US 9,810,349 B2
Modular conduit system
James M. Lee, Georgetown, TX (US); and Jinze Gong, Yuyao (CN)
Filed by James M. Lee, Georgetown, TX (US); and Jinze Gong, Yuyao (CN)
Filed on Oct. 21, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/519,315.
Prior Publication US 2016/0109046 A1, Apr. 21, 2016
Int. Cl. F16L 21/00 (2006.01); F16L 9/22 (2006.01); F16L 11/18 (2006.01); F16L 27/04 (2006.01)
CPC F16L 9/22 (2013.01) [F16L 11/18 (2013.01); F16L 27/04 (2013.01)] 7 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A modular conduit system comprising:
a plurality of tubular link components that are interconnected to form a contiguous conduit;
wherein each adjacent pair of tubular link components has a ball-and-socket joint that enables the pair of tubular link components to be pivoted with respect to each other;
wherein the ball-and-socket joint comprises a ball attached to a first one of the pair of adjacent tubular link components and a socket attached to a second one of the pair of adjacent tubular link components, the ball being positioned within the socket;
wherein an amount of friction between the ball and the socket is adjustable and wherein an amount of force required to pivot the pair of tubular link components with respect to each other is dependent upon the amount of friction between the ball and the socket; and
wherein the socket comprises two opposing halves, wherein the opposing halves are secured to each other by an adjustable securing force, wherein the amount of friction between the ball and the socket is adjustable by adjusting the securing force and thereby adjusting an amount of tension between the two halves.