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Publication numberUS3769750 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 6, 1973
Filing dateNov 10, 1972
Priority dateNov 10, 1972
Publication numberUS 3769750 A, US 3769750A, US-A-3769750, US3769750 A, US3769750A
InventorsFrach W, Janke B, Mayer S
Original AssigneeWinkhaus Fa August
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Door or window with fluid-operated seal
US 3769750 A
Abstract
A door or window arrangement whose frame encloses a pump. The door or window panel is equipped with a movable handle for manually opening and closing the opening in the frame by means of the panel. In the closed position of the panel, a pliable tube communicating with the pump is located between the panel and the frame, seals the frame opening, and locks the panel in place when the handle is moved on the panel. Coupling elements on the frame and panel are engaged in the closed position, the movement of the handle is transmitted to the coupling, and from the coupling to the pump which inflates the tube.
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[111 3,769,750 Nov. 6, 1973 United States Patent 1 Mayer et al. I

FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS m ws m T A I m RP 0 RD mm nu M 547,072 8/1942 Great Britain........................ 49/477 [75] Inventors: Siegfried Mayer, Wolbecl ;Bernhard Janke; Werner Frach, both of Bayreuth, all of Germany Primary Examiner-Mervin Stein Assistant Examiner-Philip C. Kannan Att0rneyKurt Kelman [73] Assignee:

Aug. Winkhaus, Telgte/Westfalen, Germany [57] ABSTRACT A door or window arrangement whose frame encloses a-pump. The door or window panel is equipped with a movable handle for manually opening and closing the [22] Filed: Nov. 10, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 305,350

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS I l0/l944 Laddon.............................

pling elements on the frame and panel are engaged in the closed position, the movement of the handle is 49 7 X transmitted to the coupling, and from the coupling to the pump which inflates the tube.

XX 77 77 44 l/ 99 44 2,527,084 10/1950 Smith........

2,848,782 8/1958 Gillison............... 3,352,446 11/1967 Anderson et al. 49 477 x Clams, 3 "'8 Figures PAIENTED NOV 6 I975 SHEET 2 BF 2 Fig.2

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DOOR R WINDOW WITH FLUID-OPERATED SEAL This invention relates to doors and windows, and particularly to a fluid-operated seal which is interposed between the frame and the closure element of a door or window and may be inflated by means of a pumped fluid. I a

In its more specific aspects, this invention is concerned with an improvement in the door or window arrangement disclosed in the commonly owned, published German Pat. application No. 2,044,686. The

I published application discloses a window whose frame carries a diaphragm pump. An elastomeric tube extends about the opening in the frame and is connected with the pump. An operating arm 'is mounted on the frame and permits liquid to be driven by the pump into the tube for sealing the gap between the window frame and a casement, andthe liquid to be withdrawn into the pump to facilitate opening of the window. I

In closing the window of the German application, the easement is moved into the closed position and the arm of the pump is then operated to inflate the sealing tube. It isadvisable to hold the easement in its closed position while operating the pump in order to prevent the casement from being displaced by the expanding tube and to prevent misalignment of the frame and casement. The operation thus may require two hands. It is a primary object of the instant invention to improve the known window arrangement, which is equally applicable to a door, so that it can be operated by one hand in a continuous movement even if wind pressure or the like tends to move the casement or door away from the closed position.

With this object and others in view, as will hereinafter become apparent, the invention provides a door or window arrangement in which the pump is mounted in or on the frame in the known manner. The closure device of the arrangement, such as the easement or a window or panel of a door, is secured to the frame for movement toward and away from a closed position in which it obstructs the opening in the frame. It carries a manually operated handle by means of which the closure device may be moved. The handle also is movable relative to the closure device between at least two positionsl A tubuIarQpIiabIe sealing member is interposed between the closure-device and the frame and communica'tes with the pump. Coupling elements on the frame and the closure device engage each other in the closed.

position of the latter. A motion transmitting linkage connects the coupling element on the closure device to the handle, and an analogous linkage connects the coupling element on the frame to the pump so that a fluid, more specifically a practically non-compressible liquid, expands the sealing tube when the handle is moved on the closed closure device.

