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Publication numberUS956126 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 26, 1910
Filing dateMar 17, 1909
Priority dateMar 17, 1909
Publication numberUS 956126 A, US 956126A, US-A-956126, US956126 A, US956126A
InventorsOgden Merrill
Original AssigneeOgden Merrill
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Caisson construction.
US 956126 A
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Patented Apr. 26, 1910.


i i V M NTTE ST oennn MERRILL, or NEW YORK, N. Y.


Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented. Apr. 26, 1910.

Application filed March 17, 1909. Serial No. 484,004.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, OGDEN MERRILL, a citizen of the United States, residing in the borough of Brooklyn, city of New York, county of Kings, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in vCaisson Construction, of which the following is a specification, reference being bad to the accompanying drawings.

My invention relates to improvements in the construction of concrete structures, such as piers, caissons, foundations and the like; and an object of my invention is to provide means for and a method of such construction which will result in reat saving in the expenditure of time an money Heret-ofore the lining of the shaft in con-- structions of the character referred to has been left in the shaft; and, consequently, such linings may be said to have been lost or to have perished in their. first use. Further, the forcing of such linings into position has required the expenditure of a great deal of energy and the work has generally been slow and wasteful of time.

In carrying out my invention, I provide a nest of tubular shaft liners of different diameters; and then force these shaft liners successively from within one another and into position to line the shaft, as the work of excavation proceeds The force required to move the nest of. shaft liners is practically only that required to overcome the skin friction between the outermost shaft liner or shell in the surrounding soil. After the shaft liners have been positioned, foundation material, such as concrete,sand or the like, is introduced into the shaft and the shaftliners are forced upwardly, telescoping within each other. Thus, the entire nest of shaft liners is recovered for use upon another piece of work, and the same shaft-liners may be used over and over again, whereby the great cost of the shaft-lining is saved, and, as above pointed out, the energy required to position the shaft-lining is only that necessary to force a single shaft-lining member downwardly against the friction of the surrounding earth, whereby a great saving in time and energy is accomplished.

In the carrying out of my new process and in theuse of my new apparatus in the placing of underpinning, it is unnecessary to use as an abutment the building under which the structure is placed. Thus, the

outermost shell maybe sunk (by digging, placing the shell andthentamping the earth filled in around the latter, for example) a distance sufficient to insure that the friction of the earth will hold the shell in place against the upward thrust of the jacks in placing the inner liners or shells. And if found desirable or necessary, the resistance ofl'ered to this upward thrust of the jacks may be in creased by loading the outermost shell (or the air-lock) with heavy weights.

It will be readily understood by all skilled in this art that my new process and apparatus are well adapted to the building of open foundations and to the placing of underpinning below buildings already erected.

In the drawings illustrating the principle of my invention and the best mode now known to me of applying that principle, Figure 1 is a vertical section of a caisson shaft in process of being sunk in accordance with my inventi0n;.Fig. 2 is a detail in vertical section illustrating the removal of the shaft liners and the filling of the shaft with foundation material, such as concrete; Fig. 3 is a central vertical section through a nest of telescoped lining shells or shaft liners and the inclosed working-chamber; Fig. 4 is a detail in section showing the arrangement of a hydraulic jacleand the shell of the workingchamber; Fig. 5 is a detail showing in plan the distribution of the jacks on the jackframe; and Fig. 6 is a detail in plan of the jack-frame and the push-arms carried by it.

The air-lock a is provided with a downnardly-extending shaft-lining extensionshell 1) within which are slidabl nest of telescoped tubular lining-shells or shaft-liners c. Surrounded by the latter is the shell d of the working-chamber. Each of the lining-shells 0 is provided at its top edge or rim with an inwardly-extending ring flange c; and each of the flanges e overhangs or overlaps the flange of the lining-shell or shaft-liners c. Surrounded by the latter is the that is, the top edge or rim of the outermost shaft-liner of the nest lies above the others and its flange e overhangs the rim of the shaft-liner next. within the nest, and the same relation exists between the flange c of each shaft-liner and the rim of the shell which lies within and adjacent to it. Hence,

these flanges e are somewhat step-like in Ilia their arrangement, rising from within. outwardly. The shaft-lining shell 6 of the airlock or and the shaft-liners c are preferably mounted amitted to the other shaft-liners.

formed each at its lower edge with an inwardly-extending abutment-ring or ledge 7 which serves to limit the downward travel of the shaft-liner or shell next within and adjacent to it in the following manner: Each shaft-liner 0 and the shell d of the working-chamber are formed at the to with an outwardly-extending flange 9; an

as the lining-shell approaches the limit of its downward travel, the flange g approaches the ledge f of the lining-shell just outside, until finally the flange engages the ledge and gives warning to the operator that the lining-shell or shaft-liner is fully driven; but the use of the ledge f and flange 9 may be dispensed with, in which case the operator will rely upon his own judgment to determine when the shaft liner is fully driven and it is time to start to force the next inner shaft-liner downwardly into place.

Any suitable means may be employed for pushing the lining-members 0 and the working-chamber shell (2 into place as the work of excavation advances; but the following mechanism is shown in the drawings: The shell (2 of the working-chamberis provided at its top with a jack-frame h which carries the slidable push-arms z. The latter extend outwardly over the tops of the shaft-liners c and may be adjusted to engage the top or rim of each of the nest of telescoped shaftliners c in succession. Upon the j ack-frame h press the lower ends of a number of jacks 7' spaced around the jack-frame h at suitable intervals (Figs. 3 and 5). When the jacks j are operated, thejack-frame h is forced downwardly and carries with it the shell d of the working-chamber and the push-arms i. The latter engage the rim of the outermost shaft-liner c and pushes the same downwardly; and since the flan ges e of the shaft-liners c overlap or overhang one another, the downward movement of the outermost shaft-liner of the nest is trans- As soon as the outermost shaft-liner has been positioned, the push-arms 2' are drawn inwardly, until their outer ends overhang the rim or top of the second shaft-liner (numbering or counting from the outside of the nest inwardly). The jacks j are again operated and the remaining shaft-liners and the shell dof the working-chamber are moved downwardly, following the work of excavation. When the second shaft-liner of the nest has reached the limit of its downward travel (has been positionedi), the push-arms i are again drawn inwar ly and adjusted with their outer ends over the to of the next inner shaft-liner. The jac s are again operated; and this cycle of operations is repeated, until the required depth of the shaft or bed-rock or a suitable bottom stratum has been reached. As the work of excavation progresses, suitable bracing is may be positioned, if found necessary to supp1 rt the pressure of the surrounding eart After the work of excavation has been finished and the shaft has been sunk to the re uired depth, the working-chamber is partial y filled with foundation material, such as concrete,and compressed air is introduced through the air-pipe m into the shell 01 the door m of which has been closed to make the shell air-tight. The pneumatic ressure will force the shell d upwardly. en the rim or top of the shell 03 strikes against the flange e of the innermost liner 0, which lies next outside of it, the shell at will then carr that innermost liner 0 upwardly with it. hefore the lower edge of the shell (Z leaves the concrete, the door m is opened and more concrete is introduced. The door m is then closed and pneumatic pressure is again ap lied, whereby the shell d is raised still furt 18F and carries withit the innermost liner 0 with which it is engaged. These steps are repeated, the flanges e of the liners 0 successively engaging one another and the excavation being gradually filled with concrete. Care is exercised to insure that the lower edge of the shell d is never raised out of the concrete, so that the latter acts as a seal for the compressed air. Bymeans of the valve n, the pressure of the air inside the shell (I may be regulated, which aids to accomplish this result. As the lining shells or members are raised, the bracing is is removed. A chain 0 may be attached at one end to the cross-bar o (Fig. 2) andat the other end to a hoistin engine (not shown) so as to aid inthe raising of the nest of lining members and the working-chamber. Rods q are stuck in the green concrete as vertical reinforcement thereof and.rings or hoops r are laid horizontally therein for circumferential reinforcement (see 2).

In Fig. 1 the casing s of a screw-jack bears upon the top of a beam t the lower endof which rests upon the cross-bar p; and the screw it of the screw-jack bears u on the beam or block 2 carried by the roo of the air-lock a. i

In Fi 4 there is shown a casing or cylinder r o a hydraulic jack the lower end of which rests upon a bracket w of the jackframe carried by the shell liner (2'. The piston of the hydraulic jack bears against the abutment 3 which is supported in any suit able manner. As indicated in Fig. 5 there are a number of hydraulic jacks spaced or distributed around the bracket w, which is in the form of a ring.

I claim:

1. In a construction of the class described, the combination of a lurality of shaft-lining members having different diameters and adapted to be nested one within the other; a working-chamber shell adapted to be nested within said shaftrlining members;

and mechanism for moving said shell and shaft-lining members relatively to one an-- edge of the member next Within, whereby.

the driving of the outermost member carries the members within and the latter are free tobe positioned successively from the nest.

4. In a construction of the class described, the combination with a nest of shaft-lining members fitted slidably one Within the other and formed with inwardly-extendin devices which overhang the upper edge of tie'shaftlining member nextwithin to engage the latter; of means for driving the outermost of said members and thereby the remainder of the nest through the medium of said inwardly-extending devices. 7

5. In a construction of the class described, the combination with a nest of shaft-lining members fitted slidably one within the other; of means for driving-the nest as a whole and the inner members thereafter successively from within the nest."

6. In a construction of the class described, the combination with a nest of shaft-lining members fitted one within the other and interlocked at their upper edges; of means for driving the nest as a whole and the inner members thereaftersuccessively from within the nest.

7. The process of forming a shaft,rconsisting of forming an excavation; -forcing into the latter a nest of lining members;

forming a second-excavation; and forcing from withinthe nest and into place in the second excavation the next to the outermost of said nest of lining members.

8. A process ofbuilding a concrete structure consisting in forming a shaft; lining the same with a pluralityof lining members; withdrawing the innermost lining member and fillin lined by it with oundation material; and then withdrawing injsuccession the remaining lining members and filling successively the sections of the shaft lined by them.

9. A process of building a concrete structure consisting in forming a shaft made up of a series ofexcavations each of less width than the one immediately preceding; forcing into said shaft successively lining members from within one another to'line successively the excavations formed; Withdrawing successively and within one another sai the section of the shaft lining members; and filling with foundation material said excavations one after another as said lining members are withdrawn therefrom.

10. A process of building a concrete structure consisting in forming a shaft made up of a series of excavations; lining successively each ofv said excavations; withdrawing the lining member of the innermost excavation and filling the latter with foundation material; and withdrawin the'ihne'rmost and next to the innermost ining members and filling the next to the innermost excavation with foundation material.

11, The process offorming a shaft, consisting of forming an excavation; forcing into the latter a nest of lining members; forming a second excavation; and leaving the outermost member of the nest as a lining for the first-named excavation and forcin the remainder of the nest into the secon excavation.

12. The process of forming a shaft, consisting'of forming an" excavation; forcing into the latter a nestof .linin members; forming a second excavation 0 less width than that of the first-named excavation;

and leaving the outermost member of the nest as a lining for'the first-named excavaytion and forcing the remainder of the nest

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Cooperative ClassificationE02D5/385