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Publication numberUS3180060 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1965
Filing dateOct 20, 1961
Priority dateOct 20, 1961
Publication numberUS 3180060 A, US 3180060A, US-A-3180060, US3180060 A, US3180060A
InventorsPersak Jr George
Original AssigneeHenry P C Keuls
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Building blocks
US 3180060 A
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G. PERSAK, JR

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BUILDING BLOCKS Filed oct. 2o. 1961 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR BY 5MM ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,180,660 BUILDING BLOCKS George Persak, Jr., Verona, NJ., assignor to Henry P. C. Keuls, New York, NX. Filed Oct. 20, i1961, Ser. No. 146,609 6 Claims. (Cl. Sil-450) This invention relates to building blocks for use in erecting exterior or interior walls, partitions, room-dividers, and the like.

More particularly, the invention is concerned with building blocks for the above-mentioned purposes, coustructed so as to enable them to be used in erecting a wall or partition without the necessity of employing mortar or other cementitious material for bonding together the adjacent blocks composing the wall or partition.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a building block of the aforesaid character, so constructed that when used, with other like blocks, in erecting'a Wall, partition, or the like, without using mortar or other cementitious bonding material in the joints between adjacent blocks, will nevertheless preclude the passage of light from one face of the wall or partition to the opposite face thereof, along the horizontal joints between adjacent rows of blocks and along the vertical joints between the abutting blocks of every row.

Another object of the invention is to provideV a building block of the character aforesaid, so constructed as to facilitate its manufacture by automation processes, and hence at greatly reduced cost.

Still another object of the invention is to provide building blocks as aforesaid, which may be readily utilized in erecting a wall, partition, or the like, by relatively unskilled labor.

The invention linds particularly advantageous use with building blocks in the form of a hollow, substantially rectangular body, having relatively elongated front and back walls connected by end walls parallel to one another, a separate horizontal top wall and a separate horizontal bottom wall parallel thereto, the top wall being formed with upwardly projecting male elements which frictionally engage vertically aligned openings in the bottom wall of the blocks of a superposed row, thereby to interlock the blocks of each row with those of the rows next below, and next above, the adjacent blocks of each row abutting one another at their respective opposite ends.

According to the invention, each end wall of the block is provided with a groove extending inwardly into the hollow body throughout the height of the end walls, and with a vertical liange extending outwardly of the end Walls throughout the height thereof, these grooves and iianges being so disposed that when the blocks are properly positioned in erecting a wall or partition therewith, the ilange at one end of each block will enter the groove at the correspondingly opposite end of the adjacent block, thereby precluding the passage of light from one face of the wall or partition to the other along the vertical joints between the adjacent blocks. Further, according to the invention, in order to prevent passage of light from one face of the wall or partition to the other along the horizontal joints between adjacent rows of blocks, the block is constructed so that the top wall thereof lies in a plane slightly above the uppermost edges of the body, Vand so that the bottom wall thereof lies in a plane spaced upwardly above the lowermost edges of the body a distance corresponding to the distance by which the plane of the top Wall is disposed above the uppermost edges of the body.

In accordance with the invention, furthermore, the separable top as well as the separate bottom of the blocks, are provided with means which serve, in the erected wall or partition composed thereof, to prevent the passage of f3,180,066) Patented Apr. 27, 1965 ice light from one face of the partition to the other at the corners of the blocks, i.e., at the places Where the horizontal and vertical joints between adjacent blocks intersect one another.

The invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description, and from the accompanying drawing, in which:

FlG. 1 is a view, in front elevation, of a portion of a Wall, partition, room-divider or the like, composed of a number of superposed rows of blocks embodying the invention;

PEG. 2 is a View in cross-section, on an enlarged scale, taken along line 2 2 of FIG. 1;

FG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary view of a portion of FG. 2;

FIG. 4 is an expanded view of the parts shown in FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is an eniarged View in cross-section, taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is an expanded View, in perspective, of a building block constructed according to the preferred embodiment of the invention; and

FIG. 7 is a view, in vertical cross-section showing a modified form or one of the parts.

Referring more in detail to the drawings, the building block of the invention is indicated as a whole by numeral Titi. As will be seen, particularly from the enlarged view in FIG. 6,. it is composed essentially of three separate parts, namely, a substantially rectangular hollow body portion 11, a separately formed top wall member 12; and a bottom wall member 13, preferably also separately formed.

