Highway Guard Patents (Class 256/13.1)
  • 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: 9976266
    Abstract: A structural assembly may include a first prefabricated structural element having a first angled face at an end of the first prefabricated structural element; a second prefabricated structural element having a second angled face at an end of the second prefabricated structural element, the end of the second precast barrier segment connected to the end of the first prefabricated structural element; and a coupling assembly connecting the first angled face of the first prefabricated structural element to the second angled face of the second prefabricated structural element. The coupling assembly provides shear and moment continuity across the first and second prefabricated structural elements. This allows for a variable gap due to manufacturing tolerances, construction tolerances, and/or expansion or contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NUTECH VENTURES
    Inventors: Scott K. Rosenbaugh, Jennifer D. Schmidt, Robert Bielenberg, Ronald K. Faller, Karla A. Lechtenberg, John D. Reid, James C. Holloway
  • Patent number: 9909272
    Abstract: A crash guard configured to resist intrusion of a vehicle from a traffic lane into an area and to resist intrusion into an area of debris caused by an impact of a vehicle into the crash guard or into another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Robert L Lancelot, Guillermina Damian-Lancelot
  • Patent number: 9869294
    Abstract: The safety structure comprises temporarily deployable safety bars that can be attached to a support member associated with at least one of a wind turbine hub, a wind turbine blade, a wind turbine root section, a wind turbine yaw mechanism, a wind turbine tower base, a wind turbine foundation, and a wind turbine nacelle. The bars can be coupled with each other and the structure may comprise at least one inflatable portion. The safety bars are first attached to the support member surrounding a wind turbine portion and then coupled to each other defining a fence structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies Wind B.V.
    Inventors: Ricardo Lázaro, Miquel Tarragó Raventós
  • Patent number: 9863104
    Abstract: A system includes a glare-blocking member including a left recess, a right recess, and a rail including, a left lateral portion including a left protrusion configured to mate with the left recess of the glare-blocking member, a right lateral portion including a right protrusion configured to mate with the right recess of the glare-blocking member, and a projecting contour disposed between the left and right lateral portions, wherein an apex of the projecting contour is disposed farther from a line passing through lower edge portions of the rail than is either the left or the right protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: American Louver Company
    Inventors: William A. Stukel, David S. Clark
  • Patent number: 9856616
    Abstract: A self-restoring crash cushion including multiple diaphragms spaced along a length direction of the cushion, an elongated track adapted to be anchored to the ground that extends along the length direction under the cushion, the diaphragms being mounted to the track in a manner in which they can slide along the track when impacted by a moving vehicle or when the cushion is being restored, and means for dissipating energy of the moving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Dean Sicking, David Littlefield, Kenneth Walls, Seth Cohen, Kevin Schrum
  • Patent number: 9822548
    Abstract: A barrier system constructed of modules which includes a frame, a concrete foundation, a frame attached to the concrete foundation and supporting a non-vertical front side plate and a vertical rear side plate so that the front side plate and rear side plate meet at the top and are spread apart from each other at the bottom, slotted connectors on the front side and connectors on the rear side, the module adapted to be joined to an adjacent module either at the same elevation or a different elevation. The modules are joined together via bolts in the rear side connectors and threaded toggle bolts and drop toggle nuts through the front side slotted connectors. Extenders within the slots of the open ended connectors are used when connecting adjacent modules at different elevations to accommodate for slotted connectors of different sizes which must be connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: John Harkins
  • Patent number: 9790653
    Abstract: An energy absorbing vehicle barrier includes a frame defining a compartment. In one embodiment, the frame includes a nose. An energy absorbing cartridge is disposed within the compartment. A retaining device is coupled to the frame, with the retaining device disposed above and extending over at least a portion of an upper surface of the cartridge. The retaining device may contact and engage the upper surface of the cartridge when the barrier is impacted by a vehicle. In this way, the retaining device substantially prevents movement of the cartridge in at least a vertical direction during the impact. Methods of using and assembling the barrier are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Thompson, Aaron J. Cox, Patrick A. Leonhardt
  • Patent number: 9777448
    Abstract: A crash barrier is provided. The crash barrier includes a plurality of supports, a guard rail, and connection parts which are inclined so as to mutually connect the supports and the guard rail at certain intervals, such that an impact energy-absorbing capacity can be improved by preventing impact energy from being directly applied to the supports in a direction orthogonal to the guard rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KCE ENG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Nam Yun
