With Casing, Lining Or Protector Patents (Class 285/45)
  • Patent number: 10302241
    Abstract: A protective shield device is mounted on the joint between connected concrete hoses to protect the joint connecting one concrete hose to another from accidentally catching on an obstruction on the surface over which the concrete hose joint is moved during operation and disconnecting the two concrete hoses. The protective shield device is formed by two hollow shells that are hinged on one side and connected by friction closure members to surround and encapsulate the concrete hose joint. The assembled protective shield device is preferably in the shape of an ovoid with a larger central portion to accommodate the joint structure, and narrower end portions to provide no protruding structure that will catch any underlying obstructions that could cause the enclosed joint latch to be exposed. The protective shield device can be opened by forcing the two shell members apart, or by using a mechanically disengagable latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SOMERO ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Stoltzfus, Jacob R. Stoltzfus
  • Patent number: 10184602
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with: a cylindrical main body section that is provided with at least one annular rib on the outer circumferential surface; and a deforming section that is configured from a bellows that can be deformed in an axis line direction and diameter direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuro Koda, Jumpei Nishioka, Kenichi Nishiyama, Hiroaki Usui
  • Patent number: 10172262
    Abstract: A direct-interface liquid-cooled (DL) Rack Information Handling System (RIHS) includes liquid cooled (LC) nodes that include a system of conduits supplying cooling liquid through the node enclosure and including a supply conduit extending from a node inlet coupling and a return conduit terminating in a node outlet coupling. The node inlet port and the node outlet port are positioned in an outward facing direction at a rear of the node enclosure and aligned to releasably seal to the respective inlet liquid port and outlet liquid port in the node-receiving slot for fluid transfer through the system of conduits. An air-spring reducer conduit is in fluid communication with the system of conduits and shaped to trap an amount of compressible fluid that compresses during sealing engagement between the node inlet coupling and node outlet coupling and the inlet liquid port and outlet liquid port, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Austin Michael Shelnutt, Travis C. North, Christopher M. Helberg
  • Patent number: 10113681
    Abstract: Enclosures are described that encapsulate or surround a joint between two or more elements, for example two pipes or a pipe and a valve. The enclosures prevent direct contact between the joint and the surrounding water, for example fresh or salt water, and prevent biofouling and corrosion of the joint. An enclosure encapsulates the joint and forms an enclosed space around the joint. Some or all of the enclosure includes a flexible material. The enclosed space is filled with a protective liquid that is retained in the enclosed space and that will be in direct contact with the joint. Due to the flexible nature of the flexible material, the pressure inside the enclosed space is maintained substantially equal to the exterior pressure outside the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene C. Jansen, Trevor J. Owen
  • Patent number: 9651081
    Abstract: A functional element of metal having a flange of larger diameter from an attachment surface and a centering section arranged inside the attachment surface and extending away from the flange, characterized in that an adhesive is arranged around the cylindrical section and adjacent to the attachment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PROFIL VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH & CO., KG
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 9556986
    Abstract: A dielectric fitting (10, 10?, 110) assembly includes a hose (14, 114) connected between two end fittings (12, 121, 112), and a structural reinforcement portion having at least an inner layer (26, 26?,126) formed of a first composite material having a high strength and a second composite material having a high electrical resistance. The first and second composite materials cover the assembly and provide a smooth transition of radial stiffness as the inner layer transitions from a high strength portion to a high electrically resistant portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Heinrich Mueller, Mark James Fahey
  • Patent number: 9435177
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in providing an intervention workover control system for an underwater well, comprising a first structure for connecting to a hydraulic flying lead, a first support for supporting at least one electrical flying lead, a second support for supporting the hydraulic flying lead, a second structure, a third structure, and a third support for supporting the at least one electrical flying lead, the second and third structures can be connected to respective ones of opposite sides of the first structure. The structures are configured to provide an intervention workover control system of a first configuration, wherein the first structure is usable with the second and third structures connected to the first structure, and to provide an intervention workover control system of a second configuration, wherein the first structure is usable without the second and third structures connected to the first structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Limited
