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Title:
PROTECTIVE COVER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/220352
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A protective cover (100) for an underwater beam comprises a body (110), a first support (140), a second support (150) and a set of connectors (160). The body (110) comprises a first end (120) and a second end (130). The first end (120) and the second end (130) are provided with extrusions to enable them to be connected to the first support (140) and the second support (150) respectively by welding. The first support (140) provides protection to a first weld (123) and the second support (150) provides protection to a second weld (133) by forming watertight closure to prevent liquid contacting in use the welds.

Inventors:
BRADLEY, Michael S. (301 Little Gabriel, River Dr.Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642, US)
Application Number:
GB2018/051440
Publication Date:
December 06, 2018
Filing Date:
May 25, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WINN & COALES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (Denso House, Chapel Road, London SE27 0TR, SE27 0TR, GB)
International Classes:
E02D5/60
Foreign References:
US6113313A2000-09-05
US4114388A1978-09-19
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BOULT WADE TENNANT (Verulam Gardens, 70 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8BT, WC1X 8BT, GB)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1. A protective cover for an underwater beam, comprising a body, a first support, a second support and a set of connectors;

the body comprising a first end, a second end, a first surface which in use contacts an outside of the underwater beam and a second surface which in use faces generally away from the underwater beam;

the first end comprising a first extrusion and a second extrusion; the second end comprising an extrusion;

the first support comprising a first channel and a second channel; the second support comprising a channel;

the first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end being secured in the first channel and the second channel of the first support;

the extrusion of the second end being secured in the channel of the second support;

a first weld connecting the first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end together - wherein the first weld is protected by the first support;

a second weld connecting the extrusion of the second end to the second support - wherein the second weld is protected by the second support;

the first support, the first end, the second end and the second support comprising a plurality of holes which receive the set of connectors to permit tightening of the set of connectors to secure the protective cover in place.

2. A protective cover as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the second extrusion of the first end overlaps the second end of the body.

3. A protective cover as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end are separate prior to formation of the first weld. 4. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the first extrusion and/or the second extrusion is a pre-bent segment of material that extends perpendicularly to the body and optionally runs the length of the first end.

5. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the extrusion of the second end is an elongated segment of material running the length of the body.

6. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the first channel of the first support is an extended cut through the first support that extends through the length of the body, enabling the first extrusion of the first end to secure within the first support by a friction fit.

7. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the second channel is an extended cut through the first support that extends through the length of the body, enabling the second extrusion of the first end to secure within the first support by a friction fit.

8. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein on securing the protective cover in place, a flat side of the first support is arranged flush with a flat side of the second support.

9. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein on securing the protective cover in place, the first weld is located between the first support and the outside of the underwater beam. 10. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein a surface of the first support engages the second surface of the body.

1 1. A protective cover as claimed in claim 10, wherein the surface of the first support engages the second surface of the body on both sides of the first weld.

12. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein on securing the protective cover in place, the second weld is located between the second support and an overlapping segment of the first end of the body.

13. A protective cover as claimed in claim 12, wherein a surface of the second support engages the second surface of the overlapping segment of the first end of the body on one side of the second weld.

14. A protective cover as claimed in claim 13, wherein a surface of the second support engages the second surface of the second end of the body on another side of the second weld. 15. A protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the set of connectors is a plurality of screws or bolts and the plurality of holes comprises a plurality of screw or bolt holes.

16. A clamping system comprising the protective cover of any preceding claim and a clamping tool.

17. A method of securing a protective cover as claimed in any preceding claim to an underwater beam, comprising the steps of:

wrapping the first surface of the body around the underwater beam so that the first support and the second support face generally away from the underwater beam;

placing the set of connectors through the plurality of holes in the first support, the first end, the second end and the second support;

tightening the set of connectors to secure them in place. 18. The method of claim 17, wherein on tightening the set of connectors the second extrusion of the first end overlaps the second end of the body.

19. The method of claim 17 or claim 18, wherein prior to placing the set of connectors through the plurality of holes, the body of the protective cover is held in position on the underwater beam by use of one or more clamping tools.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the clamping tool comprises a jaw attachment having a first tube connected to a first claw and a second tube connected to a second claw; the first tube having a plurality of holes and the second tube having plurality of holes,

the first claw and the second claw being movable by rotational torque applied to a threaded rod to induce a clamping pressure of the jaw attachment;

wherein the clamping tool is applied to the protective cover by aligning the plurality of holes of the protective cover with the plurality of holes of the first tube and the plurality of holes of the second tube; and by subsequently inserting a plurality of locking bolts through the plurality of holes of the protective cover and the plurality of holes of the first tube and the plurality of holes of the second tube;

rotating the threaded rod to decrease the distance between the first tube and the second tube to apply a uniform clamping pressure onto the first support and second support of the protective cover.

Description:
Protective Cover

The present invention relates generally to a protective cover for a support beam.

In some embodiments the protective cover enables a user to protect a steel or concrete piling from damage due to corrosion in underwater, marine environments by preventing the water from contacting the beam.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In order to hold piers, docks, buildings, and other large structures over and within bodies of water, a variety of support structures are used. Such supports, particularly structural beams, are generally made of concrete or steel, but can also be made of other rigid materials. The building material must be rigid and strong to ensure that the structure above remains well-supported, even under potentially heavy cyclical loads such as traffic and people.

This results in the prioritization of building materials for their mechanical

strength, oftentimes at the cost of electrochemical inertness. Inert materials are desirable in constructing underwater systems, particularly in large, untreated bodies of water such as lakes or oceans, because such materials ensure that the supports do not degrade over time. In response, a variety of covers and protective barriers have been developed. Many of these barriers utilize a sheet of plastic joined at its edges by plastic external welding. Such a solution is undesirable because these plastic covers can often fail over time due to the mechanical weakness of the external weld. The external weld remains a weak spot when currents, floating debris, mechanical impact or otherwise moving waters apply pressure to the system. What is needed is a device that protects the mechanically weak segments of such a system. Further desirable is a system that can protect marine supports from various underwater stimuli without relying solely on wax coatings that can be removed by impacts often encountered in aggressive marine environments. The present invention addresses these issues.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In one embodiment there is provided a protective cover for an underwater beam, comprising a body, a first support, a second support and a set of connectors; the body comprising a first end, a second end, a first surface which in use contacts an outside of the underwater beam and a second surface which in use faces generally away from the underwater beam;

the first end comprising a first extrusion and a second extrusion; the second end comprising an extrusion;

the first support comprising a first channel and a second channel; the second support comprising a channel;

the first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end being secured in the first channel and the second channel of the first support;

the extrusion of the second end being secured in the channel of the second support;

a first weld connecting the first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end together - wherein the first weld is protected by the first support;

a second weld connecting the extrusion of the second end to the second support - wherein the second weld is protected by the second support;

the first support, the first end, the second end and the second support comprising a plurality of holes which receive the set of connectors to permit tightening of the set of connectors to secure the protective cover in place. The second extrusion of the first end preferably overlaps the second end of the body.

The first extrusion and the second extrusion of the first end are preferably separate prior to formation of the first weld. The first extrusion and/or the second extrusion may be a pre-bent segment of material that extends perpendicularly to the body and optionally runs the length of the first end.

The extrusion of the second end may be an elongated segment of material running the length of the body.

The first channel of the first support may be an extended cut through the first support that extends through the length of the body, enabling the first extrusion of the first end to secure within the first support by a friction fit. The second channel may be an extended cut through the first support that extends through the length of the body, enabling the second extrusion of the first end to secure within the first support by a friction fit. On securing the protective cover in place, a flat side of the first support is preferably arranged flush with a flat side of the second support. On securing the protective cover in place, the first weld is preferably located between the first support and the outside of the underwater beam. A surface of the first support may engage the second surface of the body. The surface of the first support may engages the second surface of the body on both sides of the first weld.

On securing the protective cover in place, the second weld may be located between the second support and an overlapping segment of the first end of the body. A surface of the second support may engage the second surface of the overlapping segment of the first end of the body on one side of the second weld. A surface of the second support may engage the second surface of the second end of the body on another side of the second weld. The set of connectors may be a plurality of screws or bolts and the plurality of holes may comprise a plurality of screw or bolt holes.

In one embodiment there is provided a clamping system comprising the protective cover as described in any of the embodiments above and a clamping tool.

In one embodiment there is provided a method of securing a protective cover as described in any of the embodiments above to an underwater beam, comprising the steps of:

wrapping the first surface of the body around the underwater beam so that the first support and the second support face generally away from the underwater beam;

placing the set of connectors through the plurality of holes in the first support, the first end, the second end and the second support;

tightening the set of connectors to secure them in place.

