Diagonal Bracing Patents (Class 52/693)
  • Patent number: 10724563
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a non-welded, clevis-type coupling assembly that provides two sheer planes and, accordingly, increases the load bearing capacity thereof. The assembly includes a coupling plate having a first section, a second section, and a third section. The second section is intermediate the first section and the third section and the first and third sections are oriented at an angle of 90° with respect to one another. The coupling plate includes a contiguous opening extending there through having a first part and a second part. The first part has a first dimension and the second part has a second dimension that is larger than the first dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: REINKE MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Bradley George Weatherl, Mark Randall Virus, Russell Scott Reinke, Darin Joseph Neff
  • Patent number: 10697172
    Abstract: A shield reinforcement plate including a steel plate of approximately 1 to 3 mm thick, shaped in characteristic form by a tool in a continuous process. The shield reinforcement plate including 2 (two) holes, a pair of fins, also referred to as flaps and a fold at 90° relative to a base of the shield reinforcement plate. The fold referred to as a stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto De Almeida Borges
  • Patent number: 10689845
    Abstract: A building construction includes a plurality of vertically oriented studs, each extending between a floor and a ceiling of a building, each stud including a first and second stud sections in parallel, spaced apart relation, and a connecting wall which connects together the first and second stud sections in the parallel, spaced apart relation, each stud section including a central wall having lengthwise extending recesses, and two wing walls extending from opposite side edges of the central wall; and side connecting panels for connecting together wing walls of horizontally spaced apart studs, with the outer surface of each side connecting panel being coplanar with the outer surface of each respective central wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Henry H. Bilge
  • Patent number: 10155644
    Abstract: A crane girder for a crane, such as an overhead or gantry crane, that is configured as a trussed girder with an upper chord, a lower chord, and braces connecting the chords to each other. At least one of the braces is designed flatly and has a main surface which extends transversely to a longitudinal direction of the crane girder. The brace is removably secured to the upper chord and/or the lower chord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Christoph Paßmann, Richard Kreisner, Thomas Schlierbach-Knobloch, Stefan Noll, Franz Schulte
  • Patent number: 10066392
    Abstract: A combined wooden frame support and ceiling system is provided, each support including upper and lower wooden chords and a wooden structure connecting the lower chord to the upper chord for weight bearing purposes. A gypsum wallboard batten strip is attached to the lower chord, and defining a ledge extending from each side of the lower chord. A single thickness of gypsum wallboard panels is used to create a ceiling attached to the support, each panel used to create the ceiling is made from a slurry composition including less than 5% by weight of Grade 4 vermiculite. Upon the support being assembled in the ceiling system, with a plurality of the supports, and having lengths of insulation supported by the ledges of the adjacent supports, the ceiling system resists charring by fire for at least one hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary Franklin Miller, Joseph Edward Swinea, Naveen Punati
  • Patent number: 9776668
    Abstract: Side member (23) for a chassis (27) provided with a wheel (26) which side member (23) comprises an upper flange (32) and a lower flange (33). Both of the flanges (32, 33) of the side member (23) have a continuous extension along the whole of the side member's (23) entire length. The upper or lower flange (32, 33) exhibits two oppositely directed curved portions (38, 39) that are both located in front of or behind said wheel (26) so that the curved flange's (32, 33) perpendicular distance to the non-curved flange (32) at one end of the chassis (27) is greater than the corresponding perpendicular distance to the non-curved flange (32) at the other end of the chassis (27). The non-curved flange (32) and the curved flange (33) are connected to one another via at least one connecting member (40, 51, 52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SSAB TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventor: Anders Isaksson
  • Patent number: 9771296
    Abstract: A glass sheet used in the making of an aircraft windshield is shaped using the “cut-to-size” method instead of the “cut-after-bend” method. In a preferred aspect of the invention the “cut-to-size” method is practiced using a bending iron having a sheet shaping rail having a stationary shaping rail portion mounted on a support member and an articulating shaping rail portion pivotally mounted on the support member for movement from a non-shaping position to a shaping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. DeAngelis, Yu Jiao, Dennis D. Warren, Chao Yu
  • Patent number: 9677272
