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Tile structures having phase change material (PCM) component for use in flooring and ceilings

United States Patent Application

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Agglomerate tile structures and ceiling tile structures: The agglomerate tile structures can be of a single layer having an intermixed granular base medium comprised of one or more subcomponent materials (e.g., powdered, crushed, chips, and/or other broken pieces of varying sized particles, of quartz, granite, limestone, marble, glass, ceramic, semiprecious stones, etc.), plus a binder material and a PCM component; or the agglomerate tile structures can be of multiple layers, such as having an outer wear-layer substantially absent of PCM component-this outer wear-layer being bonded or otherwise incorporated with a second layer comprised of a binder material and a PCM component, substantially absent of the granular base medium. While applicants contemplate that the tile structures can be of a myriad of shapes and sizes, and associated features of the apparatus will be accordingly sized and fabricated of material(s) suitably compatible, traditionally-shaped generally planar tiles as well as tiles having curvilinear surfaces, may be fabricated according to the invention.
Hittle, Douglas C. (Fort Collins, CO), Lee, Amy Sarah (Loveland, CO)
University of Colorado Research Foundation
10/ 791,507
March 1, 2004
[0001] The invention disclosed herein was made with United States government support awarded by the Department of Energy, award N.sup.o.DE-FC26-00NT40999. Accordingly, the U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention. This application claims the benefit of pending U.S. provisional patent application No. 60/450,838 filed 28 Feb. 2003 by and on behalf of both applicants hereof.