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Hinge assembly

United States Patent

5,943,739
August 31, 1999
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A hinge assembly having a first leaf, a second leaf and linking member. The first leaf has a contact surface. The second leaf has a first contact surface and a second contact surface. The linking member pivotally connects to the first leaf and to the second leaf. The hinge assembly is capable of moving from a closed position to an open position. In the closed position, the contact surface of the first leaf merges with the first contact surface of the second leaf. In the open position, the contact surface of the first leaf merges with the second contact surface of the second leaf. The hinge assembly can include a seal on the contact surface of the first leaf.
Vandergriff; David Houston (Powell, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 927,157
September 11, 1997
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05 84OR21400 between the United States Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Energy Services, Inc.