Accommodation Of Article Which Is Massive Relative To Freight Carrier Patents (Class 410/44)
  • Patent number: 10934994
    Abstract: A system for de-erection and re-erection of a blade of a wind turbine, the system comprising at least one first pulley, at least one second pulley, at least one third pulley, a receptacle disposed over a substantial length of the blade, a lifting line passing over the at least one first pulley, the at least one second pulley, the at least one third pulley and attached back to the at least one second pulley, at least one load bearing mechanism configured for pulling and releasing of the lifting line to enable vertical motion of the receptacle disposed over the blade, a load supporting mechanism connected to an operative bottom portion of the blade and configured to support the blade during de-erection and re-erection thereof and at least one holding mechanism attached to the at least one third pulley, the at least one holding mechanism adapted to hold the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: WINDCARE INDIA PVT LTD
    Inventors: Anthonyraj Prem Kumar Senthoorpandian, Kalimuthu Nagrathinam
  • Patent number: 10871148
    Abstract: A modular system for transporting wind turbine blades in at least two different spatial arrangements comprising two or more root end transport frames having a height H for supporting the root end, wherein H<D (D=bolt circle diameter), and two or more first tip end transport frames having a height H1 for supporting the blade towards the tip end, each first tip end transport frame has a base frame and a support bracket provided on top of the base frame, wherein each first tip end transport frame is stackable on top of a root end transport frame and vice versa, so the system is operable to stack successive blades in an alternating root end to tip end arrangement. The first tip end transport frame is replaceable with a second end transport frame that increase the inter-blade spacing, or with a tip end or a root end distance piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Jacobus J Van Der Zee
  • Patent number: 10835947
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for building an assembly fixture for holding a fuselage assembly. A number of cradle fixtures may be driven across a floor to an assembly area. The number of cradle fixtures may be configured to form the assembly fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Richard Griffith Reese, IV, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Alan S. Draper, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Branko Sarh, Gregory Gudzinski, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10669995
    Abstract: Provided is a support structure for a wind turbine blade and a method for manufacturing a support structure for a wind turbine blade The support structure includes a frame structure including a first section and a second section which are spaced apart with respect to each other along a first direction such that a section of a wind turbine blade is arrangeable in-between the first section and the second section. The support structure further includes two seesaw elements being pivotably fixed to a respective section and having a respective pivoting axis parallel to the first direction and four belt elements being fixed with their respective first end to a respective end of the respective seesaw element Furthermore, a respective second end of the respective belt element are each fixed to the respective other section of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventors: Peter Andresen, Witold Zareba
  • Patent number: 10589941
    Abstract: A transportation and storage system for at least two wind turbine blades and comprising a first wind turbine blade and a second wind turbine blade is described. The wind turbine blades each having a root end and a tip end, said system comprising a packaging system that is adapted to placing the first wind turbine blade so that the tip end of the first wind turbine blade points in a first direction, and placing the second wind turbine blade so that the tip end of the second wind turbine blade points in a second direction, which is substantially opposite to the first direction. The tip end of the second wind turbine blade extends beyond the root end of the first wind turbine blade, and the tip end of the first wind turbine blade extends beyond the root end of the second wind turbine blade, when the first and the second wind turbine blades are arranged in the packaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDINGS A/S
    Inventor: Jacobus Van Der Zee
  • Patent number: 10502191
    Abstract: Transport frame and method; the transport frame having a longitudinal, lateral and upright extent, and configured for transporting a root end of a longitudinally extending wind turbine blade having a root face with protruding stud-bolts, said frame comprising a root saddle, said frame further comprising a releasable interface clamp configured for fixing a said blade root in said frame, said interface clamp extending from a forward nose through a rear hinge point in said root frame and, said interface clamp comprising a body with a forward abutment surface and a bearing surface rearward of said abutment surface, said body being hingedly movable into or out of engagement with one or more stud bolts protruding from the root face of a blade when positioned in said saddle, said interface clamp having a retracted position with its body away from said blade root face and away from said protruding stud-bolts, said interface clamp having an engagement position in which its said bearing surface extends transverse and a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Peter Frans Thomsen, Adrian Botwright, Michael Kastrup, Troels Vahle, Jacob Antonsen, Kristoffer Lolk Fredriksen, Lucia Quintana