    Inventors: Mark Edwin Organ, Han-Ping Liew
  • Patent number: 9222314
    Abstract: A drill pipe for oil and gas drilling comprises two tool joints and a main portion between the tool joints, with two upsets adjacent to the tool joints, and a central section between the upsets. The outer diameter of the central section of the main portion is less than the outer diameter of the main portion upsets, and the outer diameter of the central section of the main portion is between 4? and 4½?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Vallourec Drilling Products USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mazhar Mahmood, Marta Lafuente, Scott Granger
  • Patent number: 9127790
    Abstract: A coupler for a corrugated pipe that is provided with a sealing member mounted inside a fastening member and made of a softer metal material than the corrugated pipe, thereby preventing the fastening member from being damaged due to the fastening force of a cap nut, and that is provided with a grounding portion formed at the front portion of a metal sleeve in such a manner as to enter a coated layer of a composite member and to be grounded to a metal braided net of the composite member when the cap nut is fastened, thereby protecting the corrugated pipe from lightning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: KOFULSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-il Oh
  • Patent number: 9109724
    Abstract: A device for fixing a fitting, in particular for a sprinkler head, includes a base plate which can be used in various installation situations. According to one configuration, the technical problem of providing a fixing device is solved by the base plate having at least three mountings and by a top piece being present which covers the mountings. The fixing device can thereby be attached to a supporting base in different positions. In addition, a fixing device can accommodate different fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Viega GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kai-Michael Meissner, Andreas Hutte
  • Patent number: 9097366
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipe element comprising at least one hoop-wound tube (T), the hoop-wound tube (T) comprising a central part consisting of a metal core (A) covered by at least one hoop layer (F), at least one connecting part(C). Hoop-wound tube (T) also comprises at least one transition element (B) welded, on one side, to one end of the core (A) and, on the other side, to one end of connecting part (C). This pipe element can be used as an auxiliary line of a drilling riser pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: IFP Energies nouvelles
    Inventors: Yann Poirette, Daniel Averbuch
  • Patent number: 9073267
    Abstract: Panels are assembled using tab and slot joints. The panels are bonded together at the joints by injecting an adhesive through passageways in one of the panels into internal cavities formed between the tabs and the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael J. Badgley, Aaron G. Coon
  • Patent number: 9062810
    Abstract: An apparatus for deflecting leaking oil comprising a first L-shaped member comprising a pivot arm and a latch mechanism and a second L-shaped member that is slidably coupled to the first L-shaped member. The pivot arm on the first L-shaped member is configured to pivot on the first L-shaped member and to engage with a plurality of recesses on the second L-shaped member. The latch mechanism is configured to lock and unlock the pivot arm. The first and second L-shaped members each comprises a flat center surface and two flat side surfaces that form a channel on an underside of the L-shaped members. The channels are configured to fit around at least one flange on a heater treater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Montana Oil Field Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Stanley Wilson
  • Patent number: 9039044
    Abstract: A standoff ring for a process pipe having either a plurality of single ring plates, or a plurality of alternativing single ring plates with a plurality of double plate ring plates to form the standoff ring. A plurality of fasteners secured through fastener holes in the plates to connect the plates together. A masterlink is used to adjust the plates to various diameters of the process pipe. A safety cage can be connected to or over the standoff ring encircling the process pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: James E. Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20150101697
    Abstract: A fire-rated exhaust duct system comprising a modular configuration or structure. The fire-rated exhaust duct system comprises a plurality of exhaust duct sections. Each of the exhaust duct sections is configured to be joined or connected with other exhaust duct sections in the field or at an installation site, e.g. in building housing a kitchen facility or a laboratory facility to form longer sections or runs for exhaust duct system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: William Christopher Duffy
  • Publication number: 20150008663
