Building Forms Or Construction Engineering Type Mold With Repositioning Means For Progressive Molding Patents (Class 425/63)
  • Patent number: 10280609
    Abstract: The invention is a method to build and erect super high rise buildings with a completely new concept of civil engineering, which is based on concept and method of building of vertical columnar structures by multi stacking of columns using hydraulic suspension and elevator arm system, and then strengthening them with concrete. This is followed with building of gateway support structure around vertical columnar structure and central core to stabilize the high rise building. Next stage is the building of horizontal steel framework platforms at ground level and elevating them by central core elevator and cable hoist system. The passage of horizontal platforms through gateway structure is conducted by alternating opening and closing of gates. The process enables to populate the vertical columnar structures with horizontal platforms, which are then inter locked with vertical columnar structures and central concrete core wall Finally the steel framework platforms are strengthened with concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Inderjit Singh Dhillon
  • Patent number: 9683338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traveller (1) for the construction of engineering works, comprising two structures, namely: a securing structure (2) for securing to the already built engineering work, and a working structure (3) on which construction of the work advances. The traveller is characterized in that the securing structure (2) comprises: a first end ring (6) and a second middle ring (7), both of said rings (6, 7) being coupled to the periphery of the section (27) of the already built work; at least one transom bar (9) that joins the end ring (6) and the middle ring (7) on the side of the carriage (1); and connecting elements between the end ring (6) and the middle ring (7). The working structure (3) comprises exterior formwork (25) and floor formwork (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: RUBRICA INGENIERIA Y ARQUITECTURA, S.L.
    Inventor: Enrique Tichell Fortea
  • Patent number: 9398621
    Abstract: An information processing program for controlling an information processing apparatus capable of executing at least first and second programs in parallel is provided. The information processing program includes: reception instructions for receiving a connection request for connection to an access point from the first and/or second program(s); determination instructions for comparing information of the received connection request with information of connection status to the access point, and thereby determining whether or not that one of the first and second programs which made the connection request is to be connected to the access point; and connection processing instructions for performing a process for connecting the program that made the connection request to the access point, based on the result of determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Yamaguchi, Kazutomo Niwa
  • Patent number: 9273437
    Abstract: A safety trailer is shown, the device including first and second platforms, at least one of the first and second platforms having an axle and wheels attached thereto; a plurality of interconnected wall sections positioned between and connected to the first and second platforms, the plurality of wall sections defining a protected work area on a side of the trailer; and wherein each wall section has a longitudinal member extending a length of the wall section, the longitudinal member being positioned at the approximate position of a bumper of a vehicle colliding with the wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Groeneweg, David Meyerink, Duane Meyerink, LeRoy Severson
  • Patent number: 9140023
    Abstract: A robotic casting machine (RCM) provides for on-site, or near-site casting and automated production of cast components, such as concrete modular, volumetric building components. The RCM includes stationary and mobile support structures, which can be positioned in a loading configuration, a casting configuration and an ejection configuration in which the cast volumetric component may be ejected from the mold. Tipping machines located beneath the cast component facilitate ejection, rotation and loading of the ejected module onto a transport surface for transport of the module. The support structures are constructed of prefabricated frames that may include at least one standardized section, which may be utilized on every project, and may also include a customized section, which may be provided to achieve desired dimensions of the cast module on a particular project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Richard J. McCaffrey
  • Patent number: 8998600
    Abstract: Improved apparatus for in-situ forming of polymeric materials. During formation, the polymeric materials can be applied to horizontal or inclined surfaces such as roofs. The improved apparatus is automatically controlled and laser guided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jimmy D. Lee
  • Publication number: 20150030712
    Abstract: A robotic casting machine (RCM) provides for on-site, or near-site casting and automated production of cast components, such as concrete modular, volumetric building components. The RCM includes stationary and mobile support structures, which can be positioned in a loading configuration, a casting configuration and an ejection configuration in which the cast volumetric component may be ejected from the mold. Tipping machines located beneath the cast component facilitate ejection, rotation and loading of the ejected module onto a transport surface for transport of the module. The support structures are constructed of prefabricated frames that may include at least one standardized section, which may be utilized on every project, and may also include a customized section, which may be provided to achieve desired dimensions of the cast module on a particular project.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Richard J. McCaffrey
