Vertically Curved Arch With Terminal Support Patents (Class 52/86)
  • Patent number: 10612232
    Abstract: A modular self-supporting arched ceiling structure has a plurality of interconnected modules each extending in a first direction over an arc and arranged one after the other in a second direction which is transverse to the first direction, with each of the modules being composed of a plurality of interconnected panels located adjacent to one another in a direction of elongation of each of the modules, and each of the panels has two plates spaced from each other to form therebetween a space which is filled with a cellular material with one of the plates composed of a plurality of strips of a heavy-duty high-modulus material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Zinoviy Rokhlin
  • Patent number: 9682523
    Abstract: A system for producing a fiber-reinforced composite module, such as a panel module, having an integrated stiffening structure for an aircraft or spacecraft includes a form core assembly station for assembling a plurality of form cores covered with reinforcing fiber layers to constitute at least one stiffening element of the integrated stiffening structure, a form core placement station which receives assembled form cores from the assembly station for placing or depositing the assembled form cores in or on a molding tool, and a turning station for rotating or inverting the assembled form cores. The turning station is configured to convey or transport the assembled form cores from the assembly station to the placement station. The turning station defines a path which is configured to rotate or invert the assembled form cores as they are conveyed or moved to the placement station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Engels, Pierre Zahlen, Lars Meyer
  • Patent number: 9340243
    Abstract: A modular structure and method of creating a modular structure where the structure has a cover made from a corrugated, lightweight material, at least one end wall and at least one corner connection means where the cover has at least one channel cut therein and where the end wall is inserted into the channel so that the cover wraps around the end wall to form a structure, and where at least one corner connection means connects and secures the cover to the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Marty Williams
  • Patent number: 9194122
    Abstract: A dome enclosure that can be constructed on any foundation includes a plurality of dome structures and a bonding material. Each of the plurality of dome sections has a curved beam, a wall bracket, and a plurality of blocks. The wall bracket rests on the foundation and can be fitted for straight walls, curved walls, corners, etc. The curved beam is positioned into the wall bracket, wherein the wall bracket can be moved to readjust the position of the curved beam. The plurality of blocks are supported by the curved beam, wherein the plurality of blocks of an arbitrary section spans the distance to a subsequent section. Once the plurality of dome sections have been erected around the foundation, the bonding material is poured, or otherwise applied, wherein a single solid structure is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Henriques DaCosta
  • Patent number: 9157250
    Abstract: A swimming pool safety system, and method, uses a preservation mechanism that lifts a human-sized object from within a swimming pool to a top surface of the swimming pool. An underwater detection array detects the human-sized object within the swimming pool and generates a detection data. A preservation controller actuates the preservation mechanism in response to an automatic actuation signal that was generated based on the detection data so as to actuate the preservation mechanism to lift the human-sized object above the top surface of the swimming pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Fahad M. Alammari
  • Patent number: 8997767
    Abstract: A portable, insulated shelter consists of flexible inner and outer layers, lightweight fabric panels located therebetween, and connected to each other, a suitable support frame, and a system, such as a HVAC unit and a suitable connector, for actively controlling the interior environment of the shelter. The shelter may be used to protect and provide livable conditions in harsh, remote locations. Methods of selectively installing and removing the fabric panels are also provided, along with methods of setting up and disassembling the shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Richard W. Hotes, Michael Vesper
  • Patent number: 8959846
    Abstract: A granular material storage capacity increasing device and system includes a housing including a first and second side walls each having an upper edge. A roof structure is attached to and extends between the first and second side walls. The roof structure includes roof trusses each having an inner chord. A plurality of curtain assemblies is attached to the roof structure to define an auxiliary storage capacity. At least one of the curtain assemblies is mounted adjacent to and associated with the first side wall and at least one of the curtain assemblies is mounted adjacent to and associated with the second side wall. Each of the curtain assemblies a flexible panel extending between and is attached to two inner chords. A top edge attached to the inner chords and bottom edge attached to one of the first or second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Keith Polzin, Mike Snoozy, Lucas Lorenzen, Chad Kramer
