Opaque Stonelike Module Patents (Class 52/596)
  • Patent number: 10781497
    Abstract: A method of sealing a slag drain in a direct smelting vessel is disclosed. Also disclosed are a method of maintaining a slag drain channel and a direct smelting vessel with a slag drain channel that extends through a sleeve of refractory material installed in the direct smelting vessel. The method for sealing the slag drain includes locating a pre-formed refractory material at an inlet end of the slag drain channel so that it is exposed to a molten bath contained within the direct smelting vessel and sealing the slag drain channel with sealing material downstream of the pre-formed refractory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Tata Steel Limited
    Inventors: Jacques Pilote, Rodney James Dry
  • Patent number: 10753093
    Abstract: An insulated fireproof concrete form system. The system includes a pair of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks oriented parallel to each other. A pair of insulating blocks are disposed on a pair of internal surfaces of the pair of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks. The pair of insulating blocks are horizontally staggered relative to the pair of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks. A plurality of rods connects the pair of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Charlton
  • Patent number: 9752288
    Abstract: Dual-unit paving systems for covering a surface. The system includes pairs of first and second units. For each pair, the first and second unit have different respective shapes and sizes, and are matingly engageable for forming a hexagonal assembly having six, non-linear sides. The hexagonal assembly includes forming rotational tessellations. The first and second units are also shaped and matingly engageable so as to form horizontally aligned tessellations, as well as vertically aligned tessellations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Dignard, John Penterman
  • Patent number: 9302926
    Abstract: To provide a process for producing granules, wherein a component in an exhaust gas discharged from a glass melting furnace can be reused as a raw material for alkali-free glass, and a heating and drying step is not required for the reuse. Exhaust gas G1 formed in a process for melting a raw material of glass containing a boron component is brought in contact with contacting liquids L1 and L2 to obtain treated liquids S1, S2 and S3 having the boron component in the exhaust gas G1 dissolved therein; magnesium hydroxide is added to the mixture of the treated liquids in a treated liquid tank 14 to obtain a liquid containing a boron component and a magnesium component; by using the liquid, a granulation liquid is prepared; and in the presence of the granulation liquid, a raw material mixture for producing alkali-free borosilicate glass is granulated to produce granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Ryota Ando, Yasuo Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20150143768
    Abstract: An improved concrete formulation comprising gravel, sand, Portland cement, and anhydrite substituting a portion of the Portland cement for fabrication of precast concrete systems with strength properties that comply with regulatory requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Rodrigo Mendoza-Lozano
  • Publication number: 20150135628
    Abstract: A system and method of attaching a natural stone to a wall surface includes attaching a piece of natural stone to a base plate so as to leave at least a portion of the base plate uncovered by the piece of natural stone and attaching the base plate to the wall surface with a fastener extending through the uncovered portion of the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas L. Schlough
  • Patent number: 9021762
    Abstract: The present invention relates to concrete blocks or cement blocks that are shaped along the front surface like a wood shingle. In this way, when a user builds an outside wall out of these cement blocks, water will run down the side of the wall and not get into any of the joints where one block connects with the other. The blocks are all pre-made, sent to an end-user, and the end-user stacks them to create a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Frank DePalma
  • Publication number: 20150075106
    Abstract: A building block formed of a body having one or more insert pieces, whereby first and second complementary coupling parts are mainly formed of the one or more synthetic insert pieces so as to be able to couple such building blocks to one another. The first and the second coupling parts are complementary in such a way that, after the adjacent building blocks have been coupled to one another in an immobile manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Vandenbempt
  • Publication number: 20150071715
    Abstract: A retaining wall system, as well as embodiments of blocks and other devices for use in a retaining wall system. In some embodiments, a retaining wall includes a plurality of face blocks and a plurality of trunk blocks arranged in a plurality of courses of blocks. In some embodiments, a face block can include a face portion and a pair of leg portions, and each of the leg portions can be adapted to be coupled to a trunk block. In some embodiments, various block connecting devices can be used to connect blocks in a single course of blocks and various block alignment devices can be used to align blocks in adjacent courses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Westblock Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Hammer, Max Griffin
  • Publication number: 20150052842
