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STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS; BUILDING MATERIALS (for bridges E01D; specially designed for insulation or other protection E04B; elements used as building aids E04G; for mining E21; for tunnels E21D; structural elements with broader range of application than for building engineering F16, particularly F16S)
Definition statement
This subclass covers:

Structural elongated elements for buildings, prefabricated or not, as individual structural elements per se, e.g. pillars, columns, beams, girders, trusses;

Two-dimensional prefabricated building elements for the construction of parts of buildings, like sheets, slabs or panels, mainly for walls or partitions;

Apparatus for handling smaller elements or hardenable material for the realization of two-dimensional concrete or stone-like prefabricated elements;

Bricks or block shaped elements, but only if having special adaptations, like e.g. serving for locating conduits, or being transparent, or being built-up from parts of different materials;

Concrete reinforcements, of metal or other materials, e.g. rebars, stirrups, reinforcing grids or cages, reinforcing fibres, connectors and spacers for reinforcements

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass does not cover:

Compositions of concrete, mortars or like building materials

Structural elements for bridges

Building foundations

Structural elements specially designed for insulation or other protection

Building construction in general

Load-bearing walls made from panels

Load- and non-load-bearing walls made up of layers of building elements, e.g. brick walls; bricks or block shaped building elements for walls

Other load-bearing walls

Other non-load-bearing walls; Curtain walls

Floor structures

Roof structures

Suspended or false ceilings

Roof coverings

Finishing work on building, e.g. lining, covering, flooring

Elements used as building aids, e.g. scaffolding, forms

Buildings or like structures for particular purposes, e.g. small temporary buildings, waiting shelters, telephone cabinets

Structural elements for mining

E21

Structural elements for tunnels

Structural elements with broader range of application than for building engineering

F16

Panels for lining or finishing

Building elements of block or other shape for the construction of parts of buildings (of relatively thin form E04C 2/00; structural elongated elements designed for load-supporting E04C 3/00, e.g. columns or pillars E04C 3/30; manufacture or material of building bricks, stones, or the like B28, C03, C04; paving elements E01C; general building constructions E04B, e.g. walls E04B 2/00, floors E04B 5/00, roofs E04B 7/00, ceilings E04B 9/00; {roof coverings E04D; coverings for walls or ceilings E04F 13/00; floorings E04F 15/00} structural elements specially designed for built-in conduit shafts E04F 17/00; {elements for buildings for particular purposes E04H 7/00}; special elements for building ovens or furnaces F24B, F27D)
Definition statement
This group covers:

Bricks or block shaped elements for the construction of parts of buildings, but only if having special adaptations, like e.g. serving for locating conduits, or being made-up of different materials, e.g. stones with insulating inserts, or being made-up of transparent materials, e.g. glass bricks

References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Building elements of relatively thin form, e.g. panels

Structural elongated elements designed for load-supporting, e.g. beams, column or pillars

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Manufacture or material of building bricks, stones, or the like

B28, C03, C04

Shaping clay or other ceramic composition, producing shaped articles of clay composition

Paving elements

General building constructions

Walls

Floor structures

Roof structures

Suspended ceilings

Roof coverings

Coverings for walls or ceilings

Floorings

Structural elements specially designed for built-in conduit shafts

Elements for buildings for particular purposes

Special elements for building ovens or furnaces

Special rules of classification within this group

Building elements of block or other shape are classified in E04C 1/00 to E04C 1/42 only if they are characterised by special adaptations, if they are build-up from parts of different materials or if they are made of glass or other translucent material; general building elements of block or brick shape for walls are classified in E04B 2/00; general building elements of block or other shape for floors, e.g. filling elements, are classified in E04B 5/00.

characterised by special adaptations, e.g. serving for locating conduits, for forming soffits, cornices, or shelves, for fixing wall-plates or door-frames, for claustra
Informative references
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Walls having cavities in the building elements

Special adaptation of floors for incorporating ducts

Soffits coverings for roof cornices

Wall copings

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Claustra

Open-work wall

{for ventilating, heating or cooling}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building elements of block or other shape having openings or adaptations of relatively large section for ventilating, heating or cooling.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Building elements of block or other shape having openings or adaptations of relatively small section for locating conduits

Domestic or space heating systems

Air conditioning

Ventilation in general

{for claustra, fences, planting walls, e.g. sound-absorbing (pots for vertical horticulture A01G 9/022)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Pots for vertical horticulture

Informative references
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Retaining or protecting walls, made up of similar modular elements stacked without mortar

Fences

Sound barriers

{serving for locating conduits (E04C 1/392 takes precedence)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building elements of block or other shape having openings or adaptations of relatively small section for locating conduits

Informative references
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Building elements of block or other shape having openings or adaptations of relatively large section for ventilating, heating or cooling.

of glass or other transparent material {(panels made of glass bricks E04C 2/546)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Slab-like translucent elements made of glass bricks

Building elements of relatively thin form for the construction of parts of buildings, e.g. sheet materials, slabs, or panels (materials or manufacture, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. B27N, D21J; made in situ E04B; specially designed for insulation or other protection E04B 1/62; load-carrying floor structures E04B 5/02, E04B 5/16; roofs consisting of self-supporting slabs E04B 7/20; roof or like covering elements E04D 3/00; for lining or finishing E04F 13/00)
Definition statement
This group covers:

Two-dimensional prefabricated building elements for the construction of parts of buildings, i.e. building elements in which one dimension is small in comparison to the other two, like e.g. sheets, slabs or panels, mainly used for walls or partitions

References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Building elements of relatively thin form made in situ

Load-carrying floor structures, e.g. load-carrying prefabricated floor slabs

Roof or like slab shaped covering elements

Informative references
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Manufacture by dry processes of articles, made from particles or fibres of wood

Shaping clay or other ceramic composition, producing shaped articles of clay composition

Manufacture of articles from cellulosic fibrous suspension

Building elements of relatively thin form specially designed for insulation or other protection

Roof consisting of self-supporting slabs

Slabs or panels for suspended ceilings

Building elements for lining or finishing

Special rules of classification within this group

For the materials or the manufacture, see the relevant subclasses.

Classify in E04C 2/00 to E04C 2002/3494 all additional information

characterised by specified materials (translucent E04C 2/54)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Slab-like translucent elements

of concrete or other stone-like material; of asbestos cement; {of cement and other mineral fibres}(E04C 2/26 takes precedence; material or manufacture B28, C04)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/04, E04C 2/08, E04C 2/10, or of materials covered by one of these groups with a material not specified in one of these groups

Special rules of classification within this group

For the material or the manufacture, see B28, C04.

{Apparatus for handling the smaller elements or the hardenable material; bricklaying machines for prefabricated panels (bricklaying machines in general E04G 21/22)}
Informative references
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Bricklaying machines in general

{of plaster (E04C 2/049 takes precedence)}
Informative references
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Furniture panels with a continuous layer allowing folding

Folding plates or sheets by forming folding lines and folding

Panels for suspended ceilings

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of an insulating material on plaster basis, like foamed plaster

{of concrete (E04C 2/049 takes precedence)}
Informative references
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Walls made by projecting concrete to the exterior of an insulating foam panel

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of an insulating material on concrete basis, like cellular concrete

reinforced
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of concrete or other stone-like materials and reinforcing elements, e.g. slabs of concrete with reinforcing rods

Informative references
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Reinforcing elements, e.g. for concrete

of metal, e.g. sheet metal (E04C 2/26 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/04, E04C 2/08, E04C 2/10, or of materials covered by one of these groups with a material not specified in one of these groups

of wood, fibres, chips, vegetable stems, or the like; of plastics; of foamed products ({E04C 2/049}, E04C 2/26 take precedence; {hydraulic cement and mineral fibres E04C 2/04})
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of hydraulic cement and mineral fibres

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of foamed concrete or other stone-like products

Building sheets, slabs or panels composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/04, E04C 2/08, E04C 2/10, or of materials covered by one of these groups with a material not specified in one of these groups

of solid wood
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels substantially made of solid wood, with or without reinforcements

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of fibres, chips, vegetable stems or the like

Building sheets, slabs or panels laminated and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/12, E04C 2/16, E04C 2/20

Informative references
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Wood working

B27

Building sheets, slabs or panels laminated and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/12, E04C 2/16, E04C 2/20

reinforced
Informative references
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Reinforced wooden beams

of fibres, chips, vegetable stems, or the like
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels composed of organic or inorganic fibres, organic or inorganic chips, vegetable stems, or the like, with or without additional glue or adhesive

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of hydraulic cement and mineral fibres

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Building sheets, slabs or panels laminated and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/12, E04C 2/16, E04C 2/20

with binding wires, reinforcing bars, or the like
Informative references
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Reinforcing elements, e.g. for concrete

of plastics
Informative references
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Shaping of plastics

Building sheets, slabs or panels laminated and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/12, E04C 2/16, E04C 2/20

reinforced {(E04C 2/205 takes precedence)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of plastics and comprising reinforcing elements such as fibres, rods

Informative references
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Building sheets, slabs or panels made of foamed plastics

Reinforcing elements, e.g. for concrete

laminated and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/12, E04C 2/16, E04C 2/20
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Layered products

composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/04, E04C 2/08, E04C 2/10 or of materials covered by one of these groups with a material not specified in one of the groups {(of cement and mineral fibres E04C 2/04)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels, laminated or not, and composed of materials covered by two or more of groups E04C 2/04, E04C 2/08, E04C 2/10 or of materials covered by one of these groups with a material not specified in one of the groups.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels made of hydraulic cement and mineral fibres