  • Patent number: 8935888
    Abstract: An inflatable mold assembly for forming a hollow composite construction member that is suitable for use as a building material has a longitudinal axis. The mold assembly further has a flexible, substantially tubular bladder wall defining an elongated inflatable cavity. A reinforcing fabric is positioned concentrically around the flexible bladder wall. A flexible air-impervious outer layer is positioned concentrically around the fabric, with the bladder wall and the outer layer defining an elongated annular space, and with the fabric being positioned within the elongated annular space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: University of Maine System Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, Richard F. Nye
  • Patent number: 8869484
    Abstract: A curvable grid tee for suspending drywall capable of being configured vertically into convex or concave shapes comprising a series of identical web segments joined end-to-end, the segments being formed of sheet metal into a tee shaped cross section, the sheet metal of a segment being folded such that each segment has a vertical double layer stem with the stem layers joined at a common fold at upper edges thereof, the sheet metal at lower edges of each layer of the stem being bent outwardly to form a flange, a junction between adjacent segments permitting such adjacent segments to be angularly displaced relative to one another in a vertical plane such that the flanges are capable of supporting a drywall panel in a curved plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Peder Gulbrandsen, Abraham M. Underkofler, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8850758
    Abstract: A granular material storage capacity increasing device and system includes a housing including a plurality of roof trusses each including an inner chord. A plurality of panels is attached to the roof structure. Each of the panels extends between and is attached to adjacently positioned ones of the inner chords. Each of the panels is elongated and has a first end, a second end, an upper edge and a lower edge. An upper bend is positioned adjacent to the upper edge and defines an upper flange including the upper edge. A lower bend is positioned adjacent to the lower edge and defines lower flange including the lower edge. A primary bend is positioned between the upper and lower bends. The upper and lower flanges are attached to the inner chord. The primary bend is spaced further from the inner chord than the upper and lower bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Chris A. Nelson, Chad R. Kramer, Lucas L. Lorenzen
  • Patent number: 8850750
    Abstract: A rapidly-erectable lightweight load resisting system for the construction of buried arched bridges, tunnels or underground bunkers, has a plurality of lightweight arched tubular support members which are formed of a fiber reinforced polymer material and are substantially oriented in a vertical plane. The lightweight tubular support members are connected by at least one or more lateral force resisting members which are positioned in a direction perpendicular to the vertical plane of the tubular support members, and which are capable of transferring vertical loads to the tubular support members and of providing lateral-load capacity to the load resisting system. The tubular support members are fitted with one or more holes near the top which allows them to be filled with a suitable material to provide additional strength or stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: University of Maine System Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, Eric N. Landis, Imad W. El Chiti
  • Publication number: 20140290153
    Abstract: A construction-unit (23) that is adapted for being combined with one more similar units (23) to constitute a self-carrying structure (40) to use for shelter or dwelling wherein each construction-unit (23) make up for both one sidewall and half a roof in one segment. A plurality of construction-units (23) are adapted for constructing a static functional self-carrying structure (40) where the shape has a curved design related to the mathematical expression The Hyperbolic Cosine or part of an Ellipse in the traverse direction and a linear design in the longitudinal direction when placed as a part of an assembled shelter (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jakob Christensen, Claus Ove Heding
  • Patent number: 8756876
    Abstract: The portable structure will generally have a pod from which a suite frame and suite may be deployed. The suite will allow personnel to administer to many critical demands and activities. The portable structure may be deployed upon any terrain, whether level or uneven, rigid or soft, and both the pod and the suite may be leveled independently. Additionally, the portable structure may incorporate at least one cocoon section wherein the cocoon section comprises at least one interior layer contacting a mesh covering placed over the suite frame, at least one thermal layer affixed to the interior layer, wherein the thermal layer includes heat adding and heat removal members capable of removing or adding heat to the mesh covering or a substance adjacent the at least one thermal layer and at least one exterior layer affixed to the thermal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Orr