    Abstract: The clamping device comprises a clamping collar (10) having a belt (12) that is suitable for being tightened. The device further comprises an outer sleeve (16) carried by the collar (10) while being disposed around the belt, the sleeve extending axially on either side of the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Stéphane DRIVON, Fabrice PREVOT, Nicolas RIGOLLET
  • Publication number: 20150008664
    Abstract: A head portion (150) is provided at one end of an outer circumferential wall (101) capable of elastic compression deformation. The outer circumferential wall includes multiple compression units (110, 120) that undergo deformation due to compression force in a central axis (100a) direction. Letting N be an integer of 2 or more, the compression units each have at least either N thick portions (113) or N thin portions (123) formed at equiangular intervals with respect to the central axis such that the thickness periodically changes in the circumferential direction. The phase with respect to the central axis of the periodic change in thickness is shifted between two compression units that are neighboring in the central axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hitoshi Tachizaki
  • Patent number: 8919450
    Abstract: A collet connection insulation apparatus has a frame having a first portion hingedly connected to a second portion such that the first and second portions are movable between an open position and a closed position, a first insulation section affixed to the first portion of the frame, a second insulation section affixed to the second portion of the frame, and a latch for locking the first and second portions of the frame in the closed position. The interior volume of the insulation sections is suitable for receiving the collet connection therein. The latch is slidably mounted on one portion of the frame so as to engage a sloted flange on another portion of the frame. The latch can be manipulated by a remotely-operated vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pinnacle Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Cruz, Terence F. Townend, Jeffrey A. Liggett
  • Patent number: 8864178
    Abstract: A protective sleeve for quick connect fittings and couplings of a computer system environment. In one embodiment, a protective sleeve with a hollow center is provided that once disposed around the quick connect fittings will protect against leakage of liquids flowing into quick connect fittings during mating and unmating of them. The sleeve comprises an actuation collar area that extends over unmated portion of the quick connect fitting and a flare area disposed over the actuation collar to provide an additional gripping area for actuating the quick connect fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Robert K. Mullady
  • Patent number: 8840977
    Abstract: A casing member for forming a connection between two tubular sections, said casing member having a first, cross-linked, heat shrinkable plastic layer, and a second, inner, non-crosslinked (or less cross-linked) layer. The casing member also has an electrically heatable member spaced inwardly from the first layer, for fusion bonding the second layer to the tubular sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: ShawCor Ltd.
    Inventors: Dilip Tailor, Ronald J. Dunn, Pascal Laferriere, Aaron Klejman
  • Publication number: 20140202946
    Abstract: The piping joint according to the present embodiment includes a joint part that joins a plurality of pipes for transporting a medium to one another. At least one conductive line is provided between the pipes so as to extend over cross-sections of the pipes. A ground part grounds the conductive line. The conductive line removes electric charges from the medium via the ground part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Noriyuki ASAMI, Koudai KITAMURA, Katsuhiko TACHIBANA, Kenzo KUGIMIYA, Nobuhide YAMADA
  • Patent number: 8769777
    Abstract: A pipe clamping device that clamps a first pipe and a second pipe each other, the pipe clamping device having an annular case with a central opening into which the first pipe and the second pipe are inserted; a tightening member movable between a tightening location where the tightening member tightens outer circumferential surface of the first pipe and the second pipe and a disengagement location where the tightening member does not impose pressure on the outer circumferential surface of the first pipe and the second pipe; and a stopper restricting radial movement of the tightening member such that the diameter of the tightening member at the disengagement location does not extend beyond a predetermined number, the stopper being prepared in the annular case. The pipe clamping device provides easy clamping of pipes since the tightening member at a disengagement location has a predetermined diameter by the stopper of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Kyung Kun Chang
  • Patent number: 8739778
    Abstract: A breathing tube connecting device is provided for connecting a breathing tube to at least two respirators. The breathing tube connecting device includes a base body with a breathing gas through duct embodied in the base body, a jacket body, which can be meshed with the base body in a positive-locking manner and thus encloses at least a part of the base body in a coaxial manner, and a transponder. The transponder is provided between the base body and the jacket body. The breathing gas through duct and the jacket body are embodied at least partly as a coupling section for a selective connection of the breathing tube to one of the at least two respirators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Dräger Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Ludger Tappehorn, Olaf Schermeier, Gerd Wotha, Klaus Abraham
  • Patent number: 8740254
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for protecting Storz fire fighting fittings from damage associated with being dropped, or dragged, or from colliding with other equipment or the like during deployment and operation, and including a bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire + Security GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas E. Mason
  • Publication number: 20140131993
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a plunger adaptor/collet nut component that connects to the plunger of a down hole pump on the plunger adaptor end and a pull tube on the collet nut end. The pull tube extends through a top seal assembly and into a bushing/collet nut component located above the top seal assembly. In the preferred embodiment, the plunger adaptor/collet nut component is dimensioned such that a 1.125 inch diameter pull tube can connect to the collet nut while the plunger adaptor is dimensioned such that it can connect to the top of plungers for larger diameter pumps such as 1.75 inch and 2.0 inch down hole pumps. The bushing/collet nut component of the preferred embodiment is dimensioned such that the collet nut attaches to the top of the pull tube guide and permits a 1.125 inch diameter pull tube to pass through it while the bushing is dimensioned to accommodate the smaller 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Fernando M. Rubio, JR., Jaime Huitron
  • Patent number: 8714597
    Abstract: A welded joint of a lined pipeline has a main pipe and an extension piece having a generally tubular shape, an inner wall and an annular weld connecting the extension piece to the main pipe. A liner extends through the main pipe and partially into the extension piece. A compression ring includes a flange and a compression portion. The compression portion engages the liner internally and compresses the liner radially outwardly against the extension piece so that the liner is sealed with the compression ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: United Pipeline Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Venable, Randall Egner
  • Patent number: 8622091
    Abstract: A protector which prevents damage to a solid lubricating coating on a threaded portion of a threaded joint when the protector is mounted on a pin or a box of a threaded joint for pipes in which at least one of the pin or the box is lubricated with a solid lubricating coating comprises a tubular member having a threaded portion on its inner or outer peripheral surface which threadingly engages with at least a portion and preferably 3-5 complete threads of the threaded portion provided on the pin or the box to be protected. The thread height H1 of the threaded portion of the protector and the thread height H2 of the complete thread of the pin or the box on which the protector is mounted satisfy H1>H2, and the difference between H1 and H2 [=H1?H2] is larger than the maximum coating thickness at the thread crest of the solid lubricating coating which covers the threaded portion of the pin or the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Drilltec Patents & Technologies Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Shigeo Nagasaku, David W. Clem
  • Patent number: 8584666
    Abstract: A solar receiver assembly includes a tube adapted to carry a heat transfer medium and a glass envelope surrounding the tube and having opposed ends. An interface is disposed between each end and the tube so as to seal and support the tube from the envelope. And the receiver includes a prism disposed over the interface to divert incident radiation away from the interface and toward the tube and/or the glass envelope. The prisms may be provided with reflective and/or anti-reflective coatings to further optimize diversion of radiation from the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Yongdan Hu, Nancy E. Wasson, Matthew M. Kapelanczyk
  • Patent number: 8585098
    Abstract: For a hydraulic system of a work vehicle, a fixed connector part fixedly arranged thereon. A fixed connector part has a plurality of hydraulic couplings. A hydraulic work system of a work equipment has hydraulic couplings which are either a movable part having a plurality of hydraulic couplings or a plurality of individual hydraulic connections, each having a hydraulic coupling. The movable connector part is connectable to the fixed connector part by a locking device. The hydraulic couplings of the fixed connector part are constructed to be hydraulically coupled to the hydraulic couplings of the movable connector part and alternatively to the hydraulic couplings of the plurality of individual hydraulic couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nordhydraulic AB
    Inventor: Bertil Lundgren
  • Publication number: 20130249207
    Abstract: A pipe connector including a compensator and means for centering the pipe connector, wherein the means for centering the pipe connector includes a centering sleeve that, in the mounted state, extends along the entire length of the compensator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Willi Wiedenmann, Johann Justl, Martin Sauer
  • Patent number: 8535762