  • Patent number: 10385827
    Abstract: A method is provided for handling wind turbine blades aboard a vessel, the method including providing on the vessel a blade rack assembly configured to accommodate more than one blade, the rack assembly having at least a root rack and a tip rack, and the root rack and tip rack defining between them a blade support plane. The method also includes providing a jack acting between the vessel and one of the root or tip rack; and raising or lowering one of the root or tip rack aboard the vessel by the jack to thereby move the blade support plane through an elevation angle ?. A jack assembly on a wind turbine installation vessel and an offshore wind turbine installation vessel are also provided, each capable of raising or lowering a rack of wind turbine blade root or tip support frame elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventors: Adrian Botwright, Mark Ursell-Smith, Stefan Maroti
  • Patent number: 10121560
    Abstract: An assembly (100) including a package for transport of radioactive materials (1) and a package support frame (3), wherein the frame includes: a first portion (14); a second portion (16) which is rigidly attached to the package, wherein the package and this second portion form an entity (18), wherein the first portion and the second portion of the frame (14, 16) are connected to one another by one or more mechanical fusible elements (30) to hold one relative to the other in a first direction of superposition (12) of the package on its frame. The assembly is also configured so that if the assembly falls in the direction (12) with the first portion (14) of the frame pointing forwards, this causes a rupture of the fusible elements (30) allowing a movement of the entity (18) relative to the first portion (14) in direction (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TN INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Alexandre Audren, Lilian Viallon
  • Patent number: 10030633
    Abstract: A system for transporting wind turbine blades includes a root support structure for supporting a wind turbine blade root and a tip section support structure for supporting a wind turbine blade tip. Each of the root and tip support structures includes upper and lower frames, first and second side frames, a set of upper corner fittings disposed at upper corners of the support structure, and a set of lower fittings disposed at lower corners of the support structure. The sets of corner fittings allow the root and tip support structures to be coupled to vertically or horizontally adjacent root and tip support structures to form an array of support structures for transporting multiple wind turbine blades. The sets of corner fittings also allow for attachment to handling equipment, as well as to reinforcing structures for reinforcing an array of tip support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BNSF Logistics, LLC
    Inventor: Sigurd Ernir Sigurdsson
  • Patent number: 9790927
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade rail fixture set employing a pair of support assemblies, each having a bolster, radius arm, and pivot disposed on a pair of railcars to minimize lateral overhang as the train traverses railroad curves, and having a slidable carriage disposed on one radius arm to accommodate changes in length between the bolsters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: BNSF Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Landrum, T. Christopher King
  • Patent number: 9738458
    Abstract: A wind turbine rotor blade handling system for moving a wind turbine rotor blade is provided. The wind turbine rotor blade comprises a root portion, a tip portion and a rotor blade longitudinal rotational axis extending from the root portion to the tip portion. Furthermore, the wind turbine rotor blade handling system comprises a rotary device to rotate the wind turbine rotor blade about the rotor blade longitudinal rotational axis. The rotary device is arranged and prepared for being fastened to the tip portion. Additionally, a method of moving the wind turbine rotor blade by means of the wind turbine rotor blade handling system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Posborg Schmidt, Soeren Baek Vennegaard
  • Patent number: 9732726
    Abstract: A method for storing and/or transporting a plurality of objects (5a, 5b) for one or more wind turbines is presented, the method comprising—arranging a first object (5a) to be supported by a plurality of wheels (901),—arranging a second object (5a) to be supported by a plurality of wheels (901),—rolling the first object into a first location (13a),—subsequently raising the first object to a second location (13b) above the first location, and—subsequently rolling the second object into the first location, thereby inserting the second object under the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Adrian Botwright
  • Patent number: 9701236
    Abstract: A method of transporting a blade for a wind turbine generator, includes attaching a blade root support frame to a root flange of the blade and attaching a blade spanwise support frame to a spanwise portion of the blade, connecting a first wheel base to the spanwise support frame, and connecting a transport unit to the root support frame. In another aspect, the blades may be stacked by use of the support frames without use of further equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Peter Frans Thomsen, Anton Bech, Birger Keseler
  • Patent number: 9689378