Informative references
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Layered products

composed of insulating material and concrete, stone or stone-like material
Special rules of classification within this group

Sandwich panels composed of layers of insulating material alternated with layers of concrete are classified in E04C 2/288.

composed of insulating material and non-metallic or unspecified sheet-material (E04C 2/288 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels composed of insulating material and concrete, stone or stone-like material

Informative references
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Fibrous panels characterised by the orientation of the fibres

characterised by the shape or structure (translucent E04C 2/54)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Slab-like translucent elements

formed of corrugated or otherwise indented sheet-like material; composed of such layers with or without layers of flat sheet-like material
Informative references
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Corrugated metal floor slabs for floors

Roofing slabs having special cross-sections

Roofing slabs comprising two or more layers, with or without corrugations

Special rules of classification within this group

Corrugated sheet-like material having one as well as a plurality of layers is classified in E04C 2/32

{with parallel corrugations}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Sheet-like material with parallel corrugations, e.g. with parallel undulated corrugations

{with incisions or reliefs in the surface (E04C 2/326 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building elements of relatively thin form with corrugations, incisions or reliefs in more than one direction of the element

{with corrugations, incisions or reliefs in more than one direction of the element}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Sheet-like material with corrugations, incisions or reliefs in more than one direction of the element, e.g. egg-crate reliefs

composed of two or more spaced sheet-like parts (E04C 2/32 takes precedence; spacers for cavity walls E04B 2/44)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Sheet-like elements composed of two or more spaced sheet-like parts, e.g. sandwich panels

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Spacers for cavity walls

Panels composed of insulating material and concrete

Building elements of relatively thin form formed of corrugated or otherwise indented sheet-material

Roofing slabs comprising two or more layers

{spaced apart by profiled spacer sheets}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Sheet-like elements composed of two or more spaced sheet-like parts, spaced apart by profiled spacer sheets, like e.g. corrugated cardboard

spaced apart by transversely-placed strip material, e.g. honeycomb panels (honeycomb or other core members for layered products B32B)
Informative references
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Honeycomb or other core members for layered products

with attached ribs, flanges, or the like, e.g. framed panels (concerned with attaching to other panels or elements to form a structure, see the places for the relevant structure, e.g. E04B 2/00)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels having attached ribs, flanges, or the like, e.g. framed panels and panels with upstanding edges around their borders

Special rules of classification within this group

Details of connection to other panels or elements to form a structure are classified in the groups of the relevant structure, e.g. E04B 2/00 for wall structures

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Framed panel

Panel having a frame around its borders

composed of a number of smaller components rigidly or movably connected together, e.g. interlocking, hingedly connected {of particular shape, e.g. not rectangular of variable shape or size, e.g. flexible or telescopic panels(E04C 2/041 takes precedence)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Building sheets, slabs or panels, composed of a number of smaller components rigidly or movably connected together, e.g. foldable garage doors

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Building sheets, slabs or panels, composed of a number of smaller components rigidly connected together, of concrete or other stone-like material, of asbestos cement, of cement and other mineral fibres

Gratings; Grid-like panels (reinforcing elements E04C 5/00; built-in gratings E04F 19/10; gratings in general F16S 3/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Reinforcing grids or mats of metal

Grids for ceilings

Non-metallic reinforcing mats

Built-in gratings

Gratings or grilles made from a sheet

Gratings in general

Informative references
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Grids, gratings for stable floors

Making metal grids

Circumferential gutters for swimming-pools

with special adaptations for auxiliary purposes, e.g. serving for locating conduits (E04C 2/54 takes precedence; block-shaped elements therefor E04C 1/39; floor structures incorporating ducts E04B 5/48)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Slab-like translucent elements

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Floor structures incorporating ducts

Building elements of block shape having adaptations serving for locating conduits

{for ventilating}
Informative references
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Ventilation in general

{for heating or cooling (solar heat collectors F24J 2/04; heat storage F28D 20/00)}
Informative references
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Solar heat collectors

F24J2/042

Heat storage

Slab-like translucent elements (floors for transmitting light E04B 5/46; translucent or open-work ceilings E04B 9/32, E04B 9/34; translucent roof coverings E04D 3/06, E04D 3/28)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Translucent or transparent slab-like elements

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Floors for transmitting light

Translucent ceilings, open work ceilings

Translucent roof coverings

{Hollow multi-walled panels with integrated webs}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Translucent hollow slab-like elements having a cross-section which is internally subdivided by walls, e.g. a translucent polyurethane roofing slab which cross section is internally subdivided by, in use, horizontal and vertical walls

Informative references
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Translucent roof covering made with elements having special cross-sections

Extrusion dies for extruding multi-channel profiles

Greenhouse of flexible material with double or multiple walls

Structural elongated elements designed for load-supporting (as building aids E04G)
Definition statement
This group covers:

