Column, Mast, Etc., Construction Patents (Class 52/745.17)
  • Patent number: 10844840
    Abstract: An assembly of two structural parts of a wind turbine wherein the structural parts are to be connected in a flange-to-flange connection, the assembly further comprising a wind turbine installation system for guiding two structural parts of a wind turbine during installation, the system comprising: a guide system for guiding the engagement of the first structural part to the second structural part, the guide system comprising: a guide post coupled to the first structural part; a guide receiver coupled to the second structural part and configured to receive the guide post therein; and a shock absorber arranged to dampen shock loads from the engagement of the guide post with the guide receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventor: Adrian Botwright
  • Patent number: 10767632
    Abstract: Provided is a transition piece for a wind turbine, to connect a wind turbine to a foundation, wherein the transition piece includes a connection area to be connected to a foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Fomsgaard Lynderup, Jasper Koot, Jesper Moeller, Mark Reinders
  • Patent number: 10364800
    Abstract: The invention has for object a system for assembling a tower for a wind generator consisting of a plurality of blocks, comprising: a structure for lifting each one of said blocks, and a structure for supporting said lifting structure, the lifting structure being moveable in relation to the support structure between a block-gripping position and a block-holding position, the lifting structure comprising a body for gripping each block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET
    Inventors: Beat Joss, Nicolas Fabry, Benoît Melen
  • Publication number: 20150135610
    Abstract: A removable tool for leveling a vertical structure in a vertically level orientation is also disclosed, the tool including a flat substantially non-bendable material, wherein the tool has a central hole formed in the center thereof that does not extend to or open out to the periphery of the tool, and four slots extending radially away from the hole and spaced from each other evenly about the tool. Contemplated systems and methods for utilizing the removable tool are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kendal G. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9032674
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower arrangement (10), having: a concrete tower (12) including an upper portion(14) and a base portion (16); a footer (22) beneath the base portion; a plurality of tendons (30), each tendon spanning an entire height of the concrete tower, at least a portion of each tendon arranged external to concrete (42) forming the concrete tower, and each tendon is pre-stressed to provide compressive force to the concrete in the concrete tower; and a plurality of pilings (28). The tendons are secured by the plurality of pilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 9016029
    Abstract: A method of erecting, and a method of servicing or dismantling, a wind energy plant with a hub height of at least 140 meters makes provision that a heavy-duty lifting device is temporarily disposed on a tower top for any installing, exchanging, or disassembling purposes, and subsequently is dismantled immediately, with all these operations being carried out without using an external crane. A light-duty lifting device attached to the tower serves for erecting the tower, so that no external large-scale cranes are required. For disassembling or exchanging the large components, an auxiliary lifting device is able to transport the heavy-duty lifting device to the top of the tower and is also capable of lowering the heavy-duty lifting device from there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: X-Tower Constructions GmbH
    Inventor: Philipp Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150096952
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure generally relate to a cable management system for use in the petrochemical industry. In one embodiment, a cable management system is provided. The cable management system includes an arm assembly coupled to a base that is movable relative to a track structure, wherein the arm assembly includes a first end to couple to a movable platform that moves the arm assembly during movement of the movable platform, and a second end of the arm assembly is coupled to the base and is movable relative to the base during movement of the movable platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Carl HALL, Iryna ILYK
  • Patent number: 8997435
    Abstract: A method including arranging a plurality of actuators into an operating position, arranging a first upper frame and a second upper frame proximate the actuators, attaching a support to the first upper frame and the second upper frame, wherein the support is located above the actuators, and extending the actuators to engage the support. The method also includes extending the actuators to raise the support, the first upper frame, and the second upper frame to a first position, arranging a first middle frame below the first upper frame and a second middle frame below the second upper frame, retracting the actuators to lower the support, the first upper frame, and the second upper frame to a second position, and attaching the first upper frame to the first middle frame and attaching the second upper frame to the second middle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Padira Reddy, Ashish Gupta, Sean M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8935901
