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1. (WO2018222605) RACCORD DE TUYAU PRÉ-ASSEMBLÉ AVEC DES SEGMENTS POUVANT ÊTRE MANIPULÉS MANUELLEMENT
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A pre-assembled pipe coupling for insertion of pipe ends, comprising:

a gasket for forming a seal about a pipe joint, the gasket including an annular base disposed about a gasket axis, a central flange extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the flange being disposed about a central plane perpendicular the gasket axis, a first side flange spaced from the central flange and extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the first side flange having a first sealing lip, a second side flange spaced from the central flange opposite the first side flange and extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the second side flange having a second sealing lip; and

a housing surrounding the gasket, the housing having three segments, the three segments being sequentially coupled to each other to define an insertion boundary, each segment having a wall with an exterior surface and interior surface, the interior surface being disposed symmetrically about a medial plane, the wall having a medial portion, a first lateral portion connected to the medial portion, and a second lateral portion connected to the medial portion, the second lateral portion being spaced from the first lateral portion along the coupling axis so that the interior surface defines a cavity, the first and second lateral portions having pipe engagement members;

a first segment of the three segments including a first mount extending lateral in a first direction from the wall, the first mount having a plurality of first lateral walls that define a first perimeter of a first aperture, and a second mount extending laterally in a second direction from the wall, the second mount having a plurality of second lateral walls that define a second perimeter of a second aperture;

a second segment of the three segments including a first hook disposed in the first aperture and a first tab defining a first fastener aperture;

a third segment of the three segments including a second hook disposed in the second aperture and a second tab defining a second fastener aperture;

a fastener disposed through the first fastener aperture and the second fastener aperture.

2. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the first segment is a bridge segment;

the second segment is a first clamp segment;

the third segment is a second clamp segment; and

the fastener includes a first securement portion spaced from a second securement portion, the first tab first of the first clamp segment being manually manipulated to contact the first securement portion, the second tab of the second clamp segment being manually manipulated to contact the second securement portion, the cavity of the bridge segment being spaced from the annular surface of the gasket, at least one of the cavity of the first clamp segment and the cavity of the second clamp segment containing the annular surface of the gasket to locate the first sealing lip and the second sealing lip within the insertion boundary.

3. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

a floor cincturing the first perimeter of the first aperture, a first guide disposed on the floor, and a second guide disposed on the floor.

4. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the first hook includes a base and a catch, the base having an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface extending between the wall and the catch, and the catch having a first side and a spaced apart second side.

5. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the first segment includes a cavity traversing about 90 degrees; and

the second segment and the third segment include a cavity traversing about 135 degrees.

6. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the fastener is a unitary fastener and connects a fastener tab of the second segment and a fastener tab of the third segment.

7. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

a first inner surface of the gasket defining a first flex point and first positive-slop transition portion between the first sealing lip and the central flange;

a second inner surface of the gasket defining a second flex point and a second positive-slop transition portion between the second sealing lip and the central flange; a first buttress projects from the first side flange along the gasket axis toward the first lateral portion of the housing wall; and

a second buttress projects from the second side flange along the gasket axis toward the second lateral portion of the housing wall.

8. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

at least one segment is suspended about the gasket so that a compression chamber is defined between an exterior of the annular base of the gasket and an interior surface of the at least one segment.

9. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the annular base of the gasket expands within a cavity of each segment upon insertion of a pipe end into the insertion boundary.

10. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the first sealing lip and the second sealing lip located within the insertion boundary to grip respective ends of each of a pair of pipes prior to tightening of the fastener.

11. The pre-assembled pipe coupling of claim 1, comprising:

the first sealing lip retains the pre-assembled coupling on a pipe end upon insertion of the pipe end into the insertion boundary.