Structural elongated elements designed for permanent load-supporting in buildings, e.g. building beams and columns

References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Structural elongated elements for bridges

Piles for foundations

Non-load supporting elongated members for partition walls

Non-load supporting elongated elements for suspended ceilings

Structural elongated elements designed as building aids

Structural elongated elements for masts, towers, poles

Structural elongated elements for tents

Structural elongated elements for mining, tunnels

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Structural elongated elements for railways or railway vehicles, for land vehicles, for ships, for aircrafts

B61, B62, B63, B64

Structural elongated elements for hoisting devices, e.g. cranes

B66

Structures comprising elongated load-supporting parts; three-dimensional framework structures

Connections of bar shaped building elements; for metal bars; for wooden bars

Special rules of classification within this group

Classify in E04C 3/00 to E04C 2003/0495 all additional information

{Girders or columns that are rollable, collapsible or otherwise adjustable in length or height (girders as supporting members for forms E04G 11/54)}
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Structures characterised by movable, separable, or collapsible parts

Extensible girders as supporting members for forms; telescopic

Telescopic shores or struts

Telescopic poles

Collapsible frames for tents; telescopic

Telescopic grandstands; foldable, retractable tribunes

Inflatable tubular frameworks for tents

Locating rails for walls, with adjustable curvature

Extensible carriers for electric cables

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Girders or columns that are rollable

Girders or columns that are coilable or windable

Joists; Girders, trusses, or trusslike structures, e.g. prefabricated; Lintels; Transoms; {Braces}(E04C 3/38 takes precedence; for structures characterised by movable, separable, or collapsible parts E04B 1/343; {braced purlins E04B 7/024})
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Arched girders or portal frames

Roof structures having braced purlins

Informative references
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Girders for cranes

Girders for bridges

E01D9/00

Structures characterised by movable, separable, or collapsible parts

Connections of bar shaped building elements

Constructional features of the supporting construction of suspended-ceilings, e.g. inverted T-bars

Reinforcing elements consisting of light-weight girders as reinforcing elements, e.g. light-weight girders for floors construction

Girders for shutterings

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Structures characterised by movable, separable, or collapsible parts should be classified in E04B 1/343; when these structures have elongated structural elements presenting inventive aspects they can also be classified in E04C 3/02 or its sub-groups.

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Joist

Horizontal supporting member that runs from wall to wall, wall to beam, or beam to beam to support a ceiling, a roof or a floor.

Girder

Support beam used in construction, e.g. an I-shaped girder, a box-shaped girder, a truss- or lattice-girder.

Truss

Elongated structure comprising one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred as nodes.

Lintel

Load-bearing elongated element located in use over door or window openings.

Transom

A bar of wood or stone across the top of a door or window opening

Brace

A structural elongated element serving as connecting/reinforcing element between structural elements, e.g. braces between wooden joists in a floor structure

of metal (E04C 3/29 takes precedence; as reinforcing elements E04C 5/06; manufacture B21)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of different material

Informative references
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Manufacture of metallic elongated elements; Rolling of metal

Metallic girder or trusses used as reinforcing elements

Structures of metal for towers, masts or poles

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Metallic girders or trusses used as reinforcing elements should be classified in E04C 3/04 and its sub-groups only if they have some inventive aspects and can be used as load-supporting elements per se.

with substantially solid, i.e. unapertured, web (E04C 3/10, E04C 3/11 take precedence{honeycomb girders E04C 3/083})
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic joists, girders and trusses with non-parallel upper and lower edges

Honeycomb metallic beams, i.e. castellated beams; metallic beams with apertured solid web

Informative references
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Prestressed metallic joists, girders and trusses

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Metallic girders having a web constituted by a series of unapertured webs having a spacing between them, i.e. like a rake, are classified in E04C 3/06 and in E04C 3/083.

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

web

The "vertical" element of the beam connected to the flange(s); the beam can either be an I-, T-,C- or a box beam; in case of an H or U-beam the web is considered to be the "horizontal" element (in analogy with I- and C-beams.)

at least partly of bent or otherwise deformed strip- or sheet-like material
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Metallic girders or beams having a non-apertured web and made at least partially of deformed strip- or sheet-like material, e.g. by cold rolling

Informative references
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Bending of sheet metal

Wall partitions with framework or posts of metal

Metallic girders or beams made of bent or otherwise deformed strip- or sheet-like material, and having an apertured web

Supporting beams for a suspended ceiling having a folded cross-section

Lintels

Braces

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

with apertured web, e.g. with a web consisting of bar-like components; Honeycomb girders (E04C 3/10, E04C 3/11 take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic joists, girders and trusses with non-parallel upper and lower edges

Metallic arched girders or trusses, portal frames

Informative references
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Truss-type bridges