  • Publication number: 20140348662
    Abstract: A concrete tower manufactured by an apparatus comprising a slipform, which is circumferentially guided in such a way that the slipform slides helically on top of the end face of the tower is provided. During the sliding, concrete is disposed by the slipform to the end face of the tower. After numerous revolutions, a low-cost tower is erected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 8894397
    Abstract: In a process and a device for producing blocks of expanded polystyrene, a loose mass (7) of polystyrene spheres is expanded in a mold (2-3), where a rear surface (9) of the polystyrene block (8) previously produced delimits the mold forming chamber. Therefore, through adherence the newly formed block (7-8) is joined to the rear end (9) of the block previously formed, and the block (8) made in this way is fed forward until it forms the rear end (9) for another newly expanded block (8), and so on to produce a sort of continuous block (8), which can be formed for cutting to any desired size, without producing any waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Angelo Candiracci
  • Patent number: 8865034
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system to build formworks for building concrete stairs which is durable and reusable, which can be rapidly mounted and dismantled on site and which is adjustable to a variety of flight of stairs having different widths, rises and pitches. The system comprises (a) at least one side plate which can be releasably secured to a supporting structure on a footing; the side plate defining a side of at least one stair and defining the depth of a tread of said stair; (b) at least one riser member for defining the rise of the at least one stair; the riser member being complementary to the side plate; and (c) means for fastening the riser member to the side plate; wherein the side plate and riser member are reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Stephane Poulin
  • Publication number: 20140308381
    Abstract: An automated extrusion construction system may include an extrusion nozzle configured to extrude construction material in a substantially horizontal direction against an elongated and substantially vertical surface. An extrusion nozzle may have a height adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the height of an outlet in response to level deviations in the surface on which the construction material is extruded by the extrusion nozzle. An automated extrusion construction system may include a slicing mechanism configured to controllably slice through the extruded layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20140283478
    Abstract: The invention concerns a processing apparatus for processing an upper segment edge of a pylon segment of a concrete pylon for preparing the pylon segment for placement thereon of at least one further pylon segment. According to the invention it is proposed that the processing apparatus includes a processing means for processing the segment edge, and a carrier apparatus to be fixed in the region of the segment edge for displaceably carrying and guiding the processing means along the segment edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: WOBBEN PROPERTIES GmbH
    Inventors: Gunther Horn, Norbert Holscher, Olaf Stracke
  • Patent number: 8834145
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gypsum board forming device which provides improved slurry spread. The device includes a forming table with an arcuate or angled profile that promotes a uniform slurry spread. An arcuate or angled hinge plate can also be included to further promote the uniform distribution of slurry prior to an extrusion plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P Fahey
  • Patent number: 8801415
    Abstract: An automated extrusion construction system may include an extrusion nozzle configured to extrude construction material in a substantially horizontal direction against an elongated and substantially vertical surface. An extrusion nozzle may have a height adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the height of an outlet in response to level deviations in the surface on which the construction material is extruded by the extrusion nozzle. An automated extrusion construction system may include a slicing mechanism configured to controllably slice through the extruded layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20140157715
    Abstract: A load-bearing structure and a method of producing a load-bearing structure, in particular a tower of a wind energy plant, provides a hollow concrete part with an outer wall which is manufactured by several layers produced in wet-on-wet technology. The outer layer is a fine-grain concrete layer provided with a textile reinforcement, and the inner layer is made of bulk concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Philipp Wagner
  • Patent number: 8714512
    Abstract: A climbing shoe (10) of a climbing formwork for fixing to a concreting section (14) of a building comprises a sliding shoe part (16) on which claws (50) are provided. At least one claw (50) is provided in a pivotal and/or telescopic manner on the sliding shoe part (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Peri GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Schwoerer
  • Patent number: 8708100
    Abstract: A rail-guided climbing system having climbing brackets (36, 38, 40) in which climbing rails (32, 34) are guided, rigidly fixed to a scaffolding unit (12). Each climbing bracket (32, 34) has a joint (52) arranged between a first climbing bracket (40) and a second climbing bracket (38). The free end of the climbing rail (32, 34) may be inserted into a climbing bracket (36, 40) rigidly fixed on the construction (16) and the angular position of adjacent climbing rail sections (48, 50) is adjusted via the joint (52) using an adjuster device (58, 68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Peri GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Schwoerer
  • Patent number: 8668482
    Abstract: In a formwork in concrete construction, particularly for a round vessel, in which, for a further construction section, formwork elements enclose an upper edge of a completed wall portion, are secured to this completed wall portion, and protrude over this wall portion for filling with concrete, vertical members are arranged parallel to, and at a distance from, the wall portion, and a slide is displaceable at every vertical member, and formwork elements are connected to the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Marcus Sundermann
  • Patent number: 8632327
    Abstract: A drum is provided having a peripheral surface with texture features thereon. The texture features may be a plurality of grooves for applying riblets to an airfoil surface. Methods of using the drum are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Joseph Kray, Andrew Breeze-Stringfellow
  • Publication number: 20130341813
    Abstract: A forming system includes a frame and two forming walls. The two forming walls are positioned at a distance from each other to define a first vertical wall course. One forming wall is supported by the frame such that the one forming wall can be translated toward or away from the respective other forming wall. The frame can be raised to raise the two forming walls to be positioned to pour a second vertical course on top of the first vertical course. The translation of the one forming wall allows for the pouring of the first vertical course with horizontally extending rebar that extends through the one forming wall outside of the first vertical wall course, to tie in to a subsequently poured floor slab. The translation permits the vertical raising of the one forming wall, without striking the extending rebar, to pour the second vertical course on the first vertical course. A worker's platform is provided that is supported by the frame and vertically movable by raising the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Norton Baum
  • Publication number: 20130323343
    Abstract: There is disclosed to provide a recyclable formwork that can add the new function without spoiling the other functions of the recyclable formwork. The recyclable formwork includes: a main unit including a contact surface contacting with cast concrete, a non-contact surface being parallel and opposite to the contact surface, and a plurality of ribs outstanding from the non-contact surface to a side opposite to the non-contact surface and reinforcing the main unit; a case being housed between the plurality of ribs and being fixed on a side of the non-contact surface; and a circuit being stored in the case. A first highest point of the case at the side of the non-contact surface is not higher than a second highest point of upper ends of the plurality of the ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Just.Will Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayasaki, Shigeyuki Nishijima, Hideyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8597017
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Anderson Corporation
    Inventors: Troy Rubenzer, Jim Eggert, Dale Thompson, Kathleen Barton, David J. Weiss, Matt Sedivy
  • Patent number: 8568121
    Abstract: An extrusion construction system may include an extrusion nozzle configured to extrude construction material through an outlet onto an external surface, the extrusion nozzle including an excess flow port disposed substantially adjacent an edge of the outlet, an imaging device coupled to the extrusion nozzle, and a controller configured to adjust the rate of material flow through the extrusion nozzle in response to receiving one or more images captured by the imaging device showing excess material being extruded through the excess flow port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Patent number: 8523549
    Abstract: Scaffold systems (SMV) to make substantially vertical building works, with sensitive time and manpower savings. In an advantageous embodiment, a scaffold is formed by a couple of modular semi-scaffolds which face each other, a semi-scaffold being placed in a cis-position over the work under erection and the other semi-scaffold is set in the trans-position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Alfio Leonardo Casanova, Michele Casanova
  • Patent number: 8470229
    Abstract: A mat for creating patterns in concrete includes a center portion, a feathered border surrounding the center portion, a top surface, and a bottom surface. A design stamp is positioned in the center portion of the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Jonathan Nasvik, Paul C. Nasvik
  • Publication number: 20130026162
    Abstract: A precast concrete meter pit consisting of a plurality of precast concrete hollow elongated cylindrical wall sections in end to end relation to one another is fabricated by utilizing a slip form packerhead apparatus in which the wall sections are formed with an annular slip ring when concrete is injected into the slip form apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Precast Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Precast Concepts, LLC
  • Patent number: 8342773
    Abstract: A paving apparatus is arranged to pave a supporting surface by casting individual paving stones on site on a mobile frame and placing the cast paving stones directly onto the supporting surface in an uncured state adjacent previously placed paving stones as the apparatus is displaced along the supporting surface. Molds are supported by a conveying mechanism of the paving apparatus for movement between a casting position in alignment with a hopper dispensing castable material into the molds and a placing position in which the uncured paving stones are dispensed from the mold directly onto the supporting surface to be paved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Radovan Kropacek
  • Patent number: 8323016
    Abstract: A device and method of producing a building panel with a compressed and curved edge including a press tool, a heat device and a lubricating device and a building panel with a curved edge produced by the device and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Jan Jacobsson, Peter Wingardh
  • Patent number: 8317502
    Abstract: The present invention may be attached to a vehicle for movement adjacent to a generally vertical wall structure for imprinting a pattern in a surface of the wall structure. An imprint form frame may be attached to an imprint form. The imprint form frame may be attached to a support frame that may be of generally rectangular form with horizontal and vertical members. The support frame may be attached to one or more position support members so as to be movable in a horizontal and perpendicular direction relative to the plane of the support frame. The perpendicular movement may be controlled by a power actuator. The position support member may be attached to a frame support beam for attachment to a vehicle and may be movable vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald Grey
  • Patent number: 8246877
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for casting a concrete product with a substantially horizontal slipform casting process, wherein the concrete mix is fed at least in one step through a limited cross-section moving progressively along with the cast, whereby the height of the product forming part (1) is changed during the cast. The invention also comprises a product forming part (1) having an adjustable height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Elematic Oy AB
    Inventor: Lassi Järvinen
  • Patent number: 8128390
    Abstract: A portable concrete molding machine can extrude concrete moldings of a range of widths by the provision of one or more tunnel plates within the mold, the machine being provided with respective pusher plates that have pusher faces of widths complementary to the effective widths of the mold. A pair of links connect a gearbox to the pendulum arms of the pusher means to ensure even driving force applied to the pusher plates as they undergo reciprocating movement to allow concrete to flow from a hopper through a mouth of the mold and to extrude the concrete from the mold, the machine being advanced in an extrusion direction by the extrusion of the concrete from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Edgetec Group Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Fergus O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20120000593
    Abstract: A decorative wall tile mould for the in-situ production on a building, wherein the mould, which can be demoulded twice, is a sheet with pierced work, comprises the following detachable lateral structures: an insider layer: a bottom film is set at the bottom surface thereof, the bottom film and the building have a first combinative force; an outer layer: a surface film is set on the exterior surface thereof, a self-adhesive glue section is set up between the inside layer and the outer layer, which makes the outer layer and the inside layer have a second combinative force, and the second combinative force is less than the first combinative force. A method for the in-situ production of decorative patterns on a building is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Qiangte Energy-saving Materials Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Silong Guo
  • Patent number: 8029258
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a nozzle assembly configured to extrude material through an outlet; and a controllable robotic arm coupled to the nozzle assembly, the robotic arm having at one end a gripper configured to pick up an element and deposit the element at a desired position relative to the extruded material. The element may be one of: a reinforcement member for a structure being constructed; a segment of a plumbing pipe; an electric network component; and a tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20110223272
    Abstract: Apparatus for slipform casting particularly of a moulded concrete structure including a slipform yoke having at least one pair of yoke legs in opposite disposal, at least one pair of form halves connected to the yoke legs between which form halves concrete is poured and at least one jack pipe interacting with the yoke, wherein the jack pipe is hollow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Henrik Stiesdal
  • Publication number: 20110171336
    Abstract: In a rail-guided self-climbing formwork system 10 in the building sector, climbing rails 18 are guided in climbing shoes 24, 26, 34, 36, wherein the climbing rails are integrated into a scaffold unit. The scaffold unit also includes a working platform 12 and a finishing platform 16, which are also attached to the climbing rails 18. Climbing rail extension pieces 20, 22 can be mounted on the free ends of the climbing rails 18 and rigidly attached thereto. The climbing rail extension pieces 20, 22 are shorter in length than the climbing rails 18.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Artur Schwoerer, Reinhold Holzmueller
  • Publication number: 20110127691
    Abstract: A factory for the molding manufacture of precast concrete voussoirs for the construction of wind generator support towers, the concrete voussoirs manufactured by molding in said factory, and a wind generator support tower at least partially constructed by concrete voussoirs manufactured by molding in said factory, as well as to the operating method of said factory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: INNEO TORRES S.L.
