End-to-end Connected Sections Patents (Class 52/848)
  • Patent number: 11851901
    Abstract: A utility or marine pole comprises a honeycomb core having an outer surface and a rubber coating on substantially all of the outer surface of the core. The core has a length of from about 12 feet to about 30 feet and a circumference of from about 5 inches to about 15 inches. A bracket for a pole used for supporting wires, the bracket comprising a body being circular in horizontal cross section, means for adjusting the diameter of the body, and a lateral extension having a first end portion supported by the body and an opposed second end portion, wherein the second end portion has an opening for receiving a wire. A railroad crossing section comprising a honeycomb core has a circumferential outer surface and being rectangular in vertical cross section and a rubber coating on substantially all of the outer surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Mark Castellucci, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11823331
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically generating a co-ordination drawing of a project is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes inputting parametric information, and accessing a file associated with a schematic drawing of a project and identifying a plurality of elements in the schematic drawing from the file. The method further includes obtaining geometrical and connectivity information associated with each of the plurality of elements by analyzing each of the plurality of elements. Additionally, the method includes selecting one or more predefined objects from a spatial database based on the geometrical and connectivity information associated with each of the plurality of elements and the inputted parametric information. The method further includes automatically generating a co-ordination drawing of the project using the one or more predefined objects, wherein the coordination drawing provides routing information of the plurality of elements in the project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: MECHANICAL SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brendan Cunney, Michael Cunney, Shaun Cunney, Keith Pedrick, Joshua Whitman
  • Patent number: 11781313
    Abstract: There is presented a tower element, such as a tower element for a tower for a wind turbine generator, said tower element comprising a hollow, tubular element, a flange on an inside surface of the hollow, tubular shell, a unit comprising a platform and a fixation element, such as a plurality of fixation elements, attached to the platform, wherein the unit is arranged with respect to the flange, so that the flange prevents movement of the platform in both directions along an axis being parallel with an axis of the tubular element, and movement of the platform is allowed in at least one direction along an axis being orthogonal to the axis of the tubular element. There is furthermore presented a tower, a wind turbine generator and a method for providing a tower element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Børge Øllgaard, Peter Sigfred Mortensen, Jens Juul
  • Patent number: 11618066
    Abstract: A hot and cold composite formed square and rectangular steel tube and a production method for the same are provided. The radius of an outer corner of the square and rectangular steel tube meets the following conditions: when t is less than or equal to 6 mm, R is greater than 0 and less than 2.0 t; when t is greater than 6 mm and less than or equal to 10 mm, R is greater than 0 and less than 2.5 t; when t is greater than 10 mm, R is greater than 0 and less than 3.0 t, wherein t is the wall thickness of a straight tube part of the square and rectangular steel tube; R is the radius of each of the outer corners of the four corners of the square and rectangular steel tube; and the wall thickness of each corner of the square and rectangular steel tube is between 1.0 t and 1.8 t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Sino Institute of Precise Tubes Industry (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingtao Han, Haifeng Xu, Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 11072903
    Abstract: An equipment tower includes a foundation, a cast-in-place concrete plinth extending vertically from the foundation, and a tower portion extending vertically from the plinth. The equipment tower is constructed at a site having a set of tower specific parameters, and at least one dimension of the plinth is selected based on a tower specific parameter. For example, a height of the plinth may be selected to achieve a desired elevation of the topmost surface of the plinth, so that two towers having identical tower segments will have a common equipment height in spite of variations in their respective foundation elevations due to variations in local ground level. Moreover, the cast-in-place plinth may be designed to include a door opening large enough to accommodate equipment to be installed within the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY, INC., WIND TOWER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lockwood, Matthew J. Chase, Luis E. Carbonell
  • Patent number: 10905966