    Abstract: Structural columns are fastened to one another vertically. Wall panels may be fastened to the structural columns so that load is transferred through the structural columns rather than vertically between the wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PATCO, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 9512619
    Abstract: Deck systems, deck system components making up the deck systems, and methods of assembling and disassembling deck system components and the deck systems are described herein. A box-frame can be assembled from box-frame-segments, angle clips, and fasteners. A box-frame can be supported by posts attached to the box-frame using post brackets and fasteners. Joist assemblies can be assembled using joist segments, joist spacers, and fasteners. Joist assemblies can be positioned within the box-frame. The joist assemblies can be secured to box-frame-segments or another joist assembly using roll-lock tabs and roll-lock tab receivers and locking tabs and locking tab retainers that are part of extrusions making up the box-frame-segments, joist spacers, or joist segments. Deck boards can be secured to the joist assemblies using deck screws or deck-clips. The post brackets can accommodate support posts below deck boards and railing posts extending above deck boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Roger Winter
  • Publication number: 20150107182
    Abstract: A truss comprising a top chord, a bottom chord, a plurality of exterior braces, and a plurality of interior braces, wherein the top chord further comprises a plurality of welding slots arrangements, each of the welding slots arrangements including pilot holes and welding slots, wherein the welding slots arrangement is used to securely attach one of the interior braces and the exterior braces to the top chord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Publication number: 20150068152
    Abstract: Structural columns are fastened to one another vertically. Wall panels may be fastened to the structural columns so that load is transferred through the structural columns rather than vertically between the wall panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8966856
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for reinforcing adjacent parallel spaced apart wooden structural members wherein each of the structural members has opposed first and second edges. The apparatus comprises a rigid member being sized to extend between the first edge of a first structural member and the second edge of an adjacent second structural member. The apparatus further comprising first and second sockets connected to first and second ends of the rigid member each sized to receive and edge of one of the structural members therein. The method comprises engaging the first socket around the first edge of the first structural member and locating a second structural member with the second edge of the second structural member within a second socket. The method may also comprise rotating the rigid member between the first and second structural members until the first and second sockets are engaged around diagonally opposed edges the structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Int'l Structure Lock Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony T. Groenesteyn
  • Patent number: 8959868
    Abstract: Disclosed is a truss, having an upper and lower chord member each extending in generally the same longitudinal direction and in spaced apart relation. The truss also includes a plurality of web members each with a first and second end, the web members including a crimped portion at the first and second end with openings disposed therein, wherein the first and second ends and openings of adjacent web members overlap. A lower chord fastening system extends through the lower chord and through the overlapping openings in the first ends of adjacent web members. An upper chord fastening system extends through the upper chord and through the overlapping openings in the second ends of two adjacent web members, wherein a plurality of lower and upper chord fastening systems are utilized across the entire length of the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford M. Robinson, David Douglas Archer
  • Patent number: 8919071
    Abstract: An implementation of a truss configuration disclosed herein includes a plurality of trusses, each including a top chord, a bottom chord, a plurality of exterior braces, and a plurality of interior braces, wherein length of each of the plurality of exterior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the exterior braces and the top chord is substantially similar. Furthermore, length of each of the plurality of interior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the alternate interior braces and the top chord is substantially similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Patco, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8899900
    Abstract: A construction system for building a home independently is provided that assists a sole home builder so that a modern home can be built without the use of heavy machinery or reliance on professionals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Harvey Hiatt
  • Patent number: 8887471
    Abstract: A strut end piece for a strut for connecting with a fin of a sleeve for a solar mirror frame support. A strut for receiving a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support. A sleeve for connecting with a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support having a main portion having an opening for receiving the chord. A method for connecting a sleeve to a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Craig Roy Werner, John Funai