    Inventors: Miguel Ángel Fernández Gómez, José Emilio Jimeno Chueca
  • Publication number: 20110091589
    Abstract: Provided are industrial product production facility and production method suitable for manufacturing a wide variety of products in small quantities. A production facility (P) is provided with an injection molding machine (2), a first mold exchanging machine (3), and a device (4) for automatically opening and closing molds. The injection molding machine (2) molds a synthetic resin product by using a pair of molds (1a, 1b). The first mold exchanging machine (3) moves the pair of molds (1a, 1b) in an X direction. The first mold exchanging machine (3) is moveable in a Y direction. The device (4) for automatically opening and closing molds is disposed adjacent to the first mold exchanging machine (3) and opposite to the injection molding machine (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamamoto, Junichi Nakatani
  • Publication number: 20110067351
    Abstract: A system for accelerated manufacturing of concrete modular housing units including a first deck platform including a plurality of exterior movable wall forms. A second deck platform including a plurality of exterior movable wall forms. A first concrete slab is placed on the first deck platform. At least one core including a plurality of core walls placed on the first concrete slab. The exterior movable wall forms of the first deck platform are positioned proximate the core walls to define a wall space there between configured to receive wet concrete and create a first concrete modular housing unit. A second concrete slab is placed on the second deck platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: MARIO PAUL ROTONDO, STEVEN JOHN WEIRICH
  • Publication number: 20110038972
    Abstract: An adjustable mold for manufacturing a pre-cast cantilevered concrete retaining wall. The adjustable mold includes a base, at least one upright form disposed substantially perpendicular and adjacent to the base, and a plurality of rails interchangeable and repositionable adapted to be secured to the base to vary the size and surface features of the retaining wall. The base, the upright form, and the plurality of rails cooperate to define a plurality cavities in fluid communication that shape and allow sufficient curing of a combination of fluid concrete and concrete reinforcement to form a retaining wall of a selected configuration. A top surface of the base is contoured to define the mold negative of a textured shape desirable for the external surface of the pre-cast cantilevered concrete retaining wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: George PETROV
  • Patent number: 7878789
    Abstract: A nozzle for extruding cementitious material may include an outlet sized and configured to extrude the cementitious material, a material flow pathway configured to channel the cementitious material to the outlet, and a vibration-actuated valve interposed in the material flow pathway. The valve may include a plurality of spaced-apart plates configured to form a plurality of flow channels, and a vibration-generating device coupled to the plates and configured to controllable cause the plates to controllably vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20110011008
    Abstract: An inflatable mold assembly for forming a hollow composite construction member that is suitable for use as a building material has a longitudinal axis. The mold assembly further has a flexible, substantially tubular bladder wall defining an elongated inflatable cavity. A reinforcing fabric is positioned concentrically around the flexible bladder wall. A flexible air-impervious outer layer is positioned concentrically around the fabric, with the bladder wall and the outer layer defining an elongated annular space, and with the fabric being positioned within the elongated annular space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, Richard F. Nye
  • Publication number: 20110000088
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing modular, hollow, prismatic, monolithic reinforced-concrete elements of rectangular section, which includes the stages of concreting their side walls in two horizontally arranged formwork structures, carrying out a rotation of said formwork structures so as to leave them arranged vertically on either side of a third formwork, with said third formwork horizontal, then concreting the floor slab, placing formwork between the side walls for concreting of the ceiling slab and withdrawing the modular element, so that a high degree of monolithism is achieved, a method in which all the concretings are carried out in the horizontal, and precise control is achieved over the measurements of the element obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: COMPACT-HABIT, S. L.