    Abstract: A threaded joint for pipes includes a pin member and a box member, the pin member having an external thread configured to correspond to an internal thread of the box member, a thread form of the internal and external threads having generally dovetail-shaped profile with stab flanks and load flanks and flat roots and crests, wherein the internal threads are increasing in width in one direction on the box and the external threads are increasing in width in the other direction on the pin, so the roots, crests, and flanks of the threads move together and form seals that resist the flow of fluids between the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tenaris Connections Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Jose Nunez
  • Patent number: 8511720
    Abstract: A coupler which is adapted to be connected to a complementary device for the transfer of a fluid between the coupler to the complementary device comprises a body through which the fluid is allowed to flow, at least one seal for providing a fluid-tight seal between the coupler and the complementary device, and a protecting device for the seal. The protecting device is movable between a first position before connection in which the protecting device projects beyond the seal in the direction of connection, and a second position after connection in which the protecting device no longer projects beyond the seal. The coupler also includes a damper for urging the protecting device towards its first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: FMC Technologies SA
    Inventors: Eugène Le Devehat, Renaud Le Devehat
  • Patent number: 8484816
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for securing devices to various openings in tanks, vessels, walls, and the like. The system includes a fastening mechanism, a securing device, and a raised lip. The fastening mechanism functions to hold devices up against the vessel opening where the system is used while the securing device may function to secure hoses that may be utilized with fans or ventilators that are to be utilized with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: John Vicknair, Andrew Pregeant
  • Publication number: 20130175795
    Abstract: A cap for a quick connect fitting assembly is a unitary component having a terminal portion and a body portion extending from the terminal portion to define an inner cavity. The body portion defines a first opening opposite the terminal portion and a second opening extending from the first opening toward the terminal portion. The terminal portion has a first locating feature and the body portion has a second locating feature. The first locating feature and the second locating feature are spaced relative to one another such that the unitary component will connect to the quick connect fitting assembly with both of the locating features contacting predetermined locations of the quick connect fitting assembly only if a male fitting is inserted into a female fitting to a predetermined position, the unitary component thus ensuring proper connection of the quick connect fitting assembly. A method of assembly using the cap is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, LLC.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Taylor, Angela C. Dewhurst, Gregory T. Graham
  • Patent number: 8448995
    Abstract: A pipe coupling support having a substantially rigid body with an inner surface formed to mate with at least a portion of the exterior surface of a pipe coupling installed on pipe. In many cases, the exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling will be non-cylindrical. For example, when pipes of differing diameters or pipes manufactured from different materials must be joined with commonly available pliable couplings. In this instance the inner surface of the body of the pipe coupling support may be formed to mate with a majority of or substantially the entire exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Onset Pipe Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin G. Ward
  • Publication number: 20130020797
    Abstract: A fitting connectable to an end portion of a pipe generally includes an insert member configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe, a retention member coupled to the insert member and configured to be received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe, and a sealing member carried by the insert member adjacent the retention member. The retention member and seal engage the end portion of the pipe to help frictionally secure and seal the end portion of the pipe on the insert member when the insert member is received at least partly within the end portion of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: BLAZING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: BLAZING PRODUCTS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130009393
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, wherein a line connector (1), in particular a plug connector, by a fastening device (2) is fastened to a line (3) for liquid and/or gaseous media, wherein during or after the fastening of the line connector (1) to the line (3), a blocking body (4) already present on the line connector (1) and/or on the line (3) is removed from the line connector (1) and/or from the line (3) by means of the fastening device (2), wherein the blocking body (4) prevents a mating connector (5) from being connected to the line connector (1) as long as the blocking body is present on the line connector (1) and/or on the line (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: HENN GMBH & CO. KG.