  • Publication number: 20140311082
    Abstract: An apparatus for reinforcing adjacent structural members to each other comprises a ridged member extending between first and second ends and having a length sufficient to extend between two adjacent structural members and a socket at each of the first and second ends of the rigid member. Each socket has a central axis therethrough and is formed of a base panel and first and second side panels. At least one of the sockets is adapted to engage with a socket of an adjacent rigid member so as to interlink successive rigid members across a plurality of structural members wherein the rigid member is connected to the first panels at an end thereof distal to the base panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Abtar Shar Sidhu
  • Publication number: 20140260024
    Abstract: A portable building kit, construction members, and method for building a portable building are presented. The portable building includes a plurality of upright members, a plurality of footing members adapted to be connected to one or more of the plurality of upright members, a plurality of angle truss members adapted to be connected to one of the plurality of upright members, a plurality of horizontal eave brace members adapted to be connected to one or more of the plurality of upright members and one or more of the plurality of angle truss members, and a plurality of horizontal ridge brace members adapted to be connected to one or more of the plurality of angle truss members. The portable building is made by selecting a predetermined number of upright members, footing members, angle truss members, horizontal eave brace members, and horizontal ridge brace members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Tate
  • Patent number: 8793948
    Abstract: A method of constructing a building including erecting a plurality of truss elements to form a framework including one or more walls, a roof structure and a floor structure. Each truss element includes at least two joists and a plurality of braces that maintain the joists in a parallel arrangement, the truss elements being arranged in the framework to provide an inner joist and an outer joist. An inner covering layer and an outer covering layer are attached to the framework, thereby forming an enclosed void between the inner and outer covering layers that extends substantially continuously around the framework. An insulating material is injected into the void to form a substantially continuous insulating layer between the inner and outer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Beattie Passive Build System Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald Peter Beattie
  • Patent number: 8763345
    Abstract: The invention provides load-resisting segments (e.g., panels or frames for openings) for transmitting loads through a building structure. In the context of a wall, the load-resisting segments transmit shear loads downward to structural elements below the wall, such as to a building foundation. The load-resisting segments may comprise a truss configuration, i.e., an assembly of members forming a rigid framework. Each load-resisting segment can include web members and pairs of truss plates secured to sides of the segment to secure connections of the web members to each other and to other members. The wall segments can include beam-separation blocks that reduce truss plate failure by spacing apart the ends of two web members bearing against a chord or post to position the intersection point of the load paths of the web members with the load path of the chord or post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Trussed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Cloyd, Robert D. Lucey
  • Publication number: 20140165496
    Abstract: An implementation of a truss configuration disclosed herein includes a plurality of trusses, each including a top chord, a bottom chord, a plurality of exterior braces, and a plurality of interior braces, wherein length of each of the plurality of exterior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the exterior braces and the top chord is substantially similar. Furthermore, length of each of the plurality of interior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the alternate interior braces and the top chord is substantially similar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8745930
    Abstract: A composite floor panel includes a frame assembly having a base plate, a plurality of first lateral supports secured to the base plate, and a plurality of second lateral supports secured to the base plate. The first lateral supports lie in a first plane and the second lateral supports lie in a second plane. The first plane and the second plane each intersect the base plate and the first plane is disposed at an angle relative to the second plane. The composite floor panel also includes a concrete portion coupled to and supported by the first lateral supports and the second lateral supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Plattforms, Inc
    Inventors: David H Platt, John E Charchenko, Daryl G Hodgson, Russell J Platt
  • Patent number: 8677717