    Abstract: A method comprising attaching a first mast section to a support structure using a first plurality of fasteners located on the support structure, wherein a lower portion of the support structure is connected to and located above an opening in the platform comprising a platform floor, and wherein the first mast section has a line, a hook, and a pulley, with the line operably coupled to the pulley and connected to a hoist attached to the platform. The method also comprises lowering the hook, using the hoist, in a downward direction away from the pulley and through the opening, attaching the hook to a second mast section located below the platform floor, raising the hook and the second mast section, using the hoist, in an upward direction towards the pulley and through the opening, and connecting the first mast section to the second mast section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Petrello, Padira Reddy, Ashish Gupta, Sean M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8931235
    Abstract: A method for erecting a facility includes the steps of constructing initial tower panels on a foundation. Work platforms and guys are installed so that additional tower panels may be installed on top of the existing tower panels. The work platforms with guys may then be raised, so that the process may be repeated until tower section height is reached. Tower sections are them completed by the addition of peripheral trusses and permanent guys, and additional tower sections are constructed by repeating the process to reach the desired facility height. Lifting units including truss and rail systems and rotatable modules with turbines in shrouds are assembled on the ground, then raised up the towers and operably mounted for generating electricity from wind. The erection process is sequenced to maintain structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Brookes H. Baker
  • Patent number: 8931219
    Abstract: A foundation system includes a security boot selectively coupled to a pier having a notched upper end. The security boot includes first, second, and third portions complementary to the pier upper end. The security boot third portion includes a configuration complementary to a foundation sill plate and is selectively coupled thereto. The foundation system includes a sleeve configured to be received on a pier, the security boot configured to surround the sleeve and be slidable therealong. The system includes at least one lifting device having a base member and rod configured to engage the sill plate and is movable between a retracted configuration not urging movement of the sill plate and an extended configuration urging the sill plate upwardly. In a method of using the foundation system, the lifting devices may be actuated to lift an entire foundation upwardly from the piers, the security sliding upwardly along an associated sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Russell E. Benet
  • Patent number: 8925257
    Abstract: A method includes attaching a carriage support to a platform, the platform comprising a platform floor having an opening therein, with the carriage support located proximate the opening, attaching a drive carriage to the carriage support, and operably coupling to the drive carriage a first mast section of a mast comprising a plurality of mast sections, and wherein the first mast section is located above the opening. The method also includes arranging a second mast section below the first mast section, lowering, using the drive carriage, the first mast section through the opening, attaching the first mast section to the second mast section, and raising, using the drive carriage, the first mast section and the second mast section through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling International Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Petrello, Padira Reddy, Ashish Gupta, Sean M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8919074
    Abstract: A method of constructing a tower structure by assembling a set of coaxial telescopic sections 2, 3a, 3b in position on site and then raising the assembled sections using hydraulic crawler jacks 8 and tendons 5. The telescopic sections are assembled or constructed in situ, starting with the inner section and then each subsequent section around the outside of the previously constructed sections. Each individual tower section may be cast in situ or assembled from multiple pre-fabricated segments. This method permits the construction of very tall structures while obviating the need for very large cranes. It also removes the design constraints on the height of the individual telescopic sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: VSL International AG
    Inventors: Max Meyer, Walter Althaus, Ferry Effendi, Nugroho Budi Juliadi, Româo Almeida, Jean Marie Laurens, Pascal Burtet
  • Publication number: 20140373471
    Abstract: A column assembly for use in a building foundation system is described herein. The column assembly includes a height adjustment assembly for use in adjusting an overall length of the column assembly. The height adjustment assembly includes an access tube assembly and a rod assembly. The access tube assembly includes a tube cavity that extends along a longitudinal axis. The rod assembly is rotatably coupled to the access tube assembly and extends outwardly from the access tube assembly along the longitudinal axis. A reinforcement assembly is coupled to the height adjustment assembly. A column connector assembly is coupled to the reinforcement assembly and includes a baseplate that is coupled to the access tube assembly. The baseplate includes an access opening extending therethrough that provides access to the tube cavity through the access opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne A. Knepp, Paul Remmele, John Leesman
