: A guardrail system for use along a roadway. The system can include a longitudinal body having one or more longitudinal void spaces formed therein, at least one substantially vertical post connected at one or both ends of the body, and a longitudinal member disposed within any one of the longitudinal void spaces of the body having a crosswise ultimate tensile strength that is at least 20% greater than the crosswise ultimate tensile strength of the longitudinal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kinton Lawler, Billy L. Griffith, Mikael W. Smith, Rodney H. Masters
  • Patent number: 10180216
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a light emitting apparatus, the apparatus may comprise a middle component, a first end component and a second end component. The middle component may comprise a light emitting device and the middle component has a recess and a protrusion at its two ends respectively. One of the first and second end components has a recess, and the other of the first and second end components has a protrusion. The middle component can be connected with the first and the second end components respectively by corresponding protrusion and recess so that adjacent components can rotate relative to each other in a plane perpendicular to a light exit direction of the light emitting device. The light emitting apparatus can be applied to a back light unit of a display apparatus to realize curved surface display of the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Liu, Xin Gai, Dongxi Li
  • Patent number: 10174471
    Abstract: A cable-barrier system that includes an anchor-body and terminal post which receive and retain one or more anchor-cables and are anchored to a footing to counter balance the force applied to the anchor body by one or more barrier-cables. The system also allows for the release of the anchor-cables during a collision by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VALMONT HIGHWAY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dallas James
  • Patent number: 10173621
    Abstract: A retractable under-guard, for example for dual-purpose trucks that travel on-road and off-road, provides impact protection to other vehicles colliding with the truck, but is raised for off-road travel to avoid obstacles. The under-guard connects by a frame wrap to horizontal frame beam(s) of many different trucks and does not hang down in its retracted position to an extent that it interferes with off-road travel. For entering the road, the guard frame pivots downward to the desired position at or near the outer perimeter of the truck, and typically about half way between the truck frame and the ground in the space into which a lower vehicle would enter in a collision. Hook and pin systems, and/or impact plates, maintain the under-guard in proper position upon an impact. The under-guard system may automatically deploy above a predetermined truck speed, to ensure deployment when the truck re-enters the roads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ANDERSON & WOOD CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.
    Inventors: Fred S. Oliver, Michael R. Bruett, Chase C. Oliver, Lee M. Ward
  • Patent number: 10060154
    Abstract: A protective barrier includes a hollow plastic rail including first and second ends, a rounded metallic member disposed on the first end and a second metallic member disposed on the second end. The rounded metallic member includes a first opening for receiving the first end of the hollow plastic rail, a first anchoring mechanism for anchoring the rounded metallic member and the first end of the hollow plastic rail to a surface, and a rounded protrusion disposed on an outer surface of the rounded metallic member for receiving a force of impact and deflecting the force of impact away from the rounded metallic member. The second metallic member includes a second opening for receiving the second end of the hollow plastic rail and a second anchoring mechanism for anchoring the second metallic member and the second end of the hollow plastic rail to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: McCue Corporation
    Inventors: David S. McCue, Thomas Ustach, Timothy David Stratford
  • Patent number: 10041217
    Abstract: A traffic barrier structure includes posts fixedly installed at the median or roadside of the road, guiderail units composed of guiderails horizontally connected in series between the posts and each having a longitudinal slot, a rail holder installed in the guiderail and having a slot holder piece closely engaged against the slot in the guiderail and a deformation-resistant piece extending from the slot holder piece, closely conforming to a portion of an inner curved portion of the guiderail, to prevent deformation of the guiderails and enlargement of the slots when shock is applied the guiderails, and a rail connector inserted into respective connection part of adjacent guiderails to longitudinally connect the adjacent guiderails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ETI LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Hee An
  • Patent number: 10036132
    Abstract: This guardrail terminal design incorporates an impact head of open front configuration adapted with the rear portion as a funnel disposed with the narrow end of the funnel facing forward which will flatten the W beam guardrail as it moves down the beam when impacted by a vehicle. Tension is maintained on the beam by flat strips connected from the beam through top open front of the impact head and is attached to a front anchor post. A wedge shaped reverse direction bracket with slotted bolt holes such that the slots open toward the traffic direction disposed at the back of the impact head where it connects to the guardrail will allow for reverse direction impacts to be accounted for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Dean L. Sicking
  • Patent number: 9988776
    Abstract: Wind screen for one or more photovoltaic arrays and method thereof. For example, a wind screen for one or more photovoltaic arrays includes a screen foundation including a concrete block, and one or more perforation blocks on the concrete block. In another example, the wind screen is configured to cover at least a first side of each array of the one or more photovoltaic arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Alion Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Hans Holland, Sean Bailey
  • Patent number: 9982737
    Abstract: A device configured for insertion between two parts of a rotary wing aircraft that are likely to undergo a repeated relative movement. The device includes at least two frame elements intended to be mounted on at least one of the two parts of the aircraft, and at least one layer of elastomer positioned between the two frame elements, the at least one layer defined by a first surface belonging to the inner volume of the device, a second surface also belonging to the inner volume of the device, and an outer surface not belonging to the inner volume of the device. The inner volume of the device includes at least two independent pouches each positioned at a predetermined distance from the outer surface, each pouch being filled with a product capable of flowing outside its pouch when a crack has spread from said outer surface toward the pouch in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Eduardo Beltran, Florian Briche
  • Patent number: RE47626
    Abstract: An end terminal for a guardrail system includes an elongated guardrail beam and a flattening or reshaping device defining a channel having an inlet and an outlet vertically aligned along a longitudinal axis. The guardrail beam is moveable along the longitudinal axis through the channel from the inlet to the outlet. An anchor is vertically spaced below the outlet, with a tether coupled between the anchor and an end portion of the guardrail beam. The tether is adapted to pull the guardrail beam downwardly from a first height at the outlet to a second height vertically spaced from the first height free of any engagement with any other structure once the guardrail beam exits the outlet, and with a bending of the deformed guardrail beam in only one direction after the deformed guardrail beam leaves the outlet. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Smith, Barry D. Stephens, Patrick A. Leonhardt