Having Outer Layer Or Shell Patents (Class 52/834)
  • Patent number: 10940896
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement comprising a rigid polymeric structure (12) including a central portion (20) and two side portions (22,24) adjacent the central portion, each of the central portion and side portions including a top surface and bottom surface and an expandable adhesive material (14) located onto at least one surface of each of the central portions and two side portions, wherein the expandable adhesive material is located along the bottom surface of the central portion and the top surface of each of the side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry E. Richardson
  • Patent number: 10933922
    Abstract: A device for reinforcing and sealing a structural element in a motor vehicle including a reinforcing element which has a longitudinal axis and which is disposable in a cavity of the structural element, wherein the reinforcing element includes walls which extend substantially in the direction of the longitudinal axis, wherein part-regions of the walls on an external circumference of the reinforcing element form at least one strip which encircles the reinforcing element and which runs transversely to the longitudinal axis of the reinforcing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Vincent Belpaire, Ardi Shehu
  • Patent number: 10858832
    Abstract: A structural element for constructions comprising a structure (2) made of concrete and/or geopolymer and/or alkali activated material and at least one strip (3) made of a fibre-resin composite. Such strip surrounds at least part of said structure (2), compressing it. The strip also at least partly surmounts an external surface (20) of said structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FSC TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Giovanni Ferri, Claudio Subacchi
  • Patent number: 10745903
    Abstract: A building that includes a lower structural pad disposed on a foundation is described, and includes columns disposed on the lower structural pad, including a first of the columns being separated from a second of the columns by a first span. The building includes a plurality of horizontally-oriented reinforced transfer beams, wherein each of the reinforced transfer beams spans between the first of the columns and the second of the columns. The building includes a vertical support core including a first vertically-oriented structural spine and a second vertically-oriented structural spine that are disposed on the reinforced transfer beams and separated by a second span. The second span associated with the first and second vertically-oriented structural spine is less than the first span associated with the first and second of the columns. Each of the reinforced transfer beams includes a steel beam and a carbon-fiber reinforcement element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BIG TIME INVESTMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen T. Houston, Brian K. Threet
  • Patent number: 10612253
    Abstract: A construction method for reinforcing a column comprises the steps of: disposing a steel plate 3 around the column subjected to reinforcement 10; and wrapping a reinforcement sheet 8 impregnated with an adhesive on an outer surface of the steel plate 3. A sheet impregnated with an adhesive is fabricated in advance such that an amount of adhesive with which the reinforcement sheet 8 is impregnated is 250 g/m2 to 350 g/m2, and the reinforcement sheet is then carried into a construction site. A reinforcing structure of a column comprises: a steel plate 3 disposed around the column 10 subjected to reinforcement; and a reinforcement sheet 8 impregnated with an adhesive, the sheet being wrapped around a plurality of times on an outer surface of the steel plate 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SANYOHOME CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10472847
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved cross arm structure which supports various elements such as pin insulators and keeps the supported elements from crushing the arm when connectors and pins are tightened. According to a preferred embodiment, the present invention includes a cross arm with an inserted geometric structure which extends between the outer walls of the cross arm structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Robert Wiles, Robert Paulin, Scott Clevenger
  • Patent number: 9857351
    Abstract: A concrete reinforcement assembly including a first hollow metal sleeve, an anchor bar that is nested concentrically within the first hollow metal sleeve, and a second hollow metal sleeve. The first hollow metal sleeve is nested concentrically within the second hollow metal sleeve and an infill material is disposed in between the first hollow metal sleeve and the anchor bar, and in between the first hollow metal sleeve and the second hollow metal sleeve. The infill material dampens energy transfer to and from the concrete reinforcement assembly when employed for structural stability in a concrete structure. A method for repairing a damaged concrete anchor with the concrete reinforcement assembly. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon a program that, when executed by a computer, causes the computer to execute a method of determining a cyclic response factor of a concrete reinforcement assembly in a concrete structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: University of Dammam
    Inventor: Muhammad Saleem
  • Patent number: 9776703