    Abstract: A snap-lock toy system has a receiving member with a thru-hole and a rod member having an engagement portion. The engagement portion selectively mates with the thru-hole and has a pair of cantilever members separated by a gap, each having a hole engagement rib to resiliently compress the first cantilever members to resiliently move the cantilever members concurrent with entering and exiting opposing ends of the thru-hole and selectively coupling the rod member to the receiving member by a friction interface. A locking member has an interface portion with a locking rib configured to selectively mate with the cantilever members. The locking rib resiliently compresses upon insertion of the locking rib between the cantilever members and decompresses when the locking rib engages an internal groove of the cantilever members to selectively prevent decoupling of the rod member from the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Costas Sisamos
  • Patent number: 10781600
    Abstract: A device, a system and a method are for attaching a crossbar to a hollow composite pylon where the crossbar is arranged to carry at least one conductor. The hollow composite pylon, the crossbar and the conductor form components of a pylon structure for the transmission or distribution of power. The device has an adapter, which, in the position of application, is pivotably attached to the crossbar, is slideable at least into or over the, in the position of application, upper end portion of the hollow composite pylon and mainly along the longitudinal axis of the hollow composite pylon during part of the installation phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Comrod AS
    Inventor: Ole Gunnar Fjelde
  • Patent number: 10576655
    Abstract: A pole including a plurality of truncated cones arranged in a linear array to form the pole, wherein each truncated cone receives an adjacent truncated cone within its interior. Each truncated cone in the pole is formed from a veneer by moving the longitudinal edges of the veneer towards each other. A method of manufacturing the pole and various uses of the pole are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PÅLSKOG TEKNIK AB
    Inventors: Lars Andersson, Rickard Mårtensson
  • Patent number: 10561450
    Abstract: A bone plate (1) with at least one receiving opening (2) for a bone screw (3) with a screw head (4), wherein the receiving opening (2) has a compression area (5) with a compression contour (6) and a blocking area (7) with a blocking contour (8). The compression contour is designed such that rotation of the bone screw in its one screwing-in direction (E) causes lateral movement of the bone screw toward the blocking area (7). The compression contour (6) is designed as an engagement contour (6), such that lateral movement is generated by engagement between the engagement contour (6) and a mating contour (9) on the screw head or tool. A surgical kit containing at least one such bone plate (1) and at least one bone screw with a screw head (4), which bone screw is insertable into the receiving openings of the bone plate (1) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MEDARTIS HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Dirk Thiel, Alexander Zuberer
  • Patent number: 10378209
    Abstract: A composite sucker rod (12) has a tension rod (16) formed of a carbon fiber reinforced phenolic material and a support sleeve (18) formed of aluminum. The support sleeve (18) extends around the tension rod (16). A compressive preload is applied to the support sleeve (18) and a corresponding tensile preload is applied to the tension rod (16). The tensile preload reduces compressive loads applied to the tension rod (16). The compressive preload and the tensile preload are applied by differences in coefficients of thermal expansion of the materials from which the support sleeve (18) and the tension rod (16) are formed, and exposure to well temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: 136 Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Martin, Charles I. Woods
  • Patent number: 10302289
    Abstract: A lighting pole is disclosed, which includes a hollow tube, and at least two nonintersecting walls extending over an axial length of the hollow tube to divide an interior of the hollow tube into at least three isolated chambers. At least one of the three isolated chambers defines a gap separating at least two of the isolated chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KEARNEY-NATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Charles R. Huffman, Jr., Gregory D. Mercier, Tonya Bowers Johnson
  • Patent number: 10145113
    Abstract: A stud weldable rebar includes a steel bar comprised of a material composition confirming to ASTM 706 which extends along an axis A from a first end to a second end. The steel bar includes a base portion disposed adjacent the first end which has a base diameter D1 to define a base cross-sectional area of the base portion. The steel bar also includes an upset portion disposed adjacent the second end which has an upset diameter D2 being greater than said base diameter D1 to define an upset cross-sectional area of said upset portion. The material composition of the steel bar is restricted to a carbon equivalency between 0.31 and 0.43, and the upset cross-sectional area is approximately 13.5% to 22.5% greater than the base cross-sectional area to provide A706 rebar that surprisingly meets both the AWS D1.1 and ACI 318 standards after stud welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nelson Stud Welding, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Houston, Clark Champney, Jon Edgar, Cornel Irimies
  • Patent number: 9907588
    Abstract: An orthopedic plate has a first end and a second end each including a locking screw hole that receives a locking screw and spaced from that hole is a closed compression housing that extends from the bone-facing side of the plate and which receives a compression screw that forms an angle of from about 10° to about 70° with a longitudinal axis of the plate. The first and second compression housings are offset from each other and have opposing openings that face toward each other so as to allow the screws projecting therethrough to have crossing directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ORTHOHELIX SURGICAL DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Selene Parekh, Brian Hockett, Ellen Pokorney
  • Patent number: 9593506
    Abstract: A method of modular pole construction an elongate modular pole structure is disclosed. A first step of the method involves providing hollow tapered pole section modules, each module having a first open end and an opposed second open end. A cross-section of the second end is less than a cross-section of the first end. The modules are stacked to form an elongated modular pole structure of a selected length by mating the second end of a first module with the first end of a second module. The first and second modules may have different structural properties, such that poles having desired structural properties can be constructed by selectively combining modules having differing structural properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: RS Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Lockwood, David Chambers
  • Patent number: 9339944
    Abstract: A casting guide and a method of making a concrete pile using the casting guide, the casting guide including a casting guide end plate, at least two lock rod forms including a first set of crosswise through-holes, and at least two lock socket forms including a second set of crosswise through-holes. The first and second sets of crosswise through-holes configured to removably receive a casting guide pin extending substantially across the casting guide end plate and interconnecting the crosswise through-holes the lock rod forms or lock socket forms when the casting guide is inside a casting chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SMRF, LLC
    Inventor: Kari Koivunen
  • Patent number: 9261081
    Abstract: A method of mounting elements in a wind turbine tower, whereby the elements are partly or completely attached to the wind turbine tower by means of magnetic attraction forces. Wind turbine suspension units may be attached to the wind turbine tower, preferably completely or partly to the inner wall by means of magnetic attraction forces, which present structure-weakening attachments to the tower or part of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Børge Øllgaard
  • Patent number: 9217248
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: MORTON BUILDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Knepp, Paul Remmele, John Leesman
  • Patent number: 9068558
    Abstract: A bolted connection for connecting two wind turbine components by bolts is proposed. Each of the bolts has a shaft and a plurality of threads. A transition region between the bolt shaft and the bolt threads is tapered. The bolted connection can be used to connect a rotor blade to a blade bearing of a wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Christian Laursen
  • Publication number: 20150121800
    Abstract: A steel article for false ceilings or for supporting false ceilings and process for making the article is described. The article has the following combination of features: maximum tensile strength Rm greater than 500 N/mm2 and elongation from 0% to 15%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Giuseppe CIPRIANI
  • Patent number: 9010061
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bochumer Eisenhütte Heintzmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rudi Podjadtke
  • Publication number: 20150089901
    Abstract: An article of elongate metal piece (101a) comprising a retaining track (102a) and a shaft (103a) at its respective long edges, wherein multiple pieces (101a) of the identical articles are arranged in a side-by-side fashion to assemble a pole section with two contiguous arranged metal pieces (101a) interlocked by engaging the shaft (103a) of one metal piece to the retaining track (102a) of another adjacent metal piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kong wei Chan
  • Patent number: 8978315
    Abstract: The invention describes a flange assistant for connecting adjacent tower sections, whereby each tower section comprises a tower section shell, a tower section flange, and a radius transition between the tower section shell and the tower section flange; wherein the flange assistant comprises an extension formed to complement the radius transition such that the flange assistant extends into a transition zone of a tower section. A tower section is disclosed for connecting adjacent tower sections, each comprising a tower section shell, a tower section flange, and a radius transition over a transition zone between the shell and flange, wherein the tower section connecting arrangement comprises at least one flange assistant and a number of fasteners to connect together the flanges and the flange assistants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johnny Steven Lam
  • Patent number: 8973332
