Accession Number:

ADD019089

Title:

Barge Linking System Using Flexible Connectors

Descriptive Note:

Patent, Filed 13 Mar 97, patented 7 Apr 98

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

A barge linking system which includes a pair of flexible connector assemblies stored on board a rear pontoon of a pair pontoons to be connected at sea. Each flexible connector assembly has a forward housing and a near housing which are connected by a shear pin and rotate about the shear pin. Attached to the front end of the forward housing is flexible rubber sleeve which encases a substantial portion of a chain sling. The front end of the chain sling, which extends from the rubber sleeve, has a master link which allows the chain sling to be connected to a cable from a winch on board the forward pontoon. The rear housing of the flexible connector assembly has a chain shackle which allows the rear housing to be connected to a cable from a winch on board the rear pontoon. The forward housing has a pair of slots which align with a pair of slots in the forward pontoon, while the rear housing has a pair of slots which align with a pair of slots in the rear pontoon. A first guillotine collar is inserted into the aligned slots of the forward housing and first pontoon to secure the forward pontoon to the forward housing. A second guillotine collar is inserted into the aligned slots of the rear housing and rear pontoon to secure the forward pontoon to the forward housing of the connector assembly.

Subject Categories:

  • Couplers, Fasteners and Joints
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE