Inflatable body with independent chambers and methods for making the same

  • US 7,480,952 B2
  • Filed: 10/26/2005
  • Issued: 01/27/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/26/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An inflatable body comprising:

  • a first major panel comprising a flexible sheet material having fluid impervious properties and having an outer surface, an inner surface and a perimeter;

    a second major panel comprising a flexible sheet material having fluid impervious properties and having an outer surface, an inner surface and a perimeter;

    an intermediate panel having fluid impervious properties and having a first surface, a second surface and a perimeter,wherein a first perimeter portion of the intermediate panel is joined to the inner surface of the first major panel from one perimeter portion of the first major panel to a generally opposed perimeter portion of the first major panel, wherein a second perimeter portion of the intermediate panel, which is generally opposed to the first perimeter portion, is joined to the inner surface of the second major panel from one perimeter portion of the second major panel to a generally opposed perimeter portion of the second major panel, and wherein the first major panel and second major panel perimeters are joined to each other to define a primary enclosure comprising a first and a second chamber separated by the intermediate panel, and at least one sealable orifice in fluid communication with the environment and at least one chamber.

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