Facers; E.g., Modules, Mutually Bonded By Internal Settable Material Section Patents (Class 52/415)
  • Patent number: 10640988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lamella front surface system (1), comprising at least one lamella (2), at least two metal mounting elements (3) each having a mounting axis, configured to be attached to a support (4), e.g. the face of a building, each of the metal mounting elements comprising mounting side (6) abutting the face in its mounted position, an interfacing side (7) arranged opposite the mounting side, the interfacing side comprising attachment means (8), wherein the lamella front surface system further comprises a fixation element (5) having a longitudinal extension (FA) and having a body (9) having a first side (10) comprising interfacing means (12, 13) configured to be connected with the attachment means, and a second side (11) configured to support the lamella in a position which is substantially perpendicular to the mounting axis of the metal mounting elements, and wherein the lamella is made from a non-metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NORDISK PROFIL A/S
    Inventor: John Bitsch
  • Patent number: 9784004
    Abstract: A method of anchoring surface mounted strengthening systems to a structural member being repaired/strengthened or connecting the surface mounted strengthening systems to adjacent structural members to provide force-transfer or terminating a surface-mounted strengthening system includes drilling a hole in an existing structural member and inserting a portion of a fiber-reinforced anchor or connector into the hole in the existing structural member. The anchor or connector includes a bundle of fibers/rovings, and the portion includes rovings encapsulated in a pre-cured adhesive to form a reinforced portion having a desired cross-sectional size and shape to be received by the hole. The method further includes splaying free ends of the fibers/rovings at an end of the anchor and adhering the splayed ends of the fibers/rovings onto the surface-mounted strengthening system of the strengthened member or onto adjacent members with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KULSTOFF COMPOSITE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy R. Ervin, Christopher R. Lewis, Ravindra V. Kanitkar
  • Patent number: 9291307
    Abstract: A sealed and insulating tank, notably for liquefied natural gas, includes, a supporting wall with anchor members disposed in a repeated pattern, a sealing barrier in contact with a product contained in the tank and a thermal insulation barrier disposed between the sealing barrier and the supporting wall, the thermal insulation barrier including a plurality of insulating panels disposed in the repeated pattern, each insulating panel being fixed to the supporting wall by an adhesive disposed on a lower surface of the insulating panel and one or more anchor members of the supporting wall each cooperating with a hole passing through the insulating panel. The number of anchor members per insulating panel is in the range 1 to 6, preferably 2 to 3. A method of fixing insulating panels employs a clamping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GAZTRANSPORT ET TECHNIGAZ
    Inventor: James Gazeau
  • Patent number: 8950156
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a form assembly is provided with a form member facing an existing wall, to which sheathing panels are attached. The cavity created between the sheathing panels and the existing wall can be filled with a foamable, adhesive material which adheres to the sheathing panels and the existing wall and creates an adhesive connection between them. In some embodiments, the form assembly is vertically adjustable to facilitate the installation of multiple rows of sheathing panels. In some embodiments, the foamable, adhesive material is introduced in successive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald G. Vandehey
  • Patent number: 8728609
    Abstract: A roof tile having a mesh covered foam core with a cement-based protective coating, a roof covering formed from such tiles and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Carlos Torres, Wilber Dale McIntire
  • Patent number: 8707645
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using foam forms for poured concrete roof and floor decks for on-site concrete structural joists is shown that may be integrated into the concrete deck formed by the forms or otherwise used as structural supports. Greater joist strength results from providing a communication channel in the forms between an opening in C channel metal studs used in such panel forms and a space between piers that forms the main concrete beam portion of a finished concrete structural joist. By providing such flow of concrete, when the joist is completed, the concrete structural joint is stronger because the concrete is disposed inside of the C channel studs and continuously between the inside of the C channel studs and the main concrete beam portion. The concrete thereby interlocks the C channels to the main concrete portion of beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick E Boeshart
  • Patent number: 8712002