    Inventors: Jose Tragant Ruano, Miguel Morte Morales
  • Patent number: 7841851
    Abstract: A cementitious material delivery system may include a pump configured to pump cementitious material and an accumulator. The accumulator may be a decoupling accumulator and may contain a reservoir configured to store cementitious material, an accumulator inlet to the reservoir configured to receive cementitious material pumped by the pump, an accumulator outlet configured to deliver cementitious material from the reservoir, and a pressure applicator configured to apply pressure to the cementitious material that is delivered from the accumulator outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20100207288
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically making conglomerated structures (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Enrico Dini
  • Patent number: 7708917
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for casting concrete elements with varying, determined length, equipped with one or with a plurality of longitudinal hollow cores, by means of a slipforming apparatus. The apparatus is movable with respect to the bed (2), said apparatus comprising forming members (10) for forming hollow cores. The mass is fed in the first step to the portion of the slab below the hollow cores, and in the second step the hollow-core forming members being brought onto the said portion of the slab and mass is being fed between the forming members and onto them. The forming member (10) for forming a hollow core comprises an attachable extension part (22). The height of a hollow core is changed by changing the extension part of the hollow core forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Elematic Oy AB
    Inventors: Lassi Antero Järvinen, Aimo Tapio Seppanen
  • Patent number: 7641461
    Abstract: A robotic system may include a movable gantry robot, and a nozzle assembly movably coupled to the overhead beam of the gantry robot. The gantry robot may include an overhead beam extending between, and supported by, at least two side members slidably mounted on a pair of rails. The nozzle assembly may be coupled to the overhead beam of the gantry robot, and may be configured to extrude material through an outlet. The robotic system may further include a position controller configured to control position and movement of the gantry robot and the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20090134539
    Abstract: An extrusion construction system may include an extrusion nozzle configured to extrude construction material through an outlet onto an external surface, the extrusion nozzle including an excess flow port disposed substantially adjacent an edge of the outlet, an imaging device coupled to the extrusion nozzle, and a controller configured to adjust the rate of material flow through the extrusion nozzle in response to receiving one or more images captured by the imaging device showing excess material being extruded through the excess flow port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Patent number: 7510384
    Abstract: A concrete wall fabrication system includes an endless track, mold carriers movably supported on the endless track for carrying a respective set of formworks for molding concrete into multiple concrete walls at a time, a concrete spouting unit set above the endless track and controlled to discharge a predetermined amount of concrete into each mold carrier, a vibrator unit set above the endless track and operable to vibrate the concrete in each mold carrier, and finished product collector unit set near one side of the endless track for collecting the finished concrete walls from each mold carrier for packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Chi-lung Chiou
  • Publication number: 20090051062
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for fabricating structures, extrusion units, and structures fabricated using such methods and apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus may include a support configured for rotation about a central axis, a carriage that may move along the support when the support rotates about the central axis such that the carriage may move along a first spiral path about the central axis, and an extrusion unit that may be supported by the carriage and may move along a second spiral path as the carriage moves along the first spiral path. The extrusion units may be configured to extrude a strip of material through an extrusion die as the extrusion unit moves along a previously extruded strip of material such that the extruded strip may be fused onto the previously extruded strip as the extruded and previously extruded strips pass the extrusion die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20090041879
    Abstract: A self-raising form control system and method is provided that that may be used to form elevator shafts and other vertical building structures. The apparatus includes one or more form elements for defining an area to receive a formable material, such as concrete. Each element is attached to the form structure. A lift apparatus is provided for lifting the form elements. The lift apparatus comprises a measurement device for measuring the position of said lift apparatus relative to a fixed point. The lift apparatus is connected to the form structure. A control unit is provided for controlling the lift apparatus. The control unit is signal connected to the measurement device and is signal connected to the lift apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Norton Baum, Norman John Dziedzic, JR.