  • Patent number: 9758937
    Abstract: An energy absorbing system with one or more energy absorbing assemblies to reduce or eliminate severity of a collision between a moving vehicle and a roadside hazard. The energy absorbing system may be installed adjacent various roadside hazards or may be installed on highway service equipment. One end of the system may face oncoming traffic. A collision by a motor vehicle with a sled assembly may result in shredding or rupturing of portions of an energy absorbing element to dissipate energy from the vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Exodyne Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Albritton
  • Patent number: 9758936
    Abstract: A post assembly for absorbing impact from a vehicle including a footing, an upright post and a hinge region to allow the post to plastically deform relative to the footing. The post is preferably fixed to a lever arm that is connected to the footing via the hinge region, the lever arm and post pivoting away from the footing under load, The lever arm, footing and hinge region are preferably formed from a common base plate. The invention also relates to barrier system that includes multiple post assemblies, and a barrier supported between respective posts of the assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Safe Direction Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Hayden Wallace
  • Patent number: 9732484
    Abstract: A highway crash attenuation system having W-beam rail elements attached to a plurality of vertical posts. An impact terminal with a feeder chute guides one or more of the W-beam rail elements through the impact terminal. The feeder chute has an impact shield extending along a traffic-facing side of the chute from an upstream-most end to a downstream-most end of the chute closing the traffic-facing side of the chute. The system also has an anchor cable release mechanism for releasing the cable downstream of the first vertical post and an improved first breakaway post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: John R. Rohde, John D. Reid, King K. Mak, Dean L. Sicking
  • Patent number: 9719220
    Abstract: A gate assembly having a cable extending across a panel, the panel movable between a closed position blocking an entry port and an open position; a latch post secured in the ground on a first side of the entry port, wherein a first end of the cable is connected to the latch post when the panel is in the closed position; and a post device secured in the ground on a second side of the entry port, the panel positioned through a passage of the post device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PRAESIDIAD NV
    Inventor: William H Neusch
  • Patent number: 9714493
    Abstract: Apparatus for absorbing energy when impacted by a vehicle includes guardrail forming structure for folding a guardrail including a pipe through which the guardrail passes and an elongated ramp-like guardrail engagement member in the pipe which cooperates with the pipe to apply compressive forces to the guardrail and fold the guardrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Andrew Dyke, Joseph Martin Sicat
  • Patent number: 9683343
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding back, and diverting, fish in bodies of water by the arrangement of parallel cables (S) braced between two or more abutments (W), wherein the distance between the cables is small enough to prevent fish from swimming through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Markus Aufleger
  • Patent number: 9677233
    Abstract: A pedestrian barrier system includes first and second barriers each having first and second sides, first and second ends, and an upper hand guide positioned along the first side. The first end of the first barrier is pivotally connected to the second end of the second barrier, wherein the first and second barriers are pivotable between at least a linear configuration wherein the first sides of the first and second barriers are co-planar and an orthogonal configuration wherein the first sides of the first and second barriers are perpendicular, and wherein the upper hand guide of the first and second barriers are continuous when the first and second barriers are in the linear and orthogonal configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Trinity Highway Products LLC
    Inventors: James B. Welch, Donald C. Pyde
  • Patent number: 9670631
    Abstract: A modular combined pedestrian and vehicle barrier for a construction site and having upright post members with retention channels, spaced apart from each other, vehicle barrier members of predetermined length and height and having supports at each end, engagable with the channels on the posts, an intermediate fence rail extending between the posts adjacent to the upper extremity of the vehicle barrier members, and, personal fence panels located between the posts, and extending above the intermediate fence rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Paul L. Ditta, Vito Ditta, Joseph Ditta
  • Patent number: 9631784
    Abstract: A recycled tire rubber barrier modular system comprising an elongated core of recycled rubber, polymer adhesive, and hardener; a base coupled to the elongated core; and two concave elongate walls which may be coupled to the elongated core and to the base. Additionally, two oppositely positioned sidewalls each of which may be coupled to the elongated core and to the base, and each sidewall may be joined to the concave elongate wall. The barrier system may further have a lateral hooking arm coupled to the elongated core above the concave elongate wall which is coupled to both sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: CROSS TECH, LLC
