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Title:
OIL-INJECTED SCREW COMPRESSOR INSTALLATION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/197927
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Oil-injected screw compressor installation including a frame or underframe (2), a screw compressor element (3), electrical cabinet (6), oil separator vessel (5) and an air-cooled cooling module (8), with as characteristic that on one side (2a) of the frame (2), the screw compressor element (3) is placed horizontally and with the electrical cabinet (6), the oil separator vessel (5) and the air- cooled cooling module (8) being placed on the other side (2b) of the frame (2), with the cooling module (8) being placed such that this is perpendicular to the compressor element (3) and the air (9) sucked in by the cooling module (8) will flow between the electrical cabinet (6) and the cooling module (8).

Inventors:
DOLLEZ, Yanni Francine (nvBoomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
MARTENS, Kristof Adrien (nvBoomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
LAURENT, Steven Ray Maurits (nvBoomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
ADRIAENSSENS, Walter Josée Louis (nvBoomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
VAN HAM, Brecht (nvBoomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
Application Number:
IB2019/052400
Publication Date:
October 17, 2019
Filing Date:
March 25, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP (Boomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk, 2610, BE)
International Classes:
F04C29/04; F04C18/16; F24F1/00
Foreign References:
CN102997510B2016-01-20
CN205365171U2016-07-06
JP2016191505A2016-11-10
CN101354158A2009-01-28
US20120210746A12012-08-23
EP2645008A12013-10-02
EP3091309A12016-11-09
US20100011803A12010-01-21
CN107763870A2018-03-06
CN205190218U2016-04-27
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
VAN VARENBERG, Patrick et al. (Arenbergstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, 2000, BE)
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Claims:
Clai s

1 , - Oil-injected screw compressor installation including a frame or underframe (2), a screw compressor element (3) , electrical cabinet (6), oil separator vessel (5} and an air-cooled cooling module (8) , characterised in that on one side (2a) of the frame (2) , the screw compressor element (3) is placed horizontally and with the electrical cabinet (6) , the oil separator vessel (5) and the air-cooled cooling module (8) being placed on the other side (2b) of the frame (2) , with the cooling module (8) being placed such that this is perpendicular to the compressor element (3) and the air (9) sucked in by the cooling module (8) will flow between the electrical cabinet (6) and the cooling module (8) .

2,~ Oil-injected screw compressor installation according to claim 1, characterised in that it is further provided with a valve manifold (11) in which all oil filters and thermostats are contained.

3. - Qil-injected screw compressor installation aecording to claim 2, characterised in that the valve manifold (11) is on the same side (2a) of the underframe (2) as the screw compressor element (3) is,

4.- Oil-injected screw compressor installation according to one of the previous conclusions, characterised in that it is further provided with a minimum pressure valve (7) with this minimum pressure valve (7) being mounted on the air cooled cooling module (8).

5.- Oil-injected screw compressor installation according to one of the previous claims, characterised in that it is further provided with a dryer for drying the compressed gas and with a separate, additional underframe (13) for this dryer that is coupled, or can be coupled, to the aforementioned underframe (2) .

6. - Oil-injected screw compressor installation according to one of the previous claims, characterised in that the screw compressor element (1) is driven by an oil-cooled motor (4) .

Description:
Oil-injected screw compressor installation,

The present invention concerns an oil-injected screw compressor installation.

It is known that the known oil-injected screw compressor installations have a standardised layout with the various components always being placed in fixed positions relative to each other on a frame, framework or underframe in the casing ,

These components include, among others, but not limited to: compressor element, cooler or cooling module, electrical cabinet, oil separator vessel, filters, valves and flaps, thermostats, dryer etc.

For known oil-injected screw compressor installations, the oil-injected screw compressor element is typically placed horizontally on one side of the underframe, with the electrical cabinet being placed together with the oil separator vessel and the cooling module on the other side of the underframe if it concerns a water-cooled cooling module .

Also, the positions of filters, valves, flaps and other control and service components are more or less determined.

In this way, the minimum pressure valve is placed on the oil separator vessel. In the aforementioned electrical cabinet there are the distributor, the control module or control unit, possibly a frequency inverter and other needed electronics, If the compressor installation is air-cooled, the air cooled cooling module is either placed laterally over the compressor element, so that a warm and a cold compartment is created in the compressor element, which is needed for the proper functioning of the air-cooled motor, or aligned with the contour of the frame or underframe as a part of the casing, with appropriate air ducts having to be provided in order to send a correct cooling air flow to the air-cooled motor. Such known set-ups have a number of disadvantages.

