With Intermediate Flange Engaging Member Patents (Class 285/408)
  • Patent number: 9187197
    Abstract: A system for attaching a thin film sleeve to a drum using a flange made of thermoplastic material. The inner surface of the flange having an integrally molded portion, where the integrally molded portion is used to create a seal with a different thermoplastic material. The second thermoplastic material can be attached to the drum, thereby forming a seal between the drum, the second thermoplastic material, and the flange. The outer surface of the flange being integrally sealed with the thin film sleeve, thereby creating a barrier between any product being transported through the sleeve to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ILC DOVER IP, INC.
    Inventor: Steve M. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8899274
    Abstract: An elongated pipe, having first and second ends, with each of the first and second ends thereof having an outwardly tapered portion. A tapered split collet embraces the outwardly tapered portion at the first end of the pipe and a tapered split collet embraces the outwardly tapered portion at the second end of the pipe. A pipe flange with a tapered central opening embraces the tapered split collet at the first end of the pipe. A pipe flange with a tapered central opening embraces the tapered split collet at the second end of the pipe. An adhesive material secures the pipe flanges and collets to the outwardly tapered portions at the first and second ends of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Fiberglass, LLC
    Inventor: Wayne A. Grosch
  • Patent number: 8657255
    Abstract: Embodiments of an aircraft valve assembly are provided for use in conjunction with a selected type of clamp having multiple segments separated by a predetermined gap spacing. In one embodiment, the aircraft valve assembly includes a flowbody having a ported end portion and a flow passage in which a valve element is movably mounted. An array of baulking tabs is mounted around the ported end portion at predetermined intervals corresponding to the predetermined gap spacing to substantially limit the type of clamps installable around the ported end portion to the selected type of clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Goodman, Dori Marshall, Dan E. Hitzler
  • Patent number: 8491017
    Abstract: An engagement section of a holder is engaged with a metal gasket, the gasket is received in a tubular section, and the tubular section is fitted in a step of a connection pipe. Another connection pipe is placed close to and facing the connection pipe that holds the gasket through the holder, and a center ring is installed surrounding the outer peripheries of the flanges. While a trapezoidal section having slopes which define both sides is inserted into a groove, center ring segments are closed to form a ring shape. A bolt which penetrates through a cutout of a segment is screwed into a threaded hole of the segment. The screwing of the bolt causes the amount of insertion of the trapezoidal section, which has slopes which define both sides, into the groove to be increased. As a result, the distance between flanges is reduced and the contact pressure of projections against both sides of the gasket is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ihara Science Corporation
    Inventors: Miyoshi Kimura, Yusuke Nagase, Yoshiki Adachi
  • Publication number: 20120193910
    Abstract: An elongated, hollow spool has end flanges and a recessed section between the end flanges. The spool may be attached to an flange atop a tubular member, and other equipment may be attached to the top of the spool. A pull collar, typically of two substantially identical half circle pieces, fits around the intermediate section and is pinned together. The collar can then rotate around the spool, but is longitudinally restrained. Attachment lugs formed in the collar permit attachment of securing members, to run to anchor points, or to fasten to other equipment to stabilize same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin Vice, Shazam Rahim
  • Publication number: 20120175875
    Abstract: Pipe ends having radial flanges may be easily attached by an arcuate snap coupler having a channel for receiving portions of spaced face to face flanges on respective pipe end portions to be connected. The flanges may be formed directly on the pipe end portions, or may be formed by coupler body pieces attached to the pipe end portions. The arcuate snap coupler includes an open channel portion having two parallel side walls spaced apart a distance equal to the maximum desired distance over the face to face flanges when the two pipe end portions are joined together, a first hinge portion for rotatable attachment to a first fastener bolt extending between the flanges, and a second hinge portion for attachment to a second fastener bolt extending between the flanges after rotation of the coupler to receive the flange portions in the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Ajit Singh Gill
  • Patent number: 7967343
    Abstract: An adapter for pipe locking clamps, particularly but not exclusively useful for welding portions of plastic piping by polyfusion. The adapter has at least two bodies obtained from a metal plate, and arranged parallel to each other. The bodies have respective circular arc-like lateral rims that have a same radius of curvature. The centers of curvature of the circular arc-like lateral rims are all arranged on a same axis so as to form a partially cylindrical concave surface forming an open cradle which is adapted to lock the pipes in cooperation with a similar surface formed on a complementary and opposite reduction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Ritmo S.p.A.
    Inventor: Renzo Bortoli
  • Patent number: 7922218
    Abstract: A coupler device is for connecting first and second casings to form a casing assembly with a central axis, each casing having an inner end disposed against the inner end of the other casing such that the casings are spaced along the axis. The coupler device includes at least one generally arcuate connector having a first portion engageable with the first casing and a second portion engageable with the second casing so as to connect the two casings, the connector extending at least partially circumferentially about the casing axis. A retainer is disposeable either generally within or generally about the at least one connector and is configured to prevent radial displacement of the connector with respect to the axis so as to maintain engagement of the connector with the first and second casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company
    Inventors: William C. Maier, Harry F. Miller
  • Patent number: 7744134
    Abstract: A connector assembly is used in connecting one duct section to another, at least one of the duct sections being an insulated duct. The assembly comprises a plurality of first elements, and a plurality of second elements, each first element including attachment means for attachment of an end face of a duct section thereto, and, in use, at least one second element engages with two first elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Doby Cleats Limited
    Inventor: Terence Raymond Dingley
  • Publication number: 20100066082
    Abstract: A connector system is disclosed for connecting an exhaust extraction system to the exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine. The connector system comprises a first flange, which can be connected to the exhaust pipe of the engine. A second flange is connected to a conduit through which exhaust fumes are evacuated. The first and second flanges can have mating tapered surfaces, to facilitate alignment of the second flange relative to the first flange. The second flange preferably comprises magnets for providing a secure connection between the first flange and the second flange, while enabling quick release of the connection. The magnets are preferably arranged in an asymmetric configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Geoffrey Johannes Sylvain Aubert, Vincent Nicolaas Johannes van Baar, Shawn Thomas Smith
  • Patent number: 7661831
    Abstract: The rubber foot mounting structure has a base 20b equipped with a boss hole 30 in the shape of substantially a cylinder and a rubber foot 40 that is formed on an outer side face of a body section 40d in the shape of substantially a column and is made capable of being press-fit to the boss hole 30 by means of flanges 40a1 to 40a4 formed on the outer side face of the body section 40d. Four flanges 40a1 to 40a4 formed on the outer side face of the rubber foot 40 contact the boss hole 30 and the rubber foot 40 gets inserted into the boss hole 30 while the four flanges 40a1 to 40a4 are being compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 7520539
    Abstract: A pipe clamp for connecting pipe ends together to form a gas tight seal. The clamp includes an open band, tightening mechanism, split sealing sleeve, and inner gasket. The band extends circumferentially from a first end to a second end and has a pair of axial ends. The band includes a radially protruding rib located inwardly of the axial ends, and this rib extends at least part way between the first and second ends. The split sleeve is disposed within the band and is located at least within the rib. The gasket is disposed radially within the sleeve such that it is located at least partially within the rib. Each of the pipe ends can have a protruding bead and the clamp can be placed over the two pipe ends during assembly such that the beads engage the gasket within the center rib region of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Breeze-Torca Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T Ignaczak, Scott T Cassel
  • Patent number: 7488010
    Abstract: A flange assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a tubular structure having a passageway and comprising a fiber reinforced plastic material, and a flange structure comprising an aperture coupled to the tubular structure using an attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: ATS Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Wellman, Doug Williams
  • Patent number: 7425023
    Abstract: A profiled clamp with at least one profiled segment which extend successively in the circumferential direction of the clamp and are clamped by means of at least one clamping device. The profiled segments have a profile which in cross-section is essentially inversely trough-shaped or cup-shaped. When the clamp is clamped, flanges which are provided at the ends of two pipes to be connected by the clamp are pressed toward each other between diverging side walls of the profiled segments. Gaps with a bottom each are provided between adjacent profiled segments. In each gap is provided a resilient metal strip at a distance from the bottom of the gap which is greater than the thickness of the bottom of the profiled segments, wherein the metal strip extends transversely of the plane of the clamp, and wherein the metal strip is mounted through lateral arms of the metal strip at the bottom of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Günther Hartig, Steve Williams
  • Patent number: 7073826
    Abstract: Butt joint between two pipe segments (10) of sheet metal with circular or oval cross-section, which respectively exhibit on one end a connecting flange (32), formed one-piece with the adjacent pipe wall (12), for producing the butt joint with an adjacent pipe segment. On the end of each pipe segment (10) there lies, on the outer side thereof, and a least against one radial inner part of a ring rim (14) of each connecting flange (32), a one-piece reinforcing ring (47) of sheet metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: METU-System Meinig KG