  • Patent number: 8904734
    Abstract: A method for embedding at least one solar structure, including one or more anchoring legs, includes making one or more holes in which the at least one solar structure is to be installed; forming one or more concrete slabs in the hole(s) at one installation rib; after setting of the concrete slab(s), locating the position(s) of the anchoring leg(s) of the at least one solar structure on the concrete slab(s); installing the at least one solar structure in the hole(s), with the anchoring leg(s) bearing on the concrete slab(s) at the position(s) of the anchoring leg(s) that were located beforehand; and embedding the at least one solar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Exosun
    Inventors: Adrien Lucas, Frédéric Morane
  • Patent number: 8904736
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed having a mast assembly mounted to a sidewall of the vehicle. The mast is pivotally mounted and can be held in a first stowed position by way of a first clamp member. The mast is pivotal relative to the sidewall, to an essentially vertical and erect position, and held in the second position by way of a second clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher Clifton, Dean L. Jones, Philip S. Mitchell, David Myers, James M. Pruett
  • Publication number: 20140356058
    Abstract: A method of connecting a steel pipe pile and a steel pipe column using a steel pipe socket according to the present invention may include: preparing the steel pipe socket including a socket supporting portion which covers an upper end surface of the steel pipe pile; inserting a plurality of socket insertion portions which are extended downward from the socket supporting portion, and have a plurality of socket grooves at a lower end portion thereof and a plurality of fastening members which are installed on the socket supporting portion; inserting the socket grooves of the steel pipe socket into an upper end portion of the steel pipe pile; mounting the steel pipe column on the socket supporting portion; and fastening the steel pipe column and the steel pipe pile using the plurality of fastening members of the socket supporting portion
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Dae Yong Lee
  • Publication number: 20140345973
    Abstract: A hanging platform assembly for use in accessing a column section is provided. The hanging platform assembly can include a walkway configured to allow a user to walk about the hanging platform; a backing extending vertically from the walkway at a point distal from the stacked column; an angled post extending at an angle down and away from the walkway; a foot pad disposed on the end of the angle post, the foot pad configured to rest against the outer surface of the stacked column; a vertical post connected the walkway and the angled post; and an adapter disposed on the walkway at a point proximal the outer surface of the stacked column, wherein the adapter is configured to mate with a clip attached to the column section, such that when a downward force is applied to the walkway, the clip is configured to prevent the walkway from falling to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Claude Granger, Jean Roy
  • Publication number: 20140331596
    Abstract: A composite concrete column comprising: upper and lower concrete column portions extending in the lengthwise direction and having an exposed portion between the upper and lower concrete column portions; and an H-beam connected between the upper and lower concrete column portions to be exposed at the exposed portion; and wherein the H-beam has a plurality of holes through which reinforcement bars for slab pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Won-Kee HONG
  • Patent number: 8875470
    Abstract: An assembly rig for assembling a wind turbine tower or wind turbine tower sections is provided. The assembly rig includes a platform assembly having a vertically oriented mast and one or more substantially horizontally oriented booms which are connected to the vertically oriented mast that has a platform or a personnel basket. The assembly rig also includes a radial segment supporting assembly having a vertically oriented mast and one or more substantially horizontally oriented booms connected to the vertically oriented mast that has a segment holding device at its distal end. The assembly rig further includes a surface, for supporting and levelling the platform assembly and the radial segment supporting assembly. In one embodiment, the surface may be a ground support boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, Andresen Towers A/S
    Inventors: Lars Heltoft, Henning Kjaer, Arne Kryger, Bent Juul Larsen
  • Patent number: 8875475
    Abstract: A support beam and method for making a support beam, the support beam having a plurality of panels arranged side by side. The panels each have a core of insulative material and outer layers laminated to the core. The panels are adhered to one another and to top and bottom beam supports using bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Millport Associates S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Schwartau
  • Patent number: 8857131
    Abstract: A method of erecting a pylon of a wind power installation is provided. The method includes providing a foundation and placing a plurality of height adjusting units on the foundation. The height adjusting units are made substantially from a plastic material. A load distribution ring is placed on the plurality of height adjusting units. The load distribution ring is straightened and leveled by adjustment of the height adjusting units. A gap between the foundation and the load distribution ring is filled with a grouting material. A pylon segment is placed on the load distribution ring after the grouting material has reached a predetermined strength. The height adjusting units are configured to jointly bear the weight of the load distribution ring, and are configured to yield under a selected load that is greater that a weight of the load distribution ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Aloys Wobben
    Inventors: Markus Vogel, Jens Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20140290155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. The embodiments comprise various combinations of cables, support columns, and pod constructions in which to support solar panels. The solar panels can incorporate single or dual tracking capabilities to enhance sunlight capture. The embodiments encourage dual land use in which installation of the systems minimizes disruption of the underlying ground. Supplemental power may be provided by vertical axis windmills integrated with the columns. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structures such as parking lots, roads and aqueducts. Simplified support systems with a minimum number of structural elements can be used to create effective support for solar panel arrays of varying size and shapes. These simplified systems minimize material requirements and labor for installation of the systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Patent number: 8839586
    Abstract: Tower sections for towers of wind turbines and methods for installing towers of wind turbines are disclosed. A tower includes a preassembled power module having a first cross-sectional area. The tower section includes a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface defines a tower interior and has a first diameter. The tower section further includes a tower flange extending from the wall into the tower interior and having a second diameter less than the first diameter. Further, the tower section includes a platform assembly affixed to the wall and having a third diameter greater than the second diameter. The platform assembly defines an aperture having a second cross-sectional area greater than the first cross-sectional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Edenfeld, Matthias Wiehn
  • Patent number: 8839515
    Abstract: A contribution is made to the assembly of a wind turbine intended to comprise, in a final assembly condition, a tower (2) surmounted by a nacelle (4) cooperating with a rotor (5) receiving a plurality of blades (3a-3c). To this end, a temporary association is made between at least some blades from said plurality of blades and the tower, so that said blades extend substantially in the longitudinal direction of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Soletanche Freyssinet
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Lebon, Charles-Emmanuel Ferrand De La Conte, Erik Mellier
  • Patent number: 8826629
    Abstract: An adjustable column apparatus is described which includes a column, a cap plate and an adjustment mechanism. The cap plate and adjustment mechanism are connected to the column and fasteners are used to connect the cap plate to an external beam. The assembled column, cap plate and adjustment mechanism are suspended from the beam by the fasteners. The adjustment mechanism is adjusted to provide a load bearing interface between a floor and the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: David R. Brindle
  • Publication number: 20140237909
    Abstract: An antenna mast (2) for supporting at least one antenna of a wireless communication system is provided. The antenna mast (2) comprises a base section (4) with a bottom end (10) and a upper end (12), and a first elongated section (6). The base section (4) has a wider first cross section at the bottom end (10) than a second cross section at the upper end (12). The base section (4) comprises a substantially horizontal top end (14). The base section (4) comprises an outer shell assembled from sheet metal steel plates. The first elongated section (6) comprises an outer shell assembled from sheet metal steel plates. The first elongated section (6) is attached to the top end (14) of the base section (4) with an open inner connection between the base section (4) and the first elongated section (6). There is further provided a method of producing an antenna mast (2) for a wireless communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Arvind Kumar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8813436
    Abstract: Generally, the subject matter disclosed herein is directed to, among other things, systems and methods for making up pivotably pinned structural connections that may be used for erecting drilling rig masts. One illustrative system includes a drilling rig mast having at least one support leg, a drilling rig mast support having at least one mast support shoe, and a pinned connection between the at least one support leg and the at least one mast support shoe. Additionally, the pinned connection of the disclosed system includes a pin, an oversized hole having at least a first hole portion, and a removable plug that is adapted to be inserted into the oversized hole, wherein the removable plug has at least a first plug surface portion, and wherein the first hole portion and the first plug surface portion define at least part of a pin hole that is adapted to receive the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert B. Donnally, Liu Xi Lin, Guo Hou
  • Patent number: 8801331