    Abstract: In a nuclear reactor building of a steel plate concrete structure that houses a pressure containment vessel formed with a plurality of penetration ports penetrating the pressure containment vessel on the periphery thereof and includes a biological shielding wall disposed outside the pressure containment vessel. The pressure containment vessel is vertically divided into a plurality of blocks so that each of the blocks has one or more pressure containment vessel penetration ports arranged on a same horizontal plane, and the reactor building including the biological shielding wall is divided into a plurality of modules by the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shigeki Yokoyama, Makoto Ukai, Munetaka Takahashi, Hideo Hirai, Takuya Miyagawa, Masashi Tanabe
  • Publication number: 20140083039
    Abstract: A block has a front face with a first surface of non-planar roughness including at least 10% and not more than 90% of the area of the front face. The front face includes a second surface that is even and generally planar, with at least 10% and not more than 90% of the area of the front face. In one example, the first surface is a split face, and the second surface is a burnished split face. In another example, the first surface is a molded face, and the second surface is burnished. Methods of making a block include molding, curing, in some implementations splitting, and then burnishing. Walls can be constructed from these blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Joslyn, Kevin J. Hegyi
  • Publication number: 20140083038
    Abstract: Disclosed are aspects of board finishing systems. For example, in various aspects, disclosed are joint compound compositions, wall assemblies, methods of treating walls, and products related to any of the foregoing, including reinforcement trim, e.g., for protecting corners where boards meet, fasteners, and tape. The joint compound preferably is a drying type composition with reduced shrinkage property, and includes binder and hollow spheres, resulting in an ultra lightweight formulation in some embodiments. The joint compound composition can be applied in a one-coat treatment in preferred embodiments. Other aspects of board finishing system accommodate such a one-coat treatment to thusly allow a user to manipulate the compound closer to the plane of board as compared with conventional formulations. Joint tape and reinforcement trim can include non-swelling synthetic paper facing material in some embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Robert H. NEGRI, Mark MIKLOSZ
  • Patent number: 8640422
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying existing walls are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a masonry wall is constructed near an existing wall, and the cavity between the two walls is filled with a foamable, adhesive material. The foamable, adhesive material adheres to both walls, creating an adhesive connection between them. Certain embodiments create multiple layers of the foamable, adhesive material, allowing each layer to expand before the next is introduced. Certain embodiments utilize a brush device to reduce the amount of mortar left between the two walls. Certain embodiments utilize clips for temporarily securing the masonry wall to the existing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald G. Vandehey
  • Publication number: 20130326980
    Abstract: An interlocking web for use in insulated concrete form construction configured to engage with a like interlocking web to prevent horizontal and vertical relative movement between webs, the web including a pair of pillars adapted to be embedded within foam insulation panels, each pillar having a male connector at a first end and a female connector at a second end, the male and female connectors having complementary shapes to engage with respective female and male connectors of like vertically-aligned interlocking webs and a pair of bridges interconnecting the pillars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: William R. Hilliard, SR.
  • Patent number: 8601763
    Abstract: The lightweight concrete panel is comprised of a thin concrete slab, a standard steel stud frame, optional insulation strips to increase its thermal performance for exterior wall applications, and specially engineered rivets or screws that connect the thin concrete slab to the metal frame. The specially engineered rivet has a protruding and shaped head that acts as an anchor when embedded in the hardened concrete slab and has an optional elastic cover in its embedded head to allow slight movement of the concrete slab. The engineered screw with an elastic cover can also be used as the connecting device that allows slight movement of the concrete slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Thuan Bui
  • Publication number: 20130232899
    Abstract: A roofing panel includes a front surface, a top surface, a bottom surface, a right-side surface, a left-side surface and a rear surface, the front surface, the top surface, the bottom surface, the right-side surface, the left-side surface and the rear surface include a waterproofing membrane. A plurality of top perimeter edges, the plurality of top perimeter edges include substantially concave bevels. A plurality of bottom perimeter edges, the plurality of bottom perimeter edges include substantially convex bevels. The bottom surface of the roofing panel includes an adhesive for adhering the roofing panel to a roof deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: John C. Bacon, John D. Bacon
  • Patent number: 8479472