    Inventors: Harald Hartmann, Werner Bachmann
  • Publication number: 20120326431
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus for providing a bulkhead fitting assembly useful for aircraft, watercraft, spacecraft, architectural, or industrial applications. The assembly provides a mechanical barrier against fluid transfer from a wet side to a dry side of a bulkhead and allows electrical conduction through or from the bulkhead. The assembly includes a thermal shell for reducing heat transfer from a tube to the bulkhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James P. Irwin, David W. Minteer, Benjamin A. Johnson, Erik W. Dowell
  • Publication number: 20120326432
    Abstract: A protective sleeve for quick connect fittings and couplings of a computer system environment. In one embodiment, a protective sleeve with a hollow center is provided that once disposed around the quick connect fittings will protect against leakage of liquids flowing into quick connect fittings during mating and unmating of them. The sleeve comprises an actuation collar area that extends over unmated portion of the quick connect fitting and a flare area disposed over the actuation collar to provide an additional gripping area for actuating the quick connect fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, JR., Robert K. Mullady
  • Patent number: 8336920
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting a sprinkler to a branch line of a fire suppression system includes a flexible conduit having one end attached to the branch line. The opposite end is attached to the sprinkler. An adapter is positioned between the conduit and the sprinkler. A sleeve is positioned surrounding the conduit. The sleeve may have a hexagonal outer surface and rotates freely about the conduit to prevent torque from being applied to the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: John M. Stempo, Rudolf Szentimrey, Lawrence W. Thau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8313123
    Abstract: A device for capping and sealing a refrigeration service valve fitting of quick disconnect type for minimizing unwanted seepage of refrigerant from the fitting. The device includes a cap defining a base and an open-ended sealing portion extending longitudinally from the base. The sealing portion defines first and second internal cylindrical surfaces wherein the first surface defines a first internal diameter and the second surface defines a second internal diameter greater than the first diameter and wherein a shoulder defines a boundary between the surfaces. The first surface defines a groove containing an annular flexible member for sealingly engaging the fitting when the device is positioned on the fitting. Features are provided in relationship with the sealing portions for removably retaining the device on the fitting by engaging a conventional lock groove in the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Derek H. Hinkle
  • Publication number: 20120286505
    Abstract: A device for connecting aircraft fuel piping that includes male/female end fittings made of highly resistive material, designed to be bonded at the extremities of tubes in the piping and/or of piping connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thomas BARRE, Matthieu BITEAU, Olivier BOURBON, Alexis COURPET, Jean-Marc ROQUES, Cedric SABLE
  • Publication number: 20120280487
    Abstract: An improved device for coupling rigid non-metallic conduits is disclosed. The claimed device is capable of allowing movement in an axial direction due to expansion and contraction and can also compensate for angular or parallel deflection of the conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Andy Ali Jaffari
  • Patent number: 8282135
    Abstract: A hydraulic hose coupler for enabling an operator to easily connect and disconnect a hydraulic hose from a spool valve. The hydraulic hose coupler generally includes a tube member having a first portion, a joint and a second portion, wherein the first portion and second portion extend away from the joint at an approximate 135 degree angle with respect to each other. The first portion of the tube member will generally include a threaded first end for removably connecting to a hydraulic connector. The second portion of the tube member will generally include a threaded second end for removably connecting to a hydraulic hose. An ergonomic handle will preferably extend around the second portion of the tube member. After connecting the coupler between the hydraulic connector and hose, the operator may grip the handle and easily connect and disconnect the hose from a spool valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Donald L. Baucom, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120242077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose coupling and a protective hose incorporating such a hose coupling for replacing standard hose couplings and standard hoses, amongst many other applications, on vehicle fue! tanks so as to prevent the theft of fuel from the tanks. The hose coupling comprises of: a fastener body (12); a sleeve (14) surrounding the fastener body (12); retaining means (16) for retaining the sleeve (14) about the fastener body (12) so as to limit the axial movement of the sleeve (14) relative to the fastener (12) while allowing the sleeve (14) to freely rotate about the fastener body (12), even when is use; and a means (18) for capturing a hose stem to which a protective hose is connectable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Neil Shraga, Paulo Miguel Pereira Lopes, Jan Adriaan Posthumus