    Abstract: Disclosed is a framework connecting device of a prefabricated building structure. Each connection portion of frameworks, which are formed in the shape of a square pipe so as to form columns, rafters or the like, is connected and fixed by front and rear connection pieces and a plurality of bolts and nuts which penetrate the same, wherein, during assembly, the frameworks and the front and rear connection pieces are coupled by indented groves and protrusion portions. Base protrusions of the front and rear connection pieces are supported by the frameworks. One or more support pipes which are respectively connected and fixed by bolts and the nuts are provided between the front and rear connection pieces. Therefore, the assembling work may be readily and easily carried out while the strength of the connection portions is being reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Dae young Lee
  • Patent number: 8959867
    Abstract: A post-and-beam type structure includes: a connector having four plate portions forming a cruciform cross-section for the connector, the cruciform cross-section extending in a vertical direction, wherein the four plate portions define four quadrants; a first column configured for detachably coupling to a bottom portion of the connector; and a first beam with a first end configured for detachably coupling to a first one of the plate portions; wherein the first beam comprises a first beam member and a second beam member that are coupled to each other, and wherein the first end of the first beam is configured for placement in a first quadrant of the four quadrants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: John A. Schold
  • Patent number: 8959870
    Abstract: A fluid-actuated telescoping tower supporting an associated load at a height above an associated foundation includes a fluid barrier, first and second telescoping tubular tower sections, a fluid port configured to receive compressed fluid from an associated source into an interior space of the tower defined by the first and second tubular sections, and a fastening system for holding the first and second tubular sections in the extended position with the compressed fluid received in the interior space of the tower and for mechanically connecting the first and second tubular sections in the extended position with the compressed fluid exhausted from the interior space of the tower by the fluid port. A method of erecting a tower includes inflating nested first and second telescoping tubular tower sections, fastening the sections in an extended position, and depressurizing the tower. A method of collapsing uses a reversal of the erecting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip M. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8959864
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bill Damon Johnston, George Albert Goller, Colwyn Sayers
  • Publication number: 20150047294
    Abstract: A reinforcement tie for structural use which comprises two longitudinal bars or plates connected by internal bars or plates, ending in a female end and a male end that is narrower than the female one. In at least one of the male and female ends the cross section of the corresponding internal bars or plates is, totally or partially, less than the cross section of the other internal bars or plates, or in at least one of the male and female ends, the corresponding internal bars or plates have an area where the bar or plate changes direction, with this area forming an entrance slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Luis Adell López
  • Patent number: 8943691
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a furcated composite post (1) comprising at least two strips (7, 8) that are joined together along their length in a furcated manner. The method comprises the steps of feeding one or more of the strips (7, 8) at a set rate to working rolls of a roll mill for profile rolling to a desired cross section/profile, feeding the strips (7, 8) at the same set rate to positioning rolls for holding the strips (7, 8) in a correct orientation for joining, and joining the strips together, preferably by welding the strips (7, 8) along their length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Ashley Dean Olsson, Ashley Norman Olsson, Nathanael Dean Olsson, Stafford James Olsson
  • 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: 8904732
    Abstract: Described herein is a monolithic cementitious article with one or more pre-formed shaped regions. The shaped regions are generally channels that extend through a portion of the article or span the full article. The article includes one or more openings at least one of its ends. The article has a low apparent density with a high strength as well as high performance characteristics. The article when manufactured is suitable for use as a building product, such as siding, panel, trim, fascia, roofing, crown molding, decking, and fencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Chongjun Jiang, Jong Min Keum, Caidian Luo, Shan Ren, Daniel Jose Suasnabar, Bryan Louis Walters
  • Patent number: 8904738
    Abstract: It comprises at least one shell portion for forming a shell segment of a wind turbine tower and a flange portion attached to the shell portion. The flange portion comprises flange sectors separated from each other by corresponding spaces defining a discontinuous flange portion. The shell portion includes apertures formed in correspondence with the spaces between adjacent flange sectors. The flange sectors are formed with at least one base portion extending from at least one face of the shell portion at an angle to the shell portion. The base portion may have a varying thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Alstom Renovables Espana, S.L.