    Abstract: A method of forming an architectural concrete structure having a desired look (i.e., color) and texture, wherein the method generally includes pouring a base concrete layer using conventional concrete. A surface concrete mixture is prepared and includes a mixture of sand and small aggregates to give the surface concrete mixture the desired color and texture for the architectural concrete structure. The base concrete layer provides strength and durability to the concrete structure, while the surface concrete layer provides the desired look and texture of the concrete surface. The surface concrete mixture preferably includes small aggregates to create a smooth and uniform texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Shaw & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8959865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for erecting a building structure with construction elements, wherein the construction elements comprise block-shaped bags filled with filling material and having an upper side, a lower side, a front side, a rear side, a right end surface and a left end surface, and wherein the block-shaped, bag-like construction elements of a first type are basic wall elements provided with connecting flaps at least close to the two end surfaces; the method comprising at least the steps of: —arranging at least two basic wall elements adjacently of each other on a ground surface, wherein the right end surface of the first basic wall element and the left end surface of the second basic wall element are placed close to each other; —placing against each other the connecting flaps of respectively the first and second basic wall elements situated close to the end surfaces placed closely together; and—mutually connecting the connecting flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Marlon Roger Philip Kratz, Ricardus Josephus Johannus Maria van Oostrum
  • Publication number: 20140373459
    Abstract: A modular construction block comprises a masonry block shell including first and second opposing side walls, and an intermediate cross-web formed between the side walls. Each of the first and second side walls comprises first and second opposing end edges, a relatively thin wall section extending from the cross-web to the first end edge, and a relatively thick wall section extending from the cross-web to the second end edge. The relatively thick wall section of each side wall tapers from the cross-web toward the second end edge of the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Charles Benjamin Newsome, Jody Ryan Wall, William Clyde Meade
  • Publication number: 20140366471
    Abstract: Concrete masonry unit blocks with recesses providing pockets sized to receive dimensional lumber components, enabling easy design and fabrication of block and lumber assemblies, typically using construction adhesive to bond the blocks to each other. Various dimensions and shapes of blocks are possible, as well as numerous shapes and sizes of pocket-forming recesses in the blocks. A wide variety of attractive and functional structures can be built with the blocks of this invention and widely-available dimensional lumber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Leonard Browning, David Ronald Rice
  • Publication number: 20140345224
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block is provided. The dry-cast concrete block comprises a surface to be exposed, at least a portion of the surface having a cast texture with a natural stone appearance. The cast texture may have a surface level difference of greater than 4 mm. In one example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a paving unit, in which case the surface level difference may be greater than 6 mm, such as between 6 mm and 12 mm. In another example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a wall construction unit, in which case the surface level difference may he greater than 15 mm, such as between 15 mm and 25 mm. Each of a plurality of points of the cast texture may define a respective texture angle between 75° and 90°. The cast texture may comprise at least one valley each having a respective depth greater than 4 mm. A process for manufacturing such a concrete block is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Denis Hamel
  • Patent number: 8894319
    Abstract: A permeable paver and paving slab that have water permeability of on average about 1 inch per hour and compressive strength of an average of about 5000 psi to 8000 psi, the paver and paving slab manufactured by forming a mixture comprising blast-furnace slag, sand, gravel and Portland cement into predetermined sizes, shapes and colors as desired utilizing a hydraulic-type or equivalent compacting block forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Interlock Pavingstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Tonder, Glen Tonder, Tim Donovan, Per Jensen
  • Patent number: 8844228
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block is provided. The dry-cast concrete block comprises a surface to be exposed, at least a portion of the surface having a cast texture with a natural stone appearance. The cast texture may have a surface level difference of greater than 4 mm. In one example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a paving unit, in which case the surface level difference may be greater than 6 mm, such as between 6 mm and 12 mm. In another example of implementation, the dry-cast concrete block may be a wall construction unit, in which case the surface level difference may be greater than 15 mm, such as between 15 mm and 25 mm. Each of a plurality of points of the cast texture may define a respective texture angle between 75° and 90°. The cast texture may comprise at least one valley each having a respective depth greater than 4 mm. A process for manufacturing such a concrete block is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Denis Hamel
  • Patent number: 8820022
    Abstract: A building unit has a substantially planar base having an outer periphery including multiple mating sides. Each mating side has at least one “S”-connection, which includes at least one outwardly extending male mating section and at least one inwardly extending adjacent female section. On the base, there are multiple cobbles or raised regions separated by false joints. A first portion of the raised regions are positioned on the male mating sections, respectively and extend to positions proximate to the outer periphery of the base. A second portion of the raised regions are positioned adjacent the female mating sections, respectively and are set back from the outer periphery. Each side of one unit can mate with any side of another like unit. The arrangement results in a surface covering that lacks a discernible pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Riccobene, Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8820024