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device (1000) and a method for storing and transporting a wind turbine blade (100). The blade (100) is inserted between an upper structure (220) and a lower structure (240) applying a clamping force on the blade surface. The magnitude of the clamping force can be adjusted by way of a device (400) comprising an elastic member (440) arranged between the upper structure (220) and the lower structure (240) during operation. The magnitude of the elastic force exerted by the elastic element (420) is proportional to the magnitude of the clamping force. Furthermore, the magnitude of the elastic force linearly depends on the amount of compression of the elastic element (440) with respect to a characteristic rest length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Peter Frans Thomsen
  • Patent number: 9638162
    Abstract: A transport system for transporting a wind turbine blade on first and second railcars that serve as load cars. A root end fixture on the first railcar is connected to a root end portion of the wind turbine blade. A mid-frame fixture on the second railcar supports a reinforced midsection of the wind turbine blade using a pair of support saddles. A tip end fixture restrains a tip end portion of the wind turbine blade against lateral movement outside of a preselected range of movement in opposite lateral directions and causing bending of the blade about the mid-frame fixture when the restraint device imparts sufficient restraining force to the tip end portion of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Martin Bencher USA, LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. Fletcher, John D. Glover
  • Patent number: 9428098
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a mounting system for attaching a container to a vehicle adapted to resist loads imparted by the container to the mounting system in sequential stages. In one exemplary mounting system a first spring is configured to elastically compress when subjected to an initiation load that exceeds a load imparted to the first spring by the container under static conditions. The first spring may have a useable load range from the initiation load to a maximum load at which the first spring is fully bottomed out. A first deformable member is disposed serially with respect to the first spring, and configured to remain substantially un-deformed until subjected to a first deformation threshold load that equals or exceeds the maximum load at which the first spring is fully bottomed out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Armorworks Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Perciballi, Ken-An Lou
  • Patent number: 9347426
    Abstract: A system and method for transporting a first and second airfoil using a center railcar coupled to two additional railcars. A pair of root brackets support the root ends of the two airfoils on the two additional cars, aligning the two airfoils over the center car. A lower sling stand on the center railcar has a pair of vertical side members extending upwardly to hang a lower sling that support the first airfoil. An upper sling stand has a base that is supported by the lower sling stand, and also has a pair of upper side members that support an upper sling. The second airfoil is supported by the upper sling. The upper sling stand is fixedly supported on the lower sling stand so as to support the second airfoil above the first airfoil in overlapping fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Transportation Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Landrum, T. Christopher King
  • Patent number: 9315200
    Abstract: Airfoil transportation using two railcars. A radius arm connects a deck pivot and a bolster pivot, where the deck pivot is coupled to the first railcar to enable arcuate transverse movement of the bolster pivot. A pair of deck stops on either side of the radius arm limit lateral movement of the first bolster pivot. A bolster supports the airfoil and is coupled to the radius arm by the bolster pivot. A wheel assembly under the radius arm carries the weight of the airfoil as it moves laterally. A bolster lock, lock release, and latch operate to hold the bolster in a fixed angular relationship with the radius until the lock release enables rotation at the deck stops positions. The latch holds the radius arm against the deck stop until the bolster returns to the fixed angular position, where the latch releases the radius arm to further translate laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Transportation Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Landrum, T. Christopher King
  • Patent number: 9260875
    Abstract: A support arrangement of a wind turbine tower and a method to support the tower is provided. A support arrangement for a wind turbine tower is disclosed, whereby the support arrangement includes a first connection means to connect to a first part of the tower. The support arrangement includes a second connection means to connect to a second part of the tower. The first connection means are fixed in their position in respect to the support arrangement, and the second connection means are adjustable connected to the support arrangement, so that the distance between the first connection means and the second connection means is adjustable to counteract a deformation of the tower due to gravity. The support arrangement includes a third connection means to detachably fix the position of the second connection means in respect to the support arrangement 1 to support the counteracted shape of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Soeren Linde Bjoernskov, Henning Poulsen
  • Patent number: 9168858