    Inventor: Manfred Meinig
  • Patent number: 7004512
    Abstract: A pipe coupling includes a first lateral wall, a second lateral wall and an apex wall spanning and connecting the first lateral wall to the second lateral wall. The apex wall includes an outer surface and an inner surface. A gasket is disposed on the inner surface of the apex wall. A groove is located on the apex wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Voss Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola A. Antonelli, John F. Fritskey, James M. Orzech
  • Patent number: 6938933
    Abstract: Rigid corrugated plastic pipe sections are provided with a flange radially extending from at least one end of the pipe length, which allows structural and water tight joints between connecting flanged pipes and fittings to be formed in an assembly including a peripheral clamp and gasket, and a system, method and kit for effecting structural and water tight joints in corrugated plastic pipe pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Joseph M. Starita
  • Patent number: 6921115
    Abstract: A coupling for joining two pipes in end-to-end relationship includes flanges which are sealably secured to end sections of pipes to be connected. The flanges form front inclined faces and adjacent front flanges that are slidably received within opposite end openings of a cylindrical coupling. A groove or shoulder is formed at the rear end of the front flanges that cooperate with jaws extending from the ends of the cylindrical coupling to secure the received pipe end portions in the cylindrical coupling to thereby join the pipes together. One or more gaskets fit in the cylindrical coupling between the ends thereof with gasket arms that abut against the inclined surface so that fluid pressure in the pipes force the gasket arms against the inclined faces to provide a seal between the joined pipes. A stop may be provided to limit the sliding travel of the cylindrical coupling with respect to the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Ajit Singh Gill
  • Patent number: 6811192
    Abstract: The apparatus for joining and sealing conduits, includes edge trim, a sleeve, and a retaining element. The edge trim is shaped to mount upon and engage an end of a conduit. The sleeve extends between the conduits and at least partially surrounds the edge trim. The sleeve may be made of compressible material, such that when the retaining element surrounds a portion of the sleeve and the edge trim, the retaining element generally compresses the portion of the sleeve portion underlying the retaining element and displaces the sleeve material to expand on either side of the retaining element and limit movement of the retaining element. The method of joining and sealing conduits includes mounting the edge trim and a retaining element upon an end of a conduit, extending a sleeve between the conduits, and sliding the retaining element over the sleeve toward the end of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jayant D. Patel, Alfred R. Wiratunga
  • Patent number: 6561552
    Abstract: The invention concerns a pipe connection for preferably polyethylene-pipes for high media pressure and a method of manufacturing said connection where said pipe-connection (1) shows connecting parts (4, 5; 4′, 5) with an inside dimension larger than the inside diameter of the pipe, in order to receive at least one in the connecting parts (4, 5; 4′, 5) insertable connecting component (6, 7), and an exterior casing (8) for pulling together and retaining the connecting parts. The connecting component (6, 7) comprises on first hand at least one, in respective connecting part applied metal-sleeve (13, 14) with radial inwards acting sealing components (15, 16), and on second hand one, through the two metal-sleeves extending joining-pipe (17) with an outside dimension allowing the joining-pipe (17) to be in contact with the sealing components (15, 16) of the metal-sleeves, and an inside diameter mainly corresponding to the inside diameter of the connected pipes (2, 3; 24, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Lennart Berg
  • Patent number: 6536811
    Abstract: A pipe coupling includes mating hub sections engaged by outer split clamp elements that are compressed together against mating tapered surfaces of the hub sections to draw the hub sections together into tight fitting relationship. The clamp elements are driven into a compressed condition by an outer locking ring that fits over the split clamp elements to draw the hub sections together and to retain the hub sections against axial separation. The clamp elements have locking surfaces engageable by the locking ring and axial movement of the locking ring is limited by appropriate stop surfaces and retainers. A locking sleeve installation and removal tool utilizing an actuator system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Progressive Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ranson, Jr., William C. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6499773
