Patent Number: 6,305,427

Title: Double walled apparatus and methods

Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for handling liquids or gases. In particular, the present invention relates to a double walled apparatus having interwoven fibers between the inner and outer walls of the pipe. The invention may also include sensors in the apparatus. The apparatus comprises a first wall designed to contain a liquid or a gas, a second wall designed to contain any liquid or gas that penetrates the first wall, and interwoven fibers coupled between the first and second wall. The interwoven fibers are preferably resin laminated fibers in a matrix configuration. The apparatus may also comprises a sensor and a wire embedded in the apparatus either in the first wall, the interwoven fibers, or the second wall. The first wall is preferably comprised of three layers that are cohesively bonded together. The invention further provides a method for manufacturing such apparatuses, a network of such apparatuses, and a system and method for monitoring conditions in such apparatuses and the location of the apparatuses and sensors within the network.

Inventors: Priest, II; Kenneth G. (South China, ME)

Assignee: Kenway Corporation

International Classification: F16L 39/00 (20060101); F16L 11/12 (20060101); F16L 011/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018