  • Patent number: 8739479
    Abstract: A granular material storage capacity increasing device and system includes a housing including a plurality of roof trusses each including an inner chord. A plurality of panels is attached to the roof structure. Each of the panels extends between and is attached to adjacently positioned ones of the inner chords. Each of the panels is elongated and has a first end, a second end, an upper edge and a lower edge. An upper bend is positioned adjacent to the upper edge and defines an upper flange including the upper edge. A lower bend is positioned adjacent to the lower edge and defines lower flange including the lower edge. A primary bend is positioned between the upper and lower bends. The upper and lower flanges are attached to the inner chord. The primary bend is spaced further from the inner chord than the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Chris A. Nelson, Chad R. Kramer, Lucas L. Lorenzen
  • Patent number: 8627622
    Abstract: A drywall-trimming strip for trimming an archway has a nose with a tabbed edge and a flanged edge. A first series of slits spaced from one another define a series of tabs spaced from one another along the tabbed edge. A flange extends from and along the flanged edge. The tabs are joined to the tabbed edge of the nose by a continuous juncture extending along and defining the tabbed edge of the nose, which has a second series of slits extending to the continuous juncture and spaced from one another, as the slits defining the tabs are spaced from one another. All parts of the drywall-trimming strip are made from a comparatively harder, less flexible, polymeric material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer Shore 82 D, except for the continuous juncture, which is made from a comparatively softer, more flexible material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer Shore 92 A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Trim-Tex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Koenig, Jr., Mark Budzik
  • Patent number: 8615934
    Abstract: A modular, panelized 12-foot wide shelter that has a standard 20-foot length. The shelter has a number of premade frame panels that are assembled over a deck floor. An outer covering of hard, 0.040? black ABS sheeting, which can be painted, is applied to the frame. The walls, roof arches, and end panels can be insulated to reduce or eliminate condensation. The floor is insulated as a standard feature. Each wall/roof section has one 5,000 pound rated galvanized anchor ring attached for tie-downs in windy locations, if needed. Because the entire shelter fits on a single pallet, it can be transported to remote sites by various methods—trucks, barges, helicopters, or snowmobiles. The shelter can be assembled by two workers in less than a day using simple tools. The structure is designed to be transported by truck, helicopter or snowmobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen C. Webb, Terry J. Webb, Orrin K. Gerke, Cathrine E. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20130263529
    Abstract: A reinforcement rib for an overhead structure comprises a pair of sidewalls and a top wall that bridges one end of each sidewall. A lower flange extends outwardly from an opposite end of each sidewall. Each lower flange is adapted to be secured to the overhead structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Michael W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8549792
    Abstract: A protective shelter offering opposite outer supports and a roof structure extending between the supports, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material defining an inner skin to provide a first level of protection in the roof structure, and the tray members are arranged to be supported by transverse beams, wherein the transverse beams are arranged to be supported at their respective ends by the opposite outer supports and wherein the transverse beams form a transverse beam bridge across the shelter such that the height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite supports is substantially the same as the height of said supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Publication number: 20130239488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a “span” type greenhouse designed to be installed in “multi-span” runs each covering several thousand square meters uninterrupted, this “span” type greenhouse being constituted by a plurality of structural units installed parallel to one another over the entire length of the bay defined under the span.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: FILCLAIR
    Inventor: Arnauld Thery
  • Patent number: 8528267
    Abstract: Dimensionally adequate for the transit of persons in its interior, the main characteristic of which lies in the fact that it consists of a self-supporting, modular and removable cover, which allows simple and fast assembly, independent of said conveyor belt, in addition to subsequent folding in a horizontal position for those times of year when said cover is not used, giving it a high degree of watertightness and resistance to strong winds, with ensuing benefits in terms of visual impact and respect for the natural landscape, in addition to the possibility of using the entire outer surface of the cover as an advertising medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Capotex 2000, S.L.