Each of these three parts of the block, may be made of any suitable material which can readily be shaped to the desired form. Preferably, they are made of metal of, say, 22 to 28 gauge sheet steel. If desired, however, particularly in the case of blocks to be used for interior partitions or room-dividers which are not required to be load-supporting, the parts or at least the body portion 11, may be formed from suitable synthetic resinous plastic material of commercially available types, such as polystyrene, polypropylene, copolymers such as acrylonitrilebutadiene-styrene, or the like, which may be formed in the desired shape by injection molding, extrusion, vacuumforming, or other suitable forming processes.

lf desired, the body portion maybe made of a material different than that of which the top and bottom members are made. Thus, the body portion may be of metal, glass, or resinous plastic, whereas the top and bottom members are made of sheet metal, or vice versa.

In terms of practical dimensions, the blocks may be of a length of, say, twelve to thirty-six inches or more, a width of, say, two to six inches, and a height of, say, six to ten inches.

The body portion 11 comprises a pair of relatively elongated front and back Walls 15, 16, joined at their respective ends by transversely extending, parallel end Walls 17, 18.

The body member 1.1, particularly when made from sheet metal, is preferably fabricated, as by stamping the same, from two separate pieces thereof. One of these pieces, indicated bynumeral 20, is formed to provide Va central portion constituting the front wall 16 of the body, and is bent at a right angle, at one end of the central portion to provide a portion 17a of the end wall 17. It is similarly bent at the opposite end of the central portion to provide a portion 18h of the end wall 18. Similarly, the other piece 21 is'formed to provide the back wall 15 of the body, the portion 17b of end wall 17 and the portion 13a of the end wall 1S. As will be seen from the drawing, the central portion of each of the pieces 2t) and 21 is of somewhat greater transverse dimension than that of the portions 17a, 17b, 13a, 13b, and the longitudinal dimension of each of the portions 1711 and ISb is somewhat greater than that of the portions 17a and 18a.

Adjacent the marginal edge of each portion 171;, 1gb, there is formed an inwardly directed groove or depression 17C, 18C, respectively, extending transversely from one longitudinal edge of the respective portions to the other thereof. At the marginal edge of each portion 17a, 13a, there is formed an outwardly directed flange 17d, 13d, respectively, extending transversely from one longitudinal edge thereof to the other, in a plane preferably at a right angle to the plane of the respective portions 17a, 13a, and lying slightly offset with respect to the axis of the grooves 13C, 17C, respectively.

When the two pieces 2i), 21 as thus formed are joined at their opposite ends, as by spot welding, along the overlapping margins of the portions 17a, 171), and 13a, 18h, the hollow rectangular body member 11 of the block will result.

As will be seen, particularly from FIG. 5 of the drawing, when one of the blocks is positioned with each of its end walls abutting the correspondingly opposite end walls of adjacent blocks in a horizontal row kof blocks, the ilanges 17d', 18d of each block will, respectively, be disposed in the grooves 13C, 17C of the adjacent blocks in the same row. The thus partially overlapped anges in the vertical joints between the adjacent blocks will thereby preclude the passage of light through the vertical joints from one face of the wall or partition to the other'.

The central portion of each of the pieces 21, 2d, is formed along one of its opposite longitudinal margins with inwardly directed right-angular return-bent portions 23, 24 terminating in flanges 25, 26, respectively. The anges 25, 26 each extend at a right angle to the outer log of the respective return-bent portions. At the opposite longitudinal margin of each of the pieces 21, 2t) there is formed a similar return-bent portion 27, 28, terminating in right-angularly extending anges 29, 321, respectively.

The above-described construction of the body portion 11 has, as another of its advantages, the fact that it is reversible top for bottom, i.e., either of its open ends may be utilized, in assembling the blocks, to receive the separately formed top wall 12 or the separately formed bottom wall 13.

The top wall member 12 may be fabricated as by stamping the same from sheet metal, and is of a length substantially equal to the longitudinal dimension between the walls 17 and 1S of the body portion 11. At each of its longitudinal margins, member 12 is formed with a right-angularly depending iiange 32, these flanges extending the full length of the member and being spaced transversely from one another a distance such as to provide a snug tit when the thus formed top member is inserted between the depending legs of theV return-bentV portions 23, 24, at the upper open end of the body portion 11. The height or transverse dimension of the tianges 32 is such that when the longitudinal terminal edges of the franges are in contact with the upper faces of the anges 2S, 26, the upper horizontal surface of the member 12 will project aslight distance, of the order of one-sixteenth to one-eighth inch, above the upper longitudinal and transverse edges of the body portion.