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to an aircraft fuselage stiffener including a heel, a flange, and a web connecting the heel and the flange, this stiffener comprising a folded sheet extending along the length of the heel, the web and the flange. In addition, to improve the mechanical behavior of the stiffener, the folded sheet includes on the one hand a main portion extending along the length of the heel, the web and the flange, and on the other hand at least one folded-over portion forming a lining of the main portion over at least part of the web and/or the heel and/or the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Christophe Mialhe, Patrick Lieven, Philippe Rodrigo
  • Patent number: 9745750
    Abstract: A modular composite utility pole has a plurality of sections, each with a tapered hollow tube having a plurality of plies, wherein a first end has a larger diameter than a second end, wherein each section is adapted to join at least one adjoining section at a joint wherein the first end of an upper section overlaps the second end of a lower section, the lower section having a ledge proximate to the second end of the lower section, with a fastener passing through the joint via apertures in the sections, and wherein, when the modular composite utility pole is erected, the joint is self-located by the joint features, and wherein substantially all vertical load is transferred between sections via the a surface of the second end of the upper section resting upon the ledge of the lower section. Also disclosed are individual sections and methods of making them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Highland Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. Holmes
  • Patent number: 9654984
    Abstract: An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based installation method for equipment on cell towers includes flying the UAV with the equipment attached thereto upwards to a desired location on the cell tower, wherein the desired location comprises one or more horizontal support structures; positioning the equipment to the desired location on the cell tower; connecting the equipment to the desired location; and disconnecting the equipment from the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ETAK SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Priest, Michael Griffin
  • Patent number: 9616701
    Abstract: A method of making mixed media artwork includes cutting a metal sheet; applying an adhesive layer to an outer surface of the metal sheet; applying one or more polymer layers to the adhesive layer, wherein the one or more polymer layers create an image on the outer surface; and deforming the metal sheet to create a three-dimensional outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Simon Raab
  • Patent number: 9400066
    Abstract: A device to attach an aircraft's piping that includes a clamping ring made up of two jaws shaped into a gliding arc breaker separator and including at least one transverse support cut-out for at least one tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thomas Barre, Matthieu Biteau, Olivier Bourbon, Alexis Courpet, Jean-Marc Roques, Cedric Sable
  • Patent number: 9243407
    Abstract: An assembly is provided including a structural component having a flange-like member. A partially cured polymer matrix composite patch is wrapped around a perimeter of the flange-like member. The patch includes a plurality of layers, each layer having a plurality of fibers arranged therein. The layers of the polymer matrix composite patch are cured after being wrapped around the flange-like member of the structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 9103130
    Abstract: A formwork structural member having at least one core made of a material that has a density between approximately 40 kg/m3 and approximately 500 kg/m3, and at least one metal casing that substantially covers an outer contour of the core, the metal casing being arranged attached to the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ULMA CyE, S. COOP.
    Inventors: Ibon Calvo Echeveste, Jon Iñaki Leceta Lasa, Aitor Fabian Mariezcurrena, Alexander Ruiz De Azua Vaquero, Fernando Cortes Martinez
  • Publication number: 20150113913
    Abstract: A hollow-core structure including: an inner mold that has a hollow cylindrical shell shape; an outer mold that has a hollow cylindrical shell shape to correspond to the inner mold, and in which the inner mold is disposed to be separated; and a filling member that is filled in a separation space between the inner mold and the outer mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jang Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8997437
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of improving the ductility of a structural member, such as a reinforced concrete beam or column, by providing a region of increased compression yielding in the compression zone of the plastic hinge region or nearby. This can be achieved by forming a mechanism provided in the compression zone to provide the ductile compression zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventor: Yu-Fei Wu
  • Patent number: 8997405
    Abstract: The invention relates to a post (129) for a shaft scaffold (102) of an elevator system (103), said post comprising at least two supports (236) on its exterior sides which extend approximately parallel to the longitudinal axis of the shaft scaffold (102), to which at least one traverse strut (201) can be connected. The aim of the invention is to produce and design the device, the post and/or the associated connecting elements of the post for a shaft scaffold of an elevator system in such a cost-effective manner that an easy and rapid assembly of a shaft scaffold can be ensured. According to the invention, said aim is achieved by providing, apart from the two supports (236), at least one additional support (236) for the connection of at least one guide element (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Thoma Aufzuge GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Geyer