    Abstract: The wall building system and method uses a block for building walls and other structures. The block is formed with an external face member and an internal face member connected by an inner core, which has an outer surface formed with a concave profile. The block is fabricated in one piece to enhance strength and stability. Each face is provided with a continuous groove therearound. The continuous grooves are adapted to receive locking elements therein to interlock the blocks. Utilizing a locking element eliminates the need for binding compounds, such as mortar, thereby greatly reducing labor and material costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Mohammad A. H. S. H. Abdullah, Hamad S. H. S. Husain
  • Patent number: 8747019
    Abstract: An artificial flagstone for use in combination with other similar flagstones for covering a surface with a natural random look, the flagstone having a generally hexagonal body comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive vertices; a first pair of first and second sides extending radially from the first vertex; a second pair of third and fourth sides extending radially from the third vertex; a third pair of fifth and sixth sides extending radially from the fifth vertex; wherein the sides of at least one of the first, second and third pair of sides have at least one split deviation along their length and are respectively rotational images of each other, and the artificial flagstone has no rotational symmetry when rotated about a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marcel Thomassen
  • Patent number: 8695304
    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 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Supreme Wall Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8684626
    Abstract: A permeable paver that has water permeability of on average about 1 inch per hour and compressive strength of an average of about 8000 psi, the paver manufactured by forming a mixture comprising blast-furnace slag, sand, gravel and portland cement into predetermined sizes, shapes and colors as desired utilizing a hydraulic-type or equivalent compacting block forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Interlock Pavingstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Tonder, Glen Tonder, Tim Donovan, Per Jensen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8628374
    Abstract: An expandable toy building element being interconnectable with one or more other toy building elements is disclosed having one or more coupling connectors adapted to interconnect the expandable toy building element with another toy building element. The expandable toy building element has a hollow first end component with an open, distal end so as to define a first internal cavity, a hollow second end component with an open, distal end so as to define a second internal cavity; and a translation element acting to expandably connect the first end component to the second end component. The expandable toy building element is expandable between a compact position and at least one expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Spin Master Ltd.
    Inventor: David Lewis McDonald
  • Publication number: 20130283718
    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: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Michael M. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130255177
    Abstract: A multi-component composite block includes a pair of opposed and parallel masonry face panels amalgamated with transverse non-masonry truss-webs or a truss-module including a plurality of joined non-masonry truss-webs. Truss-webs and/or truss-module are delivered within the mold assembly and aligned, retained, and held fast in place by mold apparatuses. Portions of truss-web and/or truss-module unite together with mold apparatuses to shape partitioned residual cavity spaces for the addition of concrete block forming material to form face panels. The truss-web members and/or truss-module have configured elements that integrate with the concrete mass of the face shells providing a permanent amalgamated bond. The assembled multi-component composite block is rigidly stable, durable, structural, lightweight, and thermally efficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Kerry VonDross
  • Patent number: 8469321
    Abstract: A masonry unit wall support system and method for supporting one or more pipes within a masonry unit wall includes a compressible support structure containing one or more holes for one or more pipes. The compressible support structure is compressively inserted into a hollow core cavity of a masonry unit to create a relatively immovable support for one or more pipes inserted through one or more holes that may be formed in the support structure either before or after the support structure is compressively inserted into the hollow core cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony F. Nolfi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8464492
    Abstract: An engineered block for a landscape wall includes front and rear faces, first and second sidewalls, a top surface extending between upper ends of the front and rear faces, and a bottom surface extending between lower ends of the front and rear faces. A stepped cavity is formed in the top surface of the engineered block. The stepped cavity is located adjacent the front face of the engineered block and includes a first step having a first horizontal, and a shallower second step, adjacent the first step, having a second horizontal surface. A mounting device adapted to receive a light fixture is seated within the stepped cavity. The mounting device has a flat plate seated upon the second step and a storage compartment for wire seated upon the first step. A top planar surface of the flat plate is coplanar with the top surface of the engineered block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Beausoleil