    Inventor: Jose Humberto Torres, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9631331
    Abstract: A roadway, guard rail or safety barrier having a post and beam construction wherein the beam is mounted to the post by means of a carriage, the beam being secured to the carriage by a securement means, the carriage being adapted to travel longitudinally relative to the post in the event of a collision, the post further including at least one carriage support means, and one or more engagement means on an outer face of the post, the engagement means being adapted to be engaged by the securement means to provide resistance to movement of the carriage with respect to the post, wherein the carriage is sized and shaped so as to not engage or to minimize engagement with the engagement means during the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Galvanizers Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Terry Colquhoun, Hayden Wallace, Andrew Karl Diehl, Christopher James Allington, Chris Williamson, Mark Whiteside, Henry John Hare, Wouter Von Toor, Ryan Ayres, John Rafferty
  • Patent number: 9611026
    Abstract: A three-dimensional structural framework having inflatable rings and a T-shaped cross-section along a plane passing through an axis of revolution of the inflatable rings in an inflated state. Shape-stabilizing elements are provided to stabilize the shape of the structural framework in space. Two inflatable rings are connected by at least one shape-stabilizing element. The structural framework is preferably used to produce stratospheric balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Geneste
  • Patent number: 9598827
    Abstract: A traffic barrier rail retrofit device assembly (RDA) for rehabilitating a traffic barrier rail includes a stay-in-place steel formed system configured to match various barrier shapes, lengths, and joint configurations. The RDA includes brackets attachable to an preexisting barrier with an anchoring means such as a threaded rod or bolt that connects the bracket to the barrier. Slotted apertures and an integrated alignment mechanism permit the bracket to be aligned properly adjacent to sides of the barrier before being immobilized. A barrier face plate is adapted to attach to the bracket. When the barrier face plate is secured to the bracket, a cavity formed between the barrier face plate and the barrier may be back-filled with material that forms a shell over the original barrier, effectively reshaping the barrier, and covering over, and thus rehabilitating and repairing prior damage to the original barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Victor Nicholas Pavloff, Jr., Gail Ann Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9528232
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a module suitable for use in a crash barrier includes adhering first and second cellular foam blocks to opposite sides of a diaphragm and wrapping a wrap layer around a periphery of the first and second cellular foam blocks. In one embodiment, the wrap layer is configured as a metal cover member. Methods of assembling a crash barrier include one or more of positioning a plurality of modules end to end, supporting the modules with a base, covering a junction between adjacent modules with a connector, and/or coupling a mounting portion to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Dean C. Alberson, D. Lance Bullard, Jr., C. Eugene Buth, Michael S. Brackin
  • Patent number: 9528230
    Abstract: A glare-blocking system includes a glare-blocking member and a rail. The glare-blocking member includes a bottom edge, a left recess, and a right recess. The rail includes a left lateral portion that includes a left protrusion configured to mate with the left recess of the glare-blocking member. The rail also includes a right lateral portion that includes a right protrusion configured to mate with the right recess of the glare-blocking member. The rail includes a projecting contour between the left and right lateral portions that defines a groove configured to receive the bottom edge of the glare-blocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: American Louver Company
    Inventors: William A. Stukel, David S. Clark
  • Patent number: 9469949
    Abstract: A wire rope road safety barrier including at least one wire rope, a plurality of posts configured to be supported in the ground along a roadside or central reservation, the posts including a cut-out provided in respective ones of the posts, and a retainer. The retainer includes an arm for embracing at least half of a circumference of the post whereby the retainer can be held on the post at a position along its length, the arm defining a plane, and a tab extending perpendicularly from the plane of the arm for retaining the at least one wire rope against the post, the tab being configured to yield at a break point at which the tab is attached to the arm when subjected to a lateral force by the at least one wire rope that exceeds a predetermined amount to permit separation of the rope from the barrier within a predetermined impact zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Hill & Smith Limited
    Inventors: Mark Tonks, Matthew Harriman, Steve Wells
  • Patent number: 9458583
