|Publication number||USRE33523 E|
|Application number||US 07/434,418|
|Publication date||Jan 22, 1991|
|Filing date||Nov 13, 1989|
|Priority date||Apr 13, 1987|
|Publication number||07434418, 434418, US RE33523 E, US RE33523E, US-E-RE33523, USRE33523 E, USRE33523E|
|Inventors||Michael J. Devine|
|Original Assignee||Commercial Insulation Company|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (11), Classifications (14), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
It is well known that water lines which are exposed to the atmosphere and cold temperatures need protection from freezing. Many pipelines are run underground for this reason as well as for aesthetic reasons of removing the pipelines from sight. The problems of maintenance, access and operation of the backflow preventer components in the pipeline, however, make it impractical to have every portion of the line underground. Backflow preventers must vent to the atmosphere making burial impossible and installation in a floodable pit impractical. The compromise in many installations is to bury the pipeline except for the sections having valves and backflow preventers which must be adjusted or serviced. These sections are positioned just above ground level with the pipeline upstream and downstream from the valve sections being underground. These exposed sections are subject to freezing and becoming inoperable unless they are protected from the weather.
It is an object of this invention to provide a heated cover for a valve and backflow preventer components of a pipeline. It is another object of this invention to provide such a cover which is sectionalized for easy assembly or disassembly from around such components and to include inspection access doors to allow for the periodic testing and certification required by law. Other objects will become apparent from the more detailed description which follows.
This invention relates to a heated cover for pipeline valves and backflow preventer, comprising an insulated cover adapted to encapsule the components in a pipeline with openings in said cover to permit said pipeline to pass through upstream and downstream of said valve; an electric heating element inside said cover, means to supply electric power to said element, openings to drain water from inside to outside said cover; said cover being sectionalized into portions which are assemblable into a complete cover around said pipelines components.
In specific embodiments of this invention the cover is sectionalized into two or four parts for ease in assembly or disassembly. In another embodiment the cover has openings for draining water out of the cover while preventing air from blowing into the cover. In a further embodiment the cover includes a plurality of access doors for inspection and maintenance of the components with removal of the cover.
The novel features which are believed to be characteristic of this invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its organization and method of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the cover of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a top view of a first embodiment of the cover of this invention;
FIG. 3 is an end elevational view of the cover shown in FIGS. 1 and 2;
FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view taken at 4--4 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the cover shown in FIGS. 1 and 2;
FIG. 6 is a top view of a second embodiment of the cover of this invention;
FIG. 7 is a partial front elevational view of the cover shown in FIG. 6;
FIG. 8 is a front elevational view of a third embodiment of the cover of this invention;
FIG. 9 is a top view of the cover of FIG. 8;
FIG. 10 is an end elevational view of the cover of FIGS. 8 and 9; and
FIG. 11 is a cross sectional view taken at 11--11 of FIG. 3.
The details of the invention are best understood by reference to the attached drawings. The first embodiment of this invention is shown in FIGS. 1-5. A housing or cover 26 encloses or encapsulates a pipeline section above ground level 23. The pipeline section includes an upstream pipeline 20 and a downstream pipeline 21 separated by a valve and backflow preventer component section 22 which may include any combination of valves and associated equipment. In these drawings there are depicted two hand wheel operated valves with check valves and backflow preventer between the two. It is important that the valve stems 24 and the hand wheels 25 be accessible for adjustment and servicing and these are outside cover 26 while all other parts of the pipeline and valve components are enclosed by cover 26. This is accomplished by providing openings 44 through cover 26 to permit passage of valve stems 24 therethrough.
Cover 26 is sectionalized so as to facilitate its assembly to or its disassembly from the pipeline and its components. In the embodiment of FIGS. 1-5 there are four sections 31, 32, 33, and 34 formed by parting lines in a longitudinal plane 27 passing through the center lines of pipelines 20 and 21 and the valve component 22 and a transverse plane 28 perpendicular to plane 27, generally producing four sections 31, 32, 33 and 34 of about equal size. Sections 31, 32, 33 and 34 are held together by hand manipulated clamps 29 in a suitable number and in such positions as to facilitate assembly and disassembly. Clamps 29 may be of any design which is quick acting and a secure fastener.
Inspection doors 30 are positioned to permit inspection, servicing and testing of the components while the cover 26 is in place. The number and positioning of doors 30 will depend on the servicing, inspection and testing requirements of the components 22.
The cover 26 is made of any convenient component parts, usually including a framework of structural shapes, e.g., angle bars, tubes, beams, or the like, and a covering skin 35 of any weather resistant, impervious material, e.g., metal, wood, or plastic, preferably aluminum sheet. The inside of the sheet 35 is covered with a suitable thickness of heat insulation material 36.
Since cover 26 frequently rests on the ground, the component 22 discharges water under normal operation, it is necessary to provide a means for water to drain out of cover 26. This is best accomplished by one or more openings 40. Preferably openings 40 are covered with a screen or mesh (see FIG. 11) to prevent rodents or serpents from entering cover 26 and a flap of impervious material 42 which will prevent air from blowing into cover 26, particularly cold air during freezing weather. Flap 42 may be any flexible material, such as fabric, plastic, rubber, or the like, which will flex outwardly as at 47 to permit water to flow outwardly. For this purpose flap 42 may be cut vertically as shown in FIG. 3 to permit the flexing of such a flap. In this connection it is preferred that insulation layer 36 is positioned in a channel 43 around the bottom of cover 26 so that any water inside cover 26 will not saturate insulation layer 36 and possibly freeze there.
Inside cover 26 are one or more electric heating elements 38 on suitable supporting brackets 39. The number of heating elements 38 needed will of course, depend on the size of cover 26, its heat insulating properties, and the outside weather conditions. A power line and thermostat means to turn the power on and off are also required.
In FIGS. 6 and 7 there is shown a second embodiment in which a fire hose attachment is included as may be desirable or required by local government regulations. Generally, this merely requires a branch line from pipeline 20 and a Y-fitting 37 to which a fire hose is attachable. This embodiment may be preferably designed to include an indented portion 48 of cover section 34 with a detachable cover plate 49 which can be removed when disassembling cover 26.
A third embodiment is shown in FIGS. 8-10 wherein cover 26 is made of two sectionalized portions 45 and 46 rather than the four portions 31, 32, 33 and 34 of FIGS. 1-5. Portions 45 and 46 are joined along longitudinal plane 27 which passes through the center lines of the pipelines 20 and 21 and valve components 22. Other than that difference the embodiments are the same.
While the invention has been described with respect to certain specific embodiments, it will be appreciated that many modifications and changes may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is intended, therefore, by the appended claims to cover all such modifications and changes as fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||137/341, 137/550, 137/375, 137/855|
|International Classification||F16K49/00, F16K27/08|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T137/6606, Y10T137/8122, F16K49/002, F16K27/08, Y10T137/7891, Y10T137/7036|
|European Classification||F16K27/08, F16K49/00B|
|Aug 15, 1991||FPAY||Fee payment|
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