    Inventors: Javier Saura Garcia, Carlos Alarcon Pedroche, Martin Norbert Birtel
  • Publication number: 20130227896
    Abstract: A building panel formed from sheet material is disclosed, the building panel extending in a longitudinal direction along its length and having a shape in cross section in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The building panel includes a center portion in cross section, a first connecting portion connected at one side of the center portion, the first connecting portion comprising a loop in cross section, and a second connecting portion connected at an opposing side of the center portion, the second connecting portion comprising a hook in cross section, wherein the loop and the hook are complementary in size and shape for joining the building panel to adjacent building panels. Building structures comprised of such building panels, and methods and systems for forming such building panels are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: M.I.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd E. Anderson, Frederick Morello
  • Patent number: 8479473
    Abstract: In a method of constructing a supporting structure (e.g. of a bridge or the roof of a building) in arched form, an initially straight or pre-curved frame structure, having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, is pivotally supported at the first and second ends, whereupon the first and second ends are pushed towards one another to achieve a displacement of the first and second ends relative to one another, where the reduction of the distance between the first and second ends causes them to pivot and the frame structure to progressively and flexibly bend, against its resiliency, into a final arched form, the displacement of the first and second ends relative to one another is chosen to amount to at least 1% of the initial distance between the first and second ends, where the first and second ends are then fixed relative to one another in their displaced position so as to preserve the final arched form of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: The European Union, Represented by the European Commission
    Inventors: Eugenio Gutierrez, Martin Poljansek
  • Publication number: 20130118095
    Abstract: Shade shelters for reducing air conditioning loads of an associated shelter are provided. The shade shelters aim to reduce the thermal radiation effects of the sun on associated shelters, such as temporarily erected shelters. The shade shelters can be configurable so that natural convection is advantageously utilized for aiding in reducing heat transfer into the interior space of the associated shelter. The natural convection can be in the form of the “chimney effect” for reducing heat transfer into the interior space of the shelter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Doug Hotes
  • Patent number: 8434270
    Abstract: A protective shelter that provides protection within a war zone and which can be readily assembled in a quick, secure and reliable manner. The shelter is formed of opposite outer walls and a roof structure extending therebetween, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members supported by beam supports and in which the plurality of tray members is arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material so as to provide a first layer of protection via the roof structure. The tray members can be supported by beams serving to define a shallow arch across the shelter such that the internal height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite walls, is greater than the height of the said walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 8307605
    Abstract: A new and useful Dome Kit, dome shaped structural system and method of assembling a dome shaped structural system is provided. The Dome Kit and method are used to form a dome shaped structural system comprising a compression ring, a lower ring that is larger than the compression ring and spaced below the compression ring, and a plurality of ribs connected with the compression ring. The lower ring, the compression ring, lower ring and connected ribs form a dome shaped structural system; i.e. a structural system with a dome shaped appearance. New and useful structure is provided for coupling the ribs to the compression ring and to the lower ring. Such structure is particularly useful when the ribs are formed of metal (e.g. steel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Gerald Joseph McCarty
  • Patent number: 8291648
    Abstract: The portable structure will generally have a pod from which a suite frame and suite may be deployed. The suite will allow personnel to administer to many critical demands and activities. The portable structure may be deployed upon any terrain, whether level or uneven, rigid or soft, and both the pod and the suite may be leveled independently. Additionally, the portable structure may incorporate at least one cocoon section wherein the cocoon section comprises at least one interior layer contacting a mesh covering placed over the suite frame, at least one thermal layer affixed to the interior layer, wherein the thermal layer includes heat adding and heat removal members capable of removing or adding heat to the mesh covering or a substance adjacent the at least one thermal layer and at least one exterior layer affixed to the thermal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: James R. Orr
  • Patent number: 8186120
    Abstract: A base frame for a parking lot roof equipped with photovoltaic modules is proposed, wherein two mirror-symmetrically constructed halves are provided, with each half having an inner arc constructed of three inner struts and an outer arc constructed of three outer struts, which are connected with each other by cross struts. The structure is light-weight and can be easily manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Adensis GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Beck
  • Patent number: 8141323
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for increasing storage capacity of granular material storage structures. The apparatus includes a curtain assembly supportable from the roof structure of the granular material storage structure and above the sidewalls thereby defining a second volume within which the granular material may be filled which is above the first volume defined by the interior volume of the sidewalls and the volume defined by the angle of repose of the granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Cornbelt Fabric Structures, LLC
