Load-bearing, Prefabricated, Abutting Units With Aligned Utility Passages Patents (Class 52/220.2)
  • Patent number: 10662649
    Abstract: A construction element includes at least one module with a rectangular parallelepiped shape, hollow and made of a composite material. The module is delimited by an enclosure with four panels, two first opposing parallel panels and two second panels perpendicular to the first panels. The second panels include at least one groove parallel to the first panels. Each second panel is extended on one side by an L-shaped profile and on the other side by a flat profile. The profiles are elements protruding outwards, parallel to the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: L. DESTOUCHES
    Inventor: Laurent Destouches
  • Patent number: 10443235
    Abstract: A curtain wall renovation system for an exterior of a building includes a plurality of new mullions attached to a top surface of a first floor slab of a first floor and extending downwardly external to the building and below an outer edge of the first floor slab, and a temporary weather shield system assembled in a second floor below the first floor and inset from an outer edge of a second floor slab. The temporary weather shield system includes a plurality of dry anchoring devices fastened to a top surface of the second floor slab, a plurality of temporary mullions supported on the top surface of the second floor slab and each including a bottom and a top, and a plurality of reusable panels, each reusable panel being secured to two laterally adjacent temporary mullions of the plurality of temporary mullions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond M. L. Ting
  • Patent number: 10256011
    Abstract: A wire harness assembly system is disclosed. The wire harness assembly system includes a grid tile designed to receive repositionable accessories to route wires along the grid tile. The grid tile includes a plurality of keyed holes extending from the top of the grid tile, through the grid tile, to the bottom of the grid tile. The grid tile also includes a locking surface on the bottom of the grid tile. The locking surface complements the plurality of keyed holes to receive the repositionable accessory and to maintain the repositionable accessory in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Rodney G. Rouleau, Janina B. Nebes, Robert W. Kossak
  • Patent number: 10196809
    Abstract: The invention is a modular building component with rod-based dimensions. The modular building component comprises a prismatic box structure. A number of the prismatic box structures are placed side by side horizontally to create a ceiling and a floor with rod-based dimensions. The ceiling and the floor function as components of a building with rod-based dimensions. The building may also have walls that are also prismatic box structures with rod-based dimensions. Two or more of the buildings can be placed side by side to fill equal portions of an entire width of a perfect-acre lot. The buildings that fill an entire perfect-acre lot lead to a sustainable community design, given that no space is wasted. The rod-based building components are properly dimensioned for quickly assembling these optimally sustainable buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Benjamin Jensen, David Lundgreen, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 9985363
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to electrical connectors that exhibit low passive intermodulation. A conductive shielding layer of a coaxial cable can be coupled to a ground plane. The ground plane can include an extruded hole that includes a side wall that is integrally formed with the body of the ground plane. The conductive shielding layer can be soldered to the inside surface of the side wall of the extruded hole in the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Venti Group, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 9518388
    Abstract: Construction method for producing beam and slab made of compound concrete containing demolished concrete blocks, comprises that a conventional profiled rebars are made to upper and lower L-shaped stirrups, wherein lower profiled rebar mesh are fixed up firstly, in which coarsely-crushed concrete blocks or segments are placed, then upper profiled rebar mesh are assembled on it together to form a rebar cage, and fresh concrete is poured into the mould fully. A connection portion between the upper and lower L-shaped stirrups is located around ? heights of the lower L-shaped stirrup. A cold rolled rebar mesh is applied to a top rebar mesh of slab; when the bottom rebars of the slab are assembled, coarsely-crushed concrete blocks will be dosed, then the cold rolled rebar mesh will be lifted above the coarsely-crushed concrete blocks for mounting. Finally, fresh concrete is poured into the rebar cage for producing abeam and a space between top rebar mesh and bottom rebars for producing a slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: GUANGZHOU CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING CO., LTD., SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Long Wang, Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9431798
