And Independent Connection Patents (Class 403/266)
  • Patent number: 11174900
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure an apparatus for attaching to a shaft using a wedge is described. The apparatus includes a disc having a longitudinal axis. At least a portion of the disc is insertable into a shaft and is expandable against an inside diameter of the shaft. The disc has a recess at the longitudinal axis. A wedge to be inserted into the recess pushes the portion of the disc that is insertable into the shaft against an inside diameter of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alvin Marion Post, Suresh Krishnamurthy, Keith Jariabka
  • Patent number: 9181757
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiberglass rod with connectors on each end. Each connector has a rod-receiving receptacle having an open end, a closed end, and axially spaced annular wedge shaped surfaces such that the compressive forces between the rod and the respective connector are defined by the shape of the wedged surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: FINALROD IP, LLC
    Inventors: Russell P. Rutledge, Russell P. Rutledge, Jr., Ryan B. Rutledge
  • Publication number: 20150139719
    Abstract: A shear connector for corrugated sheet steel and concrete, comprises a flange plate welded at an upper end portion of the corrugated sheet steel, with more than one U-shaped steel channel welded in the longitudinal direction at an upper edge of the flange plate, the channel walls of each U-shaped steel channel being provided with two longitudinal sides, the left and right sides of the front and rear channel walls being respectively provided with corresponding holes or grooves, the left and right sides of the front and rear channel walls being respectively provided with corresponding holes or grooves, which penetrates and connects each of the steel channels; in the holes or grooves on the left and right sides of each U-shaped steel channel respectively, a vertically bent steel bar is provided, a bottom steel bar of each of the vertically bent steel bars penetrating the holes or grooves on the left or the right side in a longitudinal direction, both ends of the bottom steel bar being respectively bent upwards a
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jiandong Zhang, Xinzheng Liang, Xin Wang, Duo Liu, Huaiyu Hu, Jingkun Ji
  • Publication number: 20150102167
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a trim member for a stowage bin to a structure associated with the stowage bin. A bonding member of an attachment element may be bonded to the trim member. A portion of the structure may be received within a groove formed between the bonding member and a biased member of the attachment element. The portion of the structure may be held in place within the groove by the biased member of the attachment element such that the trim member is attached to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Brannon Smith, Lee Alan Beldock, Asim Chadha
  • Publication number: 20150071701
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to an insert and a method for attaching the insert to a structure. In example embodiments the structure may be comprised of a composite material, a metal, and a ceramic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Amool Raina, Teeyana S. Wullenschneider, Ryan Michael Barnhart, Kyle K. Wetzel, Chris Yang
  • Publication number: 20150063902
    Abstract: A mounting unit has a mounting part with a mounting face and an outer face facing away therefrom. The mounting part is configured for fixing to a basic structure made of a material which is not able to be welded to the material of the mounting part. The mounting part further has a welding sleeve fixed in a through-bore of the mounting part. An outer end of the sleeve is arranged on the outer face and bears a radially protruding flange supported on the outer face of the mounting part. A shaft of the sleeve protruding from a flange lower face has a contour shape corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the through-bore and a length which is at least as large as a thickness of the mounting part in the edge region of the hole of the through-bore. The shaft is retained in the through-bore by a form-locking connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150033532
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to a second component having a through hole includes the following steps: bringing the two components against one another and positioning them relative to one another, detecting the spatial position of the hole by a position detection electronic unit, positioning a connecting element at a location within the hole as a function of the spatial position of the hole or as a function of position data determined by the position detection electronic unit, connecting the connecting element to the first component, with the result that the connecting element projects into or through the hole, and clipping onto the connecting element a clip element which holds the two components together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johann VAN NIEKERK, Eva VIETZE, Erik MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20150016870
    Abstract: An anti-spalling edging comprising: a metal strip 21,31 adapted for concrete to be cast against, a return 22,32 along a top edge of the strip and forming a corner with the metal strip, a down-turn 23,33 from the edge of the return spaced from the strip and cut-outs in 26,36 the down-turn for anchoring it in the concrete and an elongate metallic member 201,202 extending in the corner, fixed to the strip and the return for reinforcement of the anti-spalling edge at the corner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Permaban Limited
    Inventor: Rodney Malcolm Arnold
  • Publication number: 20140308068