When the air-cooled cooling module is placed over the compressor element, the production or assembly of the compressor installation must proceed sequentially according to a specific order; first the compressor element, then placing the air-cooled cooling module over it.

The removal of the compressor element from the compressor irustaHation can only be carried out by taking the compressor element from under the air-cooled cooling module, if the compressor element needs to be lifted, after the air-ccoled cooling module is removed first.

When the air-cooled cooling module is aligned with the contour of the frame or underframe, it is not easy to remove the coolers from the cooling module for cleaning, and furthermore the noise emission is very high. Yet another disadvantage is that, when the known oil- injected screw compressor installations include an integrated dryer, this is mounted on or in the underframe or frame of the compressor installation, as a result of which a larger frame must be provided for the compressor installations which include this dryer or there is an unused zone in the frame if only one, larger frame is provided for all compressor installations when the compressor installation does not include a dryer.

The present invention has the objective to provide a solution for at least one of the aforementioned and other disadvantaaes because it provides an oil-inj ected compressor installation with the various components of the compressor installation being positioned differently on the underframe or frame in the casing.

The present invention has an oil-injected sere compressor installation as subject including a frame or underframe, a screw compressor element, electrical cabinet, oil separator vessel and an ir-cooled cooling module, with as characteristic that on one side of the frame, the screw compressor element is placed horizontally and with the electrical cabinet, the oil separator vessel and the air cooled cooling module being placed on the other side of the frame, with the cooling module being placed such that this is perpendicular to the compressor element and the air sucked in by the cooling module will flow between the electrical cabinet and the cooling module. In the aforementioned electrical cabinet there are, s mentioned already above, the distributor, the control module or control unit, possibly a frequency inverter and other needed electronics.

In the aforementioned air-cooled cooling module there are, for example, the following coolers: one or more oil coolers and one or more after-coolers for the compressed gas. Further, the air-cooled cooling module comprises one or more fans.

Another advantage is that due to the specific positioning of the air-cooled cooling module, with this extending perpendicular on the compressor element and with the air inlet facing the electrical cabinet, the air flow sucked in or the cooling air can be used as additional cooling for the electrical cabinet.

Further, the noise emission of the cooling module will be much lower.

Yet another advantage is that the coolers, such as, for example the oil coolers and the after-cooler, can easily be taken laterally from the air cooled cooling module,

An additional advantage is further that the cooling module does not block access to the compressor element and that during assembly or production of the compressor installation there is more freedom in the order of the placing of the various elements on the frame or underframe, so that it is possible to, for example, first place the cooling module and subsequently the compressor element. Preferably, the oil-injected screw compressor installation is further provided with a valve manifold, in which ail oil filters and thermostats are contained, with this valve manifold in a preferred variant being on the same side of the underframe as the screw compressor element.

This will ensure that all these components are at one easily accessible position which is, of course, advantageous for the assembly, maintenance and repair tasks .

In a practical embodiment, the oil-injected screw compression installation is further: provided with a rainirrium pressure valve, with this minimum pressure valve being mounted on the after-cooler of the compressed gas, 'which after-cooler is in the stir-cooled cooling module.

Since the minimum pressure valve in this embodiment is disconnected from the oil separator vessel, the maintenance and possible repairs or replacements of both the oil separator vessel and the minimum pressure vessel can be carried out more easily, In a preferred embodiment, the oil-in ected compressor installation is further provided with a dryer for drying the compressed gas which is assembled on a separate, additional underframe which is coupled to, or can be coupled to, the aforementioned underframe,

The coupling of the separate additional underframe can be carried out by, for example, screwing. This has the advantage that only one "base" underframe or frame needs to be provided for all oil- injected screw compressor installations or: which per necessity a separate, additional underframe for the dryer can be attached,

Yet another advantage concer s the fact that the oil- injected compressor instalia t ion at a later point in time, after installation of the compressor installation, can be easily provided with a dryer if needed, A separate, additional underframe with dryer can then be very easily attached to the frame o underframe.

Preferably, the screw compressor element is driven by an oil-cooled motor.

An advantage is that, due to the use of an oil-cooled motor, there is no need for a warm compartment and a cold compartment in the compressor element.

If an air-cooled motor were used, it will be necessary to place extra provisions in the form of extra plating or partitions to ensure that the motor is supplied with cold cooling air.