Three-dimensional frameworks

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of metal

Prestressed metallic joists, girders and trusses

Reinforcing elements consisting of metallic light-weight girders, e.g. light-weight girders for floor construction

Metallic truss-like structures for masts, towers, poles

Metallic truss-like structures composed of separate truss elements

{Honeycomb girders; Girders with apertured solid web}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Honeycomb metallic girders, i.e. castellated metallic girders; Metallic girders with apertured solid web, i.e. metallic girders in which apertures have been made in the solid web.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic girders or beams made of bent or otherwise deformed strip- or sheet-like material, and having an apertured web

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making rigid structural elements or units, e.g. honeycomb structures

Special rules of classification within this group

Metallic girders having a web constituted by a series of unapertured webs having a spacing between them, i.e. like a rake, are classified in E04C 3/06 and in E04C 3/083.

Synonyms and Keywords

Honeycomb girder

Castellated girder

at least partly of bent or otherwise deformed strip- or sheet-like material
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Metallic girders or beams made of at least partially deformed strip- or sheet-like material, and having an apertured web, e.g. made by an expanded metal sheet or made by cutting holes in the solid web.

Informative references
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Supporting beams for a suspended ceiling having a folded cross-section

Wall partitions with framework or posts of metal

Metallic girders or beams made of at least partially deformed strip- or sheet-like material, and having a substantially unapertured web

Bending of sheet metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Metallic trusses made of bar-like elements consisting of bent or deformed sheet material, the bar-like elements per se having an unapertured web, should be classified in E04C 3/08 and in E04C 3/07, not in E04C 3/09.

prestressed
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions

with non-parallel upper and lower edges, e.g. roof trusses (arched girders, portal frames E04C 3/38)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic arched girders, portal frames

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of metal

Roofs consisting of a plurality of parallel similar trusses

of wood, e.g. with reinforcements, with tensioning members (E04C 3/292 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders or trusses made of wood and metal

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Wall partitions with framework or posts of wood

Wood working

B27

with substantially solid, i.e. unapertured, web ({E04C 3/127,}E04C 3/17, E04C 3/18 take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders or trusses with non-parallel upper and lower edges, e.g. roof trusses

Joists, girders or trusses made of wood with metal or other reinforcements or tensioning members

Special rules of classification within this group

Wooden girders having a web constituted by a series of unapertured webs having a spacing between them, i.e. like a rake, are classified in E04C 3/14 and in E04C 3/16.

with apertured web, e.g. trusses (E04C 3/17, E04C 3/18 take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders, or trusses with non-parallel upper and lower edges, e.g. roof trusses

Wooden arched girders, portal frames

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Three-dimensional framework structures

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of wood

Joists, girders or trusses made of wood with metal or other reinforcements or tensioning members

Wooden truss-like structures for masts, towers and poles

Special rules of classification within this group

Wooden girders having a web constituted by a series of unapertured webs having a spacing between them, i.e. like a rake, are classified in E04C 3/14 and in E04C 3/16.

with non-parallel upper and lower edges, e.g. roof trusses
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Wooden arched girders, portal frames

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of wood

Roof consisting of a plurality of parallel similar trusses

Wood working

B27

with metal {or other} reinforcements or tensioning members
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Reinforced panels of solid wood

Joists, girders or trusses made of wood and metal

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions

{Synthetic reinforcements}
Informative references
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Reinforcing elements of material other than metal

of concrete or other stone-like material, e.g. with reinforcements or tensioning members (reinforcing elements E04C 5/00)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of steel and parts of concrete

Reinforcing elements

{with apertured web, e.g. frameworks, trusses (E04C 3/26 takes precedence)}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Prestressed joints, girders or trusses made of concrete or other stone-like material

built-up by elements jointed in line
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Concrete beams built-up by elements jointed in-line, e.g. made up of stacked elements

Informative references
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Prestressed joints, girders or trusses made of concrete or other stone-like material

prestressed (E04C 3/22, E04C 3/29 take precedence; Prestressing members E04C 5/08)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders or trusses made of concrete or other stone-like material, and built-up by elements jointed in line

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of steel and parts of concrete

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions

of other materials not covered by groups E04C 3/40 - E04C 3/44
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Joists, girders or trusses made of specified materials other than metal, wood. concrete or stone-like materials, e.g. joists made of glass or plastics

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of different materials, e.g. laminated from parts of different materials

Informative references
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Producing beams of plastics

built-up from parts of different material, {i.e. composite structures}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of specified different materials, e.g. built-up from laminated parts of different materials, or from assembled parts of different materials

Informative references
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Shaping composites