    Inventor: Paul McGary
  • Patent number: 8141316
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated architectural element and method of fabricating that same. A first step involves providing a piece of drywall having a first edge and a second end, the second edge being opposed to the first edge. A second step involves cutting two parallel ninety degree “V” grooves in a face of the piece of drywall. A third step involves folding a portion of the piece of drywall as dictated by the “V” grooves and securing the folded portion, thereby forming a square corner at the fold. A fourth step involves bending the piece of drywall to a desired radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Curved Walls, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Remin
  • Patent number: 8136307
    Abstract: Roof construction having a roof skin mounted on a base construction and including a bottom skin and a top skin mounted above and spaced apart from the bottom skin, the roof skin having a two-dimensionally curved surface, the bottom skin being supported on the base construction via a grid that is formed by plane plates oriented normal to the plane of the grid and crossing one another, top edges of the plates being curved to define the curvature of the roof skin, the surface of the roof skin being divided into segments at least some of which are spanned by an associated set of straight lines, and the top skin is held at a constant spacing from the bottom skin by spacer profiles extending along the straight lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Eckard Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 8082700
    Abstract: A building structure with a tubular frame structure in a hut shape may be provided with cladding in the form of curved panels to provide a temporary or emergency shelter. These panels may consist of two spaced-apart plastic sheets fused together by parallel ribs serving as webs to provide parallel channels therein, e.g., Coroplast™-like sheeting. Such sheeting is preferably stiffening with one or more battens that are inserted through the hollow channels of the panel allowing them to be used as semi-rigid cladding over the entire building structure. The outer tubular members of the frame are all curved to improve rigidity. The frame includes channels for seating the panels as well as contribute to the structural integrity of the shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Housall Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Miles Kennedy, Mark Edey, Reinier Halbertsma, Aldo Balatti
  • Publication number: 20110271607
    Abstract: Dimensionally adequate for the transit of persons in its interior, the main characteristic of which lies in the fact that it consists of a self-supporting, modular and removable cover, which allows simple and fast assembly, independent of said conveyor belt, in addition to subsequent folding in a horizontal position for those times of year when said cover is not used, giving it a high degree of watertightness and resistance to strong winds, with ensuing benefits in terms of visual impact and respect for the natural landscape, in addition to the possibility of using the entire outer surface of the cover as an advertising medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Javier Saura Garcia, Carlos Alarcon Pedroche, Martin Norbert Birtel
  • Patent number: 8033070
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved building panel having increased strength and rigidity, thereby reducing present design constraints imposed upon buildings constructed of interconnected panels. The building panel includes a novel curved central portion connected to two diverging inclined side wall portions in lieu of a straight central portion. Replacing the straight curved portion with a curved portion provides the building panel with increased strength and rigidity, thereby allowing the building panel to withstand increased positive and negative bending moments. Thus, a building constructed of panels having such curved central portions will reduce the present design constraints and increase the size and shape of buildings constructed of such panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: M.I.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Morello, Matthew J. Yagodich
  • Publication number: 20110232203
    Abstract: An attachment member formed from sheet material configured to connect a wall to a curved roof of a building structure. The attachment member includes at least two segments: a first segment having a flat center portion and a pair of walls extending perpendicular to the center portion in cross section, the pair of walls defining a recess oriented in a direction perpendicular to the center portion, wherein the recess is adapted to accommodate a portion of a wall of a building structure; and a second segment extending from one of the walls of the first segment, the second segment being oriented in a same plane as the flat center portion of the first segment in cross section, the second segment including a longitudinal rib, the longitudinal rib protruding in cross section from the second segment, the longitudinal rib being adapted to mate with a rib of a curved building panel. Building structures made using such attachment members and an attachment member forming system are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: M.I.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd E. Anderson, Frederick Morello
  • Patent number: 7938134
    Abstract: A protective shelter that may be used to protect observers, players, and others from inclement weather during a sporting event, for example, includes an arcuate-shaped, flexible cover with side portions configured to receive side frame members, which in turn are connected to elongated cover support members coupled to the cover. The various frame members and cover support members may be connected with a number of different types of couplers. In addition, a majority of the side frame members and support members may remain coupled to the flexible cover after the protective shelter has been disassembled and placed in a transportable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 7886757