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tidal power plant, comprising a turbine, which rotates on a carrying element; a foundation structure, on which the carrying element is supported on at least one coupling device, an upper part of the coupling device that is part of the carrying element being detachably operatively connected to a lower part of the coupling device that is part of the foundation structure in the installed state, wherein the invention is characterized in that the carrying element is individually adapted to the orientation of the lower part of the coupling device existing after the foundation structure has been created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Norman Perner, Wolfgang Maier, Alexander Sauer, Benjamin Holstein
  • Publication number: 20140215930
    Abstract: A structure including at least two structural components arranged to form a channel therebetween, a post tensioning element configured to compress the at least two elements with respect to each other, and a thixotropic filler material located within the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Tindall Corporation
    Inventors: Bryant A. ZAVITZ, Roger C. Knox
  • Patent number: 8782994
    Abstract: A collar-form, nodal connection between the ends of beams and the outside of a column including (a) column-mount node components, joined to and distributed around the outside of the column at a defined location along its length, (b) planar beam-mount node components connected to beam ends and arranged in a collar form circumsurrounding the column-mount node components, with adjacent beam-mount node components possessing adjacent lateral sides including confronting load-compression faces that lie in planes which are disposed at angles of substantially 45-degrees relative to the respective planes of their associated beam-mount components, and (c) for each pair of adjacent beam-mount-component lateral sides, operatively connected nut-and-bolt structure extending through the associated beam-mount components' lateral sides, appropriately tightened within the overall nodal connection to produce compression in confrontingly adjacent load-compression faces which is effective within the connection to promote column-ci
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8782966
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and corresponding methodology for providing a base support, such as including concrete, and used such as for a wind-driven generator. Precast concrete cylinders are stacked in place upon a platform that may be partially precast and partially cast in place during assembly and supported, in certain embodiments, by plural concrete legs, the other ends of which are supported on a unitary or subdivided concrete foundation. In other embodiments, the platform may be supported by ribbed concrete panels. The concrete cylinders are glued together using an epoxy and then secured by an internal vertical post tension system extending from the platform to the upper most cylinder. Different types of concrete are used between upper and lower sections of the stacked cylinders. The lower section uses reinforced concrete while the upper section used ultra high performance fiber reinforced concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tindall Corporation
    Inventors: Bryant Allan Zavitz, Kevin Lee Kirkley
  • Patent number: 8770527
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention is a method and apparatus for installing a post mount. In one embodiment, a support block for use in securing a post mount includes a body having a first end and a second end and an adjustment mechanism formed integrally with the first end of the body, by which a vertical orientation of a post mount incorporating the support block can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vinylast, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Leary, Benjamin Yin
  • Patent number: 8745942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tower foundation system (30) comprising a foundation (32) for a bottom section (36) of a tower, which bottom section (36) is to be connected to the upper part of the foundation (32), wherein the bottom section (36) is cast into the foundation (32) with an ultra high performance grout (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Work, Inc.
    Inventor: Anders Møller Andersen
  • Patent number: 8745954
    Abstract: A floating, nondestructably disconnectable, discontinuous, full-moment nodal connection between the end of a beam and the side of a column including (a) a column having a side, (b) a column-mount node structure joined to that column side, (c) an elongate beam having an end, and (d) a beam-mount node structure joined to that beam end. The column-mount and beam-mount structures are floatingly, nondestructably disconnectably, and discontinuity-gravity-seated relative to one another, and as so seated, form an operative full-moment connection, via the node structures, between the column and beam, this connection being characterized by the fact that there is no uninterrupted material-occupying path or structure which flows structurally from the beam to the column through the node structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140130439
    Abstract: A tower having a lattice structure for improved structural reliability and load bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Xinguo Cai, Christopher J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8713891