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are described for a monolithic, pre-wired, pre-engineered, and pre-assembled integrated platform for a critical power supply and electrical distribution system that is scalable and modular. The skeletal framework of the integrated platform acts as an equipment support structure and includes an upper superstructure and a lower superstructure. Two or more cabinet enclosures are mounted onto the lower superstructure where their weight is supported by the skeletal framework. One or more National Electric Code approved (NEC-approved) electrical cable routing support systems are mounted onto the upper superstructure. The skeletal framework also includes one or more vertical columns that are connected between the upper superstructure and the lower superstructure. The skeletal framework and the cabinet enclosures are fabricated in place as a monolithic, pre-wired, pre-engineered, and pre-assembled integrated platform prior to being installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Rosendin Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew John Englert, John Manual Loera, Michael Groh
  • Patent number: 9303899
    Abstract: A solar energy-powered heating and cooling system for buildings, including solar energy tiles attached to a roof or an outside surface of walls of a building, an energy collector used to concentrate energy collected by the solar energy tiles, an energy converter activating solar energy into another form of energy, supply pipes hidden inside cavity floor and/or hollow walls and containing a flow medium, and an intelligent control unit. The solar energy collected by the solar energy tiles is brought to the energy collector and then converted via the energy converter. The energy is instilled into the flow medium that is subsequently transferred to the cavity floor and/or hollow walls via the supply pipes so as to either heat up or cool down the building. The process is controlled by the intelligent control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Liming Fu
  • Patent number: 9038324
    Abstract: An elevated building surface assembly including a plurality of surface tiles, a plurality of support pedestals disposed in spaced-apart relation on a fixed surface and having a support plate with a top surface operatively supporting the surface tiles in horizontally spaced-apart relation, and a plurality of elongate restraining members configured to restrict movement of the surface tile(s) in directions away from first and second adjacent support pedestals and/or relative to one or more adjacent surface tiles to advantageously limit movement or displacement of the surface tile(s) that may otherwise occur due to uplift forces (e.g., generated by winds and/or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Kugler, Stephen J. Knight, III
  • Publication number: 20150113892
    Abstract: A modular building system for constructing a multi-story building includes prefabricated modular units. Each modular unit includes a horizontal slab for forming a floor/ceiling of the building, a joist extending horizontally along a first edge of the slab, the joist extending below the slab and extending horizontally beyond the first edge of the slab to form a receiving lip, columns positioned on top of the slab along the first edge, and connectors installed in cavities formed in the unit. A floor of the multi-story building is formed by arranging the modular units so that the slab of a first modular unit is positioned on the receiving lip of a second modular unit. An additional floor of the multi-story building is formed by arranging the modular units so that the joist portion of an upper modular unit is positioned on the columns of a lower modular unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Barnet L. LIBERMAN
  • Patent number: 9016023
    Abstract: Column assemblies for work environments that support the acoustical, lighting, and cabling needs for the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fry Reglet Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Timko, Richard Stonis
  • Patent number: 9010054
    Abstract: A structural insulated panel is composed of a structural member in a corrugated form and a cohering, insulating filler material. The structural member has a plurality of front surfaces spaced laterally apart from each other and a plurality of back surfaces spaced laterally apart from each other and spaced apart in depth from the front surfaces. The structural member has a plurality of chord panels which span between corresponding edges of respective pairs of the front surfaces and the back surfaces. Chase channels are formed between adjacent pairs of the cord panels and one of the front surfaces or one of the back surfaces. Each chord panel defines a plurality of apertures. The filler material fills the chase channels, binds to the front surfaces, back surfaces, and chord panels, and extends through the apertures in each of the cord panels to structurally connect the filler material in adjacent chase channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Biosips, Inc.