    Abstract: An articulated clamp connector is for interconnecting pipes, cables, etc. preferably underwater, where interconnecting ends of pipes are provided with connecting flanges with outer conical surfaces which interact with opposite surfaces of the clamp. When joining the pipes, the connecting flanges are pressed against each other and provide a metal seal between the flanges. The clamp connector has a set of outer articulated clamp halves for placing around the joining flanges, and a first tightening bolt for closing the outer clamp halves around the joining flange. Further, the clamp coupling has a split activating ring slideably arranged inside the outer clamp halves, a second tightening bolt arranged for tangential movement of the split activating ring, a number of spring elements arranged between the split activating ring and locking segments. These spring elements are placed in grooves, respectively, in the inner part of the split activating ring and the outer part of the locking segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Offshore Systems AS
    Inventor: Inge Östergaard
  • Patent number: 6494502
    Abstract: A connector for joining two tubular members together includes inner and out concentric rings that are joined together in a manner that permits the outer ring to turn relative to the inner ring. The inner side of the inner ring has two seats to engage the ends of the tubular members that are to be joined together. The outer side of the inner ring and the inner side of the outer ring have camming members that when engaged cause the outer ring to exert compressive forces on the inner ring that in turn causes the inner ring to firmly grip the tubular members. The inner ring preferably has a gasket-like material in each of the seats that firmly engages the ends of the tubular members. When the camming members are disengaged, the ends of the tubular members may be inserted into or removed from the connector so as to separate the parts from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Rolf C. Hagen, Inc.
    Inventor: Robin Plante
  • Patent number: 6439619
    Abstract: A pipe connection includes a longitudinally extending first pipe portion having an annular first flange at a first distal end of the first pipe and a longitudinally extending second pipe portion having an annular second flange at a second distal end of the second pipe. One of the flanges is a male flange and the other of the flanges is a female flange. The male flange has a ring shaped male wall longitudinally extending from a longitudinally facing flat surface of the male flange. The female flange has a ring shaped female wall longitudinally extending from a longitudinally facing first flat surface of the female flange. The male and female walls are shaped and sized such that the male wall is received within the female wall. A detent is formed from, in, and extending radially away from a first one of the walls toward a second one of the walls. A notch extends radially into the second one of the walls and is sized and shaped to receive the detent therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Ralph Storage, Leon James Bryan, David Lee Graham
  • Patent number: 5851109
    Abstract: A three-piece combination spacer and shim assembly is provided for an air operated diaphragm pump. The spacer/shim assembly is disposed between adjacent parts of the manifold assemblies of the pumps to alleviate dimensional stack up and misalignment problems associated with the manifold assemblies of air operated diaphragm pumps. The assemblies provide a seal between the spacer component and the adjoining flanges of the manifold components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Warren Rupp, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 4845448
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for attaching a flange (4) to a wave guide (1) and comprises a flange (4), a further flange (2) and a locking member (3) in the form of a frame or ring for respectively a rectangular or circular wave guide. The locking member (3) is placed between the flanges (2,4). The flange (4) has a wall (46) of a recess (45) such that when both flanges are fastened to the wave guide (1) and to each other, the locking member (3) penetrates a distance into the wave guide wall, thereby locking the flanges (2,4) to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson
    Inventor: Kurt G. Olsson
  • Patent number: 4781406
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for joining two flanges by means of clamping members circumferentially spaced around the flanges and radially forced inwardly to engage and compress the two flanges in a clamping space of the clamping members includes a clamping roller chain extending around the clamping members with the clamping rollers engaging the outer surfaces of the clamping members which are supported independently of the clamping chain by a support ring in such a manner as to be freely movable in radial direction but under the control of an operating rim which engages all the clamping members for simultaneous radial movement and a tensioning structure for the clamping roller chain which is associated with said guide rim for forcing said clamping members inwardly into firm engagement with said flanges or releasing the clamping members and moving them outwardly out of engagement with the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe G.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Jorg Hubener
  • Patent number: 4731178
    Abstract: A clamping band for securing together two flanged members formed with annular flanges, such as a filter housing, comprises an elongated flexible member wrappable about the annular flanges of the two flanged members; a draw bolt and shackle for fixing the ends of the elongated flanged members; and a plurality of flat, rigid inserts receivable on the elongated flexible member and spaced along the length thereof, each of the rigid inserts being formed with a recess on one face, constituting its inner face, for receiving the flanges of the two flanged members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Inventor: Peretz Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 4655481