Producing beams of plastics

Layered products

Superstructures of vehicles characterised by the materials

Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Wooden or concrete beams having reinforcements should primarily be classified in E04C 3/18, E04C 3/185 respectively E04C 3/20-E04C 3/26; when the reinforcements represent a substantial part of the cross-section of the beam, or are themselves constituting a beam, the composite wooden or concrete beams with these reinforcing elements can also be classified in E04C 3/29

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

Composite structure

Composite structure refers to the structure of the assembly of the different parts, not to the material

the materials being wood and metal
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Wooden joists, girders or trusses with metal reinforcements or tensioning members

the materials being steel and concrete (concrete with internal reinforcements or tensioning members E04C 3/20)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic beams forming part of a floor structure

Joists, girders or trusses made of concrete with internal reinforcements or tensioning members

of concrete combined with a girder-like structure extending laterally outside the element (light weight girders used as reinforcement E04C 5/065; as part of a floor structure E04B 5/23)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Girders or trusses built-up from a concrete element and a steel girder-like structure extending laterally outside the concrete element

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic beams forming part of a floor structure, and extending below the floor

Light weight girders with concrete precast parts, used as reinforcement

Columns; Pillars; Struts (not designed for end loading E04C 3/02; posts, masts, as independent structures E04H 12/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Elongated supporting members for partition walls

Structural elongated elements not designed for end loading

Structural elongated elements designed as building aids

Posts, masts as independent structures

Structural elongated elements for tents

Poles for tents

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Coverings or linings for columns

of metal (E04C 3/36 takes precedence)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Girders made of metal

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Always classify in E04C 3/32 columns or pillars in which at least a bearing part of the column or pillar is made of metal, with the exception of concrete rebars

of concrete other stone-like material, with or without permanent form elements, with or without internal or external reinforcement, e.g. metal coverings (E04C 3/36 takes precedence)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Closed reinforcement cages composed of one single bent reinforcement mat

Closed reinforcement cages with spiral- or coil-shaped stirrup rod

Special rules of classification within this group

Always classify in E04C 3/34 columns or pillars in which at least a bearing part of the column or pillar is made of concrete or stone-like material

of other materials not covered by groups E04C 3/40 - E04C 3/44; of a combination of two or more materials
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Columns, pillars or struts made of specified materials other than metal or concrete or stone-like materials, e.g. wood, glass, plastics

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Joists, girders or trusses made of materials other than metal, wood. concrete or stone-like materials, e.g. joists made of glass or plastics

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of different materials, e.g. laminated from parts of different materials

Arched girders or portal frames (straight girders able to be bent E04C 3/02; inflatable E04H 15/20)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Straight girders able to be bent

Inflatable girders or portal frames

Informative references
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Gantries or semi-gantries, a.k.a. road sign holders

Arched structures

Vaulted roofs

Arched-type supports for tents

of metal (E04C 3/46 takes precedence)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Mechanical metal-working

B21

Metallic girders

Metallic trusses

Cross-sectional aspects of beams, girders and joists made of metal

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of metal

Special rules of classification within this group

Always classify in E04C 3/40 if a bearing part of the arched girder or portal frame is made of metal

of wood, e.g. units for rafter roofs (E04C 3/46 takes precedence)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Working of wood

B27

Connections specially adapted for structures comprising elongated supporting parts of wood

Wooden girders

Wooden trusses

Special rules of classification within this group

Always classify in E04C 3/42 if a bearing part of the arched girder or portal frame is made of wood

of concrete or other stone-like material, e.g. with reinforcements or tensioning members (E04C 3/46 takes precedence)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Reinforcing elements

Special rules of classification within this group

Always classify in E04C 3/44 if a bearing part of the arched girder or portal frame is made of concrete or other stone-like material

of other materials not covered by groups E04C 3/40 - E04C 3/44; of a combination of two or more materials
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Arched girders or portal frames made of specified materials other than metal, wood, concrete or stone-like material, e.g. of glass, plastics

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Joists, girders or trusses made of materials other than metal, wood. concrete or stone-like materials, e.g. joists made of glass or plastics

Joists, girders or trusses built-up from parts of different materials, e.g. laminated from parts of different materials

Reinforcing elements, e.g. for concrete; Auxiliary elements therefor ({methods or devices for making reinforcing materials B21D}; material composition {C04B}, C21, C22; arrangements of reinforcing elements, see the relevant subclasses)
Definition statement
This group covers:

Reinforcing elements, metallic and non-metallic, in particular for concrete;

Auxiliary elements for reinforcements, e.g. connectors, spacers;

Arrangements of reinforcing elements, e.g. stirrup baskets

References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Methods or devices for making metallic reinforcing materials

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Material composition

Reinforcing elements of metal, e.g. with non-structural coatings {(E04C 5/08 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Mechanical metal-working

B21

Working or processing of metallic wire

{Discrete reinforcing elements, e.g. fibres}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Discrete reinforcing elements of metal, i.e. suitable to be mixed with the concrete before pouring, e.g. metal fibres