    Abstract: Methods and structures for a composite truss structure are provided. The structure includes a web formed of a plurality of sheets of composite material, each sheet including a first face and an opposing second face and each face including a length and a width. Each of the plurality of sheets are coupled to at least one other of the plurality of sheets face to face such that the length and width of each face substantially match the length and width of a face of an adjacent sheet. The plurality of sheets are formed to include an upper chord member, a lower chord member, and a plurality of web members extending therebetween. The structure also includes at least a first flange plate coupled to the web proximate an outer periphery of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Kulesha
  • Publication number: 20140069047
    Abstract: A lattice girder for support of a tunnel structure includes coupling elements arranged on ends of the lattice girder. Each coupling element has two sheet-metal strips having each an end formed with a loop. Extending between the coupling elements in a longitudinal direction of the lattice girder are two lower bars and an upper bar arranged to define corners of a triangle in cross section. A framework made of single braces connects the lower bars with the upper bar. Connectors are received in the loops of the sheet-metal strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Bochumer Eisenhütte Heintzmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rudi Podjadtke
  • Patent number: 8528268
    Abstract: A building assembly for forming a frame of a building including at least two elongated column structures and a truss structure supported on the column structures. The truss structure has opposite end portions resting on the column structures at horizontally spaced locations. A trilateral bracing structure may be attached to the truss structure and one of the column structures to tie the truss structure to the column structure. The trilateral bracing structure may be separable from the truss structure and the column structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Component Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Tom Reaves
  • Patent number: 8490362
    Abstract: Methods and structures for a composite truss structure are provided. The structure includes a web formed of a plurality of sheets of composite material, each sheet including a first face and an opposing second face and each face including a length and a width. Each of the plurality of sheets are coupled to at least one other of the plurality of sheets face to face such that the length and width of each face substantially match the length and width of a face of an adjacent sheet. The plurality of sheets are formed to include an upper chord member, a lower chord member, and a plurality of web members extending therebetween. The structure also includes at least a first flange plate coupled to the web proximate an outer periphery of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard L. Kulesha
  • Patent number: 8397463
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for connecting tubes or rods, which are preferably uni-directional pultruded, filament wound, or roll-wrapped carbon-fiber tubes or rods, together to form trusses and other structures using a series of connector pieces preferably bonded together with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Allred & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall, Matthew A. Bush, Joseph Kummer
  • Patent number: 8366083
    Abstract: A tensioning device is provided for tensioning the metal strap of a metal wall structure. The tensioning device includes an elongated bar having a handle and a pair of jaws where one jaw is secured to the elongated bar and another jaw projects from the handle. The jaws are operatively connected between the metal strap and the wall structure. In particular, one jaw is operatively connected or anchored to the wall structure and the other jaw is connected to the metal strap. The handle includes a trigger mechanism for moving the jaws with respect to each other. By actuating the trigger mechanism and closing the jaws, the metal strap is tensioned. After the metal strap is tensioned, it is securely fastened to the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Steel Netork, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Herrmann, Michael A. Shultz, John C. Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8316621
    Abstract: An improved roof structure formed of metal sheet s. The structure comprises a plurality of cold formed columns supported by a concrete foundation, a plurality of cold formed girders supported by the plurality of columns, a plurality of cold formed beams supported by the plurality of girders, a plurality of cold formed open web joists supported by the plurality of beams, and a plurality of polystyrene roof boards supported by the plurality of joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Kamal Safari Kermanshahi, Haddad Miladi, Abolghasem Rastgoo, Kamran Safari Kermanshahi, Koroush Safari Kermanshahi
  • Patent number: 8297017
    Abstract: A composite floor panel includes a frame assembly having a base plate, a plurality of first lateral supports secured to the base plate, and a plurality of second lateral supports secured to the base plate. The first lateral supports lie in a first plane and the second lateral supports lie in a second plane. The first plane and the second plane each intersect the base plate and the first plane is disposed at an angle relative to the second plane. The composite floor panel also includes a concrete portion coupled to and supported by the first lateral supports and the second lateral supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Plattforms, Inc.