    Abstract: At least one pressure deformable insert is provided in a split ring "V" clamp for flanged plastic lined pipe to aid in alignment of piping elements being joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Elton D. Prueter
  • Patent number: 4640530
    Abstract: The device makes it possible to connect tightly first and second parts having a flange and locking or tightening means for the said flanges. The tightening or locking force applied to the locking of tightening means is multiplied in order to increase the compression force applied to a gasket or joint. Each flange has a conical surface of axis D and angle .lambda.. The device has two clips, each of which has a conical surface of axis D and angle .mu., as well as an intermediate member in the form of a ring constituted by several interconnected segments and having an inner surface and an outer surface. Each inner peripheral surface has a conical surface of axis D and angle .lambda. able to cooperate with the conical surface of axis D and angle .lambda. of the first and second parts. Each outer peripheral surface has a conical surface of axis D and angle .mu. able to cooperate with the conical surfaces of angle .mu. of the clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Claude Abbes, Christian Rouaud, Jean Valla, Robert Forges, Raymond de Villepoix
  • Patent number: 4613163
    Abstract: The invention provides a simple means of pipe end alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Sandor Grosshandler
  • Patent number: 4568109
    Abstract: At least one pressure deformable insert is provided in a split ring "V" clamp for flanged plastic lined pipe to aid in alignment of piping elements being joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Elton D. Prueter
  • Patent number: 4550743
    Abstract: A bursting disc orientation device comprises a cut-away portion (7) on a predetermined one collar (2) of the bursting disc unit and cooperable with the cut-away portion, a projection (8) e.g. in the form of an arm of an angle bracket (9) secured to the periphery, or integral therewith, of that pipe flange (5) against which the said one collar (2) is required to bear. Thus, the unit can be prevented from being located between the pipe flanges of the bursting disc unit in other than a predetermined orientation in which the projection (8) is located in the cut-away portion (7). This improves the safety of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey plc
    Inventors: Glenton P. McFarlane, Steven G. Swift
  • Patent number: 4543011
    Abstract: A clutch for rigid but releasable connection of two coaxial parts of construction, preferably rotating shafts, having flanges centrally arranged at their proximate shaft ends, in which torque is transmitted by a frontal spur or cog gear. Both flanges are clasped by tension sleeves by means of radially protruding collars. The axial force arises by shrinking the tension sleeves which, in a heated condition, are radially positioned on the flanges. An advantage in connection with Cardan joints is that the external diameter of the clutch is no larger than a cross joint or universal, which can transmit the same torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: J. M. Voith GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Lindenthal
  • Patent number: 4515182
    Abstract: A quickly and safely releasable pipe coupling for connecting two adjacent pipe flanges, the coupling including a mechanical interlock system that prevents release of the flange connection when one or more valves in the pipe is not fully closed, and to effect valve closure and then coupling release by means of a coupling release jack when the valve closure control system is inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene R. LeDevehat
  • Patent number: 4488744
    Abstract: A clamp for joining a pair of flanges has a clamp chain with grooved clamp shoes thereon which, in the closed position of the clamp, straddle the edges of the flanges to press them together. At least some of the clamp shoes are fastened to the clamp chain through an intermediate member which pivots at both the clamp chain and the clamp shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Assignee: Leybold-Heraeus GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bubeck, Uwe Reimpell
  • Patent number: 4469354
    Abstract: Flanges (12, 14) attached to duct sections mate to form a ribbed portion around the circumference of the ducts. A plurality of U-channel shaped sections (50, 52, 54) are placed over the ribbed portion with a band (40) holding the sections in place, thereby securing the coupling. Each U-channel section is formed of parallel side sections (20, 22) secured to a segment via shearable fasteners (26). A sufficient bending load to the ducts causes shearing of the fasteners thereby releasing the duct coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jack H. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 4438960
    Abstract: A plastic clamping ring for securing and sealing the joint between adjoining peripherally flanged ducts has a generally V-shaped cross-section provided with a molded in place or bonded seal which engages the flange rims. A latching feature permits the ends of the clamp to be temporarily latched in position to frictionally limit, without preventing, adjustment of the relative angular position of the two adjoining coaxial ducts prior to application of the full clamping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Alcolite Products Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn G. Carroll, Joseph C. Frank
  • Patent number: 4418948
