Patent Number: 8,872,055

Title: Non-contact rail heater with insulating skirt

Abstract: A track rail heating assembly that is adapted to position a heater element in spaced relation proximate to a surface of a track rail of a railroad. The assembly includes at least one heating element, and a housing that is operable to at least partially surround the heating element while positioning the heating element near to track rail. The hood positions the heating element relative to the rail section such that a gap exists between the heating element and the rail section. As the heating element does not contact the rail, the heating element cannot form an electrical by-pass for signals passing through the rail section. The assembly further incorporates a flexible barrier that at least partially isolates a side surface of the track rail from ambient conditions to reduce heat loss.

Inventors: Reichle; David L. (Bradenton, FL)

Assignee: Fastrax Industries, Inc.

International Classification: B23K 9/067 (20060101); H05B 1/00 (20060101); H05B 3/00 (20060101); H05B 7/00 (20060101); F16L 5/00 (20060101); B23H 1/06 (20060101); F27D 11/00 (20060101); H05B 3/68 (20060101); H05B 3/06 (20060101); B61B 7/00 (20060101); B23K 9/073 (20060101); H05B 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-28 0:00:00