Accession Number : ADD004027

Title :   Connector Hinge for Oil Containment Booms.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Campbell,Francis J ; Graham,Douglas J

Report Date : 12 Apr 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The patent describes a connector hinge for attaching oil spill containment booms having a male cylindrical connector which fits loosely within a female cylindrical connector to allow easy movement of both connectors in both a vertical and horizontal direction. A resilient gasket is disposed within the male cylindrical connector such that the gasket forms an oil-tight seal between the male connector and female connector. The female connector is tapered along its length to allow easy disposition of the male member within its cylindrical cavity. Both the male and female connectors can be attached to a floating oil spill containment boom, a substantially immovable object such as a pier or jetty, or a floating tow assembly. The loose fit between the male and female connectors allows the connector hinge to adjust to tidal variations as well as additionally aiding in placement of the male connector within the female connector. The gasket material is formed of foam rubber, rubber, or any other suitable resilient material capable of forming an oil-tight seal. The gasket is formed in either a rectangular shape of beaded to aid in securing the gasket to the male connector.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Oil spills, *Booms(Equipment), *Hinges, Containment(General), Connectors, Gaskets, Disconnect fittings

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE