Controlled By Condition Responsive Means Patents (Class 52/1)
  • Patent number: 10273706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tower section (103) for a tethered wind turbine tower comprising a plurality of tubes (202) adapted for receiving a cable (205) there-through and fixing said cable at said inner tube end. The tower section may further include an inner stiffening ring (203) and/or an outer stiffening ring (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Edgar Leijten
  • Patent number: 10253841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for calculating optimal control force of an active mass damper and controlling the active mass damper, which is used for vibration control of a structure, the method comprising: (a) sensing frequency and an acceleration response generated in a structure in real time by a sensor, wherein the frequency and the acceleration response are structural responses; (b) calculating velocity and displacement of the active mass damper by integrating the acceleration response by an integral calculation module; (c) calculating the optimal control force using a weighting function and a zero point calibration signal according to the calculated velocity, the calculated displacement, and the calculated displacement, by a control force calculation module; and (d) controlling driving of an actuator according to the calculated optimal control force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, DANKOOK UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, Sung Sik Woo, Lan Chung
  • Patent number: 10196811
    Abstract: An insulating strip is disclosed. The insulating strip includes a support layer and an insulating material strip secured to the support layer. The insulating material strip includes a first insulating material strip part and a second insulating material strip part where the first insulating material strip part and the second insulating material strip part are spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Foerg, Manfred Klein, Markus Koegler
  • Patent number: 10138642
    Abstract: A portable container is provided which comprises a passing room(s) allowing entry into a second area into a first area, the passing room having at least two openings with a walkway in-between. Barrier device(s) can be located in the walkway but not connected to the first or second opening. A control room(s) can also be provided, the control room being connected to the passing room(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MODULAR SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Rhett Slagel
  • Patent number: 10088810
    Abstract: An example servo control system includes one or more components configured to be actuated for movement, a system controller including one or more processors for receiving feedback of the movement of the one or more components and for using the feedback within a control loop to cause an actuator to reduce error of the movement of the one or more components, and a tuned mass damper (TMD) physically connected to the one or more components. Parameters of the TMD are selected to add phase margin at a crossover frequency of the servo control system, and the TMD includes a mass coupled to the one or more components, a damper connected between the mass and the one or more components, and a spring component connected between the mass and the one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steven Griffin
  • Patent number: 10073811
    Abstract: A method for health monitoring of a damper associated with a landing gear is described which includes receiving sensor data from a pressure transducer and an accelerometer and optionally a thermal sensor operably mounted on or near the damper, a computer system, and applying, using the computer system, a diagnostic algorithm to the sensor data to induce and predict the health of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin L. Swearingen, Bradley J. Mitchell, Jeanne C. Maggiore, Stephen Gregory Dame, David A. Followell, Dane Joe Grgas
  • Patent number: 10066385
    Abstract: An insulating strip is disclosed. The insulating strip includes a support layer and an insulating material strip secured to the support layer. The insulating material strip is divided into a first portion and a second portion and the first portion and the second portion are comprised of a same material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Foerg, Manfred Klein, Markus Koegler
  • Patent number: 10011983
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA EXPANDED METAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 9874007
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of satisfaction of vital human needs. A transformable platform, which is intended for creation of installations arranged both horizontally and vertically or slantwise, represents the unidirectionally oriented rod-shaped elements with a flat end face each, located close to each other in the form of cells, which form the flat horizontal platform in the initial position due to the flat end faces located at the same level. Each rod-shaped element is equipped with an individual drive to move linearly and lift the flat end face above the level of the surface of the transformable platform or lower the flat end face below this level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Galina Ivanovna Belykh
  • Patent number: 9765521
    Abstract: The precast reinforced concrete construction elements with pre-stressing connectors provide beam-column connections which are post-tensioned through a combination of active and passive pre-stressing tendons. The active pre-stressing tendons improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the beam-column connections under service loads, as well as during application of external forces and stresses, such as during earthquakes. The passive pre-stressing tendons are lightly pre-stressed and only become effective during progressive collapse of the building. Specifically, the passive pre-stressing tendons become stressed only during downward movement of a joint due to the loss/damage of a column, thus providing resistance against further downward movement of the joint and thereby resisting the progressive collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Husain Abbas, Yousef A. Al-Salloum, Tarek H. Almusallam
