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Publication numberUS3927500 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 23, 1975
Filing dateSep 16, 1974
Priority dateSep 16, 1974
Publication numberUS 3927500 A, US 3927500A, US-A-3927500, US3927500 A, US3927500A
InventorsPlumlee Oscar M
Original AssigneePlumlee Oscar M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fire resistant paneling system
US 3927500 A
A fire resistant paneling system for application to an enclosure having a substructure has metallic panels with a laminated decorative coating thereon. The panels are secured to the substructure and to mounting means, and cover means overlie and conceal the mounting means.
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United States Patent 1191 Plumlee 111 3,927,500 Dec. 23,1975

[ FIRE RESISTANT PANELING SYSTEM 2,821,274 1/1958 Olsen 52/242 3,073,420 1/1963 Olsen 52/489 [76] Invent Oscar Plumlee, Norfolk 3,305,981 2/1967 Biggs et a1. 52/483 23501 3,553,915 1/1971 Passovoy 52/460 Filedl p 16, 1974 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS [21] Appl. NO.I 506,539 202,340 7/1956 United Kingdom 52/461 Primary Examiner-Ernest R. Purser [52] US. Cl. 52/460; 52/281; 52/287 Assistant Examiner winiam Randolph [51] Int. Cl. E04B 1/92; EO4F 19/04; E04C l/34 Attorney Agent or Firm Robert MCMOHOW [58] Field of Search 52/241, 242, 281, 287,

483, 489, 499 [57] {\BSTRACT A fire reslstant panelmg system for appllcatlon to an [56] References Cited enfrlloaslllzrlen ha\t/ir:1gda subtstructurte metilllli ehpanerlls w1 mae ecora we coa 1n ereo e pa UNITED STATES PATENTS els are secured to the substructure and to mounting gal 1 2 g; f F et means, and cover means overlie and conceal the olgt 2,101,777 12/1937 Fox 52/464 mountmg means 2,671,538 3/1954 Horowitz et a]. 52/489 4 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures I I I I I I I I I \ZZ//////////////////////////////;#%3! I 1 mm RESISTANT PANELING SYSTEM BACKGROUND or THE INVENTION l. Field'of the Invention This invention 'relates to interior paneling for walls and ceilings employed in areas requiring fireresistance, such as on vessels and the like.

2. Statement of Prior. Art I -Wall structures of thisgeneral category previously proposed are illustratively shown in the following prior US. patents:

latent No. Patentee Issued 1,772,417 .Ellinwood Aug. 5, 1930 1,800,609 Drake" April 14, I931 2,014,419 Voigt Sept. 17, 1935' 3,199,258 Jentoft et al Aug. 10, I965 3,609,933 I Jahn et al Oct. 5, 1971 SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The environment of intended application of the paneling sys'tem' of this invention is that of an enclosure in which a decorative finish is desired but which must be maintained in fire resistant status. A principal usage of such materials is on naval vessels and ships of other types in the finishing of offices, wardrooms, and the like.

The paneling system hereof is based on the use of metallic panel sections having a laminated, fire resistant material bonded to one face thereof. The system involves the affixation of a series of vertical connection BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS:

FIG. 1 is an elevation of a section of side wall paneling constructed and assembled according to this invention, with the ceiling structure shown in cross section;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged detail cross section on line 2-2 of FIG. 1, looking in the direction of the arrows;

FIG. 3 is a disassembled view of certain components shown in FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged sectional view on line 4-4 of FIG. 1 showing the floor contact baseboard strip hereof;

FIG. 5 is a sectional view showing the outside corner mounting detail; and

FIG. 6 is a view similar to FIG. 5 disclosing the configuration of the components as adapted to an inside corner.


Referring to the drawings in more detail, and initially to FIGS. 1 and 2, a paneling installation according to this invention is therein shown and identified generally by reference numeral 10. The environment of installation here comprises a room or compartment having a floor 12, a series of overhead beams 14, and a back wall 16 (FIG. 2). Extending from the back wall 16 are T bar substructure members 18 to which channel form verticaland horizontal cribbing members 20 and 22 are affixed. The cribbing members are metallic and each has a bight portion 24 and side arms 26,28. The cribbing members are connected to a wall substructure, with the bight portion disposed outwardly and in substantially parallel relation to the walls. The bight portion has a series of laterally spaced openings 30 formed therein at spaced locations. 7

Clip means 32 for connection of the paneling to the cribbing is provided, and includes an elongated back member 34 extending vertically on the bight portion 24 ofthe upright cribbing members 270. The back member comprises a plate 36 having plate openings 38 therein aligned with the openings 30 in the bight portion of the cribbing. A pair of prongs 40 project outwardly from the plate, each prong having afirst section 42 and a second section 43. The respective first sections are outwardly angled from the plate relative to one another, while the respective second sections are rebent toward one another. Thus, the prongs provide an elongated vertically extending spring clip.