    Inventors: Alberto González Del Egido, Pere Viladomiu I Guarro
  • Patent number: 8887452
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for decreasing rot and insect damage to in-ground wood increases the effective life of the wood. A waterproof collar has an upper margin that defines a seal against the wood and the collar surrounds the wood from a point above the ground level to a predetermined location below the ground level. The collar defines a barrier that prevents microbes and insects from gaining access to the wood over the most important portion of the wood in terms of structural integrity, the critical decay zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Carhart
  • 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: 8839594
    Abstract: A concrete exclusion structure is formed by a housing having a shell, end walls, and one or more score lines of reduced wall thickness. The housing defines an interior void that is dimensioned to enclose a coupler assembly. Knockouts in the end walls or knockout cones allow passage of tubes associated with the coupler assembly. The exclusion structure prevents uncured concrete from contacting the coupler assembly. The structure can fracture after the concrete has cured thereby allowing portions of the coupler assembly to move relative to each other. Such fracture is typically about one of the score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8806820
    Abstract: Provided are segments of a spliced prestressed concrete girder, which have improved structural integrity at joints, and a method of manufacturing the segments. The method of manufacturing the segments, which are combined to build the spliced prestressed concrete girder, includes: manufacturing one or more joint blocks, each having a first end that has a shear key and is to be spliced to an end of an adjacent segment and having a second end that is bonded to a segment body of the segment; and manufacturing the segment body by using the one or more joint blocks as one or more ends of a formwork in which the segment body is to be made and by casting and curing concrete in the formwork, wherein the one or more joint blocks are fixedly bonded to one or more ends of the segment body in the manufacturing of the segment body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Interconstec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Saeng Ahn
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8726610
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bill Damon Johnston, George Albert Goller, Colwyn Sayers
  • Patent number: 8720161
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mast (10) for a wind turbine, which mast tapers towards the top and comprises at least two superposed annular mast sections (12, 14, 16, 18, 20). Every annular mast section consists of a plurality of prefabricated wall parts (A, B, C, D, E, F), wherein at least a part of which has a curved section, at least the curved sections of prefabricated wall parts in different annular mast sections having at least identical cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Postensa Wind Structures S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Anton Herrius de Roest
  • 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: 8707653
    Abstract: A modular truss system includes six-way box connectors to which truss beams can be bolted and pinned together in a wide variety of configurations and to any or all of the six identical faces. Each box connector face and each truss beam endplate is fitted with matching center holes for bolts and spring pin arrangements on the peripheral corners. These make aligning and attaching the truss beams and box connectors to one another a quick and simple job that does not require any tools. The truss beam endplates have one or more spring pins and a center hole that matches the ones in each of the six faces of the box connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Calleja
  • Patent number: 8695290
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for splicing solar panel racks. Solar panel racks may include one, two, or more solar rack sections that may be connected to one another with an internal splice. The internal splice may internally support the adjoining solar racks. The solar rack may be secured to a support surface using one or more feet. The solar panel racks may be configured to support the weight of one or more solar modules. One or more solar module securing component may be used to secure the solar modules to a solar rack surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kim, Craig Carni, Victor Zuidema
  • Patent number: 8683697
    Abstract: A large scale structure includes a plurality of panels, wherein each panel has at least one opening therethrough. And each panel has opposed edge profiles that are positionable next to adjacent panels and opposed end profiles that are positionable next to adjacent panels. A plurality of rods extend through aligned openings so as to interconnect the plurality of panels to one another. And a plurality of coupling nuts, each coupling nut attachable to an end of one of the rods, wherein the coupling nuts secure the panels to one another. An insert with apertures aligned with the openings allows a rod to extend through the insert and facilitate securement of the insert to the plurality of panels so as to form a section. Additional sections can be assembled as needed to form the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Randy L. Gaigler, Kishan L. Goel, Tushar K. Shah
  • Patent number: 8672280