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transporting two or three pre-bend wind turbine blades for a wind turbine and to a wind turbine blade transport unit, the wind turbine blades each having a length extending from a first end, e.g. a root end describing a first end plane, to a second end, e.g. a tip end, where the length is at least 35 meters, the wind turbine blades each having a central longitudinal axis extending perpendicular from the first end plane and towards the second end, the wind turbine blade additionally having an aerodynamically shaped body having a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge and a trailing edge. The wind turbine blades are fixed in specific positions in relation to one or two other wind turbine blades as a single transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Envision Energy (Denmark) APS
    Inventors: Wout Ruijter, Jan Westergaard
  • Patent number: 9016989
    Abstract: A protective cap for a trailing edge of a rotor blade of a wind turbine for use during transportation, handling, or maintenance of the rotor blade is disclosed. The protective cap includes a body having a first leg, a second leg, and a cap member. The cap member connects the first and second legs. Further, the cap member may be configured to cover at least a portion of a trailing edge of the rotor blade and may be configured to provide a gap between an inner surface of the protective cap and the trailing edge. In addition, the first and second legs may resiliently engage the rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pradeepa Nagabhushana, Donald Joseph Kasperski
  • Patent number: 9011054
    Abstract: A transport system for a wind turbine blade is provided. The transport system is configured for increasing a curvature of the wind turbine blade in response to an obstacle during transport of the wind turbine blade. Further, a method for transporting a wind turbine blade in order to avoid obstacles is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jens Thomsen
  • Patent number: 9004843
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for handling aerogenerator blades that provide a versatile means for handling aerogenerator blades without an unbalanced distribution of the loads in the blade. The method comprises positioning an upper mounting part (103) over the blade after the upper mold has been retracted; lifting the blade with the upper mounting part from the under mold using a lifting means; positioning the blade over an under mounting part (104) which is fixedly attached to an inferior movable support (102); attaching the upper mounting part to the under mounting part, wherein the upper and under mounting parts together have the inner surface substantially corresponding to the shape of the blade outer profile section. The invention further comprises an apparatus for handling aerogenerator blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tecsis Tecnologia E Sistemas Avançados S.A.
    Inventors: Phillips Antonio Da Costa Lemos, Caio Teruo Hideshima, Tatiane Rabello Koga, Tomaz Schmidt Cavalcante
  • Patent number: 8998546
    Abstract: A fixture for attachment of an end of a member, such as a wind turbine tower section, blade or hub for a wind turbine characteristically has an end flange. To enable clamping while being able to compensate for different hole patterns in the flanges, by the invention, the fixture provides for retaining of ends of members with flanges, regardless of flange diameter and hole patterns, and which is also quickly and easily installed. Additionally, it is possible to firmly clamp the flange end to upstanding frame parts of the fixture with fastening elements, thereby providing a stable connection between a console of the fixture and the upstanding frame parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Liftra ApS
    Inventor: Per E Fenger
  • Patent number: 8985920
    Abstract: A blade holding apparatus for holding one end of a wind turbine blade during handling, which blade holding apparatus includes a support structure including an opening for accommodating one end of the wind turbine blade, a clamping arrangement arranged in the opening, which clamping arrangement is realized to exert a clamping force on the wind turbine blade, and a locking arrangement for locking the clamping arrangement relative to the support structure. A method of operating such a blade holding apparatus during a handling procedure of a wind turbine blade is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Brix Bitsch, Peter Knudsen, David Stien Pedersen, Reza Talebnasab, Jesper Uhrenholt
  • Patent number: 8974158
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a novel laced strapping system that provides a plurality of attachment points by which a tie-down lace can adjust the fit of a cargo mesh webbing to secure loads of items in an open bed of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the vehicle is a pick-up truck with a cargo bed. In some embodiments, the mesh webbing comprises a first truck bed mesh, a second truck bed mesh, and the plurality of attachment points. In some embodiments, tie-down lace interconnects the attachment points to secure together the first mesh and the second mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Rob Edward Hatch, Anita Marie Hatch
  • Patent number: 8967929
    Abstract: A transportation and storage system for a wind turbine rotor blade comprises a tip end frame assembly comprising a tip end receptacle and a tip end frame. The tip end receptacle comprises an upwardly open tip end-receiving space for receiving a portion of the tip end of the blade and having a supporting surface for supporting the blade, a lower surface allowing the tip end receptacle to rest upright on a substantially horizontal surface, such as the ground, and releasable retaining means for releasably retaining the tip end of the blade in the receiving space of the tip end receptacle. The tip end frame comprises an upwardly open receptacle-receiving space for receiving the receptacle and provided with positioning means for positioning the receptacle in the tip end frame. A base part defines a bottom surface allowing the tip end frame to rest upright on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 8967930