    Inventors: Julee Ann Herdt, Kellen Scott Schauermann
  • Patent number: 8978325
    Abstract: An insulating panel to be used in a panelized insulation system for insulating and finishing walls, including basement walls has a foam core made of inorganic materials. The system incorporates a capillary break, an integrated water drainage system and an electrical wire chase system within an insulating wall panel. Vertical slots are provided for insertion of metal studs for use in attaching the interior finish panel, such as inorganic fiber cement board with a vinyl laminate finish, onto the insulating panels. Embedding metal studs in the panel core reduces the sound transmission though the panel and eliminates thermal bridging between warm and cold surfaces. Steps on the edges and the top/bottom surfaces of the insulating panel allow more panels to join together with shiplap joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: David L. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8915040
    Abstract: A temporary plastic barrier section includes a plastic shell having first and second plastic connection portions integrally formed on opposite ends thereof; and a rigid straight elongate member, wherein the rigid straight elongate member lies substantially adjacent to at least a portion of each of the first and second connection portions, and wherein the rigid straight elongate member includes connection points at the distal ends thereof which are configured to align substantially with the first and second connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Valmont Highway Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dallas Rex James
  • Patent number: 8887466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for constructing walls using blocks equipped with coupling means, comprising blocks having: ridges that fit into grooves, bases that fit into channels, cavities for the flow of adhesive, notches in which ducts for installations are located, perforations for reinforcing the wall with post-tensioned cable or rebar, provisions for building frames for doors or windows, and tunnels for housing piers, among other elements, which together allow a wall to be constructed without skilled labor, saving materials and reducing construction time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Arturo Ramon Alvarez Moysen
  • Patent number: 8881475
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for strengthening floor structures and for organizing utility conduits. The apparatus includes a rectangular shaped web having first and second opposing sides. The web bridges between two adjacent floor joists and is perpendicular to the adjacent floor joists. A beam is located a predetermined distance from the first side and is parallel to the first side. The beam and the first side form a pocket for receiving a portion of a floor joist. A channel is formed in the second side for receiving a beam from another substantially identical web so that the two webs may be interlocked. The web includes a central portion having a plurality of openings therein for receiving elongated utility conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond J. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140318053
    Abstract: Provided is a structure of a prefabricated wall frame for construction and a ceiling frame. The prefabricated wall frame for construction includes a wall main frame, interior and exterior panels, and panel spacing bars. The wall main frame has a certain length in a longitudinal direction and includes square pipe fixing plates facing each other, lattice trusses separated at a certain distance and coupled between the square pipe fixing plates, panel fixing pins coupled in a longitudinal direction on the outer side of the square pipe fixing plates, coupling members coupling the panel fixing pins to the square pipe fixing plates, truss fixing bars coupling the lattice trusses in a traverse direction, and plumbing pipes coupling the lattice trusses and the truss fixing bars in a longitudinal direction. The interior and exterior panels and panel spacing bars are attached on the outer side of the wall main frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Yong Do SONG
  • Patent number: 8857116
    Abstract: A prefabricated insulation wall panel for construction of a wall includes two elongated studs, each having a planar web section and inner and outer flanges, one or more insulation boards vertically disposed between the two studs, and one or more reinforcing mesh fastened to the flanges of the elongated studs on inner, outer or both sides of the wall panel. The reinforcing mesh has a preformed overhang section extending laterally beyond the elongated stud. The web section includes multiple through-holes spaced apart vertically, closer to the inner flange than to the outer flange. The insulation board is thinner than the width of the wed section, disposed with its inner surface against inner flanges of the studs and two side edges covering the through-holes on the web section of the stud, thus establishing a distance between the outer surface of the insulation board and the outer flanges of the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jose L. Henriquez
  • Patent number: 8844221
    Abstract: An arrangement for a laboratory room that is confined by a floor, a ceiling and walls connecting the floor with the ceiling, the arrangement comprises: a main base suspended on the floor; a tool base arranged on the main base; a platform arranged around the tool base, wherein the platform is permeable for air, and the platform is suspended at the walls; an air inlet arranged below the platform; an air outlet arranged above the tool base; and air guides for directing an air flow upwards at least partially parallel to the main base and/or the tool base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Urs T. Duerig, Bernd W. Gotsmann, Emanuel Loertscher, Daniel Widmer
  • Publication number: 20140283470