On tightening the set of connectors the second extrusion of the first end preferably overlaps the second end of the body. Prior to placing the set of connectors through the plurality of holes, the body of the protective cover may be held in position on the underwater beam by use of one or more clamping tools. The clamping tool may comprise a jaw attachment having a first tube connected to a first claw and a second tube connected to a second claw;

the first tube having a plurality of holes and the second tube having plurality of holes,

the first claw and the second claw being movable by rotational torque applied to a threaded rod to induce a clamping pressure of the jaw attachment;

wherein the clamping tool is applied to the protective cover by aligning the plurality of holes of the protective cover with the plurality of holes of the first tube and the plurality of holes of the second tube;

and by subsequently inserting a plurality of locking bolts through the plurality of holes of the protective cover and the plurality of holes of the first tube and the plurality of holes of the second tube;

rotating the threaded rod to decrease the distance between the first tube and the second tube to apply a uniform clamping pressure onto the first support and second support of the protective cover.

Advantageously, the protective cover of the present invention has a long, preferably plastic, body that wraps around an underwater support/beam, protecting the support/beam and the inner corrosion control layer from harm. Welded zones are protected on the inside of the protective cover, away from the external marine environment, and kept intact by securing either side within external supports/beams. A set of screws or bolts keeps the external supports intact and together, thus ensuring that the present invention is easy to set up, remove, and maintain, and restricts the intrusion of water coming into contact with the underwater beams and supports being covered.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front corner perspective view of a protective cover according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the protective cover of FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 3 is a left view of the protective cover of FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 4 is a top view of the protective cover of FIG. 1 ; FIGS. 5 to 7 are schematic top views of a portion of the protective cover of FIG. 1 illustrating manufacturing steps of the protective cover;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a clamping tool suitable to be used to clamp the protective cover of FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8, with the locking bolts removed; FIG. 10 is a front view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8;

FIG. 1 1 is a back view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8;

FIG. 12 is a left view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8;

FIG. 13 is a right view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8;

FIG. 14 is a top view of the clamping tool of FIG. 8;

FIG. 15 is a picture of the clamping tool clamped to a protective cover of the present invention.

DETAIL DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

All illustrations of the drawings are for the purpose of describing selected versions of the present invention and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention.

FIGS. 1 to 7 illustrate an example of a protective cover 100 that is suitable to be clamped by a clamping tool 1 of FIGS. 8 to 14 that will be described in more detail below. Thus, the protective cover 100 and clamping tool 1 may comprises at least part of a clamping system.

The protective cover 100 enables a user to protect the corrosion control layer installed on underwater beams, e.g. piles, that support large structures, such as piers, boardwalks, and buildings from the external marine environment. Such supports are typically coated with any of a variety of protective films, tapes, hydrophobic sprays, or combinations of the above that reduce environmental degradation effects on the support. By wrapping the protective cover 100 around the supports, the present invention prevents water damage due to exposure of the supports and coatings to heavy, moving, and otherwise damaging water.

The protective cover 100 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 comprises a body 1 10, a first support 140, a second support 150, and a plurality of bolts (also referred to as screws) 160.

The body 1 10 is the main coverage unit that, in the preferred usage of the present invention, wraps around an underwater support. The body 110 comprises a first end 120, a second end 130, a first surface 11 1 , and a second surface 1 12, as seen in FIGS. 4 and 5. The first end 120 is a segment of the present invention that enables connection to the first support 140, and secures the first end 120 to the first support 140.

As shown in FIG. 5 the first end 120 comprises a first extrusion 121 , a weld 123, a second extrusion 122, and a plurality of screw holes. The first extrusion 121 is a pre-bent segment of material that extends perpendicularly to the body 1 10 and runs the length of the first end 120 that enables attachment of the first end 120 to the first support 140. The weld 123 is a connection that joins the first extrusion 121 and the second extrusion 122 together. The second extrusion 122 is a pre-bent segment of material that extends perpendicularly to the body 1 10 and runs the length of the first end 120 that enables attachment of the first end 120 to the first support 140. The plurality of screw holes is a linear pattern of circular cuts through the first end 120 that enables attachment of the plurality of screws. The plurality of screw holes is cut through both the first extrusion 121 and the second extrusion 122.

The second end 130 is a segment of the present invention that enables connection to the second support 150, and secures the second end 130 to the second support 150. The second end 130 comprises an extrusion 131 , a weld 133, and a plurality of screw holes.

The extrusion 131 is an elongated segment of material running the length of the body 110 that enables attachment of the second end 130 to the second support 150. The weld 133 is a connection that joins the extrusion 131 permanently to the second support 150. The plurality of screw holes is a linear pattern of circular cuts through the second end 130, and in particular through the extrusion 131 , that enables attachment of the plurality of screws

160.

The first surface 1 11 of the body 1 10 contacts the outside of a support, in the preferred usage of the present invention. The second surface 1 12, in the preferred usage of the present invention, faces generally away from the support.

As shown in FIG. 5 the first support 140 is an extruded segment that enables connection of the first end 120 of the body 1 10. The first support 140 comprises a first channel 141 , a second channel 142, and a plurality of surfaces. The first channel 141 is an extended cut through the first support 140 that extends through the length of the body, enabling the first extrusion 121 of the first end 120 of the body 1 10 to secure within the first support 140 by means of a friction fit. The second channel 142 is an extended cut through the first support 140 that extends through the length of the body, enabling the second extrusion 122 of the first end 120 of the body 110 to secure within the first support 140 by means of a friction fit as shown in FIG. 6. The plurality of surfaces is a set of flat sides that enable the user to place the first support 140 proximally to the second support 150. The plurality of surfaces comprises a first surface 143 and a second surface 144. The first surface 143 is the side that connects to the second surface 112 of the body 110 of the present invention. The second surface 144 is a surface that is arranged flush with the second support 150 in the preferred usage of the present invention as shown in FIG. 7.

As shown in FIG. 5 the second support 150 is an extruded segment that enables connection of the second end 130 of the body 110. The second support 150 comprises a channel 151 and a plurality of surfaces. The channel 151 is an extended cut through the second support 150 that extends through the length of the body, enabling the extrusion 131 of the second end 130 of the body 110 to secure within the second support 150 by means of a friction fit as shown in FIG. 6. The plurality of surfaces is a set of flat sides that enable the user to place the second support 150 proximally to the first support 140. The plurality of surfaces comprises a first surface 153 and a second surface 154. The first surface 153 is the side that connects to the second surface 1 12 of the body 1 10 of the present invention. The second surface 154 is a surface that is arranged flush with the first support 140 in the preferred usage of the present invention as shown in FIG. 7. The plurality of screws 160 is a set of connectors that secures the first support 140 to the second support 150 as shown in FIG. 7. The plurality of screws 160 fits through the plurality of screw holes of the first end 120 of the body 1 10 and the plurality of screw holes of the second end 130 of the body 110, as seen in FIG. 3. The plurality of screws 160 comprises a plurality of bolts and nuts. The plurality of nuts secures to the exposed end of the plurality of screws/bolts to lock the plurality of screws/bolts in place within the first end 120 and the second end 130 of the body 110.

In the preferred manufacturing of the present invention, the user acquires the protective cover 100. The user bends the first extrusion 121 of the first end 120, the second extrusion 122 of the first end 120, and the extrusion 131 of the second end 130. The user then places the first extrusion 121 of the first end 120 and the second extrusion 122 of the first end 120 into the first channel 141 and the second channel 142 of the first support 140, respectively. The user then welds along the gap125 between the first extrusion 121 and the second extrusion 122. This weld 123 is protected from being a point of mechanical weakness by the first support 140 as shown in FIG. 6.

The user then places the extrusion 131 of the second end 130 into the channel 151 of the second support 150, under the overlapping segment 126 of the first end 120 of the body 1 10. The user then welds the extrusion 131 of the second end 130 in place within the second support 150. This weld 133 is protected from being a point of mechanical weakness by the second support 150 as shown in FIG. 6.

The user then places the plurality of screws 160 through the plurality of screw holes of the first end 120 and the plurality of screw holes of the second end 130, thus securing the first support 140 and the second support 150 together, and subsequently secures the plurality of screws 160 in place using the plurality of nuts. The present invention is now fully assembled.

The protective cover 100 may be provided to the user in this assembled state.

In the preferred usage of the present invention, the user acquires the protective cover 100, which may as noted above be in an assembled state in which case the user will first unfasten and remove the plurality of screws 160 from the plurality of screw holes. The user then wraps the first surface 1 11 around an underwater support, so that the first support 140 and the second support 150 face generally away from the underwater support.

