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(11)EP 2 116 662 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.03.2013 Bulletin 2013/11

(21)Application number: 09004926.3

(22)Date of filing:  02.04.2009
(51)Int. Cl.: 
E04B 9/06  (2006.01)
E04B 9/26  (2006.01)

(54)

Suspended ceiling cloud with flexible panel

Abgehängte Deckenwolke mit flexibler Platte

Nuage de plafond suspendu avec panneau flexible


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 06.05.2008 US 151533

(43)Date of publication of application:
11.11.2009 Bulletin 2009/46

(73)Proprietor: Worthington Armstrong Venture
Malvern, PA 19355 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Platt, William J.
    Aston, PA 19014 (US)

(74)Representative: Sloboshanin, Sergej et al
V. Füner, Ebbinghaus, Finck, Hano Mariahilfplatz 3
81541 München
81541 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-91/09186
JP-U- H0 298 111
JP-U- H02 130 915
US-A1- 2006 101 764
JP-A- 11 117 450
JP-U- 62 031 610
US-A1- 2002 152 704
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    (1) Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a suspended ceiling segment in the form of a cloud according to the preamble of claim 1 as well as to a method of installing panels into a grid of the suspended ceiling segments according to claim 4.

    (2) Description of the Related Art



    [0002] Most suspended ceilings extend completely over a room. Such a suspended ceiling hangs from a structural ceiling, and extends horizontally in a flat plane. The suspended ceiling creates a space between the structural and suspended ceiling that generally contains building elements such as piping, wiring, and air ducts. The suspended ceiling generally has openings for lights and air ventilation. In such suspended ceilings, stiff, rectangular lay-in panels, are supported in grid openings formed by intersecting main and cross beams.

    [0003] Occasionally, segments of such suspended ceilings, referred to as clouds, or islands, that do not extend completely over a room, are used primarily to produce an ornamental effect in an area.

    [0004] Such a cloud may extend in a flat horizontal plane, but more generally the cloud has a curved contour in a vertical plane to create a three-dimensional structure. Such curved contours can simulate a wave, a vault, a valley, or a combination of such contours, as well as other vertical contours.

    [0005] The grid in such clouds is formed with longitudinally extending parallel main beams, connected with cross beams. Preformed lay-in panels that conform to the cloud vertical contour, curved or flat, are set in openings in the grid of such a ceiling cloud, as seen for instance in U.S. Patent 6,374,564.

    [0006] A wide variety of preformed lay-in panels must be available to accommodate the wide variety of different vertical contours that exist in such clouds.

    [0007] The document WO 91/09186 discloses two embodiments of a renovated ceiling system of the type in which acoustical tiles (24) are suspended in side-by-side relation by a grid of inverted tee-shaped hangers (21), each such embodiment including a lower level of acoustical tiles suspended from the hangers of the existing ceiling system by means of parts which are snapped into releasable attachment to the hangers as well as to one another merely in response to lifting of the parts from below.

    [0008] Other solutions of the releasable attachments of the suspended ceiling systems are presented in the documents JP H02 130915, JP 11 117450, JP H02 98111, JP 62 031610.

    [0009] The document US 2006/101764 discloses a suspended ceiling system according to the preamble of claim 1 having a grid system that is particularly suited for the suspended ceiling system that varies in the vertical plane. An elongated carrier tube is provided that spans substantially the width of the grid system that has a slot therein adapted to receive the strengthening bulb of a main runner.

    BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0010] Panels formed from lengths of flat, flexible sheets are inserted in the grid of a suspended ceiling cloud that has a curved vertical contour. Tracks that are fixed on a length of flat, flexible sheet, are inserted into tracks that are fixed on longitudinally extending parallel main beams of the grid.

    [0011] The length of flexible sheet readily follows the contour of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams, being curved in a vertical plane, as the tracks fixed on the flexible sheet are being inserted into the tracks fixed on the main beams, so there is no need to match a prior art rigid, preformed, generally curved, lay-in panel to the contour of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams.

    [0012] The tracks fixed on the flexible sheet that forms the panel may be threaded into the tracks fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams, or in the alternative, the tracks fixed on the panel may be snapped into the tracks fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams.

    [0013] The panels of the invention, in addition to providing a decorative surface on the suspended ceiling cloud, when in place, also serve to reinforce the grid of the cloud by providing a stiffening effect in the surface plane of the cloudy being curved.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] Figure 1 is a perspective view of a length of unbent flexible sheet, having tracks fixed on the sheet, prior to being inserted into a grid, whether curved or flat, in a suspended ceiling cloud, to form a panel in the grid.

    [0015] Figure 2 is a schematic view of some shapes of suspended ceiling clouds capable of using the flexible ceiling panel of Figure 1, wherein the ceiling cloud comprising a flat grid is not forming part of the invention.

    [0016] Figure 3 is a perspective view of a suspended ceiling cloud, taken from above, showing some panels already in place in the grid of the suspended ceiling cloud, and a panel of the invention being inserted into place in the grid.

    [0017] Figure 4 is a vertical cross sectional view of a main beam in the grid of a suspended ceiling cloud, with tracks fixed on a flexible ceiling panel of the invention engaging tracks fixed on a longitudinally extending main beam.

    [0018] Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4 with the tracks fixed on a panel of the invention being snapped into the tracks fixed on a longitudinally extending main beam.

    [0019] Figure 6 is a view similar to Figures 4 and 5 wherein the tracks fixed on a series of panels are engaged in tracks fixed on each of a pair of longitudinally extending parallel main beams.

    [0020] Figure 7 is a perspective view, taken from above, showing a flexible panel at the perimeter of a suspended ceiling cloud of the invention supported on a ledge of a perimeter strip secured around the grid of a ceiling cloud, and with a track fixed on the panel engaged with a track fixed on a main beam.

    [0021] Figure 8 is a perspective view of some flexible panels in place in the grid of a suspended ceiling cloud, with another panel about to be inserted into the grid of the cloud.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0022] In a suspended ceiling cloud 20, as seen, for instance, in Figures 2 and 3, a grid 21 is formed of main beams 22 and cross beams 23, with a perimeter strip 25 extending around the outside of the suspended ceiling cloud 20. The main beams 22 and cross beams 23 are secured to the perimeter strip 25. The grid 21 is suspended from a structural ceiling by hang wires 26. Panels 27 are supported by the grid 21. The suspended ceiling cloud 20 creates a free floating, ornamental effect.

    [0023] Lengths of flat, flexible sheets 28, as seen in Figure 1, form the panels 27 in grid 21 of cloud 20.

    [0024] Grids 21 may be of various forms, some of which are shown in Figure 2. A grid 21 may be in the form of a wave 30 with a contour having longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22 bent first upward, and then downward, and then upward, as shown in Figure 2. Such a grid 21 in the form of a wave is also shown in U.S. Patent 6,374,564. Other shapes of grids 21 that form clouds 20, as seen in Figure 2, include vaults 31 and valleys 32, and flat grids 33 wherein the grid (21) including a flat grid (33) is not forming part of the invention. Such shapes, as well as others, may be used alone to form the cloud, or they may be combined.

    [0025] Lengths of flat, flexible, sheets 28 form the panels 27 in the clouds 20 of the invention. Tracks 35 that extend, and are fixed, along the longitudinal edges at 36 and 37 of the flat flexible sheets 28 that form panel 27 are secured in tracks 40 that are fixed to the bottom of the flanges 41 of longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22 in the grid 21 of the cloud 20.

    [0026] There is shown in Figure 1 a rectangular panel 27 formed from a length of flat, flexible sheet 28, in a relaxed, unbent, condition. The lengths of flat, flexible sheets 28 that form panel 27 may be of a thin gauge metal, or any other flexible material, such as a plastic. The tracks 35 extend, and are fixed, longitudinally along the edges of the lengths of flat, flexible sheets 28 that form panel 27, desirably by an adhesive 55.

    [0027] Tracks 40 are also fixed on the bottom of the flanges 41 of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22, in a manner to be explained.

    [0028] The tracks 40 fixed on the flanges 41 of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22, and the tracks 35 formed on the lengths of flat, flexible sheets 28 that form panels 27, are formed of a relatively rigid plastic. The plastic has a degree of flexibility that allows the tracks 40 fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22, and the tracks 35 fixed on the lengths of flat, flexible sheets 28 that form the panel 27, to bend to engage with, and to follow, the vertical contour of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22, as will be explained.

    [0029] As seen particularly in Figures 4 and 5, the tracks 40 on the parallel main beams 22 have a base 42 that has top hooks 43 that engage the opposing flanges 41 of a longitudinally extending parallel main beam 22. Bottom channels 46 extend below the base 42 and have inwardly extending hooks 47.

    [0030] The tracks 40 are fixed on the bottom of opposing flanges 41 of the parallel main beams 22 by threading the hooks 43 over the top of the opposing flanges 41 and sliding the tracks 40 longitudinally along the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22. Cross beams 23 and connections 51 extend high enough above the opposing flanges 41 on the parallel main beams 22 to provide clearance for the tracks 40 on a main beam 22 to be threaded along, and fixed on, such parallel main beam 22.

    [0031] In Figures 4 and 5, the cross beams 23 and the connection 51 are shown in phantom. The connection 51 is desirably of a stab-in type as shown, for instance, in U.S. Patent 6,305,139, for Beam Clip.

    [0032] The tracks 35 fixed along the edges of a length of flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms panel 27 have a stepped base portion 53 that is fixed on the flat, flexible sheet 28 with adhesive 55, and a T-section 56 that extends above the base 53 from a thickened section of such base 53. The top of the T-section 56 has downwardly, relatively rigid arms 57.

    [0033] A flexible side curved extension 58 extends laterally from the base 53, beyond an edge 61 of the flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms panel 27.

    [0034] The tracks 35 fixed on the flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms panel 27 are shown engaged with the tracks 40 fixed on a parallel main beam 22, in the drawings. As seen in Figure 4, the T-sections 56 of the tracks 35 on the flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms the panel 27, are captured within the channel 46 of the tracks 40 on the parallel main beam 22, in the vertical plane, while allowing the tracks 35 fixed on the flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms the panel 27, to slide within the tracks 40 fixed on the parallel main beam 22.

    [0035] The tracks 40 fixed on the parallel main beam 22 remain fixed longitudinally on the main beam 22 through friction between the track 40 and the parallel main beam 22, when the tracks 35 fixed on the flat, flexible sheet 28 are threaded into the tracks 40 fixed on the parallel main beam 22 at one end of the grid 21 and then snaked along the main beam 22.

    [0036] In the alternative, the tracks 35 fixed on the flat, flexible sheet 28 that forms the panel 27 can be snapped into the tracks 40 fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams 22 as shown, for instance, in Figure 5. In such operation, the flat, flexible sheet 28 is positioned below the grid 21 at its intended position in the grid 21 and simply snapped into position by applying an upward force against the bottom of the flexible sheet 28, at the edges 36 and 37 below the matching tracks 40 fixed on the main beams 22, and 35 on the flexible sheets 28.

    [0037] The flexible sheets 28 can also be applied by any combination of snapping the tracks 35 into position on tracks 40, or threading the tracks 35 fixed on the flexible sheets 28 into position in the tracks 40 fixed on the main beams 22. The primary method of engaging the tracks 35 fixed on the flexible sheets that form the panels 27 and the tracks 40 fixed on the main beams 22, is by threading. There is shown in Figure 3, a flexible panel 28 being secured in the grid 21 by threading. The panels 27 at locations 62, 63, 64, and 65, have already been threaded into a grid 21 that is vertically contoured. The length of the panels 27 at such locations have been cut to conform to the length of the contoured grid 21 so that only one length of panel 27 need be threaded between a pair of main beams 22.

    [0038] When desired, multiple shorter lengths of panel 27 can be threaded successively into position between a pair of parallel main beams 22, with the ends of the panels 27 abutting one another to provide a continuous surface in grid 21.

    [0039] In Figure 3, panel 27 is shown with tracks 35 being threaded into tracks 40 in the direction of arrow 67, between a pair of main beams 22, at location 68. The panel 27 is pushed along by the installer grasping the panel 27 at its sides, or end, outside the grid 21 and applying force in the direction of the arrow 71. As seen in Figure 3, the panel 27 is being pushed into the open space in grid 21 at location 72.

    [0040] When the tracks 35 and 40 are secured together and are in place, as seen particularly in Figures 4 and 6, flexible side curved portions 58 along the sides of the tracks 35, fixed on the flexible sheets 28 that form panel 27, abut at the tops to provide a cosmetic closure between the panels 27 at location 59.

