Interlocking panels having flats for increased versatility

  • US 5,502,939 A
  • Filed: 07/28/1994
  • Issued: 04/02/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A panel construction, comprising:

  • a foam core having a top surface and a bottom surface;

    said foam core having a first edge and a second edge;

    said first edge being sculpted and forming an outwardly extending protrusion;

    said second edge being complementally sculpted and forming an inwardly extending recess for receiving said protrusion;

    said protrusion having a flat formed in an outermost edge thereof, said flat being normal to said top and bottom surfaces;

    said protrusion further including a top and a bottom inclined wall that extend inwardly from opposite ends of said flat toward said top and bottom surfaces, respectively, at a predetermined angle of inclination;

    said protrusion further including a top and a bottom channel formed in an innermost end thereof, each of said channels having a flat bottom parallel to said top and bottom surfaces of said foam core, and each of said flat bottoms being spaced further from the respective top and bottom surfaces of said foam core than inwardmost ends of said first and second inclined walls;

    said top and bottom surfaces of said foam core being covered by a top and a bottom metallic skin, respectively;

    a first end of said top and bottom metallic skins having plural bends formed therein to overlie said channels and a preselected extent of said inclined walls contiguous to said channels;

    a second end of said top and bottom metallic skins each having a first unbent part that extends in cantilever relation relative to said second edge of said foam core, said first unbent part of said top and bottom metallic skins being disposed in parallel relation to one another, a second part bent toward one another at a substantially ninety degree angle, each of said second parts having an extent less than the depth of said channels, a third part bent toward one another and inwardly toward said second edge of said foam core, said second and third parts having a combined extent substantially equal to the depth of said channels, a fourth part bent toward said top and bottom surfaces of said foam core, respectively, and inwardly toward said second edge of said foam core, a fifth part disposed in parallel relation to said top and bottom surfaces of said foam core, said fifth part extending toward said second core edge by a predetermined distance and forming a flat, and a sixth part bent toward said second edge of said foam core at an angle substantially complementary to said angle of inclination of said inclined walls of said protrusion.

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