    Inventors: David H Platt, John E Charchenko, Daryl G Hodgson, Russell J Platt
  • Patent number: 8276328
    Abstract: A wall module for the construction of a housing module comprises two beams, two primary studs, two bracing members, primary reinforcements and a plurality of secondary studs. The two beams are spaced apart and substantially parallel to each other. The two primary studs are perpendicularly connected between different extremities of the two beams so as to define four wall corners. The two bracing members are connected substantially diagonally between two different opposed wall corners. The primary reinforcements are located at the wall corners and are connect one of the two beams to one of the two primary studs and to one of the bracing members. The secondary studs are attached to the two beams and to at least one of the two bracing members. The wall module may further comprise a sheathing attached to the secondary studs and a finishing sheet attached to the sheathing in between the secondary studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Technostructur Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Pépin
  • Patent number: 8240106
    Abstract: The invention provides load-resisting segments (e.g., panels or frames for openings) for transmitting loads through a building structure. In the context of a wall, the load-resisting segments transmit shear loads downward to structural elements below the wall, such as to a building foundation. The load-resisting segments may comprise a truss configuration, i.e., an assembly of members forming a rigid framework. Each load-resisting segment can include web members and pairs of truss plates secured to sides of the segment to secure connections of the web members to each other and to other members. The wall segments can include beam-separation blocks that reduce truss plate failure by spacing apart the ends of two web members bearing against a chord or post to position the intersection point of the load paths of the web members with the load path of the chord or post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Trussed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M Cloyd, Robert D Lucey
  • Patent number: 8176699
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of vertically disposed trusses having angled rafters and a joint is coupled to a ridge board. Upper TboxTrusses function as the rafters. Each upper TboxTruss has a planar plate. The planar plate has a hollow box depending downwardly there from. An interior sheet of fire resistant fabric sheet material is above the upper TboxTrusses. An exterior sheet of the fire resistant fabric sheet material is below the upper TboxTrusses. Insulation material is located between the interior and exterior sheets and bounded by adjacent hollow boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Robert J. Birchfield
  • Patent number: 8171696
    Abstract: A metal stud including first and second metal panels defining first and second flat surfaces with longitudinal edges each turned inwardly away from the flat surfaces. The first and second panels are positioned in parallel spaced apart relationship with the first flat surface and the second flat surface being outwardly directed relative to each other. An angular metal coupling element includes a continuous length of metal material periodically bent in opposite directions. The coupling element is positioned between the first and second panels and bent to periodically and alternately contact the first and second panels at contact points. The coupling element is fixed to the first and second panels at the contact points by spot welding or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: John Powers, III, Edward Sucato
  • Patent number: 8166724
    Abstract: A wooden joist comprises wooden top chord and bottom chords. Wooden boards are adhesively connected to the chords to form an I-joist section along a portion of the wooden joist. Wooden webs may be adhesively connected to the chords to form an open-joist section along another portion of the wooden joist. A bearing extension is defined by the wooden top chord extending beyond an end of the wooden joist Metal webs are in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist. Each metal web comprises a top connector end fixed to the bearing extension, a bottom connector end fixed to the bottom chord, and a structural arm between the connector ends. The metal webs are solely provided in an end region along the wooden joist, whereby the wooden joist is adapted to be in a top-chord bearing relation with a beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Solive Ajouree 2000 Inc.
    Inventor: André Lemyre
  • Patent number: 8141318
    Abstract: The metal truss assembly disclosed herein is made from generally U-shaped metal chords and multiple generally S-shaped web members extending between the chords. A typical truss assembly has a pair of elongated, opposed, diverging metal upper chords and a lower chord, with the chords each forming generally U-shaped channels defining an interior chord space. A plurality of elongated metal web members extend between the upper and lower chords, with each of the web members extending into the interior space of an upper chord and the lower chord and attached to the chords. The web members, as taught herein, have a generally S-shaped cross-section. The shape of the web members is an advancement of prior art web members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Dunbar, William L. Babich, Greg Kelling
  • Patent number: 8122676
    Abstract: A wooden joist is described. The joist comprises a wooden top chord, a wooden bottom chord, and a main section comprising at least one of wooden boards and wooden webs adhesively connected to the wooden top chord and to the wooden bottom chord to form at least one of an I-joist subsection and an open-joist subsection along the main section of the wooden joist. An end configuration at one end of the main section comprises a wooden post extending generally perpendicularly between the wooden top chord and the wooden bottom chord and is adjacent to the main section. A wooden diagonal web extends diagonally from the wooden top chord to the wooden bottom chord. A first set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the wooden top chord to the diagonal web. A second set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the diagonal web and the post to the bottom chord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Solive Ajouree 2000 Inc.
