Split end tube connector

Patent No. 9,803,672

Issued: October 31, 2017
Filed: March 14, 2013
Term Extension: 183 days

Inventors: Allred, III; Jimmie B. (Skaneateles, NY), Griswold; Michael D. (Syracuse, NY), Braun; Timothy (Auburn, NY)
Assignee: ALLRED & ASSOCIATES INC. (Elbridge, NY)

A split end tube connector connects fiber reinforced composite tubes, and in particular carbon fiber tubes. The tube connector end inserted into the carbon fiber tube is split lengthwise to alleviate peel stresses caused by thermal contraction of the connector as a result of temperature changes. In a preferred embodiment, the split end tube connector is made from a metal, such as aluminum, steel, or titanium.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 61/723,057, filed Nov. 6, 2012, entitled "SPLIT END TUBE CONNECTOR". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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