    Abstract: A transport system for transporting large items wherein the large items comprise at least three through going holes and said system comprises a frame to support the items. Said frame has a substantially rectangular shape and comprises two parallel longitudinal beams connected by two parallel transverse beams and further comprises at least two transverse support bars to support the items, which transverse support bars are located between the two parallel transverse beams. The transport system further comprises a first and a second rod to be mounted in two through going holes in the items where each end of the first and second rod can be connected to the longitudinal beams to secure the items to the frame in such a way that no part of the large items extends over the rectangle defined by the two parallel longitudinal beams and the two parallel transverse beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Viggo Jespersen Holding APS
    Inventor: Viggo Jespersen
  • Patent number: 8961085
    Abstract: There is provided a transport vehicle for transporting wind power installation rotor blades and/or pylon segments. The transport vehicle has a transport support structure having a main frame, a receiving frame fixedly connected to the main frame at a first angle, and a rotary displacement unit which is fixed with one end to the receiving frame and which at its second end has a blade adaptor for receiving a rotor blade or a pylon segment. The main frame spans a main plane. The rotary displacement unit has at least one first rotary mounting, wherein there is provided a second angle between the second rotary plane of the second rotary mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Ressel, Frank Lülker, Mirko Janke
  • Publication number: 20150042073
    Abstract: An improved system and method for positioning a sliding plate for an oversized trailer is described herein. In this embodiment, the sliding plate can comprise a plate, one or more plate guides and one or more plate walls. The plate can have a top surface and a bottom surface. Each of the plate guides can further comprise a plurality of sockets within the plate guide. The plate walls can extend from the bottom surface of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Mammoet USA South Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Publication number: 20150037112
    Abstract: A protective cap for a trailing edge of a rotor blade of a wind turbine for use during transportation, handling, or maintenance of the rotor blade is disclosed. The protective cap includes a body having a first leg, a second leg, and a cap member. The cap member connects the first and second legs. Further, the cap member may be configured to cover at least a portion of a trailing edge of the rotor blade and may be configured to provide a gap between an inner surface of the protective cap and the trailing edge. In addition, the first and second legs may resiliently engage the rotor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pradeepa Nagabhushana, Donald Joseph Kasperski
  • Patent number: 8920083
    Abstract: The presented embodiments provide a system (10) for transporting a load (12) via multiple conveyance types. The system (10) includes a supporting member (22, 23) configured for attachment to the load (12), including a vehicle interface portion (40, 42), a first supporting member interface portion for attachment to the first vehicle of a first conveyance type, and a second supporting member interface portion for attachment to the second vehicle of a second conveyance type. The vehicle interface portion and the first and second supporting member interface portions are cooperatively configured such that when the load (12) is attached to the supporting member (22, 23) it can be moved between the first and second vehicles by a vertical lift and place move selectively parting and joining the vehicle interface portion with the first and second supporting member interface portions without the necessity of joining or separating a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Eric M. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140369779
    Abstract: A method of transporting a wind turbine blade with a curved central longitudinal axis includes loading the wind turbine blade onto a transportation device including first and second support bearings. The wind turbine blade is loaded in a first orientation in which the curved central longitudinal axis is located in a generally vertical plane. When the transportation device is preparing to turn, the wind turbine blade is rotated to a second orientation before or during turning such that the curved central longitudinal axis is located in a generally horizontal plane and bends around the turn. As a result, the curved wind turbine blade and transportation device can traverse tighter curves and turns during travel to an assembly site or quayside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventor: Stephen Randall
  • Publication number: 20140348608
    Abstract: A position-securing mechanism and a device unit equipped therewith for securing a working device to a trailer is designed to the working device is attachable to a working machine via a coupling device. The position-securing mechanism is formed with a sensor designed to detect a coupled state and a decoupled state of the coupling device, a receiving device having first and second functional sections provided on a first longitudinal side of the trailer or the working device, a locking device that is brought into a locked state in which this locking device prevents the release of the engagement of the functional sections and into an unlocked state in which this locking device permits the release of this engagement and a drive device connected to the sensor and driven thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CLAAS SAULGAU GMBH