The bottom wall member 13 of the block may likewise be fabricated by stamping the same from sheet metal, and is of a longitudinal dimension substantially equal to that of the top member 12. Member 13 is formed along its opposite longitudinal margins with right-angularly extending ilanges 36, extending the full length of the member and being spaced transversely from one another a distance such as to provide a snug tit when this member 13 is inserted Vbetween the legs ofthe returnbent portions 27, 2S, at the bottom end of the body' portion 11. The height or transverse dimension of each of the iianges 35, in accordance with the invention, is less than that of the flanges 32 on the top member 12, and is such that when the bottom member is inserted in the open bottom of they body portion and the longitudinal terminal edges of the flanges 36 have been brought into Contact with the bottom surfaces of the flanges 29, 36, the bottom horizontal surface of member 13 will be disposed in a plane lying above the longitudinal and transverse bottom edges of the body portion 11 a distance substantially equal to that by which the upper horizontal surface of the top member 12 extends above the uppermost edges of the body portion 11.

Thus, as will be seen from the drawing, particularly Figs. 2, 3 and 4 thereof, when the blocks are properly positioned in superposed rows, passage of light from one face of the wall or partition to the other, along the horizontal joints between adjacent rows of blocks in a wall or partition, will be precluded.

ln order to preclude the passage of light from one face of the wall or partition to the other, along the corners of the blocks, i.e., at those places where the vertical joints between abutting blocks in a row intersect the horizontal joints between the rows of blocks immediately thereabove and immediately therebelow, a tab 40 may be formed in top member 12 so as to extend upwardly along the longitudinal median line thereof, and a similar tab 41 may be formed in the bottom member 13 so as to extend downwardly along the longitudinal median line thereof. These tabs are located substantially midway of the length of the blocks, so as to span across each such corner or point of intersection of horizontal and vertical joints. In other words, each tab 4t) is disposed so Vas to be received between the lower ends of tianges 17d, 18d of two horizontally abutting blocks in the row next above; and each tab 41 is disposed so as to be received between the upper ends. of flanges 17d, 18d of the abutting blocks in the row next below, being accommodated for this purpose oy the notches 44 of the underlying member 12. The tabs et), 41 also serve as guides or spacers for properly positioning the blocks longitudinally in each row with respect to the blocks of the preceding row.

Suitably spaced notches '54 are formed along the end edges of the top and bottom members 12, 13, to receive and accommodate the tabs 40 and 41,. and so that the bottom member 13 may be accommodated to the inwardly directed grooves 17C, 13e formed in the end walls 17, 18 of the body portion 11.

In lieu of the tabs itl and 41 formed in top and bottom members 12 and 13, respectively, the latter may be formed with rectangular-shaped openings for cooperation with separate insert plates 46 as shown in FIG. 7. The plates 46 each comprises a Hat piece of material coniiguredV in the shape of a cross having an overall length such as to ie accommodated in the space between the transverse edges of opposite notches 44 at the upper and lower ends of the vertical'joints between adjacent blocks. The plates 46, positioned in a vertical plane at the upper and lower ends of each of the vertical joints, will have one of their arms 47 disposed between flanges 17d, 18d, either at the upper or the lower end of the vertical joints, while the other arm 47 thereof is disposed in an opening either in member 13 of the superposed block or in member 12 of the subjacent block, as the case may be.

In order to interlock the blocks of a row with those of the rows immediately above and below, the cover member 12 of eachbloclr may be provided with a series of suitably spaced protrusions Sil, preferably of hollow cylindrical form, disposed in longitudinal alignment with one another centrally of the block and extending a distance of say, one-eighth to one-quarter inch above the top surface of the cover member 12. The bottom member 13 may be formed with a series of square-shaped openings 51 spaced longitudinally from one another' centrally of the bottom member in axial alignment with the protrusions 50, the sides of each of these openings being of a length substantially equal to or slightly less than the outside diameter of the protrusion 50. The protrusions 50 thus constitute male elements which interlock with the openings 5l in the bottom wall or a block or blocks of the row next above in erecting a wall or partition. This interlocking engagement of blocks of superposed rows is readily achieved by exerting relatively slight downward pressure upon each block (except those of the lowermost row in the wall or partition) so that the openI ings 51 engage the protrusions Si) of a superposedV block or blocks. This downward pressure will cause a slight exing or contraction of the protrusions 50011 the block or blocks therebelow until the block above has reached its limit of movement, with the bottom wall 13 in contact with the top surface of the top wall member 12 on the superposed block. The slight flexibility or yieldability of the protrusions 5@ enables them to spring or snap back to normal position after such limit of movement has been reached, thereby providing a very tight-titting rictional interlocking of the blocks in each row with those of the rows immediately thereabove and therebelow. If' desired, the frictional engagement between the outer surface of the protrusions Si) and the edges of the openings 51 may be increased by forming the sides of the latter with anges 52 extending inwardly of the bottom Wall and at an angle toward the axis of the openings 51. j

The invention thus makes it possible to erect a Wall or partition possessing adequate structural strength and sturdiness without requiring the use of mortar or other cementitious material for bonding together the blocks composing the wall or partition, yet precluding the passage of light from one side of the wall or partition to the other along the vertical joints between abutting blocks of a row as well as along the horizontal joints between adjacent rows of blocks, and at the corners of the blocks or intersections between such joints.