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Filler material of fibre shape for concrete

Special rules of classification within this group

Discrete reinforcing elements of metal with a well-defined shape other than granular are classified in E04C 5/012 ; discrete elements of metal of granular shape or the shape of which is not defined are considered filler elements and are only classified in C04B

{Anti-corrosion coatings or treating compositions, e.g. containing waterglass or based on another metal (coating of discrete reinforcing elements C04B 20/10)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Reinforcing elements of metal including anti-corrosion coatings or treating compositions or in-situ anti-corrosion treatments, e.g. cathodic protection

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Coating of discrete metallic reinforcing elements, e.g. coating of metallic fibres

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Inhibiting corrosion of metallic material by applying inhibitors to the surface in danger

{Anti-corrosion coatings or treating compositions containing cement}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Mortars containing hydraulic cement

Coating compositions based on cement

of low bending resistance
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Anchoring devices specially adapted for balconies

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Masonry wall-ties, e.g. anchors

Reinforcing elements for brick walls, inserted between brick layers

with indentations, projections, ribs, or the like, for augmenting the adherence to the concrete
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Rolling or cold-forming of concrete metallic reinforcement bars

Bending of reinforcing metallic rods for concrete

Mats ({combined with reinforcing elements protruding out of the plane of the mat E04C 5/0627; three-dimensional mats E04C 5/0636}; bases for plaster E04F 13/04)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Metallic reinforcing mats

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Metallic reinforcing mats combined with reinforcing elements protruding out of the plane of the mat

Three-dimensional metallic reinforcing mats

Bases for plaster

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making metallic wire nets

of high bending resistance, i.e. of essentially three-dimensional extent, e.g. lattice girders {(anchorage devices specially adapted for balconies E04B 1/0038; supporting devices for connector reinforcing rods for concrete walls E04G 21/125)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Anchorage devices specially adapted for balconies

Supporting devices for connector reinforcing rods for concrete walls, e.g. reinforcement connection boxes

Special rules of classification within this group

Loose closed stirrups suitable to make prismatic or cylindrical reinforcement cages are classified in E04C 5/0604.

Loose open stirrups suitable to make stirrup baskets are classified in E04C 5/0622.

{Prismatic or cylindrical reinforcement cages composed of longitudinal bars and open or closed stirrup rods (E04C 5/0631 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Reinforcing mats combined with separate prefabricated reinforcement cages or girders

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making wire network of tubular form, e.g. as reinforcement for pipes or pillars

Making wire network of tubular form by attaching individual stirrups to longitudinal wires

Special rules of classification within this group

Loose closed stirrups suitable to make prismatic or cylindrical reinforcement cages are classified in E04C 5/0604.

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

open stirrup rod

Rebar bent in an open loop

closed stirrup rod

Rebar bent in a closed loop

{Closed cages composed of two or more coacting cage parts, e.g. transversally hinged or nested parts}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making wire network of tubular form by bending preformed mesh

{Closed cages made of one single bent reinforcement mat}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making wire network of tubular form by bending preformed mesh

{Closed cages with spiral- or coil-shaped stirrup rod}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making wire network of tubular form by attaching continuous stirrup to longitudinal wires, by rotation

Prefabricated foundation piles of reinforced concrete

Concrete foundation piles cast in situ

Columns or pillars made of concrete

{Open cages, e.g. connecting stirrup baskets (E04C 5/0609 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Closed cages composed of two or more co-acting cage parts

Special rules of classification within this group

Loose stirrups suitable to make stirrup baskets are classified in E04C 5/0622.

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

stirrup basket

a substantially U-shaped channel like basket made of a series of parallel open stirrups positioned one after the other and linked by at least one longitudinal rebar

{Three-dimensional reinforcements composed of a prefabricated reinforcing mat combined with reinforcing elements protruding out of the plane of the mat (E04C 5/0645 takes precedence)}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Shear reinforcements

Making of plaster-carrying wire network

{Reinforcing mats combined with separate prefabricated reinforcement cages or girders (E04C 5/064 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Three-dimensional reinforcing mats composed of two parallel mats connected by separate connecting parts

Special rules of classification within this group

E04C 5/064 takes precedence

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

girder

a light-weight metallic girder that can also be used as concrete reinforcement

{Three-dimensional reinforcing mats composed of reinforcing elements laying in two or more parallel planes and connected by separate reinforcing parts (E04C 5/0645 takes precedence)}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Shear reinforcements

Glossary of terms
In this subgroup, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

separate reinforcing parts

parts that are not connected to the reinforcing elements before being connected to them

{the reinforcing elements in each plane being formed by, or forming a, mat of longitunal and transverse bars}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making wire networks of three-dimensional form by connecting wire networks