    Abstract: A method and composition for reconditioning the inner surfaces of a facility. After removing loose material, corrosion and rust by abrading the surface, repairs are made to the surface. Gaps, cracks, and pits are filled and transitions from one surface material to another are smoothed with putties; holes and complex areas of the surface are filled with expanding foams and shaped to contour; and sheet metal is added where corrosion and rust have left extensive weakened areas in the surface. A corrosion inhibitor such as aluminum flakes or micaceous iron oxide is applied to the shaped surface followed by a structural coating of polyurea or elastomeric urethane and top coat of moisture cured urethane or polyaspartic acid that adds an additional water barrier and increases that surface shaping to shed water. The combination of these layers results in a surface with improved robustness against frequent cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Crossway Coatings, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis A. LeFever, Daniel Melvin Cook
  • Publication number: 20130145710
    Abstract: A combined concrete material, including: a concrete; a reinforcing bar, the reinforcing bar disposed inside the concrete; and a decorative sheet, the decorative sheet including: a flat part, a first junction, and a second junction. The concrete, the reinforcing bar, and the decorative sheet are fixed together as one whole body. The decorative sheet is disposed outside the concrete, and the inner surface of the flat part is attached to the outer surface of the concrete. The first junction and the second junction are disposed on two ends of the flat part. The inner surface of the flat part is concave and forms a dovetail slot. Neighboring decorative sheets are connected together via the first junction and the second junction, which are embedded in the concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Jialing ZHOU, Zhiping ZHOU, Benyuan LIU
  • Patent number: 8322096
    Abstract: A fire-resistant assembly may be attached to a wall frame assembly of a building and configured to transfer loads from a load-bearing assembly into the wall frame assembly. The assembly provides for a desired amount of fire resistance by virtue of a fire-resistant filler and provides for a desired amount of structural capacity by virtue structural sheets that form a cavity for the filler. In addition, a load-limited connector may be coupled to the assembly to transfer loads from the load-bearing assembly up to a desired load threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Visser
  • Publication number: 20120102863
    Abstract: The invention relates to the Soloarmar construction system comprising an original wall construction method, in which the cavities in the blocks are precisely aligned in the vertical axis. According to the invention, the blocks are assembled using an inner engagement device such that resistant masonry can be produced quickly and specially adapted for clay or concrete blocks using specific industrial templates, machines, nozzles and dies designed by Soloarmar. The appearance and characteristics obtained are similar to those obtained with standard masonry techniques, but with the mixture only being used to lay the first course instead of between all of the blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Mixza Yap Ching
  • Patent number: 7987646
    Abstract: The present invention relates to wall and surface veneering products and systems that provide a replica image of a natural surface, such as stone, brick or wood, and is easily installable due to its lightweight characteristics and securement design. The present invention further includes systems for attachment of the veneering product to walls or other surfaces and also includes systems for assembling such products to provide pleasing arrangements and complete wall coverage. The present invention also includes methods of manufacture, which ensures the natural appearance of stone or wood by imaging a natural surface, such as stone or wood, and preparing a mold from that image to mass produce a replica of that particular surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: New Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J Race, Paul J. Forsberg, Edward Alan Knudson, John Fitzgerald Dolan, Daryl Pilarski, Joel Forsberg
  • Publication number: 20110162309
    Abstract: A brick having a peripheral shoulder defining a flange allowing fasteners to be inserted therein when two adjacent bricks have facing indentations is described herein. The peripheral shoulder of the bricks allows mortar to be inserted therein to create a conventional brick look and to hide the fasteners. The shoulder is optionally provided with indentations allowing fasteners therethrough. Also described herein is a machine to manufacture such bricks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Keith Leach, Benoit Slavinski
  • Publication number: 20110154766
    Abstract: A profiled panel (10) is disclosed. The profiled panel (10) is formed from sheet material. The panel (10) has a plurality of fixed longitudinally extending formations (12) that provide one or more base characteristics of the panel (10), and at least one variable longitudinal formation (22). The variable longitudinal formations (22) are arranged to vary from one panel to another panel. This enables the variance of a width dimension (28) of the panel (10). A profiled panel is also disclosed that includes at least one edge member which is profiled to receive and/or form part of said wall fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED
    Inventors: John Frank Kralic, Brad Stewart Ryan
  • Publication number: 20110072751
    Abstract: The present invention provides a masonry wall reinforcing bracket (2) comprising an elongate inter-course shear transfer member (4), the shear transfer member (4) comprising a rebar cradling feature (6). The shear transfer member (4) may further comprise a plate (5) operative to be located within at least a perpend (22) of a masonry wall (10). The bracket may further comprise a supporting member (28) that protrudes perpendicularly from the length of the shear transfer member (4). The supporting member (28) may comprises a plate operative to be located within a bed joint (24) of the masonry wall (10). The supporting member (28) may be a stabilising foot. The rebars and brackets are used in a bond beam (10) system incorporated within the wall (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Wembley Innovation Limited
    Inventors: Liam Clear, Hamish Corbett
  • Patent number: 7882669
    Abstract: A composite concrete shear wall for heat insulation comprises a wall (1) and a link beam (2). The wall (1) is composed of a prefabricated concrete wall for heat insulation (11) and a cast-in-place concrete wall. The prefabricated concrete wall (11) is a concrete panel (5), one surface of which is covered with heat insulation layer (4), and steel members (14) are embedded in the prefabricated concrete wall (11). One end of the steel members is embedded in concrete panels, and the other is projected from the heat insulation layer. The steel members are connected and located along the prefabricated concrete wall to form a framework of steel reinforcement. The prefabricated concrete wall (11) and the cast-in-place concrete wall (12) are cast and folded to be an integral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Ping Qu, Xinfu Chen
  • Patent number: 7823351
    Abstract: A stackable insulated unit for wall construction for forming a self-supporting wall structure consists of two side wooden planks spaced apart and secured to one another with an intermediate insulating layer bonded thereto, and a plurality of stud longitudinal sections transversely extending through the insulating layer and being secured thereby. The insulating layer ensures structural integrity of the stackable unit. The stud sections are preferably spaced from at least one of the side planks. The invention also includes the method of fabrication of stackable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Thermo Structure Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Tiberi, Michel Mathon
  • Patent number: 7823364
    Abstract: A shear panel for constructing underlayments for floors and roofs of buildings includes a first rectangular layer of fire-resistant material, such as cementitious board, bonded to a second rectangular layer of thin high-strength material, such as galvanized steel. The length of the second layer is longer than the length of the first layer. The additional length of the second layer forms a tab extending from one end of the panel. During construction, a first panel is attached to a set of beams (floor joists or roof rafters) with the tab spanning between adjacent beams. A second panel is positioned on the beams with at least a portion of the second panel overlapping the tab of the first panel. The overlapping portion of the second panel is fastened to the tab of the first panel to form a continuous shear diaphragm for the floor or roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Specialty Hardware L.P.
    Inventor: A. Carleton Elliott
  • Patent number: 7810293
    Abstract: Multiple layers of polymer foam form structural concrete into a desired planar shape that retains a foam panel when flat or upright. The polymer foam has a planar shape and an exterior surface with multiple channels into the panel. The channels are generally wider at the bottom and narrower towards the top, preferably a trapezoidal shape. In use, the panel is placed flat within a forming frame, exterior surface upwards. Then concrete is poured upon the exterior surface and into the channels. The trapezoidal shape of the channel prevents removal of the panel from the concrete. The concrete panel can then be used flat or upright as specified for a construction project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventors: James H. Gibbar, Faye F. Gibbar
  • Patent number: 7770346
    Abstract: A shear panel for constructing underlayments for floors and roofs of buildings includes a first rectangular layer of fire-resistant material, such as cementitious board, bonded to a second rectangular layer of thin high-strength material, such as galvanized steel. The length of the second layer is longer than the length of the first layer. The additional length of the second layer forms a tab extending from one end of the panel. During construction, a first panel is attached to a set of beams (floor joists or roof rafters) with the tab spanning between adjacent beams. A second panel is positioned on the beams with at least a portion of the second panel overlapping the tab of the first panel. The overlapping portion of the second panel is fastened to the tab of the first panel to form a continuous shear diaphragm for the floor or roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Specialty Hardware L.P.
    Inventor: A. Carleton Elliott
  • Publication number: 20100180806
    Abstract: A refractory brick and mortar joint comprise a cold face of the refractory brick; a hot face of the refractory brick opposite the cold face, wherein the hot face is shorter in length than the cold face; and at least one tapered mortar joint extending from the hot face to the cold face, wherein the at least one tapered mortar joint is thicker at the hot face of the refractory brick than at the cold face of the refractory brick. A refractory brick comprises a cold face; a hot face opposite the cold face, wherein the hot face is shorter in length than the cold face; and at least one surface extending from the cold face to the hot face, wherein the at least one surface is angled to accommodate the difference in length between the cold face and the hot face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Cliff Yi Guo, Wei Chen, Shashishekara Sitharamarao Talya
  • Publication number: 20100115859
    Abstract: An irregular, tessellated building unit comprises x primary elements, wherein x is an integer equal to or greater than 1. The primary element is a rotational tessellation having a plural pairs of sides extending in a generally radial direction from plural vertices, respectively. In each pair, the two sides are rotationally spaced by an angle that is divided evenly into 360 degrees. Preferably, all of the sides are irregularly shaped, but one or more sides could be wholly or partially straight. Optionally, spacers are provided on the sides of each unit. A wide variety of units may be constructed having different numbers and arrangements of primary elements. As all the units are combinations of primary elements, they readily mate with each other. A surface covering comprises a multiplicity of units assembled to form a continuous surface without overlap between units and without substantial gaps between units. A structure, such as a wall or column can be formed of building units of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: RICCOBENE DESIGNS LLC
    Inventor: Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 7678189
    Abstract: A method of producing a foamed plaster comprises the following steps: (a) mixing plaster of Paris and calcium carbonate; (b) supplying water, and (c) adding phosphoric acid. The phosphoric acid reacts with the calcium carbonate to release gaseous carbon dioxide. It also reacts with any steel present to form an insoluble iron phosphate coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Edgar Donald Knott
  • Patent number: 7678219
    Abstract: A method of forming a building panel is provided, with the building panel including facer and liner sheets surrounding a foam core. The method includes the steps of pre-notching the facer sheet at each false joint, roll forming the side joints of the facer sheet, bending the facer sheet, via a press operation, at the pre-notched area to form the false joint, such that the facer sheet is a continuous sheet across the false joint, and bonding the facer sheet having the false joint and the liner sheet to the foam core to form the building panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Centria
    Inventors: Robbie Thompson, Steven Veazey, Charles Edwards, Russell Atchley
  • Publication number: 20090266019
    Abstract: A modular flooring assembly including a flooring component adhered to a tray substrate is described. The modular flooring assembly may be interconnected with additional modular flooring assemblies to form a modular floor suitable for most flooring applications. The flooring component may be tile or wood or other materials commonly used in flooring applications. Convention fill-in grout or a snap-in grout may be used with the modular flooring assemblies. One suitable snap-in grout is a right angle grout member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Jonathan McIntosh, Nicole C. Sperling
  • Patent number: 7563478
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coated synthetic shingle that exhibits increased resistance to ultra-violet radiation. The shingle is useable for roofing applications and includes a substrate having a substrate surface and a base coat that is applied to the substrate surface. The base coat preferably includes a first fluoropolymer component. The shingle can also include a top coat that is applied to the base coat. The top coat preferably includes a clear acrylic coating. A method for manufacturing the shingle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: DaVinci Roofscapes, LLC
    Inventors: John Humphreys, Jeff Martinique
  • Patent number: 7516589
    Abstract: The aim of this invention is to increase the rigidity of the integrated formworks at the time of their installation, to facilitate the work of the civil engineers if order to determine easily the contribution of the horizontal frameworks and to reduce manufacturing costs. This aim is reached by a formwork including two parallel formwork walls placed one facing the other provided with shaped bars forming the vertical stiffeners and connected by at least one articulated connection device allowing the maintenance of the formwork walls either at a distance defining a space to receive a filler such as concrete, or folded for storage and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Polyfinance Coffor Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Messiqua, Régis Messiqua
  • Publication number: 20090043424
    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: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20080222986
    Abstract: An exterior wall structure of a building. The exterior wall structure comprises an inner wall and an outer wall that are separated from each other to define a cavity therebetween. The outer wall comprises a plurality of concrete blocks. The exterior wall structure also comprises a connection system interconnecting the inner wall and the outer wall. The connection system comprises a plurality of elongated structural members, each elongated structural member being fastened to the inner wall. The connection system also comprises a plurality of connecting elements, each connecting element being connected to a given one of the elongated structural elements and to a given one of the concrete blocks. Each of the elongated structural members is connected to plural ones of the concrete blocks via plural ones of the connecting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Denis Louis HAMEL
  • Publication number: 20080029209
    Abstract: A method of forming a building panel is provided, with the building panel including facer and liner sheets surrounding a foam core. The method includes the steps of pre-notching the facer sheet at each false joint, roll forming the side joints of the facer sheet, bending the facer sheet, via a press operation, at the pre-notched area to form the false joint, such that the facer sheet is a continuous sheet across the false joint, and bonding the facer sheet having the false joint and the liner sheet to the foam core to form the building panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: Centria
    Inventors: Robbie Thompson, Steven Veazey, Charles Edwards, Russell Atchley
  • Patent number: 7128308
    Abstract: Components and a system for limiting access and egress. A properly scaled barrier of the present invention meets varied requirements for applications that include: security, safety, order, privacy, and discipline. In one embodiment, pre-manufactured panels and connectors are delivered to a site that has been prepared for installation of the system. Local materials may be used for the panels in some cases. The panels and connectors can be assembled quickly by unskilled labor and, in some embodiments, the barrier just as quickly dismantled or repaired as necessary. One embodiment may be used as a temporary or emergency solution to access control while another may employ in-fill material to provide a permanent barrier. Another embodiment may be used in a residential setting, providing storage in some installations. In all embodiments, accessories for enhancing effectiveness may be installed on or within the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles P. Marsh, Charles C. Lozar, Brian Temple
  • Patent number: 7082728
    Abstract: An electrical box for use with insulated concrete form building systems includes a main body having an electrical box cavity for housing electrical outlets, switches, and electrical connections. The insulated concrete form building systems utilize insulated forms to form concrete and the insulated forms are left in place after the concrete has been poured thereby creating an overall insulated concrete element that includes the concrete and the insulated forms. In accordance with the method and the arrangement of the invention, the electrical box includes an arrangement for attaching the electrical box to the insulated form without requiring the use of any additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Plantilock Corporation
    Inventors: Drew B. McConaughy, Brad J. Hebig
  • Patent number: 7047701
    Abstract: A jointing compound or plaster for construction elements, particularly paper-faced plasterboards. This plaster includes, in percentages by weight with respect to the total weight of plaster 50 to 85% of a mineral filler; 1 to 20% of an organic binder dispersible in an aqueous phase; 1 to 15% of a silicate-based agent other than the mineral filler; 0.2 to 5% of a hydrophobic agent which is a silicone derivative; 0.05 to 5% of polyvinyl alcohol; and water to make up to 100%. A method of producing a work such as a partition, a wall covering or a ceiling is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Lafarge Platres
    Inventors: Christian Bonetto, Pascal Bourne-Chastel, Alain Petit
  • Patent number: 6948289
    Abstract: The invention involves a manner of fabricating 3D construction forms by preparing first and second standard sized panels with a predetermined pattern of perforations and assembling same in spaced apart relationship by connecting the panels together with connectors designed to engage the perforations in the panels. The perforations of the panels are arranged in a specific pattern suitable for the assembly and use of the construction forms by means of an apparatus designed to form the perforations. The method also uses apparatus which assist in the orientation and alignment of the connectors to engage the panels. Modifications of the panels and connectors will allow the formation of 3D construction forms with corners of various configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Leonid Bravinski
  • Publication number: 20040261345
    Abstract: The invention provides a building panel having a simulated natural rock face, for use as a rock facade in wall construction applications, and methods of manufacturing same. The wall panel is manufactured in a mold containing a masonry-permeable mesh, preferably flexible. In one embodiment the bottom of the mold is provided with the profile of the natural rock facade and the masonry permeable mesh is positioned spaced from the bottom of the mold, and a settable material is poured into the mold, creating the rock facade and simultaneously embedding the mesh in each simulated rock face to integrate the panel. In a further embodiment the mesh is placed over the bottom of a mold, the settable material is poured over the mesh, and the rock facade pattern is pressed or stamped into the top surface of the settable material to create the desired pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: John McGrath
  • Publication number: 20040261342
    Abstract: A form for use with a flowable construction material including a base portion having a front and rear face and a reinforcement matrix secured to the rear face. At least the base portion of the form is a non-metallic, non-wooden material. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Hatem Hannawa, Wael Hannawa, Huang C. Sheng
  • Publication number: 20040250488
    Abstract: A prefabricated relief form member for use as an architectural trim feature on a structure using structural elements from connected wire assemblies such as corner aid to make a prefabricated relief form member and fastening the structural elements together such as by glue and putting a sheet of paper under the relief form member and applying plaster to form a trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel W. Rodlin
  • Publication number: 20040250489
    Abstract: The invention correspond to a elongated member (1) made of metal, or another suitable material, with appropriate structural features for construction, and a structural slab (6) which uses said elongated members, which is able to more than satisfy the structural requirements and isolation requirements of the related project, and requires a significantly fewer number of auxiliary supporting elements during the construction, which involves low purchase costs of the different related components, transportation and installation in situ. The cross section of said elongated member (1) is hollow and opened on top and its outline is similar to an upside-down “T”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Jose Rojas