    Abstract: A system for supporting a display arrangement from an overhead support, comprising: an elongated support rail having an elongated open upper channel for receipt of an overhead support member; an elongated lower channel for receipt of a lower display support member; and an elongated middle channel disposed between the upper channel and the lower channel for aligned, guided and captured receipt of an elongated connector member to permit the connection to an adjacent elongated support rail or track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rose Displays Ltd
    Inventors: Rebecca C. Suciu, Thomas P. Burrous, David E. Pitcher, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 8656647
    Abstract: A gutter protector is provided that has a top surface defining a front edge and a back edge. The protector also has a first side extending from the front edge to the back edge and extending at an angle ? from the top surface and having a gutter contacting first edge, a second side extending from the front edge to the back edge and extending at an angle ? from the top surface and having a gutter contacting second edge. A notch is provided in the front edge adapted to engage a complementary notch in an article to couple the gutter protector to the article, thereby allowing protectors to be engaged and pushed collectively down a gutter course to facilitate installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: GutterFlow LLC
    Inventors: David J. Bath, Donald Maynard
  • Patent number: 8635830
    Abstract: A system having a beam having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end, wherein the first end is offset relative to the longitudinal axis in a first direction, and wherein the second end is offset relative to the longitudinal axis in a second direction that is opposite of the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Schold
  • Patent number: 8607533
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating a reinforced vertical multi-sided monopole tower for supporting equipment including a multi-sided monopole, a plurality of holes on three equally spaced sides of the multi-sided monopole tower and tower reinforcement apparatus mounted to the holes. The tower reinforcement apparatus includes bolts supporting a first flat bar and a second flat bar on each side of the tower. The upper end of the first flat bar abuts a lower end of the second bar and a plate is bolted over adjacent ends connecting the first and second flat bar such that the first and second flat bars are sandwiched between the plate and a side of the perimeter of the monopole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Castle USA Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Kopshever, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8585313
    Abstract: A coupler for coupling two posts end-to-end has ninety degree flanges and two reverse wrap ends. The coupler is slid one-half way over the ends of one formed post, comprising two flanges, with the reverse wrap holding the post flanges. Another flanged post is inserted into the coupler to engage the end of the first post, the coupler holding the posts end-to-end. An alternate embodiment coupler is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Edsal Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Wojøtowicz, Anthony J. Troyner, James E. Collins
  • Patent number: 8578681
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a connector assembly (20) for joining a main tower (102) to a base structure (114) where the axial alignment of the tower to the base structure needs to be adjustable, and to a method of using such a connector assembly to assemble a tower structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Claxton Engineering Services Limited
    Inventors: Rowan Warwick Patterson, Matthew Marcantonio
  • Patent number: 8579548
    Abstract: A piling planing tool utilizes a cylindrical cutter head connected to a cylindrical cutter ring having teeth for planing the outer surfaces of damaged or deteriorating in situ pilings. Spacer rings are attached between the cutter head and cutter ring to lengthen the planing tool, in order to extend the tool to plane lower outer surfaces of the pilings. A drill bit extends through the planing tool to bore center channels into the pilings. A circular cutting blade is provided beneath the cutter head to plane the top of the piling. The method of reforming in situ pilings utilizes the planing tool to shape pilings so that they can be connected with new pilings. The pilings are connected by an internal steel rebar and sleeve, permanently secured with bonding material to form a single reformed piling having high tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Harold F Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130291482
    Abstract: The present invention relates to modular columns for construction purposes, which comprise: a metal profile section positioned vertically, functioning as a post that may optionally be anchored to or fixed to the surface of the floor; a series of base modules, “body” and capital, which in turn are formed from two symmetric blocks which have a recess, resulting in a square hollow that is filled with a conventional mixture of cement, river sand and lime, which, once dried, holds the blocks firmly joined to the profile section. The invention furthermore provides a method for the production of the modular columns and also a procedure for the installation thereof, with alternatives for columns that are load-bearing or that are simply for aesthetic purposes, said methodologies involving a series of practical, easy-to-follow steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: TIS & PARTNERS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jose Santos Limon Cornejo