The user subsequently places the plurality of screws 160 through the first support 140, the first end 120, the second end 130, and the second support 150. Next, the user places the plurality of nuts over the exposed ends of the plurality of screws 160 and tightens them to secure them in place. The second extrusion 122 overlaps the second end 130 of the body as shown in FIGS. 4 and 7, thus further ensuring optimal protection of the support and coating within the present invention. This arrangement ensures a watertight closure that enables no liquid to pass through, and further ensures that no liquid can contact and subsequently degrade the welded joint that often causes failure in existing support guards. In order to install and remove the protective cover 100, the user may use the clamping tool 1 shown in FIGS. 8 to 14 to clamp the first support 140 to the second support 150 to engage and hold in position the second surface 144 and the second surface 154 of the respective first support 140 and second support 150. In reference to FIGS. 8 and 9, an example of a clamping tool 1 comprises a clamp 2, a jaw attachment 12 and a plurality of locking bolts 46 (also referred to as locking screws).

The clamping tool 1 may be used to secure various objects, in numerous applications. In the current example, the clamping tool 1 used in the present invention resembles a single screw pivotal clamp, more commonly known as a Kant clamp. One of the advantages of the Kant clamp is the ability to prevent interference with the clamped objects. Furthermore, this type of clamp is capable of exerting and maintaining a consistently high level of applied force. While in this application the present invention integrates the use of a Kant clamp, many other types of clamps with an integrated threaded rod, and a supported pin handle, may be added to the design.

In reference to FIG. 9, the clamp 2 comprises a first claw 20, a second claw 22, a plurality of pins 24, 25, and a pivot 3. The first claw 20 resembles an L-shape bracket, with a widened center support for increased strength, as seen in FIG. 10. The first claw 20 comprises a first plate member 20a and a second plate member 20b of the same shape and size as each other. The first claw 20 further comprises a plurality of circular slots in each of the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b, into which the plurality of pins 24 is press fit to interconnect the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b. Once interconnected the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b are parallel to one another as shown in FIGS. 12 and 13.

The second claw 22 comprises a first plate member 22a and a second plate member 22b of the same shape and size as each other. The second claw 22 further comprises a plurality of circular slots in each of the first plate member 22a and the second plate member 22b, into which the plurality of pins 25 is press fit to interconnect the first plate member 22a and the second plate member 22b. Once interconnected the first plate member 22a and the second plate member 22b are parallel to one another as shown in FIGS. 12 and 13.

An internal width of the first claw 20, between interior faces of the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b is marginally wider than an external width of the second claw 22 - measured between exterior faces of the first plate member 22a and the second plate member 22b. Thus, the second claw 22 can be located at least partially within the first claw 20 as shown in FIGS. 8 and 12.

The first claw 20 and the second claw 22, are connected via a centrally positioned fixed pin 30, which is connected at the widened end of the second claw 22. The centrally positioned fixed pin 30 allows the first claw 20 and the second claw 22 to rotate relative to one another.

The pivot 3 comprises a threaded rod 31 that extends generally perpendicularly to the jaw attachment 12. A lower end of the threaded rod 31 is connected to a pivot end pin 27 that extends between the first plate member 22a and the second plate member 22b of the second claw 22 as shown in FIG. 12. The threaded rod 31 passes through a threaded pin 26 that extends between the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b of the first claw 20, as shown in FIG. 12. The pivot 3 further comprises a hexagonal-shaped end 32 at a distal end of the threaded rod 31 that can receive a ratchet attachment 35 as seen in FIGS. 12 and 13.

In reference to FIG. 12, the pivot 3 allows the user to separate the first claw 20 and the second claw 22, at various distances to easily engage the object being secured. Rotation of the threaded rod 31 changes the relative distance between the pivot end pin 27 and the threaded pin 26 since the pivot end pin 27 is longitudinally fixed relative to the threaded rod 31 while the threaded pin 26 is able to move along the threaded rod 31 due to mating engagement of an external thread on the threaded rod 31 and an internal thread on the threaded pin 26. Therefore, rotation of the threaded rod 31 causes the first claw 20 and the second claw 22 to rotate relative to one another. The present invention transforms the rotational torque applied by the user into a consistent clamping pressure. In large scale applications, applying the torque manually to the threaded rod 31 is not a feasible option, due to the force required, and the challenging working environment. The present invention aims to solve that problem by disclosing the ratchet attachment 35. The ratchet attachment 35 is positioned onto the hexagonal-shaped end 32 of the threaded rod 31 , allowing the user to use a plurality of sockets. By integrating a standardized socket at the end of the threaded rod 31 , manual or power tools may be used to apply the required torque, thus decreasing the effort needed to separate the first claw 20 and the second claw 22.

