Connecting Protruding Ends Of Units Reinforcement (e.g., Rebar) Patents (Class 52/583.1)
  • Patent number: 10227769
    Abstract: A device and method for anchoring an overhanging element to a construction, which device includes two coupling parts, one coupling part of which is suitable to be connected to the overhanging element whereas the other one is suitable to be connected to the construction, and whereby the coupling parts are provided with mechanical coupling and whereby at least one of the coupling parts includes a freely protruding element whose maximum length is larger than ten centimetres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: B&R N.V.
    Inventors: Michel Catteau, Luc Claeys
  • Patent number: 9151046
    Abstract: A composite automated building construction system, with automated alignment of various truss and wall sections, includes a wall section having frame, an expanded wallboard, and a concrete layer. The wallboard includes an outer portion and inset portion wherein the wallboard is attached to the frame with the outer portion covering an exterior side of the frame and the inset portion is disposed within the frame. The wallboard thus provides exterior and interior insulation for the system. The concrete layer is sprayed on to the outer portion of said wallboard, forming a strong durable composite construction system. A building is constructed with these wall sections by way of a base form template delimiting the boundary of the building. The base forms are installed and then a concrete foundation slab is poured over the base forms. Pre-installed bolts extend above the concrete foundation to providing pre-determined mounting points for the frames for the wall sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PRECISION DESIGN LLC
    Inventor: John Joseph Francavilla
  • Patent number: 9067287
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat transfer system is provided that includes, in one form, preparing a heat conducting array by perforating at least a portion of the heat conducting array, placing the heat conducting array around foam elements, placing a heat conducting spreader along one surface area of the foam elements, placing a lower skin over the heat conducting spreader, placing an upper skin over an opposite surface area of the foam elements to create a structural assembly, and curing the structural assembly. A material of the foam elements flows through the perforated portion of the heat conducting array during the curing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Uchenna Ofoma, Bart Dean Hibbs, Ronald Olch, Justin B. McAllister
  • Patent number: 8973318
    Abstract: A removable modular slab for use in the construction industry includes upper, lower, and first and second opposing end surfaces, and a conduit extending from the upper surface to an end surface. The slab is abuttable with a second removable modular slab, having: (i) a conduit extending from the upper surface to an end surface, and/or (ii) a cavity extending from an end surface into the slab, whereby the conduits mate to form an elongate conduit through the two slabs. By access through apertures in each slab, a first joining structure is removably locatable to join the two slabs. Cavities may terminate within the second slab and only be accessible through the upper surface of the first slab. A modular surface system includes two such slabs and a joining structure to join the two slabs together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Precast Advanced Track Limited
    Inventor: John Hammond
  • Patent number: 8931223
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a wall is disclosed. In some embodiments, the wall comprises blocks having internal couplers configured for use with rods which can be inserted through and which are configured to securely lock blocks together. In some embodiments, the rods which are inserted into internal couplers may be threaded or have another locking features such that the blocks in a wall can be securely fastened together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tie-Cast Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry G. Speer
  • Patent number: 8919058
    Abstract: A modular building system for constructing a multi-story building includes pre-fabricated 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: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Barnet L. Liberman
  • Patent number: 8875458
    Abstract: A molding arrangement for creating a recess when casting a building part for connecting the tensile reinforcement element to the building part, with the molding arrangement including at least one molding element (2) to form the recess (5) as well as at least one anchoring element (3) for the creation of a form-fitting connection between the building part and a filler material to be introduced into the recess. Additionally the invention provides a building element for thermal insulation between two building parts having the molding arrangement. And finally a method is disclosed to connect a reinforcement element to a building part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Schock Bauteile GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Fritschi
  • Patent number: 8844237
    Abstract: A wind power plant tower segment is provided. The tower segment is designed as a jacket segment and comprises a reinforced concrete body, comprising two faces for attaching to faces of at least one further tower segment. In the region of each face, at least one connecting body is introduced in the reinforced concrete body and anchored therein for connecting to a connecting body of an adjoining tower segment. The connecting body comprises a fastening wall that is disposed substantially parallel to the respective face for absorbing a tensile load that is directed transversely to the face and transversely to the fastening wall. A wind power installation pylon having a plurality of such pylon segments, a wind power installation having a corresponding pylon, and a process for the production of a plurality of pylon segments is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Kapitza, Panos Papadopoulos, Norbert Hölscher