  • Publication number: 20130111842
    Abstract: A cast block for use in a wall is provided. The block includes: a body including a top surface and an opposed bottom surface; and a face portion extending frontwardly from the body portion, the face portion including a front surface, an upper tapered surface, and a lower tapered surface, the upper tapered surface disposed between the top surface and the front surface and the lower tapered surface disposed between the bottom surface and the front surface; wherein the front surface, the upper tapered surface, and the lower tapered surface are each patterned. Also provided is a wall formed of rows of cast blocks. Also provided is a method of forming masonry blocks for use in structural retaining walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Y. Long, John E. Ravelli, John J. Lindberg
  • Patent number: 8387323
    Abstract: An artificial stone siding product for use as siding for homes, commercial buildings, and other structures, as well as for hearths, mantles, and other similar indoor structures, is provided. The artificial stone siding product includes a stone body cast of a cement aggregate and having an outer visible surface area shaped and colored to resemble real stone. An integral mounting support extends from at least one edge of the stone body. The mounting support allows the attachment of the artificial stone siding product to a surface of a wall using fasteners inserted through apertures defined by the support. The artificial stone siding product may be used to quickly and easily construct a stone wall by mounting a plurality of the artificial stone siding products to the exterior of a wall in much the same way as standard siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Silvermine Stone Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Mickelson
  • Patent number: 8337115
    Abstract: The paving stone (1) which can degrade environmental pollutant elements or gases, comprising a body provided with two layers, a first surface layer (2) and a second base layer (3) which are solidly overlapped, where said surface layer (2) comprises a solidified paste including cement, silica sand, titanium dioxide, zeolite and ferric oxides or FeO2, marble pebbles and recycled materials, while the base layer (3) comprises a solidified paste including cement, preferably grey, aggregate particles and recycled materials, and a method for producing said stone (1) in a continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pavimentos de Tudela, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Moracho Amigot, Angel Moracho Jimenez
  • Patent number: 8266855
    Abstract: A building block system for building concrete block walls. The system features a main block, a first corner block, a second corner block, a first end block, and a second end block. The blocks interlock with each other via first mating components, second mating components, third mating components, and upper protrusions disposed on various ends of the various blocks. Many of the blocks feature a center aperture, which can engage the mating components and upper protrusions. Generally, the first mating components and upper protrusions can engage the second mating components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Najem Altararwah
  • Patent number: 8240105
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of connecting a geogrid to a segmental retaining wall with the use of positive connectors between upper and lower blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon John Dueck
  • Patent number: 8215079
    Abstract: A compressed building block formed of a pre-mix of fly ash, Class C type, are combined with various aggregates either ground wood and/or chips, having maybe a small amount of Portland cement added thereto, moisturized, and then either molded, extruded or compressed in a press into the configuration of a block. A plasticizer, wetting agent and surfactant solution may be added to the composition. Boron as a mold retardant and an insecticide, may be added to the composition, to provide the formed block with further beneficial attributes. The blocks may be formed by a system for extruding such blocks from the formulation, or they may be formed by means of a mold or hydraulic or other press and pressed into the configuration of the desired block, needed for the construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Encore Building Solutions, Inc
    Inventor: Robert F. Sinclair
  • Publication number: 20120110945
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of forming a composite material includes drying organic raw material to remove moisture to less than about 18%. The organic raw material is milled to form organic fiber particles having a size less than about 10 mm. A glue is formed by adding magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride, and water. The glue is mixed with the organic fiber particles to form a slurry. A mold cavity of a mold is filled with the slurry. A pattern is formed by allowing the slurry to set within the mold cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Henry Hoang, Trung Nam Dang
  • Patent number: 8133337
    Abstract: A mold core with a plurality of tension springs is placed in a mold box such that the top of the mold core is even with the top of the mold box when the plurality of tension springs have no tension. Block mix including a substantial amount of compressible material is poured into the mold and lightly vibrated. A movable bottom plate then moves downward at the same time as the mold core is moved downward a first distance to stretch the plurality of tension springs. After the mold core is moved downward the first distance, the movement of the mold core stops while the movement of the movable plate continues downward, thereby ejecting the partial block element from the mold. Block elements are cured, then glued together to form a complete block. One or both of the exterior surfaces of the block may have a wooden attachment layer attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon J. Dardanis, Jess A. Dardanis, Kenneth M. Switzer, James A. Peeders