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a structural member comprises positioning a shell around the structural member, placing a force dampening material around an exterior of the shell and securing the force dampening material around the shell. In certain arrangements, the method further includes at least partially filling a space defined between the structural member and the shell with a filler material. In some embodiments, the filler material comprises a concrete, a grout, an epoxy, combinations thereof and/or the like. In one embodiment, the shell comprises a fiber reinforced polymer (e.g., CFRP, GFRP, aramid fibers, epoxy, other resins, etc.). In alternative embodiments, the methods additionally includes placing one or more layers of fiber reinforced polymer around the shell prior to placing a force dampening material around an exterior of the shell. In some embodiments, the layer of fiber reinforced polymer comprises CFRP, GFRP or any other type of fiber reinforced polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fyfe Co., LLC
    Inventors: Heath Carr, Edward Fyfe
  • Patent number: 8713896
    Abstract: A modular tower structure is described herein. The modular tower uses a cost-effective, efficient design that reduces the amount of steel necessary for tower structures for wind turbines. The modular tower is constructed from sections. The sections are constructed from panels. The panels comprise a curved or arcuate shape. The panels include vertical edges and horizontal edges. A vertical connection connects or secures the panels at the vertical edges of the panels and forms the sections. The sections have a generally circular shape. A horizontal connection connects or secures the sections at the horizontal edges of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Northstar Endeavors, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Willis, John Menichetti
  • Patent number: 8713892
    Abstract: It comprises providing at least two metal shell segments arranged adjacent to each other, forming a column of concrete on at least a joint portion of adjacent shell segments, placing a formwork to form said column of concrete, assembling a support framework before providing shell segments, providing an auxiliary sub-structure internal to the shell segments, and an attaching formwork associated both with the internal support framework and to the shell segments. The assembling of the internal support framework may be carried out by providing at least a first series of auxiliary pillars, joining the auxiliary pillars to each other to form a first auxiliary sub-structure and arranging an attaching formwork attached to said auxiliary pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Alstom Renovables España, S.L.
    Inventors: Werner Uebbing, Alberto González Del Egido, Núria García Gómez
  • Patent number: 8713873
    Abstract: A column includes a shaft, a capital assembly, and a base assembly. The capital assembly has an indexing member that attaches to an overhead support. The indexing member aligns the capital, which in turn, vertically aligns the shaft. The base assembly includes a retaining ring that attaches to an underlying support surface. The retaining ring has a plurality of notches arranged to form a cross-hair with an intersection located at the center of the retaining ring. The column also includes an alignment mechanism configured to be suspended from a center of the indexing member. When being aligned, the alignment mechanism is suspended below the indexing member substantially over the center of the retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Column & Post, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Douglas Koren
  • Publication number: 20140115987
    Abstract: It comprises a number of wind turbines having a modular jacket formed of at least an upper substructure, an intermediate substructure, and a lower substructure that are connectable to each other. At least the intermediate substructure in a wind turbine foundation is different in height (h) from at least one substructure in another wind turbine foundation in order to adapt the different wind turbines of the wind farm to a site having differences in depth (?H) where the wind turbines of the wind farm are installed of the order of about 20 to 60 m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ALSTOM RENOVABLES ESPANA, S.L.
    Inventor: Arturo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian
  • Publication number: 20140075860
    Abstract: Tower sections for towers of wind turbines and methods for installing towers of wind turbines are disclosed. A tower includes a preassembled power module having a first cross-sectional area. The tower section includes a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface defines a tower interior and has a first diameter. The tower section further includes a tower flange extending from the wall into the tower interior and having a second diameter less than the first diameter. Further, the tower section includes a platform assembly affixed to the wall and having a third diameter greater than the second diameter. The platform assembly defines an aperture having a second cross-sectional area greater than the first cross-sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Edenfeld, Matthias Wiehn
  • Publication number: 20140059964
    Abstract: A crack-resistant member for preventing crack propagation, a method of preventing crack propagation, and method of assembly a tower are provided. The crack-resistant member includes at least one insert attached to at least one removed portion at a predetermined location along a girth weld and adjacent a heat affected zone of the tower. The at least one insert is positioned perpendicular to a weld direction and intersecting the girth weld. The at least one insert prevents crack propagation in the girth weld of the tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bill Damon JOHNSTON, George Albert GOLLER, Colwyn SAYERS
  • Patent number: 8661743