    Abstract: The system for securing equipment includes a locking device attached to equipment to be secured, a plurality of fasteners, and an anchoring device. The locking device can be a U-bolt with threaded ends to attach to a backflow valve of a sprinkler system or locking bolts attached to a park bench or barbecue grill. Each fastener has a first surface with a first threaded hole in alignment with the locking device and a second surface orthogonal to the first surface with a second threaded hole aligned with anchoring device. The anchoring device can be a flat bar fixedly attached to the fasteners at one connector end and permanently mounted in place at an anchoring end. Each fastener has an L-shape, so that a first surface engages the locking device and opposing second surfaces engage the anchoring device. A concrete plug for outdoor use holds the anchoring end in place for permanency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar GONZALEZ
  • Publication number: 20140294488
    Abstract: A fixing element has a base area that is provided for the purpose of being welded to a component, and a functional head protruding from a base area that is formed by at least one spherical, or sphere-like element. The fixing element may be welded to a first component and function as a male fixing element that cooperates with a female fixing element of a second component such that the first and second components are detachably connectable via the fixing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Johann VAN NIEKERK, Hannes VASOLD, Stefan AIGNER
  • Publication number: 20140265407
    Abstract: A securing arrangement and method for securing a first vehicle component having a generally nonmetallic body to a second metallic vehicle component includes the first vehicle component having at least one magnet fixably secured thereto. An adhesive is applied and one or both of the first and second vehicle components are positioned relative the other of the first and second vehicle components for connecting the first and second vehicle components with the adhesive. The at least one magnet prevents relative movement between the first and second vehicle components while the adhesive cures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Hutter, Matthew Paul Horbaly, James Paul Ryan
  • Patent number: 8821060
    Abstract: A method of joining a first component to a second component, the method comprising preparing the first component by forming an array of projections extending from a bond surface of the first component, each projection having a base, a tapered tip and a tapered overhang beneath the tip, wherein the overhang has an undercut surface which is inclined and faces towards the local bond surface; bringing the components together so as to embed the projections in the second component; and hardening the second component after the array of projections has been embedded into it. Also, a joint so formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Meyer, Daniel Johns
  • Publication number: 20140202615
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating an edge of a first object with a second object. An insert comprising a structure holding a fastener element may be positioned within a hollow portion at the edge of the first object. The structure may be configured to span an entire thickness of the first object at the edge of the first object. The structure may be adhesively bonded to the first object. The second object may be attached to the edge of the first object using the fastener element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140193191
    Abstract: The present invention resides in an assembly comprising a first component (130) joined to a second component (120) by means of an intermediate joint. The first component has a first joining surface arranged coaxially and in spaced juxtaposition around a second joining surface of the second component, such that a radial gap is defined between the first and second joining surfaces. Furthermore, at least one of the first and second joining surfaces comprises a circumferential groove. The intermediate joint is formed by metal material that substantially fills the radial gap, whereby a first portion (141) of the intermediate joint comprises metal material that has been plastically deformed to fill the circumferential groove. According to the invention, the intermediate joint comprises a second portion (142), formed by metal material that has been welded or brazed to the first joining surface and to the second joining surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: John F. van de Sanden
  • Publication number: 20140086673
    Abstract: A mold for producing a variety of fenestration members having different predetermined lengths is disclosed. Generally, the mold has a first lineal mold part that has an extended length and a second lineal mold part also having an extended length. The mold may also have mold end parts that are adapted to form end features of the fenestration member. In use, the first lineal mold part and the second lineal mold part fit together to define a profile. The first and second mold end parts can be positioned in a range of positions to define the lengths of a variety of different molded fenestration members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Troy Rubenzer, Jim Eggert, Dale Thompson, Kathleen Barton, David J. Weiss, Matt Sedivy
  • Publication number: 20140050518
    Abstract: A mounting plate utilized to attach an object to a mounting system. The mounting plate includes a base having a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the base is bonded to a membrane of the mounting system. A housing is raised from the top surface of the base, the housing creates a contact surface area to support the object. A first member is raised from the top surface; the first member has a surface at a height flush with the contact surface area of the housing. A hole extends through the thickness of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joel A. Stanley
  • Publication number: 20130272778
    Abstract: A system for coupling a trim component to a body component having a bearing surface. The system has a threaded weld fastener coupled to the body. The trim piece has an exterior bearing surface and an interior bearing surface. Defined within the trim piece is an aperture having a lead-in portion. A rotatable fastener having a nut body with a cylindrical body portion is floatably positioned within the aperture. The body defines a fastener holding aperture and defines a side slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Bradley D. Smith, Jason A. Meyers, Mark H. Delcourt, Sean Tomaselli
  • Publication number: 20130272779