  • Patent number: 9759352
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pre-embedded/pre-built-in hole creating apparatus for buildings, including: a pipe casing for a pipe or a pipeline system of the building to pass there through; at least one thermal-expandable foam detachably accommodated within the pipe casing; an inspection annulus detachably joined with the pipe casing; and a slide cover installed onto the pipe casing and secured to the building structure. The at least one thermal-expandable foam in the hole creating apparatus embedded in the building structure can be removed via the detachable structure for inspection and replacement so as to maintain the flame-retardant function of the hole creating apparatus. Said apparatus further includes an annular shielding plate providing functions of airtight and smoke blocking for the through pipes as well as includes an identifying device providing information, tracking and service associated with the apparatus in order to guarantee long term safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Kuan-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 9739052
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 9734654
    Abstract: A pole mounting system can be configured as a center drawn mounting system which allows the user to securely mount and adjust the inner stanchion in various rotational orientations about the vertical axis. The system also allows any electrical wiring or other conduit to be run up inside of the pole. Once the inner stanchion is fastened in place, the outer stanchion fits over top with a first disc on the outer stanchion interlocking with a disc recess on the inner stanchion, thereby preventing the outer stanchion from twisting with respect to the inner stanchion. Once a locking bolt is in place, the parking meter is fastened to the top of the outer stanchion. The present system is tamper resistant because the electrical wiring or conduit and the mounting hardware are not externally accessible once installation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher M. Vogt
  • Patent number: 9679088
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-aided foundation design technique employs variable soil parameters that are dynamically updated based on changes in footing shape, size, and/or embedment depth. The variable soil parameters may include a variable soil bearing capacity. The variable soil bearing capacity may be represented as a series of bearing capacity interaction curves that indicate an allowable bearing capacity for different footing dimensions and embedment depths. As part of the computer-aided foundation design technique, different combinations of footing dimensions and/or embedment depths may be iterated through, and for each iteration, base pressures may be tested against a soil bearing capacity that is specific to that combination of footing dimension and embedment depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Bentley Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Apurba Tribedi
  • Patent number: 9677273
    Abstract: A concrete-filled steel tubular column for high load capacity, usually required in tall buildings, includes an outer longitudinally extending generally vertical tubular shell and an inner longitudinally extending perforated tubular steel shell disposed within said outer longitudinally extending vertical tubular shell and coaxial therewith. Further, a plurality of relatively small diameter vertically extending perforated tubular steel members are disposed around said inner longitudinally extending tubular shell between said outer longitudinally extending tubular steel shell and said inner longitudinally extending steel shell with axes parallel to said coaxial axes. The concrete-filled steel column wherein said inner steel shell is centrally disposed within the outer longitudinally extending vertical tubular steel shell and wherein the volume between the outer steel shell and the inner shell is filled with high strength concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Husain Abbas, Yousef A Al-Salloum, Tarek H Almusallam
  • Patent number: 9663201
    Abstract: A robot for cleaning submersed marine structures is provided. The robot has a drive system for traversing the robot over the submersed structure. The robot further has an attachment system for attaching the robot to the submersed structure. The robot further has a cleaning arrangement for removing biofouling from the submersed structure as the robot is traversed thereover. The robot further has one or more flexible detector strips which contact the submersed structure as the robot is traversed thereover. The strips have a plurality of electrodes and are formed from electroactive polymer material which produces electrical signals in the electrodes on deflection of the strips. The signals are indicative of the surface roughness of the submersed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Alastair Sim, Alexis Lambourne
  • Patent number: 9657494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a tower construction (1) from reinforced concrete. A tower has at least one cavity (35) that extends in the longitudinal direction within the tower. Double-wall elements (2) are arranged along a periphery of the tower, each comprising an external plate (3) as well as an internal plate (4) in vertical or inclined position, forming vertical external joints (5) as well as vertical internal joints (6) between the external plates (3) and the internal plates (4). A reinforcement (9) is installed in the area of the vertical external joints (5) in-between the external plates (3) as well as the vertical internal joints (6) in-between the internal plates (4). The vertical external joints (5) and the vertical internal joints (6) in-between the double-wall elements (2) are closed and the double-wall elements (2) are filled with concrete (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WIEN