{Shear reinforcements, e.g. shearheads for floor slabs}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Metallic reinforcements specially adapted for shear reinforcement, e.g. shearheads for floor slabs, shear baskets, shear spiral reinforcements, shear studs,

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Floor structures of extraordinary design

Light-weight girders, e.g. with precast parts (light-weight girders in general E04C 3/08, E04C 3/294)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Light-weight girders, e.g. with precast concrete, like the pre-fabricated light-weight girders for floor construction

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Metallic girders with apertured web

Girders made of concrete combined with a girder-like structure extending laterally outside the element

Reinforcing elements of material other than metal, e.g. of glass, of plastics, or not exclusively made of metal (metal elements with non-structural coatings E04C 5/01)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Anchoring devices specially adapted for balconies

Metal elements with non-structural coatings

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Reinforcing elements for brick walls, inserted between brick layers

Increasing or restoring the load-bearing capacity of building construction elements

{Discrete reinforcing elements, e.g. fibres}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Non entirely metallic discrete reinforcing elements, i.e. suitable to be mixed with the concrete before pouring, e.g. glass or carbon fibres

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Filler material of fibre shape for concrete

Special rules of classification within this group

Non entirely metallic discrete reinforcing elements with a well-defined shape other than granular are classified in E04C 5/073 ; non entirely metallic discrete elements of granular shape or the shape of which is not defined are considered filler elements and are only classified in C04B

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions {(production of reinforced objects in general B28B 23/00; prestressed structures produced in situ E04G 21/12)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Members specially adapted to be used in prestressed constructions, e.g. prestressing tendons and cables, ducts, anchoring devices.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Tools or methods for in situ tensioning

Tensioning of moulded or shaped articles, at the factory

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Anchors; Connections of cables to bridge parts

Suspension cables for bridges

Increasing or restoring the load-bearing capacity of building construction elements

Ducts
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Rigid pipes wound from sheets or strips of metal

Anchoring devices (tools or methods for tensioning {in situ}E04G 21/12)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Tools or methods for tensioning in situ

{the tensile members are anchored by wedge-action}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Construction of stressing jacks

{the tensile members are profiled to ensure the anchorage, e.g. when provided with screw-thread, bulges, corrugations}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making helical shapes on metallic bodies

Ground anchors

Coaxial connection of reinforcement bars by means of sleeves

Anchoring bolts for galleries

Auxiliary parts for reinforcements, e.g. connectors, spacers, stirrups ({E04C 5/06 takes precedence;} tools connecting reinforcing elements E04G 21/12)
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Auxiliary parts for reinforcements, e.g. connectors and spacers

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Tools for connecting reinforcing elements

Supporting devices for connector reinforcing rods for concrete walls, e.g. reinforcement connection boxes

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Connecting stirrup baskets

Special rules of classification within this group

Loose closed stirrups suitable to make prismatic or cylindrical reinforcement cages are classified in E04C 5/0604.

Loose open stirrups suitable to make stirrup baskets are classified in E04C 5/0622.

{Connectors or means for connecting parts for reinforcements (E04C 5/168 takes precedence)}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Machines for joining reinforcing bars

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Spacers connecting parts for reinforcement and spacing the reinforcements from the form

{the reinforcements running in one single direction}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Connectors connecting reinforcements running in one single direction, either coaxially or only parallel to one another

{Coaxial connection by means of sleeves}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Connections wire to wire by soldering or welding with additional connecting elements or material

Making helical shapes on metallic bodies

Connections using screw-thread elements for coaxial connections of two rods

{the reinforcements running in different directions}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Machines for joining reinforcing bars

{Connection by means of clips or other resilient elements}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Connection by means of clips or other resilient material of reinforcements running in different directions

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Clamping or clipping connections for rods forming a crossed-over connection

{Spacers connecting parts for reinforcements and spacing the reinforcements from the form}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Spacers connecting parts for reinforcement together, and spacing the reinforcements from the form

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Substantially metallic spacers

Non substantially metallic spacers

{Spacers} of metal or substantially of metal {(E04C 5/168 takes precedence)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Metallic or substantially metallic spacers spacing the reinforcements from the form or spacing the reinforcements from one another, e.g. spacers between two reinforcing grids (upper and lower) in a floor structure

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Spacers connecting parts for reinforcements and spacing the reinforcements from the form

of material other than metal or with only additional metal parts, e.g. concrete or plastics spacers with metal binding wires {(E04C 5/168 takes precedence)}
Definition statement
This subgroup covers:

Spacers of material other than metal or with only additional metal parts, e.g. concrete or plastics spacers with metal binding wires, spacing the reinforcements from the form or spacing the reinforcements from one another, e.g. spacers between two reinforcing grids (upper and lower) in a floor structure

References relevant to classification in this group
This subgroup does not cover:

Spacers connecting parts for reinforcements and spacing the reinforcements from the form

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