    Abstract: A lug for a torque converter includes a first radial segment, a second radial segment, and an axially extending connector segment. The first radial segment has a first aperture and respective first and second circumferential ends. The second radial segment has a second aperture aligned with the first aperture, a third circumferential end fixed to the first circumferential end, and a fourth circumferential end fixed to the second circumferential end. The axially extending connector segment joins the first and second radial segments. In an example embodiment, a pre-formed blank for the lug includes a line of symmetry passing through the connector segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Krusinski, Scott Schrader
  • Publication number: 20130216301
    Abstract: A convertible top has a convertible top cover, a backlight, and a headliner. A connector system includes a molded ring of material affixed to the backlight and the top cover. The connector system includes a clip attached to the headliner. The molded ring may have a slot formed on an interior surface between the backlight and the cover. The clip may be inserted into the slot to secure the headliner inside the top cover. A method of securing a headliner to a convertible top is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130202347
    Abstract: A fastening system for add-on parts to vehicles allows the add-on parts to be easily installed and removed. The fastening system includes a connection part that lies against the vehicle and the add-on part, which includes a base. The connection part is designed as a profiled element whose outer surface corresponds to the outer surface of a prism having a cross section of a regular polygon with at least one interior angle deviating from 90°. The base has a trapezoidal groove with opposing surfaces on opposing sides of a base surface that are arranged at an angle from each other. The two opposing surfaces lie flush with wiggle-free engagement against two lateral surfaces of the connection part. A hole extends through the base symmetrically with respect to the groove. A connecting element is inserted through an opening in the base and engages in a receptacle of the connection part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Mekra Lang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Mekra Land GmbH & Co. KG
  • Publication number: 20130195542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for identifying an animal, comprising a male part and a female part which are intended to be joined together, said female part comprising a head (12) for holding a tip of said male part, and a rigid shell (11) containing electronic identification means (42). According to the invention, a resin (41) is placed inside a housing defined in said shell so as to cover said electronic means (42) and to secure said head (12) to said shell (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Allflex Europe
    Inventors: Johan Decaluwe, Jean-Jacques Hilpert, Emmanuel Lemaire
  • Publication number: 20130180097
    Abstract: Device for fastening a component comprising at least one opening on a carrier part characterized by at least one fastening element projecting from the carrier part and welded to the carrier part, on which fastening element the component can be fastened, by mounting the component with its at least one opening onto the at least one fastening element, wherein the at least one fastening element comprises at least one elastic locking element, which locks on the component opening when the component is mounted on the fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Luis Serrada Iranzo, Oscar Ribes Marti
  • Publication number: 20130181102
    Abstract: The present invention provides a kit and a method for assembling a mounting (1) for mounting furniture to a wall. The kit comprises a mounting part (1) having a first component (2) having a first adhesive receiving portion with double sided adhesive foam applied thereto and a second component (3) having a second receiving portion (12). The first adhesive is chosen to develop a bond very quickly to the wall. The second adhesive forms a bond more slowly but is much stronger and provides the main force for supporting the item of furniture. The first component (2) and the second component (3) are releasably mountable with respect to one another. In another aspect, the second component (3) is provided with cruciform slots (10) which can alternatively be used to fix the component to a wall using screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Croydex Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Harry Tooley, Peter James Harold Pegden, Paul Edward Wills
  • Publication number: 20130183082
    Abstract: A method of joining a first component to a second component, the method comprising preparing the first component by forming an array of projections extending from a bond surface of the first component, each projection having a base, a tapered tip and a tapered overhang beneath the tip, wherein the overhang has an undercut surface which is inclined and faces towards the local bond surface; bringing the components together so as to embed the projections in the second component; and hardening the second component after the array of projections has been embedded into it. Also, a joint so formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Airbus Operations Limited
  • Publication number: 20130167358
    Abstract: In the present disclosure, a structural coupler is disclosed for coupling together structural members, such as trusses. The structural coupler is dimensioned such that it can be installed at an end and within an inner channel of the structural member. The structural member includes a gusset member, a face member and a reinforcing member. The face member is connected to the gusset member and the reinforcing member is connected to both the gusset member and the face member. To couple structural members together, the face member of the structural member installed at an end of a first structural member is mated with the face member of the structural member installed at an end of a second structural member. The structural couplers are then joined together using a coupling mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Jeremy Leonard Calhoun, Richard William Henbid, Dennis Patrick Dalton, William Howard Tran
