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1. (WO2009134546) ADJUSTABLY RIGID FLOATING ISLAND SYSTEM
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Pub. No.: WO/2009/134546 International Application No.: PCT/US2009/037745
Publication Date: 05.11.2009 International Filing Date: 20.03.2009
IPC:
B63B 35/00 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63
SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
B
SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
35
Vessels or like floating structures adapted for special purposes
Applicants:
KANIA, Bruce, G. [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
STEWART, Frank, M. [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
FOUNTAINHEAD, LLC [US/US]; 9625 Scandia Rd. Shepherd, MT 59079, US (AllExceptUS)
Inventors:
KANIA, Bruce, G.; US
STEWART, Frank, M.; US
Agent:
TEASE, Antoinette, M.; P.O. Box 51016 Billings, MT 59105, US
Priority Data:
61/049,41730.04.2008US
Title (EN) ADJUSTABLY RIGID FLOATING ISLAND SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTÈME RÉGLABLE D’ÎLES FLOTTANTES RIGIDES
Abstract:
(EN) A floating island structure comprising a plurality of rectangular- and/or freeform- shaped modules and an internal linkage system; wherein the modules are comprised of nonwoven fibers; wherein the internal linkage system comprises a plurality of joiner plates and flexible or rigid tensioning members; wherein the modules are joined together by joiner plates; wherein the tensioning members are attached to the joiner plates and/or to internal plates; and wherein the joiner plates of adjacent modules are joined together to form the floating island structure. Natural and/or synthetic fibers are optionally used to fill in the cavities surrounding the tensioning members. A decking assembly is optionally installed on top of the modules to provide homogeneous or heterogeneous rigidity to the overall structure.
(FR) La présente invention se rapporte à une structure d’îles flottantes comprenant une pluralité de modules de forme rectangulaire et/ou libre et un système de liaison interne ; les modules étant composés de fibres non tissées ; le système de liaison interne comprend une pluralité de plaques de liaison et d’éléments de tension flexibles ou rigides ; les modules sont reliés entre eux par les plaques de liaison ; les éléments de tension sont attachés aux plaques de liaison et/ou à des plaques internes ; et les plaques de liaison de modules adjacents sont reliées les unes aux autres pour former la structure d’îles flottantes. Des fibres naturelles et/ou synthétiques sont éventuellement utilisées pour remplir les cavités entourant les éléments de tension. Un ensemble de protection est éventuellement installé sur le dessus des modules pour fournir une rigidité homogène ou hétérogène à l’ensemble de la structure.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Office (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)