Wall reinforcement apparatus and method using composite materials

  • US 6,418,684 B1
  • Filed: 10/27/2000
  • Issued: 07/16/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/16/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of reinforcing a wall having an interior wall surface against a force having a component substantially perpendicular to the wall, the method comprising:

  • (a) forming an array of spacing distances, each of which represents a distance between a first reinforcing member and a second reinforcing member that is sufficient to reinforce the wall, said spacing distances being based upon the characteristics of the wall and its environment, and said reinforcing members being made of a polymer matrix reinforced by embedded fibers;

    (b) selecting from the array a spacing distance based upon at least one wall parameter;

    (c) disposing a first major surface of the first reinforcing member in a substantially parallel, facing orientation relative to the interior wall surface;

    (d) applying adhesive to at least one of said surfaces;

    (e) forcing the first major surface of the first reinforcing member against the interior wall surface to mount the reinforcing member in a facing relationship to the interior wall surface with the adhesive interposed between the reinforcing member and the wall;

    (f) disposing a first major surface of the second reinforcing member in a substantially parallel orientation relative to the interior wall surface and facing the interior wall surface;

    (g) applying adhesive to at least one of said surfaces; and

    (h) forcing the first major surface of the second reinforcing member against the interior wall surface to mount the reinforcing member at a distance from the first reinforcing member substantially equal to the selected spacing distance in a facing relationship to the interior wall surface with the adhesive interposed between the reinforcing member and the wall.

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