    Inventor: André Lemyre
  • Patent number: 8006461
    Abstract: A metal roof truss assembly is provided comprising a plurality of elongated structural members, including a top chord, a bottom chord, and a web member. Each structural member comprises a planar base and planar legs extending from the longitudinal edges of the base. The base and the legs define an open longitudinal channel. A flange integral with the longitudinal edges of each leg has a planar first portion extending outwardly from the legs and a planar second portion extending from the longitudinal edges of the first portion of the flanges. The end of a first structural member is inserted into the channel defined by the legs and the base of a second structural member. The inserted end of the first structural member has no flanges for a length equal to at least the depth to which the first structural member is received in the channel of the second structural member so that the outer surface of the legs of the first structural member are adjacent the inner surface of the legs of the second structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Nucon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Donald R. Moody, Courtney J. Hanson, Thomas Corbet Ellis
  • Publication number: 20110173918
    Abstract: An adjustable wall brace may include: (a) an adjustment portion including a right-hand threaded portion and a left-hand threaded portion; (b) an extension portion including a threaded aperture configured to received at least one of the right-hand threaded portion and the left-hand threaded portion; and (c) a base portion including a threaded aperture configured to received at least one of the right-hand threaded portion and the left-hand threaded portion. A method for manufacturing an adjustable wall brace may include: (a) disposing an extension member within an extension receiving member; (b) receiving a first threaded portion of a dual-threaded adjustment mechanism within a threaded receiving aperture of at least one of the extension member and the extension receiving member; and (c) receiving a second threaded portion of the dual-threaded adjustment within a second threaded receiving aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Lyndon Graham
  • Patent number: 7921621
    Abstract: A beam-like structural component (1) made up of individual parts, comprising a flange (2) and two webs (3, 4) is characterized in that a flange (2) is provided with one web (3, 4) each on its two longitudinal sides, wherein each web is attached to a longitudinal sidewall of the flange (2) preferably by means of an adhesive material, and that the end regions (7) of the webs (3, 4), which end regions are facing away from the flange (2), are planarly interconnected with the surfaces (8, 9) facing each other preferably by means of an adhesive material, wherein the webs (3, 4), in their cross-sections, have in each case the shape of a “stretched S”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Stefan Krestel
  • Patent number: 7877961
    Abstract: A joist comprised of at least one cold-formed steel elongated chord member; a cold-formed steel web having a plurality of web members and means for securing said web to said chord member. A plurality of joists are generally for use in a support system for a platform or a deck in the construction of floors and roofs. The support system is of particular use in a composite floor and roof systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Best Joist Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Richard Strickland, Lei Xu
  • Patent number: 7870628
    Abstract: An enhancing mechanism to be placed primarily below the neutral axis of a girder is presented. The movement and deflection of the girder causes the enhancing mechanism to alter the bending moment distribution of the girder. The mechanism is configured so that when combined with the girder, the overall dimensions of the combined system is not much bigger than the dimensions of the girder alone. A tension member may be incorporated into the lower boundary of the enhancing mechanism, and connections are used to attach the mechanism to the girder below the neutral axis. The girder and the enhancing mechanism may be made of the same material or different materials. The compression forces developed in the long diagonal members of the enhancing mechanism become a reaction at the girder end points. A direct connection of the long diagonal members to support points load shear directly to the end supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Zachary M. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20100313516
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closed vertical frame (25.1, 25.2) intended for the construction of a frame stanchion (20.1), preferably a supporting frame (21.1), particularly of a supporting frame tower (22.1), the vertical frame comprising at least two vertical supports (30.1, 30.2; 30.3, 30.4), which are disposed at a horizontal distance from each other, and comprising at least two horizontal arms (35.1, 35.2; 35.3, 35.4), which are disposed at a vertical distance from each other and each extend between the at least two vertical supports (30.1, 30.2; 30.3, 30.4) transversely to the vertical supports (30.1, 30.2; 30.3, 30.4). A first horizontal arm (35.1, 35.3) of the horizontal arms is welded on both ends to one of the vertical supports (30.1, 30.2; 30.3, 30.4) each in the region of the upper ends thereof, and a second horizontal arm (35.2, 35.4) of the horizontal arms is welded on both ends likewise to the two vertical supports (30.1, 30.2; 30.3, 30.4) in the region of the lower ends thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Wilhelm Layher Verwaltungs-GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Kreller