Other features of this invention and many of the attendant advantages will readily become apparent as the invention becomes better understood by reference to the following description of a preferred embodiment when considered in connection with the appended drawing in which: a

FIG. '1 is a fragmentary perspective view of an open casement window equipped with a hydraulic sealing device of the invention; I FIG. 2 illustrates the window of FIG. 1 in the closed condition in. section on the line IIII and on a larger scale than in FIG. 1; and

is conventional. As is not novel in itself, the sash l2 essentially consists of two wooden upright members 23 andtwo wooden horizontal members 23a bounding an opening permanently sealed by two parallel glass panes 12a, 12b held apart by spacers 12c, and fastened by putty'l2d, so that the wooden and glass elements of the sash l2 jointly constitute a closure for the opening in the frame 11.

In the illustrated upright member 13 of the frame 1 1, there is provided a vertically elongated recess l4 in which a diaphragm pump 15 is mounted. The pump. is of the general type disclosed in I-Iopkins U.S. Pat. No. 3,121,372. As shown in more detail in the patent, the pump essentially consists of a hollow e'lastomeric body capable of being expanded and compressed so that a liquid in the body is expelled or drawn back. The illustrated pump is elongated at right angles to the plane of FIG. 2, as is seen in FIG. 1, and is actuated by cooperating, wedge-shaped cams, obscured inthe drawing by the pump housing, of which one is attached toa bracket 16. The bracket projects through a slot-in the pump housing which permits the bracket to move longitudinally in the frame member 13. The bracket 16 carries a coupling fork 17 which projects from an upright face 18 of the frame member 13.

The face 18 is partly covered by a molding 22 of approximately J-shaped cross section through which the bracket 16 passes. The narrower flange 19 of the molding 22 extends in a plane parallel to that of the face 18 and provides an abutment for an elastomeric sealing the bight' of the molding 22 and also extends about theentire window opening. The tube 21 is adhe'sively fastened to the molding 22 in a manner not explicitly illustrated.

'The sole vertical member 23 of the sash 12 which is seen in the drawing fixedly carries the base 24d of a pivotally mounted handle 24. Thehandle is elongated horizontally in the illustrated position, and may be turned on its base until it extends vertically downward, as indicated by an arrow in FIG. 1. The shaft 24a of the handle 24 carries a pinion. 24b which meshes with a rack on a flat, vertical drive rod :26, the pinion being received in a cavity of the sash member 23, and the drive rod 26 in a groove extending over much of the sash face =30which is parallel and opposite to the face 18 in the 12 is swung into its closed position, the roller 25 enters the gap between the tines of the horizontally open fork l7, and the cooperating roller and fork couple the drive rod 26 to the bracket 16. When motion is transmitted from the handle 24 to the roller 25 by the shaft 24a, pinion 24b and drive rod 26, such motion is further transmitted by the bracket 16 to the pump 15. When the handle 24 is swung downward from the illustrated horizontal position while the window sash 12 is held in its closed position by means of the handle, the pump forces liquid through a heavy-walled rubber hose 15a into the tube 21 so as to expand the tube until it seals and locks the sash to the frame 11. The sealing strip 20 is received between the tube 21 and the flange 19 of the molding 22 and held in pressure contact with the flange by the expanded tube 21.

The rod 26 has a lower or locking end 29 which is retracted within the groove of the sash member 23 when the handle 24 is horizontal, as shown in fully drawn lines in FIG. 1. When the window is closed, and the handle 24 is swung downward, the locking end 29 projects from the bottom of the sash, as indicated in broken lines, and passes through an apertured plate 29a into a recess or receptacle in the bottom member of the frame 11, thereby further locking the sash 12 to the frame 11 in the closed position. 7

When the handle 24 is returned to the illustrated position, the non-illustrated cams of the pump 15 permit the diaphragm of the latter to be brought back to its starting position by return springs, and liquid is returned to the pump 15 by the pressure of the ambient air on the tube 21. 7