  • Patent number: 8117800
    Abstract: A facade is formed on an upright supporting surface using a plurality of facade elements formed of plastic material having a flat rear side and a decorative front side protruding from the rear side. The flat rear side of the elements can be abutted directly against the upright supporting surface with the elements in spaced relation with one another and secured thereon using nails from an air driven nailer. Grouting in the form of mortar repair or caulking can be used to fill the gaps between adjacent elements on the supporting surface to complete the appearance of a natural stone facade on a building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Craig Lobson
  • Patent number: 8091315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a building block (2) comprising embedded light transmitting fibres (6) in a cast material (4), where the fibers are arranged in the cast material from a first lateral surface (8) of the building block to an opposite second lateral surface (10) of the same, whereby a fiber end, respectively, is arranged to end up at a respective position (12) on the first lateral surface (8), and the other end of the fiber is arranged to end up at a respective position (14) on the second lateral surface, whereby the fibers (6), respectively, permits transfer of light through the building block emitted from a light source arranged behind either of the lateral surfaces (8, 10), that the cast material (4) and the embedded fibers (6) therein constitute a building block (2) with a homogeneous structure that can receive load and further that a plurality of fibers (6) are evenly distributed over substantially the whole lateral surface (8, 10), respectively, whereby light can be emitted from the evenly
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Aron Losonczi
  • Publication number: 20110308188
    Abstract: A thermally insulated building brick (1) and a method for production thereof, wherein the brick comprises a structural body (2) with at least one cavity (8) and an insulating filling (3) arranged in the cavity. To provide a brick with high insulation value suited for mass production, the insulating filling comprises an insulating material arranged in a leading-in sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Kristian Skovgaard Jorgensen, Roman Rupp
  • Publication number: 20110293954
    Abstract: Described herein are methods of improving the durability of concrete by the infusion of the concrete with a low-viscosity oligomeric solution, and subsequent curing of the oligomeric solution to form a high toughness polymer. Also described herein are compositions containing concrete and high toughness polymers, and formed articles made from concrete and high toughness polymers. The methods and compositions are useful for improving the durability of concrete roads and structures, as well as the durability of repairs to concrete roads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wei H. Kao, Larry Carlson, Jenn-Ming Yang, Jiann-Wen Woody Ju
  • Publication number: 20110271624
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of foam backing panels for use with lap siding and configured for mounting on a building. Also disclosed are lap siding assemblies and products of lap sidings. One such embodiment of the foam backing panel comprises a rear face configured to contact the building, a front face configured for attachment to the lap siding, alignment means for aligning the lap siding relative to the building, means for providing a shadow line, opposing vertical side edges, a top face extending between a top edge of the front face and rear face and a bottom face extending between a bottom edge of the front face and rear face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Richard C. Wilson, Patrick M. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 8006446
    Abstract: CO2-sequestering formed building materials are provided. The building materials of the invention include a composition comprising a carbonate/bicarbonate component. Additional aspects of the invention include methods of making and using the CO2-sequestering formed building material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Calera Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Constantz, Andrew Youngs, Terence C. Holland
  • Publication number: 20110203197
    Abstract: An adobe that a group of which can be placed on one another without using a mediator and by means of a vibrator is capable of changing the imposed forces into vibration and finally dissipating them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Saeed NAJAFI, Mehdi FARZPOURMACHIANI, Ali FARZPOURMACHIANI
  • Publication number: 20110185672
    Abstract: A moulding method for gravity casting masonry blocks which uses a mould with a base and four swing down sides, allows for an outer layer to be cast of different density material and allows for a core to be used to mould hollow blocks. The base and four sides when lowered present an uppermost surface for efficient cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Benex Techologies Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Kerry Bennett
  • Patent number: 7976963
    Abstract: A concrete product is provided having a body including an ornamental surface layer, an intermediate strengthening layer and a concrete substrate layer. The intermediate strengthening layer functions as a buffer between any air bubbles remaining in the concrete substrate layer and the ornamental facing layer following curing of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Boral Stone Products, LLC
    Inventors: Rudolph A. Olson, III, Dwayne A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110138702