  • Patent number: 8844242
    Abstract: Presented are methods of assembling and disassembling a modular unit so that the modular unit. The modular unit includes at least a concrete column with an embedded steel receptacle and an access port, and a concrete joist/slab with an embedded steel receptacle and an access port. The methods include inserting a first end of the rigid member into the steel receptacle of the joist/slab and a second end of the rigid member into the steel receptacle of the column to form the modular unit. The first and second ends of the rigid member are releasably coupled to the steel receptacles of the joist/slab and column, respectively. The first and second ends of the rigid member are then decoupled from the steel receptacles of the joist/slab and column, respectively. The joist/slab, column, and rigid member are separated so that at least joist/slab and column can be reused and/or recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Barnet L. Liberman
  • Patent number: 8800232
    Abstract: A flange connection system for a concrete structure comprising a plurality of adjacent precast concrete members including a platform having a center panel and a first and second flange extending outward from the center panel in opposing directions. The system includes a first and second bent plate each having a horizontal member attached to the bottom surface of the adjacent flanges and a vertical member perpendicular to the horizontal member. The system includes a spacer plate extending in a vertical direction from about a lower edge of the first vertical member to below the first horizontal member and secured between the vertical members of the first and second bent plate with a plurality of fasteners. The first and second vertical member may flex at an upper portion allowing adjacent flange ends to move relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: LEK Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Keenan
  • Publication number: 20140130434
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a wall is disclosed. In some embodiments, the wall comprises blocks having internal couplers configured for use with rods which can be inserted through and which are configured to securely lock blocks together. In some embodiments, the rods which are inserted into internal couplers may be threaded or have another locking features such that the blocks in a wall can be securely fastened together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Tie-Cast Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry G. Speer
  • Patent number: 8720149
    Abstract: A rectangular floor panel is described with mutually parallel, substantially planar upper and lower sides and with two pairs of respective mutually opposite side edges connecting the upper and lower sides, wherein the opposite side edges of a pair are provided with complementary profiles for interconnecting adjacent floor panels. Of at least one pair of opposite side edges the profile of a first side edge is provided with a frontal face and a counter face, whereas the profile of the corresponding second side edge of the respective pair of opposite side edges is provided with a frontal face and counter face, respectively, cooperating therewith. The frontal faces and the counter faces are provided with locking tabs cooperating in the interconnected position of adjacent floor panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: IVC N.V.
    Inventor: Filip Gilbert Lucien Bossuyt
  • Patent number: 8646232
    Abstract: The installation of a foundation enables a superstructure to be installed and supported in a desired attitude such as a vertical attitude at the foundation. An installation template is placed at the selected location and support sites on the installation template can be adjusted so that the installation template will support the foundation subassembly in a manner such that the superstructure can be supported in said desired attitude. The foundation subassembly is placed onto the installation template using a lifting subassembly that is secured to the foundation subassembly. The foundation subassembly is fixed in place by concrete or the like into which the foundation assembly is inserted. The superstructure can then be secured to the foundation subassembly. The superstructure can comprise a post adapted to hold a panel for deflecting road noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mack Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert Gregory Liskey
  • Patent number: 8631616
    Abstract: Precast wall systems and methods for constructing a high-rise building using the precast wall system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of interconnected precast panels, each having a top end plate, a bottom end plate, a plurality of vertical bars disposed between the end plates and a cementitious material encasing the vertical bars and defining a plurality of sides of the respective panel. A first of the precast panels has a first column member half defining a right side of the first panel, a second of the precast panels has a second column member half defining a left side of the second panel such that, when the right side of the first precast panel and the left side of the second precast panel are disposed horizontally adjacent to each other, the first column member half and the second column member half collectively form a column member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Newco Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Juan Carrion, William F Baker, John A Cavanagh, Robert C Stewart, James E MacDonald, Charles Besjak
  • Publication number: 20140013699
    Abstract: A wall module is configured as a concrete prefabricated building element for building a structure and can be connected to further wall modules to form a structure and is configured to withstand improbable extreme loads. The wall module has a wall body with multiple edges, a plurality of reinforcement rods which all together form a regular reinforcement grid, and each extend parallel to the edges, and which are cast into the wall body. The reinforcement rods each penetrate the wall body substantially from edge to edge, and provided at their ends with connecting elements configured to establish a connection with complementary connecting elements of an immediately adjacent wall element. Each of the connecting elements is connected with clearance to the associated reinforcement rod such that it can be moved in a plane which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction on all sides by at least 2 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: AREVA GMBH
    Inventors: ANNA GALLINAT, NIKOLAOS CHRISTOFORIDIS
  • Patent number: 8627620
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel modular building system exhibiting superior strength to withstand seismic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: MOPREC S.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Edmundo Pazmino Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8621807
    Abstract: A process for the production of panels (10) with integrated insulation in particular for the production of buildings, includes the following stages: pouring a concrete that includes natural fibers into a mold M to form an interior surface (12) of the panel, pouring a light hydrophobic concrete, with reinforcements, to form an exterior surface (14) of the panel, adjustment of reinforcements (28) on the edge of each panel to ensure a cottering and adjustment of chain reinforcements (32). Also described are the panels obtained by the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Maisons Naturelles en Beton de Chanvre
    Inventor: Laurent Charvoz
  • Publication number: 20130333318
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement 10e is provided for a cleat 30a or other body for receiving the ends of elongate reinforcements (e.g. rebars 40a, 40b) in a bond beam in a masonry panel 66. The mounting arrangement 10e secures the cleat to a further reinforcement (e.g. rebar 38a) and surrounding cementitious material in a hollow masonry block encased, reinforced cementitious material column 64. An expansion joint 70 may be provided between the column 64 and the panel 66. Connections between the head and foot of the column and pre-existing load bearing structures are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Wembley Innovation Ltd.
    Inventors: Liam Clear, Hamish Corbett
  • Patent number: 8534022
    Abstract: Techniques for reinforcing concrete using rebar are disclosed. Some example embodiments may include prestressed concrete structures reinforced by twisted, threaded reinforcing bars. An example reinforcing bar for a prestressed concrete structure may include an elongated, generally cylindrical rod; an external thread disposed on the generally cylindrical rod, the external thread formed from an elongated, generally nonlinear channel wrapped about a radial surface of the generally cylindrical rod in a generally helical fashion. A base portion of the nonlinear channel may be disposed substantially against the radial surface of the generally cylindrical rod and/or an upstanding portion of the nonlinear channel may extend generally orthogonally from the radial surface of the generally cylindrical rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Sheppard Bromer
  • Patent number: 8468766
    Abstract: A metal flange connection for concrete flanges comprising end members exposed at facing ends of a pair of adjacent, generally horizontal concrete flanges and a connecting member between the end members. Each of the end members has a surface along the end of the concrete flange and the connecting member has a first portion extending between the end members in a first generally horizontal plane and a second portion extending between the members in a second generally horizontal plane above or below the first generally horizontal plane. The first and second portions are connected by a third portion extending between the members and the first and second planes. The connecting member portions provide resistance to a force tending to translate the concrete flanges in a vertical direction with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: LEK Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Keenan
  • Patent number: 8393128
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses a process for initially combining and thereafter uniting two or more modular units to one another in order thus combined to be able to form a house body, for instance a cellar-adapted house body. A liquid-resistant layer is advantageously wholly or partly to be able to cover a base slab and in any event lower wall sections allocated to the wall portion, proximal the base slab, in order principally to prevent damp permeation. A first modular unit, with in any event a first open wall portion, is placed on a substrate prepared within a building site, a second modular unit, with in any event a second open wall portion, is placed on the substrate prepared within the building site, so that an open wall portion allocated to the first modular unit will connect to an open wall portion allocated to the second modular unit. The base slab of the one modular unit and the base slab of the second module form a free space defined by the mutually facing edges of the base slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Hans-Berth Klersy
  • Publication number: 20130036700
