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CONTAINER HAVING AN INTERNAL STRUCTURE WITH MINIMUM SURFACES

United States Patent Application

20170030519
A1
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An illustrative example container includes a plurality of internal support members having a surface contour that at least approximates a minimum surface. The plurality of internal support members collectively provide structural support for carrying loads on the container. The plurality of internal support members collectively establish a plurality of cavities for at least temporarily containing fluid. An outer shell is connected with at least some of the internal support members. The outer shell includes a plurality of curved surfaces. The outer shell encloses the cavities.
Kuczek, Andrzej Ernest (Bristol, CT), Lynch, Matthew E. (Canton, CT), Croteau, Paul F. (Columbia, CT), El-Wardany, Tahany Ibrahim (Bloomfield, CT), Sun, Ellen Y. (South Windsor, CT), Zhao, Wenping (Glastonbury, CT), Viens, Daniel V. (Mansfield Center, CT)
15/ 302,532
April 14, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AR0000254 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government therefore has certain rights in this invention.