While the invention has been described with specific reference to a casement window, it is applicable without changes or with minor changes obvious to one skilled in the art to windows having reciprocating sashes, to windows having sashes swinging about a horizontal axis, to windows equipped with fittings that'per-' mit a casement to be swung alternatively about a vertical or a horizontal axis, and to swinging or sliding doors. The drive rod 26 whose toothed main portion transmits movement from the handle 24 to the coupling roller 25, and also transmits movement to the locking end portion 29, may be employed for actuating other fittings directly or indirectly, as is known in itself, for example, in windows capable of-alternating swinging movement about two axes perpendicular to each other. The apparatus illustrated in the drawing actually may be a glass door instead of being a window, as described above. I

It should be understood, therefore, that the foregoing disclosure relates only to a preferred embodiment of the invention, and that it is intended to cover all changes and modifications of the example of the invention chosen herein for the purpose of the disclosure which do not constitute departures from the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A door or window arrangement comprising, in combination:

a. frame means including a frame member, said frame means bounding an opening therethrough;

b. a pump mounted on said frame means;

c. closure means secured to said frame means for movement toward and away from a position in which said closure means obstructs said opening, said closure means including a closure member contiguously adjacent said frame member in said position of the closure means;

(1. a manually operable handle secured to said closure means for moving said closure means toward and away from said position thereof, said handle being movable on said closure means between two positions; i

. a tubular, pliable sealing member interposed between said closure means and said frame means in said position of the closure means and communicating with said pump;

f. cooperating coupling means on said frame member and on said closure member engaging each other in said position of said closure means;

g. first motion transmitting means operatively interposed between said handle and said coupling means on said closure member;

h. second motion transmitting means operatively interposed between said coupling means on said frame member and said pump for operating said pump when said coupling means are engaged and said handle is moved between said two positions thereof; and

i. fluid sealed in said pump and said sealing member, said fluid expanding said sealing member and thereby locking said closure means to said frame means when said handle is moved from one of said two positions to the other position, and being withdrawn from said sealing member when said handle .is moved from said other position to said one position.

2. An arrangement as set forth in claim 1, wherein said pump is mounted on said frame member, and said handle is mounted on said closure member, said frame member and said closure member being elongated in a common direction in said position of the closure means.

3. An arrangement as set forth in claim 2, wherein said motion transmitting means include two motion transmitting members respectively mounted on said frame member and on said closure member, and said coupling means connect said motion transmitting members for joint movement, the connected motion transmitting members moving in said common direction when said handle moves between said two positions.

'4. An arrangement as set forth. in claim 3, wherein said closure member and said'frame member; has respective longitudinal face portions opposite each other in said position'of'theclosure means, said motion transmitting members 'being secured to said face portions respectively.

5. An arrangement as set forth in claim 4, further comprising a receptacle on said frame means, and a locking member movable on said closure means. into and out of said receptacle transversely to the direction of movement of said closure means toward said position thereof, said first motion transmitting means in-' cluding means for moving said locking member into said receptacle when said sealing member is being expanded by said fluid.

6. An arrangement as set forth in claim 4, wherein said coupling means include a coupling member fastened to one of said motion transmitting members for joint movement, the other motion transmitting member carrying receiving means for receiving said coupling member, the face portion associated with said one motion transmitting member carrying af xed cover memher, said coupling member projecting from said one motion transmitting member through a slot in said cover member toward the other face portion.

7. An arrangement as set forth in claim 6, wherein said coupling member is a roller rotatable on said one motion transmitting member, and said receiving means include a fork member having two tine portions, said roller being received between said tine portions in the engaged condition of said coupling means.

8. An arrangement as set forth in claim 4, the face portion of said frame member being formed with a recess receiving said pump.

9. An arrangement as set forth in claim 2, further comprising a resilient sealing strip mounted on said closure member, said sealing member being mounted on said frame member, and a flange member fixedly mounted on said frame member, said sealing strip, said sealing member, and said flange member being elongated in said common direction in said position of the closure means, said sealing strip being interposed between said sealing member and said flange member and held in pressure contact with said flange member when said sealing member is expanded by said fluid.

10. An arrangement as set forth in claim 1, wherein said handle is mounted on said closure means for rotation about an axis and moves angularly about said axis between said two positions thereof, said fluid being a liquid, said closure member moving away from .said

frame member when said closure means moves out of said position thereof.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification49/477.1
International ClassificationE06B7/23, E06B7/22
Cooperative ClassificationE06B7/2318
European ClassificationE06B7/23E