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a wall is disclosed. In some embodiments, the wall comprises blocks having internal couplers configured for use with rods which can be inserted through and which are configured to securely lock blocks together. In some embodiments, the rods which are inserted into internal couplers may be threaded or have another locking features such that the blocks in a wall can be securely fastened together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: Tie-Cast Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry G. Speer
  • Publication number: 20130025229
    Abstract: A wind power plant tower segment is provided. The tower segment is designed as a jacket segment and comprises a reinforced concrete body, comprising two faces for attaching to faces of at least one further tower segment. In the region of each face, at least one connecting body is introduced in the reinforced concrete body and anchored therein for connecting to a connecting body of an adjoining tower segment. The connecting body comprises a fastening wall that is disposed substantially parallel to the respective face for absorbing a tensile load that is directed transversely to the face and transversely to the fastening wall. A wind power installation pylon having a plurality of such pylon segments, a wind power installation having a corresponding pylon, and a process for the production of a plurality of pylon segments is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Jan Kapitza, Panos Papadopoulos, Norbert Hölscher
  • Patent number: 8307601
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall element comprises a wood-cement plate-like body, a reinforcement embedded in the body and one or more plate-bracket units with a connecting plate rigidly connected to one or more anchoring brackets embedded in the plate-like body and engaged to the reinforcement, in which the plate-like body together with a rear surface of the connecting plate facing inwards the plate-like body define an assembling seat with an access opening lateral to the connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: B.B. Bonelli Building S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Bonelli
  • Patent number: 8225564
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel modular building system exhibiting superior strength to withstand seismic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Moprec S.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Edmundo Pazmino Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8079194
    Abstract: A thermal insulating element (10?; 10??) comprises a first plate (24) forming at least a part of an outer face of the insulating element (10?; 10??) and a second plate (26) forming a further part of the outer face of the insulating element (10?; 10??). The first and the second plate (24, 26) are connected to each other via a frame structure (12) which establishes a geometry of the insulating element (10?; 10??). The first and the second plate (24, 26) and the frame structure (12) define a cavity filled with air, wherein at least one vent opening (28) is formed in the first and/or the second plate (24, 26) and/or the frame structure (12). A projecting edge portion (34, 36) is formed along an edge of a portion of the insulating element (10?; 10??) which is provided with the at least one vent opening (28), the projecting edge portion (34, 36) being adapted to at least partially cover a gap between two insulating elements (10?; 10??) disposed side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Piesker
  • Publication number: 20110296784
    Abstract: A steel mesh for steel reinforced concrete slab is disclosed to have a plurality of locating blocks selectively fastened to the ends of steel wire rods thereof to facilitate positioning in a mold accurately and positively during molding with concrete to form a steel reinforced concrete slab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: CHI-IUNG CHIOU
  • Patent number: 8056299
    Abstract: The installation of a foundation at a selected location enables a superstructure to be installed and supported in a desired attitude such as a vertical attitude at the foundation. An installation template is placed at the selected location and support sites on the installation template can be adjusted so that the installation template will support the foundation subassembly in a manner such that the superstructure can be supported in said desired attitude. The foundation subassembly is placed onto the installation template using a lifting subassembly that is secured to the foundation subassembly. The foundation subassembly is fixed in place by concrete or the like into which the foundation assembly is inserted. The superstructure can then be secured to the foundation subassembly. The superstructure and the foundation assembly can be elongated lengthwise relative to their lateral dimensions, and the superstructure can comprise a post adapted to hold a panel for deflecting road noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mack Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert Gregory Liskey
  • Patent number: 7980042
    Abstract: A molded panel is provided, which includes a body and a plurality of supporting members. The body includes a generally planar top surface and a bottom surface. The supporting members extend from the bottom surface of the body to define a support structure. The support structure includes a top surface adjacent to the bottom surface of the body, a generally planar bottom surface and at least one edge extending therebetween. The support structure also includes at least one channel extending along a central x-axis of the support structure, and at least one additional channel intersecting the at least one central channel and extending along a y-axis of the support. The y-axis is generally perpendicular to the x-axis. A connection system for the molded panel, systems including the molded panel, and methods related to the molded panel are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: LRM Industries International Inc.
    Inventor: Dale E. Polk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7980033
    Abstract: Reinforcing system for retrofitting wall to increase the ductility and resistance to shear forces of a gypsum board wall to a level comparable to plywood-sheathed wall. Fiber-reinforced polymer panel is attached to substantially cover surface of gypsum board to protect it against rupture in earthquake. Reinforcement is enhanced by fiber anchors installed along base of wall and door frames. Optional connector strips tie together door and window frames to prevent separation from wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Fyfe Co. LLC
    Inventor: Edward R. Fyfe
  • Patent number: 7934347
    Abstract: A coupling beam, and method for constructing multi-story buildings. A coupling beam design using multiple rebar groups is provided for use in coupled shear walls in multi-story buildings. First and second sets of a first rebar group have first ends extending into adjacent sheer walls, and second ends within the coupling beam. First and second sets of a second rebar group have first ends extending into adjacent sheer walls, and second ends within the coupling beam. The first and second sets of the first group of rebar, and third and fourth sets within a second group of rebar, are provided in a configuration that ends at or near the middle of the coupling beam, providing an open or partial-X configuration of reinforcing steel. Such coupling beams may also include transverse reinforcement, such as stirrups, hoops, or cross-ties, to restrain the concrete and to provide a confined beam structure, as well as vertical reinforcement elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Brienen
  • Publication number: 20110061329
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a concrete sandwich panel. The sandwich panel may comprise a first reinforced concrete panel; a second reinforced concrete panel; an insulating panel sandwiched between the first reinforced concrete panel and the second reinforced concrete panel; a tie comprising a generally triangle wave-shaped pattern having a period defined by peaks spaced at a regular interval and a peak-to-peak amplitude greater than the thickness of the insulating panel; wherein the insulating panel has a plurality of generally linear slots defined at the regular interval of the tie for receiving the tie such that opposing ends of the tie terminate adjacent to the insulating panel, and the plurality of generally linear slots are filled utilizing an insulating material upon insertion of the tie to reduce thermal bridging; and wherein the peaks of the tie mechanically join the first and second reinforced concrete panels to the insulating panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Maher K. Tadros, Mark D. Lafferty, Doug Gremel
  • Publication number: 20110011024
    Abstract: This cement mortar panel with prestressed biaxial reinforcement is formed by a slab of cement mortar which, having a thickness ranging from 2 to 7 cms, includes a biaxial reinforcement. The slab has occluded in the cement mortar mass means for versatile operating on the panel assembly allowing for its handling and/or fixation to a building structure, which versatile operating means constitute of themselves, on one part, means for retaining them in the set mass of cement mortar and, on another part opposite to the former, anchoring means either for panel handling members or members for its fixation to the building structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Carlos Fradera Pellicer
  • Patent number: 7857540
    Abstract: A connecting system for connecting first and second mesh sheets each defining a plurality of longitudinal members at least one pin housing, a first pin member, and a second pin member. A first loop portion is formed on at least one of the plurality of longitudinal members of the first mesh sheet. A second loop portion is formed on at least one of the plurality of longitudinal members of the second mesh sheet. At least one pin housing defines a loop passageway, and the first and second loop portions extend in opposite directions through the loop passageway. The first pin member is arranged between the first loop portion and the at least one pin housing. The second pin member is arranged between the second loop portion and the at least one pin housing. Loads that displace the first and second mesh sheets away from each other are transferred between the mesh sheets by the pin housing and the first and second pin members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: SSL, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Ruel, Dave Swanson
  • Patent number: 7765746
    Abstract: A tornado resistant dome house. The shape of the dome house is a spheroid section, and is given by a formula. The dome house shell is made up of a plurality of tiles formed to conform to the shape of the dome house. The tiles are mutually connected by means of horizontally and vertically disposed elongate members extending through lumens in adjacent tiles. The tiles are also attached to a dome house foundation. The curved, low-profile shape of the house, combined with the mutual attachment of the tiles, and their attachment to the dome house foundation, improves the resistance of the dome house to high winds associated with tornadoes and hurricanes. Adjacent tiles are cushioned by springs, and are maintained in position relative to each other by means of a tongue-in-groove attachment between adjacent tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Robert S. Reed
  • Patent number: 7726090
    Abstract: A wheel spacer is provided for spacing a reinforcing rod for a cementitious structure away from an object during fabrication of the structure. The spacer consists of two substantially semicircular sections configured for connection together with the rod abuttingly retained in saddles generally situated at the center of the sections when connected together in an assembled configuration for the spacer. Each section has, on an inner wall thereof in which the saddles are situated, primary inserting arms for insertion into apertures for locking engagement with teeth on the inserting arms with teeth on receiving arms of the other section. Retaining arms having guide walls further facilitate retention of the rod and guiding thereof towards the saddles while the spacer is placed in the assembled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: C.V. International Plastics Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo Verelli, Carlo Verelli
  • Publication number: 20100031599