    [0041] The colors of the panels 27, the tracks 35 and 40, the perimeter strip 25, and that on the bottom of main beams 22, can be suitably chosen to provide the desired aesthetic effect in the suspended ceiling cloud 20.

    [0042] As seen in Figure 7, the outermost panel 27 next to the perimeter strip 25 simply rests on a ledge 75 of the perimeter strip 25. Sections of the perimeter strip 25 are secured together by a fitted plate 76 that is held to the perimeter strip 25 by self-tapping screws 77 applied from outside the perimeter strip 25.

    [0043] In Figure 8, there is shown sections of panels 27 in place at locations 80, 81, and 82, with another panel 27 about to be inserted in the direction of arrow 83, at location 84, by threading.

    [0044] Generally, the width between a pair of parallel main beams 22 is 24 inches and panels 27 that are slightly less than that width are used, to provide a clearance between panels 27. Such clearance is covered by the track flexible side curved sections 58 as described above.

    [0045] However, panels 77 more narrow than those described above, can be used, for instance, as decorator strips, where desired. Such a more narrow panel 77 is shown in Figure 6. The narrow panel 77 must be wide enough to provide for the insertion of a cross beam 23, along with the clearance necessary for the engagement of the tracks 35 fixed on the flexible sheet 28 and tracks 40 fixed on main beams 22. As seen in Figure 6, track 80 fixed on main beam 22 has a base 81 that is common to both T's that are attached to the decorator strip formed by narrow panel 77.


    Claims

    1. Suspended ceiling segment in the form of a cloud (20) having a grid (21) with longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22) of inverted T-cross section having opposing flanges (41) at the bottom of a web, wherein the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22) are curved in a vertical plane, and the grid (21) supports panels (27);
    characterized by

    - first tracks (35), fixed on an upper side of the panels (27) formed of lengths of flexible sheets (28), wherein the first tracks (35) are generally T-shaped in cross-section, and

    - second tracks (40), fixed on the bottom of opposing flanges (41) of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22), wherein the second tracks (40) comprise a base (42) with top hooks (43) engaging the opposing flanges (41) of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22), and
    bottom, inverted U-shaped channels (46) extending below the base (42) and
    having inwardly extending hooks (47),

    wherein the T-sections of the first tracks (35) fit into the inverted U-shaped channels (46) of the second tracks (40) when the first and the second tracks (35, 40) are engaged, allowing the first tracks (35) to slide within the second tracks (40), and wherein the first tracks (35) and the second tracks (40) are formed of a plastic having a degree of flexibility that allows the first tracks (35) and the second tracks (40) to bend to engage with and to follow the vertical contour of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22).
     
    2. The ceiling segment of claim 1 wherein the panels (27) reinforce the grid (21) when the first (35) and second (40) tracks are engaged.
     
    3. The ceiling segment of claim 1 wherein flexible side curved portions (58) along sides of the first tracks (35), fixed on the flexible sheets (28) that form panels (27), abut to provide a cosmetic closure between the panels (27).
     
    4. Method of installing panels (27) into a grid (21) of a suspended ceiling segment that forms a cloud (20), comprising
    inserting first tracks (35) fixed on an upper side of a panel (27) formed of a flexible sheet (28) into second tracks (40) fixed on the bottom of opposing flanges (41) of longitudinally extending parallel, main beams (22) in the grid (21) of the ceiling segment, wherein said main beams (22) are curved in a vertical plane and the first tracks (35) are generally T-shaped in cross-section, and wherein the second tracks (40) comprise
    a base (42) with top hooks (43) engaging the opposing flanges (41) of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22), and
    bottom, inverted U-shaped channels (46) extending below the base (42) and
    having inwardly extending hooks (47),
    wherein the T-sections of the first tracks (35) fit into the inverted U-shaped channels (46) of the second tracks (40) when the first and the second tracks (35, 40) are engaged, allowing the first tracks (35) to slide within the second tracks (40), and wherein the first tracks (35) and the second tracks (40) are formed of a plastic having a degree of flexibility that allows the first tracks (35) and the second tracks (40) to bend to engage with and to follow the vertical contour of the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22).
     
