Flange connector

  • US 6,185,897 B1
  • Filed: 06/16/1999
  • Issued: 02/13/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A flange connector comprising:

  • a central faceplate, said faceplate having a longitudinal axis;

    a first and second opposing faceplate return, each said faceplate return extending from said central faceplate at approximately ninety degree (90°

    ) angles from said faceplate;

    a first and second flattening bend, said first flattening bend extending from said first opposing faceplate return and said second flattening bend extending from said second faceplate return;

    a first and second embedded leg, said first embedded leg extending from said first flattening bend and said second embedded leg extending from said second flattening bend, each said embedded leg being positioned in a plane substantially perpendicular to said faceplate and substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said face plate, said flattening bends angled between said faceplate return and said embedded legs to enable said embedded legs to be positioned in the plane and to allow said flange connector to flex under shear and tension forces.

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