    Abstract: A structural sandwich plate member particularly adapted for use as a floor panel comprises first and second outer metal plates and a core bonded to the outer metal plates and arranged to transfer shear forces therebetween, wherein the core comprises: an inner core comprising a corrugated metal plate and a filler material within the corrugations thereof; and an outer core layer of plastics or polymer material bonded to parts of the corrugated metal plate and the outer metal plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Stephen John Kennedy, Guy Lockley Turner
  • Publication number: 20090313923
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a block building system for building a wall structure that includes a plurality of pre-formed blocks configured to be stacked vertically upon one another to form the wall structure. Each block has at least one frustum-shaped protrusion on a top surface of the block, a horizontal channel formed in a bottom surface of the block, and at least one aperture extending vertically through an interior of the block. The system also has at least one base track, a plurality of T-shaped reinforcement members configured to engage with and extend upwardly from the track, a plurality of extension members that interlock with and extend T-shaped reinforcement members, and securing members. One or more courses of blocks can be vertically stacked over the base track by passing the T-shaped reinforcement members and/or extension members through the apertures formed in the blocks, thereby forming the wall structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventor: Larry Bucheger
  • Patent number: 7631470
    Abstract: In a heliport of the present invention, a plurality of long deck materials are arranged and joined to form a planar member having an approximately plane structure. The planar member is placed on a structure such as a space framework that can float on water, or on another floating structure. The planar member can serve as a top surface of a heliport surface or as a foundation for the heliport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Aero Facility Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Motomi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7601234
    Abstract: A method for producing an engineered building material comprising at least a first and second cementitious reinforced expanded honeycomb product, the method comprising: affixing at least one end of the first cementitious reinforced expanded honeycomb product to at least one end of the second cementitious reinforced expanded honeycomb product via a coupler device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Panterra Engineered Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas St. Denis, Gabriel M. Karamanis
  • Patent number: 7594370
    Abstract: A butt-joint connection structure for joining two logs end-to-end in a log wall includes a first log having a first end face and a second log having a second end face for abutting the first end face and forming a seam therebetween, each log having a log height extending between top and bottom surfaces thereof, and a spline slot extending horizontally across the seam between a first closed edge in the first log and a second closed edge in the second log. The spline slot extends vertically through the log height of the first and second logs, and has generally planar, spaced apart inner and outer slot faces extending between the first and second closed edges. A spline is provided in the spline slot, the spline having a width spanning the seam and a first spline face in generally flush engagement with a respective one of the inner and outer slot faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Pointblank Design Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Clarke
  • Publication number: 20090193747
    Abstract: Reinforced wood flooring for truck trailers and containers and methods for making and using the same. A reinforced wood flooring may include a wood member. The wood member may include a plurality of wood strips that are attached together. The wood member may also have a top surface and a bottom surface. An essentially water impermeable underlay may be attached to the bottom surface of the wood member with a discontinuous layer of adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: ROCKLAND FLOORING
    Inventors: MARC CHORNEY, ZIQIANG LU
  • Patent number: 7556208
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pre-assembled plate consisting of armored concrete, especially for the use as a component of a solid roadway for high-speed means of transport. At least two steel rods extending in the longitudinal direction of the pre-assembled plate of armored concrete (10) and protruding over the concrete surface thereof on the front face (17) are provided. The pre-assembled plate (10) is provided with at least one, preferably several, predetermined breaking points (15) which extends crosswise in relation to the steel rods (19). The steel rod (19) is anchored in the area between the front face (17) of the pre-assembled plate (10) and the first predetermined breaking point (1) respectively and is mounted in the direction towards the respective front face (17) in the longitudinal direction thereof in an essentially freely moveable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Max Bogl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Company KG
    Inventor: Dieter Reichel
  • Publication number: 20090094927
    Abstract: This invention relates to building materials and methods. A building assembly for constructing a building includes load bearing structural panels joined and finished with a non-load bearing panels. The load bearing panels comprise a structural concrete insulating panel (SCIP) comprising a pair of wire mesh members sandwiching a middle member comprising polystyrene, wherein each of said wire mesh members defines two outwardly projecting screed ridges. The non-load bearing panels comprise a pair of fiber cement boards sandwiching a polystyrene core. The load bearing SCIP panel is placed in position and then the non-load bearing panel is positioned in a desirous location abutting the SCIP. The SCIP then receives a layer of cementitious material that is cut flat using the screed ridges. The assembled SCIP and non-load bearing composite is then finished with a final finishing layer so that the entire assembly has the same outer appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: MET-ROCK, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Farrell, JR.