12. A pre-assembled pipe coupling for insertion of pipe ends, comprising:

a gasket for forming a seal about a pipe joint, the gasket including an annular base disposed about a gasket axis, a central flange extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the flange being disposed about a central plane perpendicular the gasket axis, a first side flange spaced from the central flange and extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the first side flange having a first sealing lip, a second side flange spaced from the central flange opposite the first side flange and extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis, the second side flange having a second sealing lip; and

a housing surrounding the gasket, the housing having a plurality of segments, the plurality of segments being sequentially attached to each other and manually manipulated to define an insertion boundary, each segment having a wall with an exterior surface and interior surface, the interior surface being disposed symmetrically about a medial plane, the wall having a medial portion, a first lateral portion connected to the medial portion, and a second lateral portion connected to the medial portion, the second lateral portion being spaced from the first lateral portion along the coupling axis so that the interior surface defines a cavity, the first and second lateral portions having pipe engagement members;

at least one segment includes a first mount and a second mount, the first mount extending lateral in a first direction from the wall, the first mount having a plurality of first lateral walls that define a first perimeter of a first aperture,

the second mount extending laterally in a second direction from the wall, the second mount having a plurality of second lateral walls that define a second perimeter of a second aperture, the second perimeter and the first perimeter being located on a common plane.

13. The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

at least one of the segments including a hook, the hook having a base and a catch, the base having inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface extending between the wall and the catch;

at least one segment includes a first mount extending lateral in a first direction from the wall, the first mount having a plurality of first lateral walls that define a first perimeter of a first aperture, one of the lateral walls having a first angled surface and an second angled surface, an edge located at an intersection of the first angled surface and the second angled surface.

14. The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

the plurality of segments includes a bridge segment, a first clamp segment, and a second clamp segment; and

the fastener includes a first securement portion spaced from a second securement portion, the first tab first of the first clamp segment being manually manipulated to contact the first securement portion, the second tab of the second clamp segment being manually manipulated to contact the second securement portion, the cavity of the bridge segment being spaced from the annular surface of the gasket, at least one of the cavity of the first clamp segment and the cavity of the second clamp segment containing the annular surface of the gasket to locate the first sealing lip and the second sealing lip within the insertion boundary.

15. The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

a first segment of the plurality of segments includes a cavity traversing about 90 degrees; and

at least one second segment of the plurality of segments includes a cavity traversing about 135 degrees.

16. The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

a first inner surface of the gasket defining a first flex point and first positive-slop transition portion between the first sealing lip and the central flange;

a second inner surface of the gasket defining a second flex point and a second positive-slop transition portion between the second sealing lip and the central flange; a first buttress projects from the first side flange along the gasket axis toward the first lateral portion of the housing wall; and

a second buttress projects from the second side flange along the gasket axis toward the second lateral portion of the housing wall.

17 The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

at least one segment is suspended about the gasket so that a compression chamber is defined between an exterior of the annular base of the gasket and an interior surface of the at least one segment.

18. The pre-assembled coupling of claim 12, comprising:

the annular base of the gasket expands within a cavity of each segment upon insertion of a pipe end into the insertion boundary.

19. A method of joining a pair of pipe ends in an axial arrangement with a pre-assembled coupling having a housing surrounding a coupling axis and an annular gasket having a gasket axis contained within the housing such that the gasket axis is aligned parallel with the coupling axis, the gasket having an annular base with a central flange extending from the annular base toward the gasket axis with a pair of side flanges spaced oppositely about the central flange, each side flange having a sealing lip for receiving one of the pipe ends, the housing having a having a plurality of segments and a plurality of attachment mechanisms, each segment having a first terminal end a second terminal end in an interconnected relationship in which the terminal end of one segment is attached to a terminal end of another segment by one of the plurality of attachment mechanisms, each segment having a pair of lateral portions axially spaced apart with each lateral portion having a pipe engagement member, the method comprising:

manually manipulating the plurality of interconnected segments to define an insertion boundary on each side of the housing that surrounds the coupling axis;

axially inserting one of the pipe ends through the insertion boundary on each side of the housing;

gripping the pipe ends with the sealing lips; and

adjusting one of the attachment mechanisms so that the pipe engagement members engage the pipe ends and the sealing lips form a fluid tight seal about the pipe ends.

20. The method of claim 19, comprising:

expanding the annular base of the gasket within a cavity of each segment upon insertion of a pipe end into the insertion boundary.