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for coupling or joining pipes and tubes wherein an elastic force stored in said elastic coupling perpetually exerts a force that maintains a leak-proof connection between two ends of the pipes or tubes. Said elastic coupling comprises a plurality of the segments of an elastic ring having a cross section of annulus with an opening on the inward side of said elastic ring and a clamping collar of annular geometry with a groove on the inward side of said clamping ring, in which groove said plurality of the elastic ring segments are disposed in a confined fashion. The rims of two matching flanges built on each end of two pipes or tubes to be connected are received by said plurality of the elastic ring segments through said openings of the elastic ring segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Inventors: Hyok S. Lew, Ronald R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 4354522
    Abstract: In order to connect a stationary pipe to a movable pipe, a flexible connecting system includes a pipe section of rigid material fixed to one of said pipes, a pipe section of flexible material fixed to the other of said pipes and an interposed connecting pipe section of rigid material connected to said rigid section so as to be movable in one direction in reply to a tensile stress exerted onto said flexible section. Said connecting pipe section is divided into two parts releasably connected to one another by a quick-release connecting device, which, in case of tensile stress, collides with a stationary structure, which causes release of said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Inventor: Giorgio Bormioli
  • Patent number: 4341406
    Abstract: Pipe coupling of the type comprising two end fittings which can be fixed to two parts of the circuit to be connected and an open collar constituted by a plurality of articulated elements, with which are associated tensioning means, said elements cooperating with the end fittings to bring the latter into tightly sealed contact during the utilization of the tensioning means, wherein the collar has at least one C-shaped spring connecting each of the articulated elements and giving the collar a semi-rigid structure, there being a clearance in a direction longitudinal with respect to the spring between the latter and each of the articulated elements in order to prevent the transmission of the tightening forces to the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Claude Abbes, Raymond de Villepoix, Christian Rouaud
  • Patent number: 4331012
    Abstract: Lockable meter retention rings for securing electric meters in meter boxes comprise an inner ring of multiple arcuate parts wherein the inner ring has spaced-apart inwardly extending flanges for holding the electric meter in the meter box and a steel outer ring which fits over and engages with the inner ring wherein the outer ring keeps the inner ring assembled. The outer ring has a lock enclosure which, together with a portion of the inner ring, defines an opening for receiving and retaining a barrel lock, the barrel lock securing the rings together. Bayonet and screw type engagements between the inner and outer rings are disclosed, with the barrel lock preventing relative rotation of the rings necessary to disengage them. Another form of engagement has a flange of the outer ring received by the inner ring, with the barrel lock securing the outer ring to the inner ring diametrically opposite the flanged engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1982
    Inventor: James A. Swisher
  • Patent number: 4313625
    Abstract: An improved lined pipe assembly is provided wherein the lined pipe and liner are deformed to provide an outwardly flaring flange, a loose tapered ring is disposed on the pipe adjacent the flange and the pipe joined to a similar pipe or cast fitting by means of a split "V" clamp. Highly reliable joints are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1982
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Walter H. West
  • Patent number: 4225160
    Abstract: A clamp type connector for securing the ends of conduits having mating end flanges providing a fluid pressure tight connection, the connector comprising a plurality of clamp segments pivotally secured to each other in end-to-end relationship and having arcuate grooves of wedge-shaped cross-section. The conduit flanges are wedge-shaped in cross-section and adapted to be compressed tightly by the grooves of said clamp segments. The clamp segments are actuated by a double acting screw which is operable to clamp or unclamp the connection. The arcuate grooves in the clamp segments are provided with antifriction bearings, e.g. ball bearings, roller bearings or bushings, and the segments are provided with external stops limiting the movement of the individual segments in clamps having four or more segments. This clamp type connector is secured on one of the conduits and is removed or installed with such conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: Exxon Production Research Company
    Inventor: John E. Ortloff
  • Patent number: 4128921
    Abstract: A tension strap to be circumferentially positioned about a body to be tenned includes a strap member and a plurality of longitudinally movable tension blocks carried on the inside circumferential surface of the strap member for engaging the body. Means for maintaining each of the tension blocks in a defined predetermined position relative to the strap member is provided and includes at least one pin fixedly carried by either the tension block or the strap member and extending through a guideway in the other, and an elastic member such as a spring or elastomer acting on the pin of each tension block against longitudinal movement to predetermine its position relative to the strap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1978
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventors: Horst Heinze, Gunter Stierle, Ernst D. Sach