    Inventors: Johann Kollegger, Maria Charlotte Schönweger
  • Patent number: 9637914
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 9481998
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 9353514
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for building, maintaining, and/or renovating buildings using reconfigurable, intelligent, and/or communicating components and connectors are provided. These reconfigurable building components and connectors are configured to communicate with each other and with the internal structures and services of a building, using various protocols, for more efficient reconfiguration, management, and maintenance as well as safety. Examples provide a Building Configuration and Management System which provides a set of “smart” components, connectors, and protocols and a Building Control System that connects all internal building structures and services together in ways that allow them to communicate their location, state, and other information to each other and to other entities and to control them, potentially automatically. The BCMS facilitates, among other things, more efficient reconfiguration of these structures and services without demolition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: IVP Holdings III LLC
    Inventors: David Wine, Wei Yang, Agnes Sauvage
  • Patent number: 9342481
    Abstract: A method for health monitoring of a damper associated with a landing gear is described which includes receiving sensor data from a pressure transducer and an accelerometer and optionally a thermal sensor operably mounted on or near the damper, a computer system, and applying, using the computer system, a diagnostic algorithm to the sensor data to induce and predict the health of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin L. Swearingen, Bradley J. Mitchell, Jeanne C. Maggiore, Stephen Gregory Dame, David A. Followell, Dane Joe Grgas
  • Patent number: 9194141
    Abstract: A weather-stripping repair includes a base having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface. The top surface area being greater than the distance between the top surface and bottom surface. A cylindrical peg extends from the bottom surface. A weather strip material extends from the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Melvin Saunders
  • Patent number: 9181466
    Abstract: Microcapsules of the present invention have a core and a wall. The wall is made of a polymer, which by weight is from 40 to 90% C1-C24-alkyl ester of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, or both (“first monomer”); from 10 to 60% an ethylenically unsaturated crosslinker; and from 0 to 30% an ethylenically monounsaturated monomer different from the first monomer. At least 80% of the crosslinker is has three or more ethylenically unsaturated radicals. The core is made of a paraffin composition, which by weight has from 35 to 98% n-octadecane; from 1 to 10% C20-C24-aliphatic, diisopropylnaphthalene, or both; from 1 to 5% wax with a melting point >40° C.; and from 0 to 50% n-hexadecane. The present invention also relates to a process for preparing the microcapsules and to their use in binding construction materials, textiles, and heat transfer liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Tina Schröder-Grimonpont, Hans Willax, Britta Katz, Jutta Brust, Stephan Altmann, Marco Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9168403
    Abstract: Device for a firestop collar, including an anchoring element and an expansion element The anchoring element serves to anchor the device to a substrate, and the expansion element is intended to interact with the firestop collar. The expansion element is made of intumescent material and is arranged between the anchoring element and the firestop collar in such a way that it is in contact with the firestop collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mario Paetow, Rudolf Semler
  • Patent number: 9127454
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 9114870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aircraft window, of the type including a holding frame for securing the window to the fuselage of an aircraft and at least one pane mounted in the holding frame by a sealing system, the at least one pane having an inner surface and an outer surface, characterized in that: the pane includes, in a first state called the rest state, at least one concavity in its outer surface when there is no pressure difference between the outer surface and the inner surface of the pane, and the at least one concavity of the pane is at least partially eradicated in a second state in which there is a pressure difference between the outer surface and the inner surface of the pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Pascal Chaumel, Patrick Lieven, Serge Cassagnes
  • Patent number: 9074447
    Abstract: A method of protecting an integrity of a wellhead includes the steps of affixing a subsea structure to the wellhead, installing a plurality of piles into the subsea floor adjacent the wellhead, extending lines between the subsea structure and the piles, and tensioning the lines such that each of the lines applies tension to the subsea structure. The plurality of lines are secured to an upper portion of the subsea structure. The tensioning mechanism has a tensioning cylinder having a ratchet rod extending therefrom. The ratchet rod is connected to either the line, the pile or the subsea structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: TRENDSETTER ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Brent Cox
  • Patent number: 9056429
    Abstract: Fibers in a fiber reinforced resin laminate are exposed by placing a gel in contact with the resin laminate, forcing the fibers of the resin laminate into the gel, and using the gel to displace the resin surrounding the fibers being forced into the gel. The gel is removed to expose the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: John Henry Moselage, III
  • Publication number: 20150121770
    Abstract: An anchor system comprising an anchor set in a ground surface and a brace attached to a movable section of an irrigation system. The anchor includes a base configured to engage the ground surface so as to secure the anchor in the ground surface, a vertical member extending upwards from the base, and a head attached near the top of the vertical member and spaced from the ground surface when the anchor is secured in the ground surface. The brace is operable to engage the anchor and includes an open-ended central channel for receiving the head therein and an open-ended slot along a bottom side for receiving the vertical member therein. The slot is narrower than the head so as to prevent the head from passing vertically therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Publication number: 20150122474
    Abstract: The invention concerns a window including a window pane with one or more glass panes, a window frame in which the window pane is provided, at least one temperature sensor arranged in or at the periphery of the window pane, and an electric circuit connected to the temperature sensor mounted on or in the window frame. The electric circuit is configured to be connected to an operation unit which is configured to regulate the incident light through the window pane. The invention furthermore concerns a method for controlling a window wherein the electric circuit controls the means configured to regulate the incident light through the window pane based on a set of parameters. The parameters are determined on the basis of the orientation and geographical position of the window whereby the supply of free energy is optimised and the amount of energy supplied from energy sources in the room is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SL HOLDING, KOLDING APS
    Inventor: Lars Petersen
  • Publication number: 20150113883
    Abstract: An air containment system (22) is configured to span an aisle (12) formed by two rows of racks (14,16) or by one row of racks (14) and a wall (56) to form a ceiling. The air containment system (22) includes a frame structure (24) configured to be supported by the two rows of racks (14,16) or by the one row of racks (14) and the wall (56). The air containment system (22) further includes at least one ceiling panel (30) releasably supported by the frame structure (24), and a lock assembly (64) coupled to the frame structure (24) and configured to release the at least one ceiling panel (30) upon detecting a predetermined condition. Embodiments of the air containment system (22) and methods for releasing ceiling panels (30) are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jinhui Wang, Rong Long, Yonghai Du, Qiang Meng, Yujian Fan, Yingrong Huang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 8991115
    Abstract: A solar panel assembly including a solar panel spaced from a surface to create a gap and a barrier movable between an open position and a closed position, the barrier being adapted to inhibit airflow through said gap below said solar panel when in the closed position. The assembly may further include a rack supporting the solar panel and resting on the surface. The barrier may be adapted to move from the open position to the closed position upon detection of conditions indicative of a fire. In this way air flow below the solar panel is permitted during normal operation of the solar panel assembly but is inhibited upon detection of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Co., LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Hubbard, Timothy J. McQuillen
  • Patent number: 8950127
    Abstract: A wind turbine station for generating electricity comprising a multi floor structure having open framing. The open framing comprising at least two spaced-apart, open, vertical frames, the frames each made primarily of uncovered beams and columns. The station has a plurality of vertically spaced, horizontal, interior platforms forming the floors of the structure, each interior platform extending between and joined to both of the frames over the length of the frames. Wind turbines are mounted on the structure about the outer periphery of each platform. The wind turbines face outwardly and are each operatively connected to a generator to produce electricity. In a preferred embodiment, the structure has an annular shape with an outer cylindrical or polygonal prism frame and an inner cylindrical or polygonal prism frame spaced from the outer frame. The interior platforms have a flat, ring shape. The invention includes a method for building the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Haisam Yakoub
  • Patent number: 8931214
    Abstract: A responsive structural element including an elongate member having a first end and second end and defining a cross-section is provided. The structural element further includes a sensor, secured to the elongate member, for detecting at least one pre-selected indicator. Advantageously, the elongate member is responsive to the pre-selected indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Orava Applied Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Ami L. Orava
  • Patent number: 8925267