An o i.1-injected sc ew compres sor in sta11ati on accordi g to the invention has the additional advantage that less and much shorter oil pipes and pressure pipes are needed. With the intention to better illustrate the characteristics of the invention, some preferential embodiments of oil- i j eeted screw compressor installablens according to the invention, are described below, as an example without any limiting character, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: figure 1 shows schematically and in perspective a known oil-injected screw compressor installation;

figure 2 shows schematically and in perspective an oil-injected screw compressor installation;

figure 3 schematically shows a view according to the arrow F3 in figure 2;

figure 4 shows schematically and in perspective, an add! iona1 underframe .

The classic, known oil-injected screw compressor installation 1 shown schematically in figure 1 has the following set-up:

On one half 2a of the underframe or frame 2, the screw compressor element 3 is placed horizontally together with the motor 4 which is an air-cooled motor 4.

An oil separator vessel 5 and an electrical cabinet 6 are placed on the other half 2b of the frame 2.

The minimum pressure valve placed on the on separator vessel 5.

There is further an air-cooled cooling module 8 provided which is placed laterally over: the compressor element 3. Due to this, a warm compartment 3a and a cold compartment 3b are created in the casing -which is necessary for the air-cooled motor 4 to function well. Further, filters, valves, thermostats and other control and service components are placed here and there in the oil- inj ected scre compressor 1nstaI lation 1.

At the same time, a lot of oil pipes and pressure pipes are needed to connect all of the components together.

It is possible that around all components of the oil- injected screw compressor installation 1, a casing is provided which has been omitted in figure 1 for the sake of clarity.

In figures 2 and 3, an oil-injected screw compressor installation 1 according to the invention is shown with once again the casing being omitted for the sake of clarity.

The compressor installation 1 includes a frame 2 or underframe on which on one side 2a a screw compressor element 3 is placed horizontally.

According to the invention, this screw compressor element 3 is driven by an oil-cooled motor 4. The motor 4 is mounted against the screw compressor elemen 3. Further according to the invention, the oil separator vessel 5 is provided on the other side 2b of the rame 2, together with the electrical cabinet 6 and the air-cooled cooling module 8.

The cooling module 8 is placed such that this is perpendicular to the compressor element 3, in other words: perpendicular to the longitudinal direction X-X' of the screw’ compressor element 3,

Further, the air 9 sucked in by the cooling module 8 will flow between the electrical cabinet 6 and the cooling module 8, This is shown schematically with the arrow/ 9,

It is important to mention here that the cooling module 8 does not extend over the compressor element 3 but is entirely located on the other side 2b of the frame 2,

Because of this, the cooling module 8 will be more easily accessible for maintenance, repair and/or replacement tasks, among others because it is closer to the ground.

Other advantages of such a set-up have already been explained above.

In this case, but not essential for the invention, the cooling module 8 includes one or more fans 10. These fans

10 will be responsible for sucking in the air 9.

Additional, but not essential for the invention, the screw compressor installation 1 is further provided with a valve manifold 11 in which all oil filters and thermostats are contained. As can be seen in figure 3, this valve manifold 11 is in this case on the side 2a of the frame 2 just as the screw compressor element 3 is. Also additionally, but not essential for the invention, the minimum pressure valve 7 is mounted on the air-cooled cooling module 8 , In this case on the inlet 12 of the cooler for compressed gas from the air-cooled cooling module 8.

Figure 4 shows a separate, additional underframe 13 with which the oil-injected screw compressor installation 1 from figures 2 and 3 can be possibly equipped. This separate, additional underframe 13 is intended for a dryer with which the compressed gas can be dried and which can be attached to the frame 2 of the oil-injected screw cornpressor iretaliation 1. As can be seen in figure 4, the separate, additional underframe 13 is provided with attachment elements 14 with which it can be screwed onto the frame 2 of the oil- injected screw compressor. It is clear that the attachment can ailso be done in different ways,

As is clear from the comparison of figure 1 with figures 2 and 3, in an oil-injected screw compressor installation 1 according to the invention there are far fewer oil pipes and pressure pipes needed. This is due to the specific assembly or architecture or set-up of the oil-injected screw compressor installation 1 according to the invention with the special positioning of the air-cooled cooling module 8, the use of the valve manifold 11 and the location of the minimum pressure valve 7,

The present invention is in no way limited to the embodiments described as an example and shown in the figures, but an oil-injected screw compressor installation according to the invention can be realised in all kinds of shapes and sizes without falling outside the scope of the invention .