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Internal V-band clamp

United States Patent

February 28, 2006
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A system for clamping two tubular members together in an end-to-end relationship uses a split ring with a V-shaped outer rim that can engage a clamping surface on each member. The split ring has a relaxed closed state where the ends of the ring are adjacent and the outside diameter of the split ring is less than the minimum inside diameter of the members at their ends. The members are clamped when the split ring is spread into an elastically stretched position where the ring rim is pressed tightly against the interior surfaces of the members. Mechanisms are provided for removing the spreader so the split ring will return to the relaxed state, releasing the clamped members.
Vaughn; Mark R. (Albuquerque, NM), Hafenrichter; Everett S. (Albuquerque, NM), Chapa; Agapito C. (Albuquerque, NM), Harris; Steven M. (Albuquerque, NM), Martinez; Marcus J. (Albuquerque, NM), Baty; Roy S. (Los Alamos, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 700,839
November 3, 2003
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.