    Abstract: An energy absorbing system with one or more energy absorbing assemblies is provided to reduce or eliminate severity of a collision between a moving vehicle and a roadside hazard. The energy absorbing system may be installed adjacent various roadside hazards or may be installed on highway service equipment. One end of the system may face oncoming traffic. A collision by a motor vehicle with a sled assembly may result in shredding or rupturing of portions of an energy absorbing element to dissipate energy from the vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Exodyne Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Albritton
  • Patent number: 9458584
    Abstract: A perimeter security barrier 1for restraining a vehicle impacting the barrier from a direction substantially perpendicular thereto is described. The barrier comprises a pair of spaced apart end posts 3, 5 rigidly fixed in the ground and intermediate posts 11a, 11c. . . disposed between the end posts are also fixed in the ground. At least one pair of wire ropes 15c, 15d is supported between the end posts and optionally woven around the intermediate posts, the ropes being secured at each end to respective end posts. Energy absorption means 21 is provided at each end for absorbing energy transmitted by the ropes from the impacting vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Hill & Smith Limited
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Titmus
  • Patent number: 9453312
    Abstract: A slider assembly including a front section, and a back section, where the front section is adapted to conform to the cross sectional profile of rails forming the terminal end of a guardrail, or other barrier, to which the slider assembly will be fitted in use. The front section in combination with the back section create an internal space therebetween capable of substantially surrounding both an associated first rail and an associated second rail of the terminal end, and at least two further rails located downstream of the first and second rail. The slider assembly includes first and second opposed portions configured to move with respect to each other so the slider assembly can, in use, apply an increasing compressive force to telescoping rails as a consequence of the slider assembly travelling along one or more subsequent rail(s) during telescoping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: VALMONT HIGHWAY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Dallas Rex James, Jason Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 9428872
    Abstract: An anti-ram vehicle barrier system adapted to arrest an impacting vehicle of substantial mass within a selected distance of the barrier. The barrier system includes a fence portion and/or a gate for selectively allowing passage through an entry port. The fence portion includes a pair of terminal posts positioned in and secured to the ground in a spaced apart relationship and cables connected between the terminal posts. The gate includes a cable extending across a panel that is connected on opposing ends to opposing posts positioned on opposite sides of the entry point. For passage the panel is moved relative to the posts and to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BETAFENCE CORPORATE SERVICES NV
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 9416508
    Abstract: In a terminal arrangement for a road rail with a rail profile (2) a terminal guiding device (10) is movable along the road rail under the influence of kinetic energy from a vehicle hitting the terminal guiding device. A terminal profile (8), constituting a prolongation of the rail profile (2), extends within the terminal guiding device (10) obliquely down to a ground anchor (4), where it is attached. The terminal arrangement includes a mechanism for deforming the terminal profile (8) and eventually the rail profile (2) and thus for absorbing kinetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: AB Varmforzinkning
    Inventor: Anders Welandson
  • Patent number: 9346585
    Abstract: Described are devices and containers that are scalable, modular, and lockable laterally and vertically with other like containers for a variety of applications. A container is formed by a wall attached at first end to a top end section with an opening and attached at a second end by a bottom end section. A container may have one or more of a tongue, formed on the wall, having and interconnecting mechanism to be received and interlocked by a groove. Vertical interconnectivity is accomplished with mechanisms to stack containers and prevent swivel using a ridge and channel interlocking arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Friendship Products LLC
    Inventors: B. Everett Hendrickson, Timothy J. Carlson, A. Irene Hendrickson, Craig Severn, Ottmar Brandau, Michael Frederick
  • Patent number: 9297130
    Abstract: A terminal post for a cable barrier which is of a unitary post construction. The integrally formed post has a cable barrier portion for retaining barrier cable(s) and an anchor-cable portion for retaining anchor cable(s). The cable barrier includes at least one cable-barrier portion which, in use, receives and retains one or more barrier-cables used in the cable barrier and at least one anchor-cable portion in the form of a central groove, which, in use, receives and retains one or more anchor-cables which are anchored so as to counter balance the force applied to the terminal post by the barrier-cable(s). The cable-barrier portion(s) and the anchor-barrier portion(s) within the post body are configured so that, in use, at least one of the anchor-cable(s) and barrier-cable(s) are releasable from the body during a collision with a vehicle where the anchor-cables act as a ramp and/or snag during the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Valmont Highway Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dallas Rex James
  • Patent number: 9200417
    Abstract: A guardrail system includes a guardrail, a support post, and a fastener joining the guardrail and the support post. The support post includes a hole receiving the fastener, a fastener retention mechanism, and a slot for the movement of the fastener during an impact. The fastener retention mechanism retains the fastener in the hole until a predetermined level of force is attained during an impact, after which the fastener is released and moves into the slot. Methods of moving the guardrail relative to the post are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Leonhardt, Brian E. Smith
  • Patent number: 9145694
    Abstract: This invention includes a platform support structure having a support extension and a fastening device extending from the support extension. The support extension has a surface to support a platform adjacent a structure. The fastening device is configured to secure the support extension to the structure. Moreover, the fastening device includes a slide bar and a clamp in sliding engagement with the slide bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Quick Products Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Bulley
  • Patent number: 9139968
    Abstract: A guardrail or other energy absorbing apparatus includes a plurality of terminal end rails extending longitudinally extend between a plurality of support posts, wherein a first four of said plurality of rails (labelled 1-4 below) situated at a terminal end of a guardrail, or impact end of an energy absorbing apparatus; are connected to one another at respective downstream and upstream ends via: an impact slider assembly joined to a downstream portion of terminal rail 1, and surrounding a downstream portion of terminal rail 1 and an upstream portion of an adjacent rail 2; a first set of frangible bolts which are the sole bolts connecting rail 2 and adjacent rail 3 together; and a second set of frangible bolts which connect rail 3 and adjacent rail 4 together, wherein at least one standard post bolt connects the rails 3 and 4 to a post at this joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Valmont Highway Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dallas Rex James
  • Patent number: 9103163
    Abstract: A door frame protection apparatus includes a first upright bar having a first end and a second end, the first end being anchored to a surface at a first anchor point, a second upright bar having a third end and a fourth end, the third end being anchored to the surface at a second anchor point, an overhead crossbar coupled to the second end of the first upright bar and to the fourth end of the second upright bar, a first impact absorption member resting on the first anchor point and having the first upright bar extending therethrough, the first impact absorption member being rotatable about the first upright bar, and a second impact absorption member resting on the second anchor point and having the second upright bar extending therethrough, the second impact absorption member being rotatable about the second upright bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: McCue Corporation
    Inventors: David McCue, Thomas Montgomery, Teodoro Mesa, Thomas Ustach, Timothy David Stratford, Robert Davidson, Russell Harris
  • Patent number: 9057165
    Abstract: Disclosed in a safety crash barrier comprising an elongated base portion and a plurality of barrier elements movably coupled in a resting state thereof to and along the base portion, the plurality of barrier elements are configured to flexibly or elastically change into a displaced state in which at least some of said barrier elements contacted by a colliding vehicle are caused to move and absorb impact energy imparted by the vehicle so as to stop movement of the vehicle or deflect it back to its lane, to thereby reduce or prevent damages to the vehicle and/or passengers injuries. In some embodiments of the present invention a structure of a plurality of barrier modules is slidably placed on top of the base portion, the plurality of barrier modules are placed one on top the other and configured to horizontally slide one relative the other in response to impact of a colliding vehicle contacting the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Sagy
  • Publication number: 20150129822
    Abstract: A barrier system including a guardrail, a support to hold the guardrail in position and a fastener to attach the guardrail to the support, wherein the support has a weakened zone to facilitate the fastener releasing from the support when the support is subject to impact forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Hayden Wallace
  • Patent number: 9016668
    Abstract: A barrier includes a housing having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the exterior surface having a front face and an opposing back face each extending between a top face and an opposing bottom face and also between a first side face and an opposing second side face, the interior surface bounding a chamber that is adapted to receive a ballast. An elongated first locking groove is recessed on the front face and extends between the top face and the opposing bottom face, the first locking groove including an elongated channel extending between the top face and the bottom face and a constricted mouth through which the channel can be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Off the Wall Products LLC
    Inventors: Marc E. Christensen, David J. Lipniarski, Joseph C. Mecham