  • Patent number: 8272670
    Abstract: A method and associated apparatus for providing an insulating housing and a protective sleeve for quick connect fittings and couplings of a computer system environment. In one embodiment, the insulative housing has a hollow center to be placed around the couplings and further comprises an insulative sleeve having a plurality of complementary parts that fit together around the coupling as a singular unit and a fastener to open and close the sleeve such that the coupling is at least partially exposed. In an alternate embodiment, a protective sleeve with a hollow center is provided that once disposed around the quick connect fittings will protect against leakage of liquids flowing into quick connect fittings during mating and unmating of them. The sleeve comprises an actuation collar area that extends over unmated portion of the quick connect fitting and a flare area disposed over the actuation collar to provide an additional gripping area for actuating the quick connect fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Robert K. Mullady
  • Patent number: 8262136
    Abstract: A holding device to protect a movable connector part of a hydraulic system on work equipment, which mates with a fixed connector part of a hydraulic system on a work vehicle. The holding device is fixedly mounted on the work equipment and has recesses which receive and protect the hydraulic connections of the movable connector part when they are not engaged with the fixed connector part. The holding device may have a contact surface which mates with the hydraulic connectors of the movable part. The recess or recesses can receive a multipart hydraulic connector or a plurality of individual connectors. The holding device may include an electrical connector dummy for attachment to an electrical connector on the work equipment. A cover fits over the holding device when it is not engaged by a movable connector part; and it also mates with the fixed connector part when it is not engaged by the movable connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nordhydraulic AB
    Inventor: Bertil Lundgren
  • Patent number: 8256800
    Abstract: A pipe coupling support having a substantially rigid body with an inner surface formed to mate with at least a portion of the exterior surface of a pipe coupling installed on pipe. In many cases, the exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling will be non-cylindrical. For example, when pipes of differing diameters or pipes manufactured from different materials must be joined with commonly available pliable couplings. In this instance the inner surface of the body of the pipe coupling support may be formed to mate with a majority of or substantially the entire exterior surface of the installed pipe coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Onset Pipe Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin G. Ward
  • Publication number: 20120193907
    Abstract: A cover is provided for a pipe coupling (1) wherein the cover has a first part (2) in the form of an impervious collection chamber adapted to cover approximately one circumferential half of a pipe coupling. The collection chamber is defined by a pair of spaced generally parallel flexible side walls (3, 41) and a peripheral wall (4) that preferably includes a transparent zone interconnecting corresponding radially outer edges of the side walls to form the collection chamber. Free edges of the walls that form an opening communicating with the collection chamber have deep generally semi circular recesses (5) for accommodating one half of the circumference of a pipe (6) adjacent a coupling in use. A co-operant second part (9) of the cover serves as a retainer for the first part, in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Nils Mittet Skarbövig
  • Publication number: 20120132649
    Abstract: Coupling for joining conduits in a dielectric heating reactor comprising: a connector for forming a sealed joint between conduits, and an expandable electromagnetic shield arranged to surround joined conduits such that electromagnetic shielding of the joined conduits is maintained in response to dimensional changes due to temperature and/or pressure. Furthermore, an electromagnetic heating reactor comprising: an electromagnetic enclosure having a pressurisable interior and a reactant supply conduit at least partially enclosed within the pressurisable interior, wherein the pressurisable interior is arranged to at least partially counterbalance pressure within the reactant supply conduit and further wherein the interior of the reactant supply conduit is sealed against the pressurisable interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Melson Perkin, Norman Maloney, Ian Harry Jones, Darren Kell, David Ellis