    5. The method of claim 4, wherein the first tracks (35) fixed on the flexible sheet (28) are threaded into the second tracks (40) fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22).
     
    6. The method of claim 4, wherein the first tracks (35) fixed on the flexible sheet (28) are snapped into the second tracks (40) fixed on the longitudinally extending parallel main beams (22).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Segment für eine abgehängte Decke in Form einer Wolke (20) mit einem Gitter (21) mit sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträgern (22) mit dem Querschnitt eines umgekehrten T, die gegenüberliegende Flansche (41) an der Unterseite eines Steges haben, wobei die sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) in einer vertikalen Ebene gekrümmt sind und das Gitter (21) Platten (27) trägt,
    gekennzeichnet durch

    - erste Schienen (35), die an einer Oberseite der Platten (27) befestigt sind, die aus Längen von flexiblen Tafeln (28) ausgebildet sind, wobei die ersten Schienen (35) im Querschnitt insgesamt T-förmig sind, und

    - zweite Schienen (40), die an der Unterseite sich gegenüberliegender Flansche (41) der sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) befestigt sind, wobei die zweiten Schienen (40)

    - eine Basis (42) mit oberen Haken (43), die mit den sich gegenüberliegenden Flanschen (41) der sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) in Eingriff stehen, und

    - untere Kanäle (46) in der Form eines umgekehrten U aufweisen, die sich unter der Basis (42) erstrecken und sich nach innen erstreckende Haken (47) haben,

    wobei die T-Abschnitte der ersten Schienen (35) in die Kanäle (46) in Form eines umgekehrten U der zweiten Schienen (40) passen, wenn die ersten und die zweiten Schienen (35, 40) in Eingriff stehen, was es den ersten Schienen (35) erlaubt, in den zweiten Schienen (40) zu gleiten, und
    wobei die ersten Schienen (35) und die zweiten Schienen (40) aus einem Kunststoff ausgebildet sind, der einen Grad an Flexibilität hat, der es den ersten Schienen (35) und den zweiten Schienen (40) erlaubt, sich zu biegen, um mit der vertikalen Kontur der sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) in Eingriff zu kommen und ihr zu folgen.
     
    2. Deckensegment nach Anspruch 1, bei welchem die Platten (27) das Gitter (21) verstärken, wenn die ersten Schienen (35) und die zweiten Schienen (40) in Eingriff stehen.
     
    3. Deckensegment nach Anspruch 1, bei welchem flexible, seitlich gekrümmte Abschnitte (58) längs der Seiten der ersten Schienen (35) anliegen, die auf den Platten (27) bildenden, flexiblen Tafeln (28) befestigt sind, um ein kosmetisches Schließen zwischen den Platten (27) bereitzustellen.
     
    4. Verfahren zum Anbringen von Platten (27) an einem Gitter (21) eines Segments einer abgehängten Decke, die eine Wolke (20) bildet, umfassend:

    Einführen von ersten Schienen (35), die an einer Oberseite einer aus einer flexiblen Tafel (28) ausgebildeten Platte (27) befestigt sind, in zweite Schienen (40), die an der Unterseite sich gegenüberliegender Flansche (41) von sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträgern (22) im Gitter (21) des Deckensegments befestigt sind, wobei die Hauptträger (22) in einer vertikalen Ebene gekrümmt sind und die ersten Schienen (35) im Querschnitt insgesamt T-förmig sind, und wobei die zweiten Schienen (40)

    - eine Basis (42) mit oberen Haken (43), die mit den sich gegenüberliegenden Flanschen (41) der sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) in Eingriff stehen, und

    - untere Kanäle (46) in der Form eines umgekehrten U aufweisen, die sich unter der Basis (42) erstrecken und sich nach innen erstreckende Haken (47) haben,

    wobei die T-Abschnitte der ersten Schienen (35) in die Kanäle (46) in Form eines umgekehrten U der zweiten Schienen (40) passen, wenn die ersten und

    zweiten Schienen (35, 40) in Eingriff stehen, was es den ersten Schienen (35) erlaubt, in den zweiten Schienen (40) zu gleiten, und

    wobei die ersten Schienen (35) und die zweiten Schienen (40) aus einem Kunststoff ausgebildet sind, der einen Grad an Flexibilität hat, der es den ersten Schienen (35) und den zweiten Schienen (40) erlaubt, sich zu biegen, um mit der vertikalen Kontur der sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträger (22) in Eingriff zu kommen und ihr zu folgen.