    Abstract: A portable temporary aircraft hanger that includes a lightweight frame covered with a durable, main outer cover. The frame includes a plurality of transverse frame members attached to a rigid base frame. Each frame member includes two opposite straight lower sections, two curved eave sections, two straight roof sections and a curved, central peak section. Adjacent frame members are interconnected by a plurality of purlins. Disposed over one end opening is a flexible end cover. Formed on one end panel of the shelter is wide rectangular door opening designed to allow wide equipment, such as a winged aircraft to easily enter and exit the shelter. In the first embodiment, the door opening is covered by two hinged door panels including a longitudinally aligned sliding door section. Disposed above the wide opening is an optional upper opening which is selectively closed and opened by a retractable door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Doug Hotes
  • Patent number: 7877959
    Abstract: A panel connector for interconnecting adjacent panels, wherein the panels have one or more flanges each having an edge. The connector comprises a portion of sheet material arranged to extend from the edge of the panel with a curved profile having an inner end adjacent the edge of the panel and an outer end. In transverse cross section, the curved profile includes a first portion extending from the inner end in a generally elliptical path and a second portion extending from the first portion to the outer end. The second portion curves inwardly from the generally elliptical path and the curved profile of the connector curves through at least 360 degrees. The second portion defines an opening between the inner end and the outer end to receive a portion of a further connector on an adjacent panel of the same shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Chin Chai Ong
  • Patent number: 7856761
    Abstract: A protective shelter that can be used to provide protection within a war zone, and which can be readily assembled in a quick, secure and reliable manner. The shelter is formed of opposite outer walls and a roof structure extending therebetween, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members supported by beam supports and in which the plurality of tray members is arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material so as to provide a first layer of protection via the roof structure. The tray members can be supported by beams serving to define a shallow arch across the shelter such that the internal height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite walls, which is greater than the height of the said walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 7845117
    Abstract: This invention concerns an arch structure. In particular, the invention relates to an arch structure comprised of at least two segments which are rotatably linked to each other via hinges or equivalent means to form a continuous bendable chain of attached segments. The segments have magnets above the rotatable or hinged link on opposed end faces, positioned to oppose magnets on confronting end faces of adjacent arch segments, with like poles facing one another, thereby creating a repulsion force. The repulsion force inhibits the arch segments from being brought together and into contact. Due to this effect, the aggregate of the arch segments define an arcuate path (convex upward), maintained by the repulsion forces of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Moshe Benjamin Kanner
  • Publication number: 20100269421
    Abstract: A domed steel roof frame (12). The frame (12) has at least three corners and an outwardly convex shape with an uppermost apex (20). The frame (12) comprises at least three steel interior members (18), at least three interior cable retainers and at least three interior cables. The at least three steel interior members (18) each extend from one of each of the corners to the apex (20). The at least three interior cable retainers are each attached to, or form part of, and extending substantially along each of the respective interior members (18). The at least three interior cables are each inserted through each of the respective interior cable retainers. The frame (12) also comprises means to tension each of the interior cables relative to their respective interior cable retainers and means to maintain each of the interior cables tensioned relative to their respective interior cable retainers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Murray Ellen
  • Patent number: 7814714
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for increasing storage capacity of granular material storage structures. The apparatus includes a curtain assembly supportable from the roof structure of the granular material storage structure and above the sidewalls thereby defining a second volume within which the granular material may be filled which is above the first volume defined by the interior volume of the sidewalls and the volume defined by the angle of repose of the granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Cornbelt Fabric Structures, LLC
    Inventor: Paul McGary
  • Publication number: 20100251631
    Abstract: A domed non-steel roof frame (12). The frame (12) has at least three corners and an outwardly convex shape with an uppermost apex (20). The frame (12) comprises at least three non-steel interior members (18), at least three interior cable retainers and at least three interior cables. The at least three non-steel interior members (18) each extend from one of each of the corners to the apex (20). The at least three interior cable retainers are each attached to, or form part of, and extending substantially along each of the respective interior members (18). The at least three interior cables are each inserted through each of the respective interior cable retainers. The frame (12) also comprises means to tension each, of the interior cables relative to their respective interior cable retainers and means to maintain each of the interior cables tensioned relative to their respective interior cable retainers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Murray Ellen
  • Patent number: 7735502