  • Publication number: 20040237437
    Abstract: Formwork system for the process of casting prefabricated wall and slab panels that is flexible in width and height is provided. This formwork system includes two types of retractable bracing structures that are located on the sides and ends of mould structure. The height and width of panels can be varied by moving the linear retractable bracing structure, while the lever retractable bracing structure holds the side form firmly by clamping down the side form to the platform of the support structure. The thickness of the panel to be cast can be varied by using different modules of side form that are designed to produce a series of modules of various heights. Various patterns on the wall can be designed by incorporating specially designed channels in the mould.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Teow Beng Hur
  • Publication number: 20040216408
    Abstract: A folded wall anchor and an anchoring system employing the same are disclosed. The anchor is a folded sheetmetal construct utilizable with various wire formative veneer ties. The folded wall tie enables the junctures of the legs and the base of the wall anchor to be located inboard from the periphery of the wall anchor and the legs to fully or partially sheath the mounting hardware. The sheathing function unifies the openings in the insulation required for installation and forms an anchoring system that is less intrusive. Upon installation with the surfaces of the enfolded leg and of the base coplanar, the leg and mounting hardware insertion point is sealed thereby. This sealing precludes penetration of air, moisture, and water vapor into the wall structure. Various embodiments show wall anchor configurations with suitable veneer ties and differing sheathing arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Applicant: HOHMANN & BARNARD, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann
  • Publication number: 20040200168
    Abstract: The form panel for placing concrete of the present invention is a form panel (30) comprising a hollow sheathing section (32) made of plastic, one side of which forms a concrete placing surface (31), and hollow side panel sections (33) bent out at right angles from both side edges of the sheathing section (32) on an opposite side of the sheathing section (32) to the concrete placing surface (31), wherein projecting sections (40) which extend in a vertical direction are provided on an outside surface (38) of the side panel section (33), and one of the sides of one of the projecting sections (40) is coplanar with the concrete placing surface (31) of the sheathing section (32), and on the projecting sections (40), notches (41) are formed at respectively the same position and orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the projecting sections (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Senichi Takagi, Toshihiko Hosono, Toshiya Tanaka, Morihisa Otsuka, Michihiro Miyagoshi, Satoru Mita, Kazuhiko Kise
  • Publication number: 20040187421
    Abstract: A masonry anchor system is disclosed for anchoring two spaced apart masonry walls together to form a single wall structure. The masonry anchor system includes a ladder or truss type support frame for positioning on top of a mortar joint in one wall, and a connecting bracket having a pair of elongate arms connected by a cross-member affixed to the support frame. The cross-member is curved to provide two spaced apart points on the cross-member for contacting the support frame and affixing the cross-member thereto. The elongate arms extend transversely from the support frame and are sized to extend into the space between the two walls. Each of the arms have an eye portion formed at the end opposite the cross-member to receive a connecting member connected to the second wall. The support frame and the bracket reside in the same horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: MASONRY REINFORCING CORP. OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040159060
    Abstract: A modular forming system (10) configured for forming concrete box culverts is disclosed. The inventive system (10) includes displaceable panels for forming the concrete that are vibrated relative to stationary frames to compact the concrete enabling denser, stronger finished concrete to be formed with lighter weight, lower maintenance, longer lasting frames. The system (10) broadly includes a pallet (12), a core (14), a jacket (16), and a header (18). The jacket (16) encircles the core (14) and is supported on the pallet (12) and is operable to mold the outside circumferential surface of the culvert. The jacket (16) includes a plurality of modular sections (20-32) and each section includes a stationary frame (34), a displaceable vibratory panel (36), a plurality of spring assemblies (38-68) shiftably coupling the panel (36) to the frame (34), and a vibrator (70) coupled to the panel (36) for reciprocating the panel (36) relative to the frame (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: GCI Pipe Products
    Inventors: Kiran P. Giri, Siddanagouda Kandagal
  • Publication number: 20040159061
    Abstract: An insulated concrete form system for receiving poured concrete to form a unitary, insulated concrete wall. A novel tie bracket, spaced on one foot centers, space the two sides of he forms apart from one another. The tie brackets extend fully from top to bottom of the forms, thereby providing increased structural strength to the formed wall and providing “studs” at regular intervals for the fastening of structural elements, such as paneling or sheetrock. A rebar attachment piece may be attached to the a rebar receptacle formed in the tie bracket such that rebar may be offset to either side of the poured wall, as necessary. The forms are in straight, corner and Tee configurations to aid in the quick laying of the forms and to provide increased strength to the formed wall. A combination of tongue and groove joints and interlocking protrusions and notches add further strength and integrity to the formed wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Donald L. Schmidt