  • Patent number: 8984843
    Abstract: A dome cover supporter is capable of improving durability of a product and extending a life span thereof by preventing roof panels from protruding upwardly by supporting a dome cover used in a storage tank, achieving resistance against a load by decreasing surface roughness, and extending a life span by preventing gaskets from being exposed to ultraviolet rays. The dome cover supporter includes a supporter including supporter main body formed in a vertical direction, a base formed in lower portion of the supporter main body to support the supporter main body against the ground, and horizontal extending pieces bent in an upper portion of the supporter main body to be extended; and a fixing member fastened to an upper portion of the supporter to maintain a seal by fixing and pressing roof panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Koo Hyun Tak
  • Patent number: 8959871
    Abstract: A modular system includes a plurality of polymeric panels, each panel having a thickness, a length, and first and second opposing parallel side edges defining a width. The first side edge of each panel includes a lengthwise receptacle, while the second side edge of each panel including a lengthwise bead. The bead and receptacle are physically dimensioned such that the receptacle of one panel receives the bead of another panel in interlocking cooperation, thereby enabling multiple panels to be interconnected to surround a vertical member. In one embodiment, each elongated receptacle includes a lengthwise cylindrical cavity having an inner diameter accessed through a lengthwise slot having a width less than the diameter of the cavity. Each elongated bead is a lengthwise cylindrical bead having an outer diameter corresponding to the inner diameter of the cavity, such that the bead is received by the cavity. A different embodiment uses interlocking barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Parenti, Loren Venegas
  • Publication number: 20150040497
    Abstract: The composite log module can have an elongated structural shell having a first set parallel walls rigidly interconnected with a second set of parallel walls perpendicular to the first set of parallel walls, the interconnected walls enclosing an elongated cavity housing a core having thermal insulation material, and two opposite mating outer surfaces associated with the first set of parallel walls for stacking identical ones of the composite log, and two sides associated with the second set of parallel walls, the walls each having a structural engineered material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Benoit Lessard
  • Patent number: 8938933
    Abstract: A wall section for a tower of a wind turbine is provided. The wall section includes an inner edge surrounding an opening of the wall section and a protrusion protruding in a thickness direction of the wall section and extending transverse to the thickness direction. Further a wind turbine tower is provided. The wind turbine tower includes a tower wall portion and a wall section as described above. The wall section is connected to the tower wall portion at least at a portion of an outer edge of the wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Abderrahim Amdaa, Jan Jacobsen, Steen Kirkegaard Jensen
  • Patent number: 8939143
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a solar array column cap that includes a main body extending between a left side and a right side to define a channel, the channel configured to at least partially receive a vertical column of a solar array support structure such that the main body surrounds the vertical column. The main body further includes a left flange extending radially outwardly from the left side of the channel and right flange extending radially outwardly from the right side of the channel. Further, the main body includes an left upper flap extending from a top edge of the left flange, and a right upper flap extending from a top edge of the right flange, the right upper flap and left upper flap being co-planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Zuritis
  • Patent number: 8938882
    Abstract: Disclosed are frame members and mullions for a window frame that comprise a reinforcing member that is surrounded by an outer plastic layer. The outer plastic layer is held securely to the reinforcing member as a result of a waist banding effect that comprises an inward force created by the outer plastic layer as it cools and contracts around the reinforcing member. In addition, lobes are formed in the reinforcing member that assist in holding the outer plastic layer to the reinforcing member. Window inserts can be removed and replaced using adapters and removable brackets. Frame members and mullions can be built sufficiently strong to provide structural support. The frame can also be used to hold photovoltaic cells and protective coverings for photovoltaic cells. Structural members are also disclosed that have reinforcing members with apertures, debossing, scarification and/or indentations that secure the thermoplastic layer to the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: TAC Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Barry Carlson, Jason Underhill
  • Patent number: 8915045