    Abstract: A compact, temporary shelter that includes at least two vertical frame members aligned transversely over a base frame. Each frame member includes two opposite straight lower sections, two curved eave sections, two optional straight roof sections and a curved, central peak section. Adjacent frame members are interconnected by a plurality of purlins. The shelter includes an inner liner disposed over the inside surfaces of the frame members. The inner liner creates wall air spaces between two adjacent frame members and an upper attic and a lower living space that are partially isolated. When attached to an HVAC unit, air from the living space and flows and circulates into the wall air spaces between the frame members and into the attic. From the attic, air travels through a vent opening formed on an end cover to the outside environment. Located inside the shelter is a flexible air sock that connects at one end to the output port on the HVAC unit to evenly distribute the air into the living space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas T. Hotes
  • Patent number: 7726078
    Abstract: A dome type clear-span roof construction, having an exterior, polygonal arch frame (1), and a pre-tensioned, doubly curved membrane cover (2), which is suspended from the arch frame and is tied down to anchors (9) along its perimeter. Underneath the arch frame, a single, continuous suspension cable (4), anchored to the arch's end supports (8), is alternately taken through a series of upper pulleys (6) secured to the underside of the arch break points, and lower pulleys (5) secured at similar spacing to the membrane's ridge line (3), creating a multiple block-and-tackle suspension mechanism in the full length of the arch. The suspension mechanism converts the random membrane loads into concentrated, identical arch loads. The centerline of the polygonal arch coincides with the constant pressure line of its concentrated loads, which therefore do not cause bending moments in the arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Arpad Kolozsvary-Kiss
  • Patent number: 7712262
    Abstract: A removable arch form assembly for use in forming a masonry arch of a plurality of masonry elements on a substructure comprises a flexible arch form having a substantially rectangular shape, first and second end clips engaging an arched structure about which the masonry arch is to be formed, at least one intermediate clip positioned on the arched structure between the end clips and at an elevation differing from the end clips, the end clips and the at least one intermediate clip removably receiving the flexible arch form and retaining the form in an arched orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Tom Scanlan
  • Publication number: 20100088977
    Abstract: A method and system finish member for forming a wall surface is provided. The finish member comprises a substantially organic material having a length along a longitudinal axis and a thickness perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and the finish member is flexible along the length in a direction of the thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Curtis William Darling
  • Publication number: 20100024320
    Abstract: This invention concerns an arch structure. In particular, the invention relates to an arch structure comprised of at least two segments which are rotatably linked to each other via hinges or equivalent means to form a continuous bendable chain of attached segments. The segments have magnets above the rotatable or hinged link on opposed end faces, positioned to oppose magnets on confronting end faces of adjacent arch segments, with like poles facing one another, thereby creating a repulsion force. The repulsion force inhibits the arch segments from being brought together and into contact. Due to this effect, the aggregate of the arch segments define an arcuate path (convex upward), maintained by the repulsion forces of the magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Moshe Benjamin Kanner
  • Patent number: 7654277
    Abstract: A portable shade. An illustrative embodiment of the portable shade includes a canopy; a plurality of generally elongated, curved, spaced-apart tent poles carried by the canopy; and a plurality of anchor units receiving the plurality of tent poles, respectively. Each of the anchor units comprises an anchor plate, a striker plate pivotally carried by the anchor plate and a pole receptacle pivotally carried by the striker plate and receiving a corresponding one of the tent poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Don C. Brewer, Nicole Brewer
  • Patent number: 7647737
    Abstract: An improved building panel with increased stiffness and resistance to buckling is disclosed. The panel cross section is characterized by a novel center portion comprised of radially arranged longitudinal stiffening ribs which transition into side portions configured to allow joining of the panels. The configuration of the panel's center section results in an increased moment of inertia as well as higher resistance to positive and negative bending moments and local buckling when compared to existing designs. Additionally, the panel configuration allows curving longitudinally without corrugations. These improvements in the strength of the panel and the elimination of corrugations reduce design constraints on buildings constructed of such panels and allow larger buildings to be constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: M.I.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick Morello
  • Patent number: 7614189
    Abstract: An arched member such as a jamb is made from three parts. The first part is an elongate strip having upper and lower faces, opposite sides, and opposite first and second ends, with elongate grooves extending along the opposite sides. The other parts are a pair of elongate side pieces each slidably engaged in a respective one of the grooves. The strip and side pieces are formed together into an arch having a predetermined curvature with the opposite ends of the side pieces flush with the opposite ends of the strip. The formed member is sufficiently flexible to enable it to be forced into a flat condition for shipping. When forced flat, at least one end of each side piece will project out from the respective end of the strip. The projecting ends provide indicators to allow a user to correct the curvature of the member after release from the flat condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventors: Richard J. Smerud, J. Miguel Arvizu