  • Publication number: 20130136529
    Abstract: A method for elaborating an assembly comprising at least one composite structure part, one metal interface part and one metal structure part, said method includes a first step for assembling the part to the part in order to form a sub-assembly and a second assembling step for welding the interface part of said sub-assembly to part. As the composite structure and metal interface parts are pre-equipped with mating connecting means of the male/female type and with means for locking said connection, said method includes, during the first assembling step, a phase for pre-assembling the parts by interlocking male/female mating connecting means and a phase for locking said interlock by deforming by pressing at least one portion of the locking means pre-equipping the metal interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Faurecia Automotive Composites
  • Publication number: 20130129410
    Abstract: A component connection between a first component and a second component is provided. The first component has a fold that at least sections of an edge region of the second component engage, and at least sections of the components being bonded to one another by an adhesion agent in the region of the fold. An end region of the fold is shaped in such a way that a distance between the first and second components increases towards the end region, so that a funnel-shaped, outward-opening gap is formed between the two components, in which the surfaces of the two components are either joined to each other by the adhesion agent or provided with a coating across their entire surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Uwe Stefani, Ulrich Walther
  • Publication number: 20130129409
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method for joining a composite and a metallic material which can stably join a composite and a metallic plate while improving the joint strength thereof. The device includes a fastening end formed at the center of the end face of the first joint end of the composite to protrude integrally, and a fastening slot formed at the center of the end face of the second joint end of the metallic material. The fastening end of the composite is fitted and fastened in the fastening slot of the metallic material, a female screw is inserted along the thickness direction through the fitted and fastened part between the fastening end and the fastening slot, and a male screw is fitted in and fastened to the female screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Jeong Min Cho, Young Ho Choi
  • Publication number: 20130102396
    Abstract: A torque transmission assembly has a first shaft, a second shaft, and a coupling device. The coupling device includes a first coupling member rotating with the first shaft, and a second coupling member fixed with the second shaft. The first coupling member includes a bottom wall having a mounting face, and a plurality of arms extending axially from the mounting face. The arms are circumferentially spaced from each other with a receiving space defined between each two neighboring arms. The second coupling member includes a main body and a plurality of spaced arms extending radially from an outer periphery of the main body. Each of the arms of the second coupling member is received in a respective receiving space of the first coupling member, thus the first coupling member rotates with the second coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventor: Johnson Electric S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130081252
    Abstract: An arrangement for fixing a component inside of a wind turbine is proposed. The arrangement has a portion of a tower and a direct fastener. The direct fastener has a first part and a second part and the portion of the tower is a portion of a wind turbine tower. The first part of the direct fastener is driven into the portion of the tower and connected thereto by a combination of friction hold and bonding. The second part of the direct fastener protrudes the portion of the tower and is connectable to a component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130036594
    Abstract: A component connection is provided and includes, a first vehicle component, which has a male fixing element that projects from the first vehicle component and that partially or completely has the shape of a sphere or completely or partially has a sphere-like shape, and a second vehicle component, which has a female fixing element that is intended to receive the male fixing element. The male fixing element is inserted into the female fixing element in an insertion direction. The male fixing element has an excessive dimension relative to the female fixing element substantially perpendicularly to the insertion direction so that the two vehicle components are detachably clamped together at the fixing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20120328360
    Abstract: A method for non-releasable fixing of at least one component to a further component is provided in which a hot rivet is introduced into an opening of the at least one first component and an end face of a shank of the hot rivet is welded to a surface of the further component. Subsequently, with plastic deformation of the hot rivet, the shank of the hot rivet is compressed until a head of the hot rivet lies with a pre-stressing force at least in areas on a surface of the at least one component. The pre-stressing force, with which the head of the hot rivet lies at least in areas on the surface of the at least one component, is adjusted to a predefined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Bernd Koppitz, Rudolf Reinhardt, Tobias Schuster, Heiko Steinmetz, Bernard Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20120183347
    Abstract: A torque tube includes a composite body and an end fitting. The composite tube includes a body having a body interior diameter, a wall thickness, an end having an edge, and a set of helically-shaped grooves. Each helically-shaped groove may pass through the wall thickness. Each helically-shaped groove may begin at the edge and end in the body. The end fitting may include a sleeve configured to mate with the body interior diameter and a set of ribs configured to mate with the set of helically-shaped groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Steven P. Wanthal