    Abstract: A sleeve for a post that is generally rectangular in horizontal cross-section, may have two or three panels, may have perforation which allow portions of one or more panels to be removed, may incorporate retroreflective materials, may have holes, bushings, and/or adhesive layers to facilitate attaching the sleeve to a post, may have top-bottom and side-to-side connectors to facilitate connecting the top of one sleeve to the bottom of another or the edge of one sleeve to an edge of another, may be accompanied by spacers to allow the sleeve to be connected to posts of different size and geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: EML Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Eaves, Willis Michael Morris-Lent
  • Patent number: 8857852
    Abstract: In a beam member having a cylindrical beam main body with a first end portion and a second end portion in which respective end surfaces oppose and partially abut to each other in a circumferential direction of the beam main body to define a slit portion, a bracket member straddles the first end portion and the second end in the circumferential direction to be welded to an outer surface of the beam main body so as to cover the slit portion between a first welding portion and a second welding portion that weld abutting portions of the respective end surfaces of the first end portion and the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: F-Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Eiji Yamamoto, Masamitsu Iino, Takayuki Owada
  • Patent number: 8839593
    Abstract: A decorative column comprising a rigid center post, a plurality of pre-cast pieces with each piece having a hole extending therethrough so the pre-cast piece slides onto the center post and remains in place on the center post. Each pre-cast piece being stacked upon another pre-cast piece, the pre-cast pieces being of a predefined shape, and a compressible center core liner filling a portion of the hole of the pre-cast piece. The compressible center core including a cutout shape consistent with the cross sectional shape of the rigid center post thereby allowing passage of the center post through the compressible center core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Barrett, Derek Zimmerman, David Jacobson, Randy Quaintance, John C Purvis
  • Publication number: 20140260053
    Abstract: A columnar structural component includes a first sandwich panel bent to bound at least part of an area and a number of generally planar sandwich panels arranged to form a stack of sandwich panels. The stack of sandwich panels is at least partially in the area bounded by the first sandwich panel and the first sandwich panel and the stack of sandwich panels are cooperative with one another to form a columnar structural component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILLPORT ASSOCIATES S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Schwartau
  • Patent number: 8833004
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foundation for a wind turbine, comprising an above-ground and a below-ground part (11, 12), wherein a connection facility (14) for a wind turbine is provided on the above-ground part (12), characterized in that the below-ground part (11) is produced at least partially from a wood-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Timbertower, GmbH
    Inventor: Gregor Prass
  • Patent number: 8820033
    Abstract: A composite member provides support to a structure. A wooden core of the composite member has a perimeter and a length. The wooden core provides support to the structure. A metal jacket is tightly wrapped to an optimum circumferential pre-stress around the entire perimeter of the wooden core of the composite member and spans the entire length. The metal jacket provides also support to the structure. Furthermore, the interaction between the wooden core and the metal jacket provide a combination of strength that surpasses the sum of individual strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: WeiHong Yang
  • Publication number: 20140237941
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement for insertion into a cavity of a vehicle structure including a base reinforcing portion, an expandable material and a localized reinforcement is disclosed. The localized reinforcement is placed within the structural reinforcement at a location of anticipated increased deformation during vehicle impact in an effort to reduce deformation and control the load distribution post-impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Henry E. Richardson, Xuping Qian, Gary Hulett
  • Patent number: 8813431
    Abstract: A liquid-resistant control systems enclosure may include a shell, a shaft and at least one shell anchoring member. The shell may include a top, a shell wall connected to and extending downwardly from a perimeter of the top, and a sleeve. The shaft may extend upwardly through a surface pad and may be adapted to pass through the sleeve. The sleeve may include a sleeve wall extending downwardly from an inner perimeter of an opening in the top. The sleeve may matingly engage the shaft to move the shell between a raised position and a lowered position. The shell may be moveable between a latched position and an unlatched position. The shell may be adapted to be positioned in the latched position when the shell is in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Flow Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Smaidris
  • Publication number: 20140230364
    Abstract: A sleeve for a post that is generally rectangular in horizontal cross-section, may have two or three panels, may have perforation which allow portions of one or more panels to be removed, may incorporate retroreflective materials, may have holes, bushings, and/or adhesive layers to facilitate attaching the sleeve to a post, may have top-bottom and side-to-side connectors to facilitate connecting the top of one sleeve to the bottom of another or the edge of one sleeve to an edge of another, may be accompanied by spacers to allow the sleeve to be connected to posts of different size and geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: EML Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott EAVES, Willis Michael MORRIS-LENT
