US 9,809,381 B2
Apparatus for the transport and storage of proppant
John Oren, Houston, TX (US); and Joshua Oren, Houston, TX (US)
Assigned to OREN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Houston, TX (US)
Filed by Oren Technologies, LLC, Houston, TX (US)
Filed on Jun. 12, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/738,485.
Application 14/738,485 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/768,962, filed on Feb. 15, 2013, granted, now 9,771,224.
Application 13/768,962 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/628,702, filed on Sep. 27, 2012.
Application 13/628,702 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/555,635, filed on Jul. 23, 2012, granted, now 9,718,610.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/012,153, filed on Jun. 13, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/012,165, filed on Jun. 13, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/139,323, filed on Mar. 27, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2015/0284194 A1, Oct. 8, 2015
Int. Cl. B65D 88/12 (2006.01); B65D 90/12 (2006.01); B65D 88/30 (2006.01); B65D 90/58 (2006.01); B65G 15/42 (2006.01); B65G 63/00 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 90/12 (2013.01) [B65D 88/30 (2013.01); B65D 90/587 (2013.01); B65D 2590/0091 (2013.01); B65G 15/42 (2013.01); B65G 63/008 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for the transport and storage of proppant, the apparatus comprising:
a container structurally strengthened to receive and support proppant having:
a top wall;
a pair of end walls;
a pair of side walls, the pair of side walls extending between the pair of end walls to form a substantially rectangular upper container portion;
a bottom discharge opening;
an interior volume; and
a funnel extending from the pair of side walls and from the pair of end walls toward the bottom discharge opening to thereby form a lower container portion, the funnel having sides extending at an angle of greater than 25° with respect to horizontal and being positioned proximate a bottom frame section; and
a frame affixed to an outer surface of the pair of side walls and affixed to an outer surface of the pair of end walls, and
one or more gussets extending from a portion of the frame underlying the funnel, supporting the funnel, and being positioned on a gusset mounting surface arranged proximate the discharge opening and connected to the bottom frame section,
the top wall, pair of end walls, pair of side walls, and frame positioned to allow the container to be substantially filled with proppant.