    Inventor: Josef Fischer
  • Patent number: 8864428
    Abstract: A continuous rod transport system has a reel with a cage and a removable hub. The cage has support members interconnected by rings to hold the rod coiled in the cage. The removable hub has extending arms that removably attach to the cage's support members. Locks on the ends of the arms can removably lock the hub to the cages. Because the hub is removable, the cage with coiled rod can be shipped separate from the hub, thereby significantly reducing the transportation weight. Preferably, the cage has a diameter of 14-ft so two cages can be held on a stand and can be transported in overseas containers. In this way, the coiled rod in the cage can be transported to various areas in less costly and time-consuming ways than currently available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Hermann Basler, Jonathan Paul Penner
  • Patent number: 8845248
    Abstract: A transport structure for transporting and/or lifting a large scale generator, in particular a generator of a wind turbine is disclosed. A handling base is included with an upper side and a lower side and a first longitudinal end and second longitudinal end, and an interface arrangement at the handling base realized such that a generator can be releasably attached to the handling base in the direction of the upper side. A method for transporting and for lifting a large scale generator is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Henning Poulsen
  • Publication number: 20140255119
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for supporting multiple elongate rails in a rail tie-down car utilizes spring-loaded, hydraulically actuated clamp assemblies to clamp individual rails to the tie-down car. Each clamp assembly incorporates at least two clamp members which act opposite one another to prevent the rail secured in place by the clamps from sliding in either longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: HERZOG CONTRACTING CORP.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds, Steven R. Walton, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 8790055
    Abstract: Methods and systems for conducting operations to subterranean formations are provided. The system includes a platform, a grillage mounted on the platform, at least one module for treating the subterranean formation, and a plurality of locks that mechanically engage the grillage with the module. Each lock includes a first plate, a second plate and a connector that connects the first plate and the second plate. The first plate is configured to mechanically engage the grillage, the second plate is configured to mechanically engage the module for treating the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Rettie, Alan Dyble, Natasha Bortkevich
  • Patent number: 8789837
    Abstract: A barrel assembly for a composite structure includes a barrel of composite material, a first end ring, and a mid support. The barrel of composite material has a first end, an interior surface and an outer surface, and the first end ring is removably attached to the first end. The first end ring has a perimeter that is substantially congruent with the first end, and is configured to maintain a shape of the barrel. The mid support is removably disposed within the barrel, and has a plurality of spokes extending outwardly from a central hub to contact the interior surface, to maintain a shape of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Li C Chang, Richard M Coleman, Ronald J Steckman, Andrew M Huckey, Nicholas A Norman
  • Patent number: 8753050
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a transport apparatus for transporting a rotor blade of a wind power installation on a transport vehicle comprising a plurality of successively arranged and pivotably interconnected wagon elements. The transport apparatus may include a blade root carrier adapted to attach to a first wagon element for carrying the rotor blade in a region of a rotor blade root thereof on the first wagon element, a central carrier adapted to attach to a second wagon element for carrying the rotor blade in a central region thereof on the second wagon element, and a blade tip damper for making an elastic connection between a third wagon element and the rotor blade in a region of a rotor blade tip thereof for damping oscillations of the rotor blade tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Bernd Cyrus, Frank Lülker
  • Patent number: 8740249
    Abstract: A combine header transport trailer for transporting a combine header. The trailer includes mechanical jacks for raising and lowering the header bar thereon and for moving the header bar inwardly and outwardly with respect to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: DUO Lift Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Hellbusch, Patrick K. Sokol
  • Patent number: 8714594
    Abstract: A combine header transport trailer for transporting a combine header. The trailer includes electrically operated jacks or screw actuators for raising and lowering the header bar thereon and for moving the header bar inwardly and outwardly with respect to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Duo Lift Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Hellbusch, Patrick K. Sokol
  • Patent number: 8708625