  • 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: 8782998
    Abstract: A street pole (1) extending substantially along a longitudinal direction (8) and comprising a hollow cylindrical body (6) extending around the longitudinal direction (8) along a circumferential direction (9), the hollow cylindrical body (6) comprising at least one overlap (2) of a first (3) and a second edge (4) of a circumferential side wall (7) forming the hollow cylindrical body (6), the hollow cylindrical body (6) comprising fastening means (5) for interconnecting the first and the second edge (3, 4), the overlap (2) having a length (10) extending substantially parallel along the longitudinal direction (8), wherein the overlap (2) has a width (11) extending substantially along the circumferential direction (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Safety Product
    Inventors: Urbanus Paul Marguerite Goossens, Albert Maes, Anja Lievens, Carolien Willems
  • Publication number: 20140165499
    Abstract: An implementation of a stud assembly disclosed herein includes an external stud and an internal stud inserted longitudinally into the external stud, wherein the internal stud has cross-sectional dimensions that are smaller than the cross-sectional dimensions of the external stud. Each of the internal stud and the external stud may include a web, two flanges connected to the web, and two lips connected to the two flanges. Furthermore, each of the internal stud and the external stud may be created from a cold-rolled steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140096475
    Abstract: A fiber glass utility pole comprising: (a) a center section that comprises from 5% to 15% of the total diameter of the utility pole; (b) a mid-section surrounding the center section, the mid-section comprising from 70% to 90% of the total diameter of the utility pole; and (c) an outer section surrounding the mid-section, the outer section comprising from 5% to 15% of the total diameter of the utility pole, wherein the center section comprises fiber glass oriented at a 30 to 60 degree angle to a center axis, and wherein the mid-section comprises fiber glass oriented parallel to the center axis, and wherein the outer section comprises fiber glass oriented at a 30 to 60 degree angle to a center axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Trident Industries LLC
    Inventor: Peter Ceko
  • Patent number: 8677720
    Abstract: A composite support structure is provided with a plurality of support strands surrounded by a carbon fiber reinforced polymer mesh and surrounded by structural concrete. The support structure provides various advantages in withstanding compressive, tensile, and shear loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: AltusGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Carson, Sami Rizkalla, Earl Shimp
  • Patent number: 8671643
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wind turbine including a foundation and a tower positioned on the foundation where the tower includes more than one modules, where the modules each include a separate strengthening structure defining the outer edges of the module and wind turbine equipment, and where the more than one module are positioned substantially vertically on top of each other in an upright position within the tower. The modules are connected directly and/or indirectly through the strengthening structure, to the foundation. The invention further relates to a method for assembling a wind turbine at a wind turbine site and a method for handling more than one wind turbine modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Jonas Kristensen
  • Patent number: 8667766
    Abstract: A mast is erected to support a load. At least one stay cable supports the mast. The stay cable is oriented to the mast within a radial distance of the blade from the mast. The stay cable is stressed to support the mast while the wind drives the blade without collision of the stay cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ultimate Strength Cable, LLC
    Inventor: Walter L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8656685
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of improving the ductility of a structural member, such as a reinforced concrete beam or column, by providing a region of increased compression yielding in the compression zone of the plastic hinge region or nearby. This can be achieved by using ductile compressive material in the compression zone, or by forming a mechanism provided in the compression zone to provide the ductile compression zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventor: Yu-Fei Wu
  • Patent number: 8590084
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a novel moment resisting connection system, for use, but not limited to, with a pony-truss bridge system. The connection system comprises multi-hollow sections that can be, but are not limited to, extruded aluminum and a joint or node connector that can be casted, milled, forged or made by any other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Alexandre de la Chevrotière
  • Patent number: 8549812