    Abstract: In a system for stabilizing a wall, especially a masonry wall (10), movement away from the wall of a rigid member (30) is prevented by a thrust rod (70) that is anchored to joists associated with the wall. The thrust rod acts on an unsecured upper end (32) of the rigid member and is adjustably received in a thrust bracket (60) affixed directly or indirectly to the joists. A warning collar (80) placed on the upper end is retained in place by the thrust rod, which normally bears against the upper end through an aperture in the warning collar. If the upper end retreats away from the thrust rod towards the wall by more than a predetermined distance, the warning collar slides down the rigid member, triggering a signal means (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick C. Kirby
  • Patent number: 8919066
    Abstract: An apparatus including an impact surface and a plurality of spaced apart stiffening columns extending from an underside of the flooring plate. The columns remain substantially rigid up to a predetermined critical pressure and then buckle as the pressure increases. The columns are at least partially surrounded by a resilient underlayment. Deflection stops may extend from the flooring plate to prevent over-buckling and/or permanent deformation of the stiffening columns. In some examples, the deflections stops may assist the floor in providing a substantially rigid surface at very high pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: University of Notre Dame du Lac
    Inventor: Timothy C. Ovaert
  • Patent number: 8915022
    Abstract: A system for management of a roof having first and second decks covering an unconditioned space in a building and a peak, the system having a first channel extending from proximate a lower end of the first deck towards the peak and a second channel extending from proximate a lower end of the second deck towards the peak. The system further includes a router positioned proximate the peak, the router enabling air flowing to the peak from the first channel to be selectively routed to one of a plurality of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frank W. Klink, John S. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8910425
    Abstract: A pressure relief device is provided with enhanced fatigue resistance. The pressure relief device may include, inter alia, rupture disks assemblies and explosion panel assemblies. The explosion panel assemblies include a first explosion panel, a second explosion panel, and a non-rigid buffering layer that may be selected for its thermal insulation properties. The buffering layer is interposed between the first and second explosion panels and may be configured to oppose inward flexing of these panels. The buffering layer may force surfaces of the first and second explosion panels to extend outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: BS&B Safety Systems, Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Farwell
  • Patent number: 8893439
    Abstract: A building is provided with a shutter, a stairway, and a handrail. The handrail has a connection member and a connection apparatus. The shutter opens and closes in a horizontal direction. A gap through which the shutter can pass is formed in the stairway. The handrail is provided at the stairway, and includes a handrail main body and a movable member. A gap through which the shutter can pass is formed in the handrail main body, and the movable member closes the gap in the handrail main body. The connection member connects one end portion of the movable member with the handrail main body such that the movable body is turnable relative to the handrail main body. The connection apparatus releasably connects another end portion of the movable member with the handle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Takenaka Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Fujiwara, Osamu Nakagome
  • Patent number: 8887458
    Abstract: A firestopping sleeve positionable usually in walls which is self-adjusting and includes a sleeve defining an access corridor extending longitudinally therewithin with at least one firestopping pad positioned therein. The pad defines an access corridor extending therethrough for receiving wall penetrating cables which are firestopped therearound by the pad. A supplemental construction band is positioned extending around the pad for enhancing firestopping adjacent the penetrating wire for facilitating preventing the flow of heat, smoke or fire therepast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Lopes
  • Patent number: 8881471
    Abstract: A guy wire control method provides a plurality of activation elements, and enables the plurality of activation elements to be coupled with at least a portion of a guy wire. The method activates at least one of the plurality of activation elements to assist the guy wire in at least one capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Theobald
  • Patent number: 8875613
    Abstract: A removable inspection panel for use with a projectile containment assembly in a shoot house or on a firing range where the firing of live ammunition is carried out is provided. The inspection panel is removably attached to a supporting structure between the supporting structure and a projectile containment assembly. The inspection panel is removable from the top of the supporting structure, for example, for periodic inspection of the condition of the inspection panel. Any detectable damage to the surface of the inspection panel facing the projectile containment assembly indicates immanent failure of the projectile containment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kerry O'Neal
  • Patent number: 8869475
    Abstract: A firestopping sleeve positionable usually in walls which is self-adjusting and includes a sleeve defining an access corridor extending longitudinally therewithin with at least one firestopping pad positioned therein. The pad defines an access corridor extending therethrough for receiving wall penetrating cables which are firestopped therearound by the pad. A supplemental construction band is positioned extending around the pad for enhancing firestopping adjacent the penetrating wire for facilitating preventing the flow of heat, smoke or fire therepast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Lopes