  • Patent number: 7503719
    Abstract: A connecting system for connecting a mesh sheet to a concrete member. The connecting system comprises an anchor structure and a first pin member. The anchor structure defines a loop passageway and a pin opening. The anchor structure is adapted to be partly embedded within the concrete member. A mesh loop portion is formed on the mesh sheet. The mesh loop portion extends into the loop passageway. To connect the mesh sheet to the concrete member, the first pin member extends along the pin opening and through the mesh loop portion of the mesh sheet. Force applied to the concrete member away from the mesh sheet causes the first pin member to engage the anchor structure and the mesh loop portion to inhibit movement between the mesh sheet and the concrete member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: SSL, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Ruel, Dave Swanson
  • Publication number: 20080190054
    Abstract: A structural element for constructing an auxiliary means for the manufacture of a reinforcement includes at least one coupling point for coupling the structural element to another structural element. The structural element is formed from a basic element. The structural element may further include a holding means for holding a reinforcement rod. A method for constructing an auxiliary means and a method for manufacturing a reinforcement are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Edward Kelly
  • Patent number: 7107735
    Abstract: A coupling device for the coupling of reinforcing bars, the coupling device comprising an elongate tubular body configured for receiving reinforcing bars, in particular their end portions, at least one recessed gripping surface being formed on an inner surface of the elongate tubular body, the recessed gripping surface comprising a plurality of teeth being configured to engage the reinforcing bars in response to the engagement of the reinforcing bars by a plurality of engaging bolts being adjustably positioned through the elongate tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Ultimate Design Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Hopwood
  • Patent number: 7093402
    Abstract: A coupling device for coupling reinforcing bars used in structural concrete comprising an elongate tubular body for receiving bar end portions, a plurality of engagers being adjustably positioned through the elongate tubular body, the coupling device being characterized in that the plurality of engagers are configured with a plurality of different end portions being configured for a different engaging of the reinforcing bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Ultimate Design Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Hopwood
  • Patent number: 7040066
    Abstract: A foaming cement (1), cooperates with the steel member (5), forms the fender structure (111), which could solely resist the load in horizontal or vertical direction, or cooperate with the columniation (222). The whole lightweight steel (5) is embedded in the foaming cement or the floor slabs. The fender structure (111) cooperates with the roof board, the ceiling (555) and the various floor slabs (333) in forming the structural system, which is capable of preserving heat and bearing the load and beautifying the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Zhi Fan
  • Patent number: 7003921
    Abstract: An expansive filler joint includes: a securing hollow body (1) embedded in a jointing end (3, 3) of forming concrete (K) or concrete segmental products (K?, K?), the securing hollow body (1) made of a rigid material and having a closure means (2) disposed at a plurality of side ends of the securing hollow body (1), an expansive filler (4) filling the securing hollow body (1), and reinforcing bars (5, 5) inserted into the securing hollow body through the closure means (2) and opposed to each other, wherein the opposed reinforcing bars (5, 5) are secured by prestress and pressure of expansion of the filler (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Yamax Corp.
    Inventor: Toshifumi Hisano