    Abstract: An assembly of prefabricated wall and junction units that can be assembled to provide utilities such as water, power, communications and sewer to a plurality of different living spaces. The prefabricated units are uniform and can be assembled together in a rapid fashion to facilitate building of a temporary or permanent living space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Jayco Industries
    Inventors: Fredrick A. Kuhn, John T. Jeffs, Charles Dean Bledsoe
  • Patent number: 8816528
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and one or more transportable housings configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device are disposed remotely from the housing when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8806833
    Abstract: A structural reinforcing panel system for reinforcing a structure against lateral or shear and uplift loads. The system includes a structural reinforcing panel which is installed between the studs in a wall of the structure. The panel is connected to the foundation of the structure and the sill or header. Two or more panels may be connected together at a corner, within a wall, ceiling or floor. The roof rafters of the structure may be attached to a top plate bracket mounted to the sill plate, which may also be connected to one or more structural reinforcing panels, provides uplift load support for the structure. Movable reinforcing panels may be used to barricade openings in the building structure such as windows. For structures built on piers, a pier mount bracket provides a linkage to one or more structural reinforcing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: George A. Lafferty, III, Ronald E. Lafferty, David C. Mascal
  • Patent number: 8800218
    Abstract: An insulating construction panel having a top end, a bottom end, a first end, a second end, a front side and a rear side, the panel for constructing a single or multi-cavity concrete form. The panel includes regularly spaced coplanar passages extending through the panel from the top end toward the bottom end and at least one angular passage perpendicularly intersecting each coplanar passage at the top end and bottom end of the panel and extending toward and through at least a portion of the back end of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Edward Robak
  • Patent number: 8800221
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vertical or a sloped glazing system that facilitates wire routing from electrically producing or consumptive glazing materials such as solar PV panels or electrochromic glass. The glazing system includes vertical and horizontal framing members, each with enclosed cavities and outward facing gutters. The vertical framing member gutter is deeper than the horizontal framing member gutter, creating an offset between the enclosed cavities such that a portion of the vertical wall of the vertical framing member gutter aligns with the enclosed cavity of the horizontal framing member. Electrical wire can be routed from the vertical framing member gutter into the horizontal framing member enclosed cavity through a wire-receiving aperture in the vertical frame member gutter wall portion that is aligned with the horizontal framing member enclosed cavity. This arrangement allows wiring between the outside and inside building environment while minimizing the possibility of water infiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Header
  • Publication number: 20140196389
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method with which cabling can be arranged invisibly in an indoor space in rapid and simple manner. This method comprises the steps of placing a non-load-bearing partition wall which has a cavity and which is provided on its underside with a recess which extends over the whole length thereof and which is at least partially open on its upper side and communicates with the cavity, and placing the laid cabling laterally into the recess. The method further comprises of arranging at least one take-off point in the partition wall, leading a take-off cable from the take-off point through the cavity in the partition wall to the recess, and connecting the take-off cable to the cabling in the recess. In the case of walls provided with studs or other connecting elements, these can, at the position of the recess, be replaced by or strengthened with strengthening elements leaving the recess at least partially clear. Different embodiments of these strengthening elements can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Iinfill Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Age Van Randen
  • Patent number: 8763414
    Abstract: A data center cooling system includes a floor structure defining a below-floor warm-air plenum and an above-floor cool air plenum, a plurality of above-floor computer assemblies arranged to exhaust warmed air into the warm-air plenum, and one or more fan-coil arrangements to draw air from the warm-air plenum, cool the air, and provide the air to the cool air plenum. The volume of the above-floor cool air plenum and the below-floor warm air plenum may both be substantial so as to minimize changes in temperature from the failure of components in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew B. Carlson, Jimmy Clidaras, William Hamburgen
  • Patent number: 8752346
    Abstract: A panel having a surface for supporting heat transfer tubing and at least one edge for mating and interlocking with an adjacent panel, improves versatility in leading the tubing upon the supporting surface in a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Todd Shaw, Frank Bilotta
  • Patent number: 8739484
    Abstract: Roof panels and roof panel assemblies, comprising roof panels and ridge beams, assemblies are disclosed for use in building construction. The roof panels and ridge beams comprise components formed of composite materials, and certain aspects of the invention include designs that provide for the absorption of solar heat and the promotion of hot air flow within the roof to heat the interior building or generate electricity, among other attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: James P. Antonic