A series of panels 44 is provided preferably formed of metal with a laminated fire resistant decorative surface on one face thereof. The panels have end portions 46 and end edges 48. The panel end portions have holes 50' formed therein in alignment with the openings 30 and 38 in the cribbing and back members. The panel end edges 48 abut the prongs 40, as best shown in FIG.

- Rivets 52 of the expansion head type are inserted through the aligned holes and openings. This fixedly secures the panels to the cribbing and the back member. The rivets are shown in unexpanded form in FIG. 3 and as employed in a completed installation in FIG. 2.

A face member 54 is provided for each back member. The face members comprise covers each having an elongated substantially flat vertical section 56. Integral with said flat vertical sections 56 are curved side sections 58 and 60, the lateral extent of the sections being sufficient to cover the rivets. A central plug. 62 projects inwardly from the section 56 and is shaped for engagement by the spring clip, thus effecting connection of the face member over the clip means.

FIG. 4 discloses means for finishing of the base of the paneling relative to the floor 12. A floor contact cribbing member 20a is disposed horizontally, and its lower arm 28a contacts the floor surface. The bight portion 24a is disposed outwardly. A baseboard strip 64 includes a top edge 66, an outwardly curved lower skirt portion 68, and an inner surface 70. The top edge 66 contacts the lower edge 72 of the paneling 44, with the skirt extending over the adjacent floor. The baseboard strip is maintained in place by a double faced mastic tape 74 positioned between the inner surface of the baseboard strip and the bight portion 200.

The ceiling panels 44b (FIG. 1) are attached, as by rivets, to coaming 76 which forms the ceiling substructure.

FIG. 5 shows the modification of the clip means and cover members to provide an outside comer connection. Corner beams 78 are connected in the substructure to adjacent cribbing 22, and a back member 340 is 3 centrally bent at substantially a 90 angle to fit about the corner beam. The prongs 40c extend from the bend portion 80 of the back member. Similarly, the face member 540 is centrally bent.

FIG. 6 shows the modifications effected to adapt the components to an inside comer. Here, the comer beam 82 is inwardly right angularly disposed, and the back member 34d is conformably shaped. The cover SM is bent so as to include two leg portions 84 and 86 with a connecting portion 88.

The manner of installation of the system is believed to be made clear in the foregoing description of struc-' ture.

The face members and corner members have laminated surfaces the same as those surfaces on the panels.

I claim: 8

1. In a paneling system for application to an area having a series of walls, said walls meeting at comers, the walls having a substructure, a floor, and a ceiling with a depending coaming at spaced intervals:

a plurality of channel form cribbing members secured in substantially vertical condition at spaced locations along said walls, with end cribbing members adjacent each of the corners, and horizontal floor cribbing members;

the cribbing members each having a bight portion and side arms, with the arms connected to the substructure of the walls at their distal extremities, and the bight portions disposed in parallel, outwardly spaced relation to the walls;

the bight portions having openings formed therein at selected locations;

back members extending vertically on the bight portions of the cribbing members, the back members each comprising a plate having plate openings therein aligned with the openings in the bight portions, and having a pair of outwardly projecting prongs;

said prongs having first sections outwardly angled from the plate relative to one another and second sections angled toward one another and together comprising a spring clip;

a series of panels comprising metallic plates with a laminated, fire resistant coating thereon, said panels having ends which abut the first sections of the prongs and extend between adjacent back members;

the panels having holes formed therein in alignment with the openings and the plate openings; rivets extended through said aligned openings, plate openings and holes, clampingly engaging the panel ends and back members to the bight portions; and

a face member for each back member, the face members comprising a cover having a flat, vertically elongated section and curved side sections, and a central plug engaged by the spring clip, said plug having side walls with outer portions angled to conform to the first sections of the prongs and inner portions angled to conform to the second sections of the prongs.

2. The invention of claim 1, and:

a baseboard strip having a top portion and a curved lower skirt, and having an inner surface;

the panels including a lower edge spaced upwardly from the floor, and the top portion of the baseboard strip abutting said lower edge with the curved lower skirt extending over the adjacent floor; and i a length of double faced tape between the inner surface of the baseboard strip and the adjacent floor cribbing member.

3. The invention of claim 1, and:

ceiling panels riveted to said depending coaming.

4. The invention of claim 1, and:

corner plates secured to the cribbing members adjacent the corners;

said comer plates having comer plate aperatures therein;

corner plate back members shaped to fit conformably against the corner plates and having openings therein;

a corner plate spring clip including spaced apart prongs;

panel ends abutting the comer plate spring clips, and rivets extending through the panel holes therein and through the openings in the comer plate back members and comer plate; and

a comer face member with a cover angled to overlie the rivets and having a plug engaged in the corner plate spring clip.

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U.S. Classification52/460, 52/281, 52/288.1
International ClassificationE04F13/08, E04B1/94, E04F19/04
Cooperative ClassificationE04B1/94, E04F19/0495, E04F13/0801
European ClassificationE04F13/08B, E04B1/94, E04F19/04R