     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4, bei welchem die ersten Schienen (35), die auf der flexiblen Tafel (28) befestigt sind, in die zweiten Schienen (40) eingefädelt werden, die auf den sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträgern (22) befestigt sind.
     
    6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4, bei welchem die ersten Schienen (35), die auf den flexiblen Tafeln (28) befestigt sind, in die zweiten Schienen (40) eingeschnappt werden, die auf den sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden, parallelen Hauptträgern (22) befestigt sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Segment de plafond suspendu en forme de nuage (20) ayant une grille (21) avec des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22) de section transversale en T inversé ayant des brides opposées (41) au bas d'une âme, les poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (2) étant courbées dans un plan vertical, et la grille (21) supportant des panneaux (27) ;
    caractérisé par

    - des premiers rails (35), fixés sur un côté supérieur des panneaux (27) formés par des longueurs de plaques flexibles (28), les premiers rails (35) ayant globalement une section transversale en forme de T, et

    - des seconds rails (40), fixés au bas de brides opposées (41) des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22), les seconds rails (40) comprenant
    une base (42) avec des crochets supérieurs (43) s'engageant dans les brides opposées (41) des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22), et
    des passages en forme de U inversé inférieurs (46) s'étendant en dessous de la base (42) et ayant des crochets s'étendant vers l'intérieur (47),

    les sections en T des premiers rails (35) s'adaptant dans les passages en forme de U inversé (46) des seconds rails (40) lorsque les premiers et les seconds rails (35, 40) sont engagés, ce qui permet aux premiers rails (35) de coulisser à l'intérieur des seconds rails (40), et
    les premiers rails (35) et les seconds rails (40) étant formés par un plastic ayant un degré de flexibilité qui permet aux premiers rails (35) et aux seconds rails (40) de se courber pour s'engager dans et suivre le contour vertical des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22).
     
    2. Segment de plafond selon la revendication 1, les panneaux (27) renforçant la grille (21) lorsque les premiers (35) et les seconds (40) rails sont engagés.
     
    3. Segment de plafond selon la revendication 1, des parties courbées latérales flexibles (58) le long des côtés des premiers rails (35), fixés sur les plaques flexibles (28) qui forment les panneaux (27), aboutant pour fournir une fermeture esthétique entre les panneaux (27).
     
    4. Procédé d'installation de panneaux (27) dans une grille (21) d'un segment de plafond suspendu qui forme un nuage (20), comprenant l'insertion de premiers rails (35) fixés sur un côté supérieur d'un panneau (27) formé par une plaque flexible (28) dans les seconds rails (40) fixés au bas de brides opposées (41) de poutres principales parallèles s'étendant latéralement (22) dans la grille (21) du segment de plafond, lesdites poutres principales (22) étant courbées dans un plan vertical et les premiers rails (35) ayant globalement une section transversale en forme de T, et les seconds rails (40) comprenant
    une base (42) avec des crochets supérieurs (43) s'engageant dans les brides opposées (41) des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22), et
    des passages en forme de U inversé inférieurs (46) s'étendant en dessous de la base (42) et ayant des crochets s'étendant vers l'intérieur (47),
    les sections en T des premiers rails (35) s'adaptant dans les passages en forme de U inversé (46) des seconds rails (40) lorsque les premiers et les seconds rails (35, 40) sont engagés, ce qui permet aux premiers rails (35) de coulisser à l'intérieur des seconds rails (40), et
    les premiers rails (35) et les seconds rails (40) étant formés par un plastic ayant un degré de flexibilité qui permet aux premiers rails (35) et aux seconds rails (40) de se courber pour s'engager dans et suivre le contour vertical des poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22).
     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 4, les premiers rails (35) fixés sur la plaque flexible (28) étant introduits dans les seconds rails (40) fixés sur les poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22).
     
    6. Procédé selon la revendication 4, les premiers rails (35) fixés sur la plaque flexible (28) étant enclenchés dans les seconds rails (40) fixés sur les poutres principales parallèles s'étendant longitudinalement (22).
     




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