  • Patent number: 8869460
    Abstract: Deployable units and systems made of deployable units are described. The units have a retractable brace transitioning from a retracted condition to a deployed condition through a gravity driven movement, a latching arrangement contacting the brace and keeping the brace in position when the brace is in the deployed condition, and a guiding arrangement to guide the movement of the brace. The systems comprise plural deployable units to be arranged in a building structure, each unit to be located in a respective bay per story space of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Swaminathan Krishnan, Sergio Pellegrino, Thomas H. Heaton
  • Patent number: 8863471
    Abstract: A method and a device serve for the installation of a false floor above a bare floor include false-floor supports that are placed in a regular grid pattern on the bare floor, on which floor panels are arranged alongside one another in rows. Mounting positions are determined for the false-floor supports and the false-floor supports to be installed are correspondingly positioned. Furthermore, a mounting plane lying at a mounting height is at least partially determined preferably by using laser devices. The false-floor supports to be installed are then positioned relative to the mounting plane. Pedestals, which are composed of solidifying pedestal material that is binding to the bare floor and which project beyond the mounting plane, are provided at the mounting positions before, during or after the positioning of the false-floor supports. The false-floor supports are then held each in the respective pedestal until the latter has solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Zurecon AG
    Inventor: Gerd Pfluger
  • Patent number: 8863440
    Abstract: A force resistant panel system is provided where a window pane is bordered by a sash and magnetically attracted to an exterior flange. The exterior flange is attached to an opening in a wall, facing outward. An interior flange with a channel is attached to the inside and facing inward. The exterior flange and interior flange combine to form a channel for which the window pane can travel in the event of a blast. Decorative trim snaps into a groove on the interior flange and generates static outward pressure against the sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Therm-O-Lite, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Champlin
  • Patent number: 8851423
    Abstract: An improved vibration damping apparatus is provided for use with window structures, including windows used in vehicles, aircraft, and spacecraft. The vibration damping system includes at least two separate layers of solid material that are typically substantially clear at visible wavelengths, in which the two layers are spaced-apart by a predetermined distance to form a space or gap therebetween. This gap will be of a size and shape to enhance vibration damping when it is filled with a gaseous compound, such as air. The air-film vibration damping system created by the above structure can be applied to an external pane of a window structure, or to the interior pane of a window structure, or perhaps to both an exterior pane and an interior pane of the same window structure, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Damping Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Lewis, Michael L. Parin
  • Patent number: 8844205
    Abstract: A passive damper for earthquake hazard reduction includes an inner member received in an outer member, with an elastomeric material disposed in the gaps between the inner and outer member. The elastomeric material has at least a first and a second portion. The first portion is bonded or connected to both the inner member and outer member such that no slippage occurs between the members and the material. The second portion is not bonded or connected to at least one of the inner and outer members such that slippage may occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: The Penn State Research Foundation, Lehigh University
    Inventors: Robert J. Michael, Shannon K. Sweeney, Ernest B. Ferro, Richard Sause, Jr., James M. Ricles, Akbar Mahvashmohammadi, Jeffrey A. Ferro
  • Publication number: 20140259965
    Abstract: System and means soil stabilization and moisture control for building foundations including methods and systems for stabilization moisture in a site for building foundation by applying soil moisture stabilization material in various forms, a preferred stabilization material being a mixture of pozzolan and granular material such as sand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bassam Marawi, Omar Besim Hakim
  • Publication number: 20140259964
    Abstract: The present invention provides an insulation panel used to form part of an exterior element of a buildings envelope for thermal insulation, ventilation, heating and cooling purpose having an internal duct that provides heat exchange between counter flowing waste and fresh air streams, oriented through the panel to minimise undesirable heat transfer. Ventilation air enters beneath the eaves, waste air exits beneath the ridge passing the coil of a reversible heat pump. The paired coil inside the building in the upper roof space within the fresh air stream is used for heating or cooling the building. Ducted waste air, leaving the building at this same position, can be supplied with a water mist before entering the heat exchanger to provide further indirect evaporative cooling of the incoming air stream. The waste air is also used to cool solar panels when fitted to the roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Frank Rickie