  • Patent number: 8707631
    Abstract: A modular housing system, also known as “Maisons Demontables” may utilize a plurality of lightweight composite construction panels to create modular housing units that have high degrees of resistance to environmental factors like wind, hurricanes, floods and so forth. The housing units may have a very high thermal insulating rating. The panels may comprise expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels to create a bent which is a plurality of panels that are hinged to one another so that they can be compressed for shipping, and expanded or unfolded to be used as part of a housing unit. The panels may be mated together to form a section of a housing unit such as a wall. The housing unit may be easily assembled or disassembled using basic tools. A hinge technique is provided for joining the panels together to form the bents, and may include a tensioning system to bind multiple panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Scouten
  • Patent number: 8681479
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are described for a pre-wired and pre-engineered integrated platform for power supply and distribution that is pre-assembled, scalable, and modular. The skeletal framework of the integrated platform acts as an equipment support structure as well as a cable routing support system. A set of cables having wiring is routed along the skeletal framework of the integrated platform and goes to two or more cabinet enclosures mounted onto the skeletal framework. The skeletal framework acts as a National Electric Code approved raceway system to support and route the set of cables to the electrical equipment in the mounted cabinet enclosures. The integrated platform supports the weight of the one or more cabinet enclosures mounted onto the skeletal framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rosendin Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew John Englert, Jeffrey David Rose, John Manual Loera
  • Publication number: 20140069035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pre-manufactured utility walls that may be readily adapted for use in multi-story building construction. The present invention efficiently and conveniently consolidates utility components typically found in residential, institutional and/or commercial settings into a pre-manufactured, preassembled and, optionally, pre-bundled component at a site other than the building site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Arlan Collins, Mark Woerman
  • Patent number: 8635820
    Abstract: A structural reinforcing panel system for reinforcing a structure against lateral or shear and uplift loads. The system includes a structural reinforcing panel which is installed between the studs in a wall of the structure. The panel is connected to the foundation of the structure and the sill or header. Two or more panels may be connected together at a corner, within a wall, ceiling or floor. The roof rafters of the structure may be attached to a top plate bracket mounted to the sill plate, which may also be connected to one or more structural reinforcing panels, provides uplift load support for the structure. For structures built on piers, a pier mount bracket provides a linkage to one or more structural reinforcing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: George A. Lafferty, III, Ronald E. Lafferty, David C. Mascal
  • Patent number: 8627609
    Abstract: A mounting system for securing a light fixture to a wall includes a mounting device having a flat plate with a leading edge, a trailing edge, and top and bottom planar surfaces extending between the leading and trailing edges. An elongated slot is formed in the flat plate and extends along the leading edge of the flat plate. The mounting device has a storage compartment underlying the flat plate for defining an enclosed area extending between the leading and trailing edges of the flat plate. The mounting system includes a conduit adapter coupled with the storage compartment. The conduit adapter has at least opening aligned with the rear opening of the storage compartment for providing access to the enclosed area of the storage compartment. A conduit, adapted to receive electrical wiring, is coupled with the at least one opening. Electrical wiring is passed through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: David M. Beausolell
  • Publication number: 20140007529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for constructing walls using blocks equipped with coupling means, comprising blocks having: ridges that fit into grooves, bases that fit into channels, cavities for the flow of adhesive, notches in which ducts for installations are located, perforations for reinforcing the wall with post-tensioned cable or rebar, provisions for building frames for doors or windows, and tunnels for housing piers, among other elements, which together allow a wall to be constructed without skilled labor, saving materials and reducing construction time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Arturo Ramon Alvarez Moysen
  • Patent number: 8615945
    Abstract: A multi-plenum structural panel comprising a top sheet, a middle sheet, and a bottom sheet, all three sheets being parallel in plane; a first plurality of spacing structural elements, fixedly attaching the top sheet to the middle sheet, and a second plurality of spacing structural elements fixedly attaching the middle sheet to the bottom sheet, such that the yield strength of the combined panel is greater than the combined individual yield strengths of the top, the middle, and the bottom sheets; an upper plenum defined by a spacing between the top sheet and the middle sheet; a lower plenum defined by a spacing between the middle sheet and the bottom sheet; a plurality of unobstructed pathways are created in each plenum for air to move from at least one edge of the panel to at least one of an opposite and an adjacent edge of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: James Walker
  • Publication number: 20130340364
    Abstract: A floor panel for a floor of a passenger cabin of a mobile platform is provided, which comprises a base body with an integrated cable channel and a cover element covering the cable channel. The base body is realized in the form of a sandwich component including two honeycomb structures, between which the cable channel is arranged. The cover element is firmly attached to the base body, thereby creating a self-supporting floor panel. Since the cover element is firmly attached to the base body, the thickness and weight of the base body may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jan Haselmeier, Michael Bahs
  • Publication number: 20130333310
    Abstract: Structure, such as a roof or a wall, comprising a plurality of modular panels (11). Each modular panel (11) has a shell (13) and a filling element (14) coupled with each other and defining at least a compartment (24, 25) for the disposition of a heat-carrying fluid and/or of fluidic and electric connection cables. Connection means are provided between one modular panel (11) and one or more adjacent modular panels (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Mario Damo
  • Patent number: 8595995
    Abstract: An unitized curtain wall unit houses energy conversion devices (such as photovoltaic modules), and includes integrated raceways/wireways for routing signal and power cables within a building façade or exterior shell structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Architectural Glass and Aluminum Corporation, Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Brescia
  • Patent number: 8581103
    Abstract: A ridge structural part made of laminated composite material incorporates electrically conducting cables, the structural part includes at least two structural layers including fibers held in place by a thermosetting or thermoplastic matrix, at least one conducting network layer located between two of the at least two structural layer, the at least one conducting network layer including a network of electrically conducting cables, said electrically conducting cables being arranged throughout said structural part in a substantially regular manner and being electrically insulated from said two structural layers by a dielectric material. The structural part also includes electrical connections, to which electrically conducting cables of the at least one network layer are electrically connected so as to form an electrical network by assembling several structural parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company Eads France
    Inventor: Jesus Aspas Puertolas
  • Patent number: 8555585
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for constructing pre-insulated structural panels is disclosed that has a tongue and groove assembly arrangement. Each panel may include one or more c-channels or profiles embedded in expandable polystyrene (EPS) foam to provide structural integrity to the panels, and resulting wall. The panels may be covered with siding, stucco, or similar materials. A chase may be formed horizontally in the panels to provide a wiring conduit through the panel. The panel may also provide when assembled, a vertical chase formed between the mated panels along the length of the panel for wiring. Acoustical properties may be formed in the surface of the EPS portions to provided added acoustical damping measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: RADVA Corporation
    Inventor: Luther I. Dickens
  • Patent number: 8516762
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a concrete floor includes at least two joist assemblies. Each joist assembly includes a male frame member and a female frame member. A plurality of top joist clips retain a top of the male frame member against the female frame member and a plurality of bottom joist clips retain a bottom of the male frame against the female frame member. A plurality of bottom and top straps are used to retain a distance between two adjacent joist assemblies. A cross brace is used to retain a distance between two adjacent joist assemblies. A deck panel is retained and supported between two adjacent joist assemblies. Concrete is poured over a top of the deck panel to form a composite floor system. An exterior insulating finishing system is attached to the concrete, while it is still wet to form a composite wall system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Lightweight Structures LLC
    Inventor: James F. Jendusa
  • Patent number: 8499527
    Abstract: The present invention provides a building construction method and a room module which can realize reduction in a construction period in addition to reduction in an on-site working amount by further enlarging a room modularization range. The present invention uses four column members which are vertically provided at inner corners of four room modules adjacent to one another as a frame column of the building when a plurality of room modules are installed in a grid pattern on a floor surface of the building. Specifically, the present invention uses the column member of an angular steel pipe, which the room module has, as the frame column of the building. Thereby, on a construction site, it is not necessary to construct the frame column in advance, and the frame column can be constructed by using the column members of the room module while the room module is installed on the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kobayashi, Mikio Ishiyama, Naritoshi Idebashi, Shigemi Yasuda, Kiyofusa Shiihashi, Yoshio Serizawa
  • Patent number: 8468760
    Abstract: Blast-resistant foundations are presented that can be used to support a tower, a building, a building supporting a tower, and a tower supporting a building. These foundations can be transported to an installation site and rapidly deployed. They are comprised of one or more precast foundation blocks that do not penetrate the ground beneath them, do not require adjacent foundation blocks to be bound to one-another at their sides with interconnecting steel, and do not require the buildings and/or towers they support to use guy-wires. They can include protected cavities that contain utility equipment and supplies, and they can include conduits from these cavities that can be extended upward through one or more legs of a tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc
    Inventor: Roger Allen Nolte
  • Patent number: 8453399
    Abstract: A roof batten integrally-formed of plastic with spaced, generally parallel upper and lower surfaces and a series of struts connecting the upper and lower surfaces, to form chambers permitting the fluid passage from the back edge to the front edge of the batten when it is affixed generally horizontally along a roof surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Battens Plus, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted F. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8453398
    Abstract: A support system is provided and includes first and second raised floor tiles, a ramp and sheeting. The ramp includes first and second edges and is disposable with the first edge adjacent to the first raised floor tile and the second edge adjacent to the second raised floor tile. The ramp has a substantially similar thickness as the first raised floor tile at the first edge and a different thickness from the second raised floor tile at the second edge. The sheeting is disposable on the second raised floor tile to abut the second edge of the ramp and has a thickness such that a combined thickness of the sheeting and the second raised floor tile is substantially similar to the thickness of the ramp at the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Atkins, Eric J. McKeever, Edward J. Seminaro
  • Patent number: 8443573
    Abstract: Blast-resistant foundations are presented that can be used to support a tower, a building, a building supporting a tower, and a tower supporting a building. These foundations can be transported to an installation site and rapidly deployed. They are comprised of one or more precast foundation blocks that do not penetrate the ground beneath them, do not require adjacent foundation blocks to be bound to one-another at their sides with interconnecting steel, and do not require the buildings and/or towers they support to use guy-wires. They can include protected cavities that contain utility equipment and supplies, and they can include conduits from these cavities that can be extended upward through one or more legs of a tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Allen Nolte
  • Patent number: 8429867
    Abstract: A wall block includes two finished wall material layers attached to a frame where the tops of the wall blocks are configured to support other wall blocks. Exterior wall blocks for constructing exterior walls include an interior wall material layer and an exterior wall material layer. Interior wall blocks include interior wall material layers on both vertical sides of the frame. Walls are formed by stacking and gluing the prefabricated wall blocks and vertically aligning the wall blocks in an offset or in a vertical configuration to form a stack bond, running bond, or offset running bond wall configuration. The interior wall material layers and exterior wall material layers do not require further finishing after a wall is assembled thereby greatly reducing labor costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Supreme Wall Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130097946
    Abstract: A structural reinforcing panel system for reinforcing a structure against lateral or shear and uplift loads. The system includes a structural reinforcing panel which is installed between the studs in a wall of the structure. The panel is connected to the foundation of the structure and the sill or header. Two or more panels may be connected together at a corner, within a wall, ceiling or floor. The roof rafters of the structure may be attached to a top plate bracket mounted to the sill plate, which may also be connected to one or more structural reinforcing panels, provides uplift load support for the structure. For structures built on piers, a pier mount bracket provides a linkage to one or more structural reinforcing panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: George A. Lafferty, III, Ronald E. Lafferty, David C. Mascal
  • Patent number: 8376290
    Abstract: An interconnecting alignment and support system for supporting and maintaining alignment of at least one conduit or pipe is disclosed. The system may be used, for example, during a concrete pour operation or other construction operation. The system comprises a base spacer and, optionally, one or more of an intermediate spacer and/or another base spacer. The base spacer is constructed to be capable of interlocking with another spacer on each side and the top. The intermediate spacer is constructed to be capable of interlocking with another spacer on each side and both the top and bottom. The interlocks on the spacers may be releasably latched when fully interlocked. By interlocking the spacers, a matrix structure for aligning and supporting conduit or pipe may be created. The base spacer is attachable to a surface, so that the alignment and support system may be fixed in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cantex, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Tollefson
  • Patent number: 8371526
    Abstract: An aircraft heated floor panel (10) comprising a heat-generating layer (20) including an electric heater (52) having current supply lines (54) and a controller (60) which controls the current supplied to the heater (52) via the supply lines (54) to thereby control the heat generated by the layer (20). The controller (60) is integrated into the floor panel (10) whereby the panel has a stand-alone control system which need only be connected to the on-board power source of the aircraft, but can be connected to a main controller for networking or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Jon D. Shearer, Nathan Pisarski