I claim:

1. A building block adapted to be laid with other like blocks in superposed rows for erecting a building wall or partition without the use of mortar or other cementitious material between adjacent blocks, said block consisting essentially of:

(1) a hollow, substantially rectangular relatively elongated body portion, comprising:

(a) front and back walls;

(b) a pair of parallel end walls extending transversely with respect to said front and back walls and connecting the respective ends of said front and back walls to provide an open top and an open bottom for said body portion;

(2) a separable closure member for said open bottom of said body portion, said closure member being formed with a series of spaced, longitudinally aligned openings therein; and

(3) a separable closure member for said open top of said body portion, said last-named closure member being formed with a series of spaced, longitudinally aligned protrusions projecting upwardly therefrom;

said closure members each havinganges extending substantially at right angles thereto along each of their respective longitudinal margins, said front and back walls each being formed with return-bent portions at their respective upper and lower ends, each of said return-bent portions at the lower end of said front and back Walls receiving and frictionally engaging therebetween the anges of said rst-named closure member and having a limit stop formed on the return-bent portions and spaced above the lower ends of said front and back Walls a distance greater than the depth of the anges on the first-named closure member, said limit stop engaging the 6 edges of the tianges on the iirst-named closure membe to position the latter member in a horizontal plane disposed above said lower ends of ksaid front and back walls, each of said return-bent portions at the upper end of said front and back walls receiving and frictionally engaging therebetween the anges of said second-named closure member and having a limit stop formed on the returnbent portions and spaced below the upper ends of said front and back walls a distance less than the depth of the anges on the Vsecond-named closure member, said limit stop engaging the edges of the franges on the secondnamed closure member toV position the latter member in a horizontal plane disposed above said upper ends of said front and back walls, said protrusions on said secondnamed closure member being configured and dimenvsioned relative to the openings in the first-named closure member whereby each of said protrusions will Ybe received in and frictionally engaged by an axially aligned one of said openings in a iirst-named closure member of a block in a row of like blocks superposed thereon, for interlocking said block with blocks in said row of like blocks superposed thereon.

2. A building block as defined in claim 1, wherein said flanges formed on said second-named closure member are of a width greater than that of said anges formed on said first-named closure member.

3. A building block as defined in claim 1, wherein said limit stops on said return-bent portions each consists of a flange extending along the return-bent portion in a plane substantially at a right angle to that of the return-bent portion and in a direction toward the longitudinal axis of the body portion.

4. A building block as defined in claim 1, and having each of said end walls thereof formed with (l) a grooveV extending vertically of said body portion and substantially throughout the height of said end walls, said grooves being axially aligned with one another longitudinally of the body portion, and (2) a flange extending vertically of said body portion and substantially throughout the height of said end walls in a direction outwardly with respect t0 the exterior face of the respective end walls, the iiange on one of said end walls being offset with respect to the ange on the other of said end walls transversely of the end walls.

5. A building block as defined in claim l, wherein each of said closure Vmembers is formed substantially midway of the length thereof with a tab extending in a plane substantially at a right angle thereto and along the longitudinal median line thereof, said tab on said `irst-named closure member projecting downwardly with respect thereto, said tab on said second-named closuremember projecting upwardly with respect thereto and being transversely oi`rset with respect to the tab on said first-named closure member.

6. A building block as defined in claim 4 and wherein each of said closure members is of a length corresponding substantially to the length of said body portion and being formed along each of the end edges with a notch receiving the said groove formed in the respective end Walls of said body portion.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,115,936 5/38 Sterns 50-452 2,173,020 9/39 Kubach 50--453 X 2,565,823 8/51 Pool 46-25 BENJAMIN BENDETT, Primary Examiner.

WILLIAM I. MUSHAKE, HENRY C. SUTHERLAND,

JACOB L. NACKENOFF, Examiners.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification52/592.1, D25/117, 52/309.1, 52/801.1, 52/307, 52/792.11
International ClassificationE04B2/18, E04B2/02, E04B2/14, E04C1/00, E04C1/40
Cooperative ClassificationE04B2002/0223, E04C1/40, E04B2/18
European ClassificationE04C1/40, E04B2/18