    Abstract: A system for transporting an airfoil over a railroad utilizing a first railcar coupled to a second railcar. The system includes a root bracket that supports a root end of the airfoil on the first railcar, and is oriented to align a tip end of the airfoil toward the second railcar. A blade support is fixed to the second railcar and is disposed to support the airfoil along its midsection. A weight is hung from a tension member on the second railcar such that the force of gravity induces tension forces along the tension member. An urging member is disposed on the second railcar and oriented to engage the airfoil between the blade support and the tip end of the airfoil. The urging member is coupled to the tension member such that the tension forces are transferred to the urging member to induce lateral forces against the airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Transportation Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Landrum, T. Christopher King
  • Patent number: 8690140
    Abstract: A fixture to be connected to an end of a large member, such as wind turbine blade and wind turbine tower sections is provided. The fixture allows for a high degree of flexibility with regard to size of the end and arrangement of holes in the flange of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Kent Lykke Rasmussen, Bo Michel
  • Patent number: 8672131
    Abstract: Interchangeable packing apparatus (4) for aerogenerator blades (1) particularly versatile for different blade sizes and designs, and to meet the different legal requirements of various countries, but still having a low manufacturing cost and high capacity of supporting the heavy loads. The packing apparatus (4) comprises an external frame (9) and an internal frame (8) wherein the internal frame (8) comprises an structural mounting and at least damper member (10) for receiving one side of at least a portion of the aerogenerator blade (1) and wherein said internal frame (8) substantially supports the load of at least said portion of the aerogenerator blade (1) and wherein the internal frame (8) is selectively positionable relative to the external frame in at least two positions in order to receive different portions of the aerogenerator blade (1) relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tecsis Tecnologia e Sistemas Avançados S.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Farani Nogueira, Bernard Rossire
  • Publication number: 20140072382
    Abstract: A transport system for transporting large items wherein the large items comprise at least three through going holes and said system comprises a frame to support the items. Said frame has a substantially rectangular shape and comprises two parallel longitudinal beams connected by two parallel transverse beams and further comprises at least two transverse support bars to support the items, which transverse support bars are located between the two parallel transverse beams. The transport system further comprises a first and a second rod to be mounted in two through going holes in the items where each end of the first and second rod can be connected to the longitudinal beams to secure the items to the frame in such a way that no part of the large items extends over the rectangle defined by the two parallel longitudinal beams and the two parallel transverse beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Viggo Jespersen Holding ApS
    Inventor: Viggo Jespersen
  • Patent number: 8668415
    Abstract: A support saddle (20, 24) for supporting a load (14) having a taper profile along an axial length of the load (14). The support saddle (20, 24) comprises a lower surface (20A, 24A) for resting on a surface (10A) of a transportation vehicle load bed (10) and an upper surface (20B, 24B) defining a taper to substantially match the taper profile of the load (10) in a region of the load contacting the upper surface (20B, 24B), the upper surface (20B, 24B) for receiving the load (10). In other embodiments the support saddles (20, 24) are used with inserts (64, 65) and/or cushions (45). One or more of the support saddles (20, 24), the inserts (64, 65) and the cushions (45) may comprise a tapered upper surface to match the taper profile of the load (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Brian Yogodzinski
  • Publication number: 20140064870
    Abstract: A transport system for a wind turbine blade is provided. The transport system is configured for increasing a curvature of the wind turbine blade in response to an obstacle during transport of the wind turbine blade. Further, a method for transporting a wind turbine blade in order to avoid obstacles is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jens Thomsen
  • Publication number: 20140050547
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed for transporting a rotor blade having a first end and a second end defining a rotor blade length. The transportation system includes a truck configured to transport the rotor blade, the truck including a bed having a forward end and a distal end defining a bed length. The transportation system further includes a first fixture configured on the bed, the first fixture comprising a generally arcuate guide member and a support frame slidable along the guide member, the support frame configured to support the rotor blade. The transportation system further includes a second fixture configured on the bed for one of slidable support or rotatable support of the rotor blade. Movement of at least one of the first fixture or the second fixture rotates the rotor blade within a plane defined by the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Vijaykumar Muppayya Hiremath, Umesh B. Shingne
  • Patent number: 8632286
    Abstract: A transportation system for a wind turbine rotor blade is provided. The transportation system includes a root fixture adapted to receive the root end of the wind turbine rotor blade, and a tip end fixture adapted to receive a tip end of the wind turbine rotor blade. The root fixture and the tip end fixture are provided as separate transportable units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Wessel, Dirk-Jan Kootstra