    Abstract: A mast assembly for a transportable rig which accommodates the height of wellhead equipment such as BOP and/or valve stacks and permits orientation of a top drive rotor in the mast directly over the wellhead as the top drive moves up and down in the mast. In one embodiment, the mast contains a base portion that supports a moveable portion of the mast assembly. In one embodiment, angularly rearwardly oriented supports are utilized to provide an open space to accommodate the height of the wellhead equipment between upright rails on which the top drive moves so that the top drive rotor can be aligned with the bore of the wellhead equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Flusche
  • Publication number: 20140053500
    Abstract: Antenna tower reinforcement configurations use bolted gusset plate and splice plate configurations that allow for increased clearance access using short threaded bolts and threaded gusset plate apertures for increased clearance access and/or ease of installation. The gusset plates are welded to the reinforcement plates rather than bolted. Splice plates are bolted to the gusset plates using splice bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: WAKE SKYKEEPER, LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Lassiter
  • Patent number: 8646219
    Abstract: A fixture is provided for locating wind turbine equipment on a foundation within an inner envelope for a wind turbine tower, prior to erecting the wind turbine tower. The fixture includes a mounting section, adapted to mate with guidepoints at predesignated locations on the wind turbine foundation; and a locating section, extending inward from the mounting section, adapted to locate the position for wind turbine equipment on the foundation for the wind turbine tower and within the inner envelope of the wind turbine tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas E. Lyness
  • Patent number: 8635834
    Abstract: A method of making and utilizing a column assembly module for a building framework includes providing an elongate column member for being vertically disposed as part of a vertically elongate column assembly of a building framework. And securing to the elongate column member a spaced apart pair of horizontally elongate and vertically and horizontally extending side plates. The step of securing includes locating an inner surface of at least one side plate member and an outside opposing vertical edge of the column member so that a vertical interface plane lies at an interface of the inner surface of the at least one side plate member and the outside opposing vertical edge. During erection of the building framework a full-length beam assembly is disposed at an end portion thereof between the pair of projecting side plates to be connected thereto providing a beam-to-column joint assembly of the building framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Houghton, Jesse E. Karns, Enrique A. Gallart
  • Patent number: 8601748
    Abstract: A wind turbine system erection apparatus may include a body portion having a window, a section handler secured to the body portion and extending through the window, the section handler adapted to pick, lift, axis-align, and set a mast section, and a movement mechanism secured to the body portion, the movement mechanism adapted to moveably reposition the body portion along the length of the mast of the wind turbine system. A method is also disclosed and may include positioning an erection apparatus near a base of a mast of the wind turbine system, the positioning including locating the erection apparatus substantially concentrically with the mast. The method may also include picking a mast section from near the base of the system with the erection apparatus, lifting the mast section along the length of the mast, and translating the mast section into the erection apparatus and into alignment with the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Pierre Cornelius Delago, Wayne Robert Long
  • Publication number: 20130305632
    Abstract: A system and method for erecting a drilling rig is disclosed herein. A system for erecting a drilling rig can comprise a substructure comprising a base platform. Additionally, the rig can comprise a modular rig mast comprising a plurality of sections, the plurality of sections comprising a first section, and the rig mast mountable to the substructure. Lastly, the rig can comprise a first one or more lifting means, the one or more lifting means each having a first end connected to the rig mast and a second end connected to the structure, the lifting means capable of lifting the rig mast from a horizontal position to a vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Phillip Rivera, Sr., Phillip Rivera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8578679
    Abstract: Smokestacks are built by constructing a reinforced pad, a reinforced base on the pad, placing a preconstructed smokestack welded base element and the reinforced base. A smokestack constructing machine is positioned on the base with cross beams extending above the welded base. A preassembled top section is placed on the beams. In a lower work area, jacks connected to lower fixtures on the top section raise the top section. Transition sections are inserted laterally on the beams, and the top section is lowered, attached and welded to the transition sections. The jacks are disconnected, lowered and reconnected. The top section is attached and welded to the lower section, which is raised to laterally insert another section. The raising, inserting, lowering, attaching, welding and raising steps are repeated until the smokestack is complete. Ladders and wind screws attachments are attached in an upper work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Davor Petricio Yaksic