The jaw attachment 12 of the present invention comprises a first tube 40, a second tube 42 and a plurality of holes 44 that receive the plurality of locking bolts 46 as shown in FIG. 8 and FIG. 14. In the current example, the plurality of tubes 40, 42 is manufactured out of square tubing. However the present invention is not limited to this option.

The first tube 40 and the second tube 42 may be of the same length L as shown in FIGS. 12 and 13. The first tube 40 and the second tube 42 extend transversely with respect to the first claw 20 and the second claw 22. Preferably, the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 are perpendicular to the first claw 20 and the second claw 22.

The length L of the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 is sufficient such that the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 extend beyond each side of the first claw 20, i.e. length L is greater than the distance between the exterior faces of the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b, as shown in FIG. 12. The length L is sufficient such that the plurality of holes 44 are located to either side of the first claw 20 when viewed in the orientation of FIG. 12.

Preferably, the first claw 20 and the second claw 22 are centrally located on the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 as shown in FIG. 12 such that a mid-point, L m, of the longitudinal length of the jaw attachment 12 is aligned with the mid-point between the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b.

Preferably, the length L is 4 to 6 times the distance between the exterior faces of the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b. More preferably, the length L is about 5.5 times the distance between the exterior faces of the first plate member 20a and the second plate member 20b as shown in FIG. 12.

The jaw attachment 12 is integrated into the clamp 2. Various permanent attachments methods may be used to connect the jaw attachment 12 to the clamp 2 including but not limited to welding. In another example, the jaw attachment 12 of the present invention may be detachable from the clamp 2.

The plurality of holes 44 is designed to keep the locking bolts 46 in alignment. The plurality of holes 44 is aligned on the first tube 40 and the second tube 42. In the orientation of the clamping tool 1 as shown in FIG.8, the plurality of holes 44 comprises a first plurality of holes 44a aligned on the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 to one side of the clamp 2 (to the left as viewed in FIG. 8) and a second plurality of holes 44b aligned on the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 to the other side of the clamp 2 (to the right as viewed in FIG. 8).

A first locking bolt 46a is receivable in the first plurality of holes 44a. A second locking bolt 46b is receivable in the second plurality of holes 44b.

The jaw attachment 12 is designed to apply a uniform clamping pressure onto the lip of the protective cover 100 as shown in FIG. 15. As the first tube 40 and the second tube 42 are brought closer together the user aligns the plurality of holes 44 concentrically with a plurality of holes in the protective cover 100. After the alignment is complete, and the clamping tool 1 secured the user still maintains full range of motion of their hands, thus inserting a plurality of locking bolts 160 is an easy task.

A plurality of materials may be used to manufacture the clamping tool 1. In the current example, the present invention is manufactured out of zinc plated steel to prevent corrosion. The body of the present invention may further be treated with an anticorrosive gel. In another example, more than one clamp 2 may be attached to the jaw attachment 12. This set-up would be especially useful for large scale applications.

As described above, during application of the clamping tool 1 to the protective cover 100 the plurality of locking bolts 46 of the clamping tool 1 may be inserted through the plurality of holes 44 of the clamping tool 1 and at the same time through the plurality of screw holes of the first end 120 and the second end 130 to ensure that the first support 140 and the second support 150 remain aligned longitudinally during clamping.

FIG. 15. illustrates one example of a protective cover 100 being clamped by a clamping tool 1.

In order to remove the protective cover 100, the user unscrews the plurality of nuts from the plurality of screws 160, removes the plurality of screws 160, and removes the body 1 10 from the support being protected. The present invention is prepared for subsequent application.

Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

It will be understood by the person skilled in the art that modifications may be made to the embodiments shown and described above by way of example without departing from the present invention. The present invention is not limited to the embodiments shown and described, but it is intended to cover all modifications within the scope of the present invention, as defined by the claims.

Those of ordinary skill in the art will understand that the figures and descriptions of the invention may have been simplified to facilitate a clear understanding of the invention, while omitting, for purposes of clarity, other elements that may also comprise a portion of the invention.




 
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