  • Publication number: 20120128407
    Abstract: There are provided a first member provided with a female screw hole leading from a first face to a second face; a second member in contact with the first face and provided with a through-hole corresponding to the female screw hole; a male screw that is screwed through the through-hole into the female screw hole; a swarf tray including a surface-contacting portion that is in surface contact with the second face and thus covers an opening of the female screw hole, which is located on the second-face side, and a depression formed in a place coinciding with the female screw hole of the surface-contacting portion; and a bonding material for bonding the swarf tray to the first member at a contact face between the second face and the surface-contacting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: FDK TWICELL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru IMAIZUMI, Masanori YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20120060636
    Abstract: A load transmitting connector 13 for composite tube 11 and a method of attachment of said connector 13 to the tube 11, the connector 13 comprising a screw threaded nut 14 having an outer surface 18 shaped to receive the composite, an annular collar 15, a screw threaded end fitting 16 for engaging the screw thread within the nut 14 , and a load means 17, wherein the nut 14 is incorporated within said one end of the tube during tube manufacture, the tube 11 being cured with the nut 14 in situ, the annular collar 15 is placed over said one end of the tube, the end fitting 16 is screwed into the nut, and the load means 17 in use axially moving the end-fitting 16 relative to the collar 15 to exert a clamping load on the composite tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Michael James Dewhirst
  • Publication number: 20110293361
    Abstract: A guiding means at a joint including groove and tenon preferably intended to be joined with glue. The tenon and/or groove includes guiding wedges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Ola Olofsson, Ulf Palmbald
  • Publication number: 20110286787
    Abstract: Catches (37) project from a female housing (11) and end surfaces of a seal (12) define pressing surfaces (32). The pressing surfaces (32) are pressed to push the seal (12) to a mount position in the process of mounting the seal (12) into the female housing (11), and the seal (12) resiliently moves past the catching pieces (37) and engages with the catches (37) at the mount position. The pressing surfaces (32) of the seal (12) are arranged at positions overlapping the catches (37) in projecting directions of the catching pieces (37) when the seal (12) is mounted into the female housing (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Takahiro Shibata
  • Publication number: 20110250010
    Abstract: A cable assembly (100) comprising a cable (200) having an end extending along a centerline, a strengthening head (1) having a passageway (15) extending along said centerline and receiving the end of the cable (200) therein, and an overcoat (3) covering said strengthening head (1). The strengthening head (1) comprises a first half (11) and a second half (13) separated from the first half (11) along a plane wherein said centerline lies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: BIN XU, CHIN-TE LAI
  • Publication number: 20110206447
    Abstract: In order to provide an attachment element for fastening of attachment parts (P) to a metal inner tower wall (T) of a tower of a wind energy system, comprising a first end side for welding to the inner tower wall (T) and a second end side for fastening an attachment part (P), said second side opposite the first end side, wherein the resultant weld connection between said attachment element and the tower wall is under a reduced stress, thereby enabling the connection point to be assigned to a higher fatigue class, it is proposed that such an attachment part have a total cross-sectional material thickness that is reduced near the first end side in comparison to a total material thickness in a cross-section shifted toward the second end side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Ulrich Uphues, Lorenz Meesenburg
  • Publication number: 20110164918
    Abstract: A joint between a pair of aircraft components comprising a first component; a second component bonded to the first component over a bonded area, the bonded area terminating at an edge; a non-bonded area located between the edge of the bonded area and an edge of the second component, the components not being bonded over the non-bonded area; and one or more fasteners passing through the non-bonded area and fastening the first component to the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Enzo Cosentino
  • Patent number: 7784878
    Abstract: A tensile connector assembly comprising a longitudinal tensile element having a longitudinal axis, an end portion and a cross-section, a connecting element connected to the longitudinal tensile element, and a bracing element connected to the longitudinal tensile element. With a tensile axis of applied tensile load along said longitudinal tensile element. Where the longitudinal tensile element is anchored to the bracing element and the connecting element is connected to the longitudinal tensile element via a welded connection at a welded interface. Where the connections permit the longitudinal tensile element to support said tensile load along the tensile axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Raphael Schlanger
  • Patent number: 7761973
    Abstract: A connection system for steel construction employs both fasteners and an adhesive for connecting panels to a metal frame or metal studs. The connection system also joins metal components such as web stiffeners, hold-down clamps and vertical clips to metal studs and cross-channel members. The fasteners may be a self-drilling screw, rivets, pins, clinches or other mechanical fasteners. The adhesive may be a two-part epoxy system, an acrylic, a urethane or other structural adhesive system designed to bond light gauge steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Alex S. Toback
  • Patent number: 7722280
    Abstract: A hollow-bodied component, which includes at least two die-cast shell elements (1, 2), is suitable in particular for use as a steering component in motor vehicle running-gear assemblies. The hollow-bodied component has a connection zone (5, 6, 18, 19) configured on the shell elements (1, 2) to be interconnected. One connection zone (5) has one first contact area (7) with an essentially U-shaped cross-section that is located on the respective shell element (1) and the other connection zone has at least one strut-type second contact area (8) that engages in the space in the U-shaped first contact area (7) and that is located on the respective other shell element (2). The connection zones (5, 6, 18, 19) are joined in a force fit in a cold welding process that uses a contact pressure (F1, F2), whose value is a multiple of the separating force components (Fr) that act on the connection zones (5, 6, 18, 19) during operation. A method is provided for producing the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Peter Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20080197331
    Abstract: A rigid high load lightweight block (1) has unidirectional high strength moulded fibre bundles (4a, 4b) in the side plates (3a, 3b) for the carrying of the major operating tensile loads within the block(1), thereby minimising the weight and maximising the load of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Donald Butler Curchod
  • Patent number: 7140800
    Abstract: A joint structure for a power transmitting member comprising a fiber rein forced plastic tube, a joint comprising a joint portion for joining to an end portion of the tube, and a sealing portion formed on an end of the tube side of the joint portion, wherein the joint portion and the sealing portion are disposed in an interior of the tube, a liquid packing compound for sealing between the tube and the joint, wherein the liquid packing compound fills at least an area between the sealing portion and the tube, wherein the sealing portion has a tapered surface, whose diameter increases toward the end of the tube. Thereby, when the joint portion is joined to the end of the tube, a clearance between the tube and the joint portion is entirely filled with the liquid packing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Sugiyama, Katsuro Kawahara
  • Patent number: 7137617
    Abstract: A composite tension member. The composite tension member is assembled from a number of composite rods, each having two ends. A wedge plug is formed around the ends of the composite rods. The wedge plugs are inserted into termination fitting having a termination fitting body with an aperture at a proximal end for receipt of the bundle of composite rods and having an internal cavity that flares outwardly from a proximal end to a distal end to closely receive the wedge plug with the composite rods imbedded therein. A closeout nut is used to retain the wedge plug in the termination fitting body. The invention further provides method of manufacturing composite tension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Air Logistics Corporation
    Inventor: Robbie J. Sjostedt
  • Publication number: 20040165944
    Abstract: An attachment/detachment fastening system comprising a backing, an adhesive on one side of the backing, and a weakened joint in the backing whereby the backing is foldable and tearable along the weakened joint. The backing and adhesives for the fastening system are chosen based on the end application. Suitable backing materials include polymers, papers, and metal foils. Suitable adhesives include pressure-sensitive adhesives and heat-set adhesives. The weakened joint may be formed by mechanical means, such as scoring, slitting, or perforating the backing, or by chemical means such as acid dripping or etching. The fastening system of the present invention is useful in various applications, including joining together products for shipping and sale, e.g., attaching a promotional product to a product to be sold, and as tamper-evidence labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Donald V. Varanese, Edward Andrew Armijo, Michael D. Hilston, Johannes H. de Jong
  • Publication number: 20040156672
    Abstract: A composite tension rod is received in the sleeve portion of a shank that forms part of a terminal fitting, and is spaced from the shank sleeve and connected thereto by a potting resin. The shank sleeve wall tapers out from thin at its distal end to thick at the bury depth of the rod. The rod is tapered outwardly from a point of minimum diameter at its inner end to its full diameter a given distance from the end. The shank sleeve and rod have complementary dual tapering along said length such that as the diameter of the rod along said distance increases, the wall thickness of the shank sleeve decreases. The resin layer and the rod are secured to each other against relative longitudinal movement, as are the resin layer and the shank sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Georg K. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20040151537
    Abstract: A torsional joint assembly and method of making same having members of formed of dissimilar materials bonded together at calculated angles to result in essentially singularity-free joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Boris A. Shoykhet
  • Publication number: 20040062595
    Abstract: An adhesive is applied to a male-threaded portion of a tapping screw. The male-threaded portion with the adhesive is threadably engaged with a non-threaded through hole of the full-closed stopper with female-threads being formed on the surface of the though hole. In this case, the adhesive functions as lubricant between the inner surface of the through hole and the male-threaded portion. Accordingly, the male-threaded portion can be screwed into the through hole with a low torque and without applying high load to the full-close stopper. Therefore, the full-close stopper is prevented from being projected around the inlet and the outlet of the through hole, and the full-close stopper is prevented from being cracked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Suzuki