  • Publication number: 20100263319
    Abstract: A wooden joist is described. The joist comprises a wooden top chord, a wooden bottom chord, and a main section comprising at least one of wooden boards and wooden webs adhesively connected to the wooden top chord and to the wooden bottom chord to form at least one of an I-joist subsection and an open-joist subsection along the main section of the wooden joist. An end configuration at one end of the main section comprises a wooden post extending generally perpendicularly between the wooden top chord and the wooden bottom chord and is adjacent to the main section. A wooden diagonal web extends diagonally from the wooden top chord to the wooden bottom chord. A first set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the wooden top chord to the diagonal web. A second set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the diagonal web and the post to the bottom chord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Andre Lemyre
  • Publication number: 20100257810
    Abstract: A structural truss (3) with crimp/clamp (18) wherein the truss (3) includes disposed U-shaped channel chords (2) and struts (1) interconnected to one another at alternately extending apices (6) wherein successive segments of the struts (1) have U-shapes and inverted U-shapes at their mid-sections and apices (6) at their respective ends. The truss member (3) also has vertical load-bearing strut sections (17) at the end of each manufactured length of truss (3) to support a cantilevered section of chord (10). The crimp/clamp (18) creates dimples (19), thereby securing the chords (2) to the struts (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Melvin L. Ollman
  • Publication number: 20100242405
    Abstract: 1. A post frame bookshelf style steel reinforced building panel and the construction method thereof to form a building structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Tyler Jon Esbaum
  • Patent number: 7788878
    Abstract: A boot assembly for securing a bracing strap to a wall in a light steel frame building. The boot assembly includes an elongated channel-shaped strap connector and a stud connector. The stud connector is adapted such that a stud may be connected thereto. The strap connector includes a seat for receiving a base of the stud connector and a pair of stops. One or more stops is disposed on each of two end portions of the strap connector. Each stop includes a stop surface to abut a portion of the base and to prevent or limit fore-and-aft movement of the base relative to the strap connector. The strap connector is adapted to be secured with the stud connector and a track, included in the wall, to an underlying support. The strap connector includes a flange adapted such that an end portion of a bracing strap can be connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, James E. Herrmann, Nabil Abdel-Rahman, John Parks Newby
  • Patent number: 7784226
    Abstract: A joint structure for antiseismic reinforcement includes at least one structural member having a longitudinal axis and at least one antiseismic reinforcement member. Each antiseismic reinforcement member has a longitudinal axis located in a plane that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the structural member. The longitudinal axis of the antiseismic reinforcement member is inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis of the structural member. A metal fitting connects each of the antiseismic reinforcement members to the structural member. The metal fitting is not fixed to the structural member. At least one constraining member is fixed to the structural member close to or abutting an edge portion of the metal fitting. The constraining member bears a force applied to the metal fitting in a direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Ichikawa, Eiichiro Saeki, Akira Wada
  • Publication number: 20100205892
    Abstract: A wooden joist comprises wooden top chord and bottom chords. Wooden boards are adhesively connected to the chords to form an I-joist section along a portion of the wooden joist. Wooden webs may be adhesively connected to the chords to form an open-joist section along another portion of the wooden joist. A bearing extension is defined by the wooden top chord extending beyond an end of the wooden joist Metal webs are in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist. Each metal web comprises a top connector end fixed to the bearing extension, a bottom connector end fixed to the bottom chord, and a structural arm between the connector ends. The metal webs are solely provided in an end region along the wooden joist, whereby the wooden joist is adapted to be in a top-chord bearing relation with a beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Andre Lemyre
  • Patent number: 7753220
    Abstract: A rack truss for use in forming shelf-type storage racks which may be assembled at the site using bolts and/or which includes reinforcement at the lower level of the rack truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Konstant Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony N. Konstant