    Abstract: A pre-engineered/prefabricated wall assembly that has inner and outer sidewall panels of rigid insulation material that acts as both thermal insulation and concrete forms. The inner and outer sidewall panels are connected by connecting rods that secures a metal stud wall frame to the interior of the wall assembly, and a metal stud wall frame to the exterior of the wall assembly. The connecting rods serve to align the inner and outer sidewall panels separate from, and parallel to, each other, thereby providing a space for rebar and concrete to form a reinforced concrete wall. The mortar-less brick/stone veneer is attached to the wall assembly by inserting an attaching rod through the outer and inner sidewall panels, and is secured with a mechanical fastener, thereby securing the mortar-less brick/stone veneer in place until the poured concrete permanently secures the mortar-less brick/stone veneer to the exterior of the wall assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Jay R. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20110047916
    Abstract: Natural stone cladding (10) with a plurality of strips (18.1, 18.2) for surface-parallel mounting on a surface to be clad, with a number of natural stone elements (11.1, 11.2) and a number of support holders (30.1, 30.2) and counterholders (20.1, 20.2). Each natural stone element (11.1, 11.2) comprises a visible front side and a rear side with a first machine-made longitudinal recess and a second machine-made longitudinal recess. Pairs of support holders (30.1, 30.2) are fastened to adjacent strips (18.1, 18.2) and one natural stone element (11.1, 11.2) is seated by the first longitudinal recess on these two support holders (30.1, 30.2). One each of the two support holders (30.1, 30.2) is seated a respective counterholder (20.1, 20.2), and each of the two counterholders (20.1, 20.2) engages in the second longitudinal recess (15) in order to secure the natural stone element (11.1, 11.2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Martin Müller
  • Publication number: 20110047920
    Abstract: A deck block adapted to be interconnected with other deck blocks to form an insulating deck for casting concrete. The deck block comprising a foam panel at least one hole extending into the panel from the one end toward an opposing end such that the hole has an open end and a closed end. At least one protrusion extends from the panel and the protrusion is matingly receivable in at least a portion of a hole of a like panel to interconnect the panels in an end-to-end relationship. The panel has a vertical groove extending from a bottom surface and intersecting the opening of the panel to provide a fluid flow channel from the opening to the bottom surface of the panel when the like panels are interconnected. The protrusion has a horizontal groove extending along a lower end thereof from a distal end of the protrusion to a proximal end thereof so as to intersect the vertical groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • Publication number: 20110041448
    Abstract: A casted concrete stone having opposed parallel surfaces formed in a mold and wherein the opposed parallel surfaces have a molded textured surface. The concrete stone is fabricated by a dry-cast concrete mold wherein a profiling plate is provided with mold bottom wall formations each having a textured outer surface. A bond release film or spray or permanent coating is provided on the textured outer surface of the mold bottom wall formations. Mold forming side walls are disposed about the mold bottom wall formations. After the mold is filled with a dry-cast concrete mixture a top plate, having mold top wall formations, is disposed over the mold forming side walls with the mold top wall formations disposed inside respective ones of the molds to close the molds. Pressure and vibration is applied to compact the dry-cast concrete whereby to form a dry-cast concrete stone with opposed molded textured surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: TECHO-BLOC INC.
    Inventor: CHARLES CICCARELLO
  • Patent number: 7849656
    Abstract: A first concrete block has an exposure face with a non-planar first topographical definition and a first edge along the side face and a second edge along the second side face. The first edge has a first irregular profile. A second concrete block has an exposure face with a non-planar second topographical definition and a first edge and a second edge. The second topographical definition is different from the first topographical definition. The second edge of the second block has an irregular profile that is the mirror image of the first irregular profile. The blocks can be oriented adjacent and against each other for a seamless appearance. Assembling methods include orienting the first side of the first block against the second side of the second block and aligning the first irregular profile of the first block with the first irregular profile of the second block for a seamless appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie L. Mugge, Jay J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7845123
    Abstract: To reduce the weight of a staircase block so as to be manually carried and installed, prevent adjacent blocks from being displaced from each other after installation, and prevent the blocks from being raised and separated from each other due to heating and cooling by conquering problems with the staircase blocks related to publicly known technologies. In this precast concrete block for building a staircase, large recesses (2) and (9) are formed in the rise surface (1) and the rear surface (8) of the block to reduce the weight, and displacement prevention grooves (7) for connecting the adjacent blocks to each other with mortar are formed in the side faces of the block, and round parts (partially cylindrical recessed surfaces) (10) with a specified radius are formed at the inner corner parts of the recess (9) in the rear surface so that an acute angle part preventing the adhesive mortar from being filled therein is not produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Kimio Tada