    Abstract: A telescoping structure includes a hollow outer section and a hollow inner section slidably mounted in the hollow outer section. The hollow outer section includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a third sidewall. The hollow inner section includes a fourth sidewall, a fifth sidewall and a sixth sidewall. A pair of sliding rails is disposed on the interior side of the first sidewall and a pair of raised sliding grooves is defined on the exterior side of the fourth sidewall. The pair of raised sliding grooves engages with the pair of sliding rails to enable a sliding movement of the hollow inner section relative to the hollow outer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Peng, Wen-Jing Liu, Hsing-Yi Hu
  • Patent number: 8528298
    Abstract: A reinforcement system made of steel members, (eg. steel reinforcing rods, threaded rods or functionally equivalent steel member), closely positioned with respect to, or positioned in contact with the exterior of straight tapered and/or pipe/stepped poles, such as wireless telecommunication poles. The method of use results in providing additional strength to the poles to enhance resistance against deflection caused by, for instance, wind forces and/or added weight resulting from mounting antennas thereto, thereby enabling the placement of, for instance, more antenna arrays and other communication antennas thereon is otherwise possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: ATC IP LLC
    Inventors: Robert I. Semaan, Roger I. Semaan
  • Patent number: 8511043
    Abstract: Reinforcing system (10) for reinforcing structures with irregular surfaces, such as shaped columns. Fiber-reinforced plastic sheathing (25) is wrapped around or over the surface to be reinforced and fiber anchors (50) are installed at high stress areas, such as re-entrant corners. Cover strip (30) spreads force among fiber anchors (50) and provides a smooth finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Fyfe Co., LLC
    Inventor: Edward R. Fyfe
  • Patent number: 8484915
    Abstract: A concrete filled tubular steel column includes a longitudinally extending vertical tubular steel shell and an inner tubular steel member disposed at the center of the steel shell. A plurality of spaced vertical steel plates extend from the inner members toward but not abutting the steel shell. In addition a plurality of horizontally disposed perforated pipes extend outwardly from the inner member and have a plurality of meltable polymer plugs or caps to prevent plastic cement from flowing into or closing the openings. In the event of fire the plastic or polymer plugs or caps melt and allow gases and smoke to flow into the pipes and up through the inner member and out therefrom at the top of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Husain Abbas, Yousef A. Al-Salloum, Saleh H. Alsayed, Mohammed S. Alhaddad
  • Publication number: 20130167475
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fire protection of structural columns (12) and beams (14) but more particularly to a fire protection system of wide flange steel columns and beams by means of a plurality of gypsum boards (18) being secured to a full length slip-on encasement frames (20) attached to a wide flange column or beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Proceso P. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8474219
    Abstract: A mast is erected to support a load. At least one stay cable supports the mast. The stay cable has an end and an opposite end. The end of the stay cable attaches to an upper region of the mast. The opposite end of the stay cable anchors at earth. The stay cable is oriented at an angle not exceeding ten degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ultimate Strength Cable, LLC
    Inventor: Walter L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8468775
    Abstract: A moment resistant building column insert system is provided that enables the erection of beams to columns, and the installation and pretension of connection bolts possible in a single stop to each beam-column joint in the field. Included is a building column insert with pre-hardened structural filler inside, and a pattern of through-holes transverse to the insert length, where the insert has threaded elements disposed inside and concentric to erection holes in the pattern. The insert is disposed inside a building column. Erection bolts installed to the erection holes to hold the beam in place against the column with the holes in the beam mounting plate, the column and insert aligned. Connection through-bolts are installed and pretensioned to provide the connection strength needed to make a beam-column moment joint rigid. Without the pre-hardened structural filler in the insert the column would deform or crush due to the bolt pretensioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Willaim B. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8468776
    Abstract: In a flange to adapt a wind power generator to a pre-stressed concrete tower, the flange includes an annular tapered pre-stressed concrete shell having a bulging which inwardly protrudes toward a central axis of the flange, and a steel component to be embedded within the pre-stressed concrete shell. The bulging includes a horizontal flat surface for settling the steel component. The steel component includes an annular tapered body having an upper and lower end, a plurality of vertical and radially extended fins joined to an external face of the steel component, a connecting ring joined to the body upper end and including a plurality of holes for introducing bolts to join the wind power generator, and an annular base joined to the body lower end, which is settled on the bulging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Cortina Innovations S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Jose Pablo Cortina-Ortega, Alejandro Cortina-Cordero, Jose Pablo Cortina-Cordero