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Title:
SINTER COOLER WITH SEAL ARRANGEMENT TOWARDS TRAVELLING SINTER-BEARING CHAMBER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2011/042101
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
This invention relates to a sinter cooler of a sintering plant for use in metallurgy, comprising a cooling-air chamber (3) and a sinter cooling chamber (1) including a perforated or slotted base plate (4), which can travel over the same e.g. by means of bogie wheels (2) running on a rail track, and comprising a cooling gas seal (5) including lower sealing walls (9), which extends between the cooling-air chamber (3) and the sinter cooling chamber (1) in the vicinity of the base plate wheel axle (7), wherein the cooling gas seal (5) carried along with the sinter cooling chamber (1) includes inner skirting plates (8) and/or outer sealing elements (6) each inserted into the sealing walls (9), wherein the respective skirting plate (8) or the respective sealing element (6) encloses the base plate wheel axle (7) with snug fit and is mounted on the sealing wall (9) so as to be freely movable relative to the base plate wheel axle (7).

Inventors:
CHAMBERS ALAN (DE)
Application Number:
EP2010/005519
Publication Date:
April 14, 2011
Filing Date:
September 08, 2010
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
OUTOTEC OYJ (FI)
CHAMBERS ALAN (DE)
International Classes:
C22B1/26; F27B21/02; F27D15/02
Domestic Patent References:
WO2009030177A12009-03-12
WO2009030180A12009-03-12
Foreign References:
US4238120A1980-12-09
Other References:
DATABASE WPI Week 200863, Derwent World Patents Index; AN 2008-K50947, XP002617063
DATABASE WPI Week 198621, Derwent World Patents Index; AN 1986-134076, XP002617064
DATABASE WPI Week 200240, Derwent World Patents Index; AN 2002-369999, XP002617084
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
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Claims:
Claims:

1. A sinter cooler of a sintering plant for use in metallurgy, comprising a cooling-air chamber (3) and a sinter cooling chamber (1 ) including a perforated or slotted base plate (4), which can travel over the same e.g. by means of bogie wheels (2) running on a rail track, and comprising a cooling gas seal (5) including lower sealing walls (9), which extends between the cooling-air chamber (3) and the sinter cooling chamber (1 ) in the vicinity of the base plate wheel axle (7), characterized in that the cooling gas seal (5) carried along with the sinter cooling chamber (1 ) includes inner skirting plates (8) and/or outer sealing elements (6) each inserted into the sealing walls (9), wherein the respective skirting plate (8) or the respective sealing element (6) encloses the base plate wheel axle (7) with snug fit and is mounted on the sealing wall (9) so as to be freely movable relative to the base plate wheel axle (7).

2. The sinter cooler according to claim 1 , characterized in that the skirting plates (8) and/or the sealing elements (6) are arranged to be freely floating around the base plate wheel axle (7) and take up the movement of the base plate wheel axle (7). 3. The sinter cooler according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the sealing elements (6) are made of neoprene.

4. The sinter cooler according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the skirting plate (8) includes an edge bead (10), which rests against the base plate wheel axle (7) and preferably is adapted to the thickness of the sealing wall (9).

Description:
SINTER COOLER WITH SEAL ARRANGEMENT TOWARDS TRAVELLING

SINTER-BEARING CHAMBER

This invention relates to a sinter cooler of a sintering plant for use in metallurgy, com- prising a cooling-air chamber and a sinter cooling chamber including a perforated or slotted base plate, which can travel over the same e.g. by means of bogie wheels running on a rail track, and comprising a cooling gas seal including lower sealing walls, which extends between the cooling-air chamber and the sinter cooling chamber in the vicinity of the base plate wheel axle.

In such sinter coolers, sealing elements for sealing the gap around the base plate wheel axles previously have been used to avoid cooling air losses. In this way, the losses of the cooling air flowing from the cooling-air chamber to the sinter cooling chamber should be reduced, so that more cooling air passes through the holes of the perforated plate, in order to improve the cooling of the sinter material and reduce the operating costs. The previously used cooling air seal is subject to considerable wear, which involves a frequent renewal of the sealing elements to be performed by hand.

It is the object of the present invention to equip a sinter cooler as mentioned above with a novel cooling gas seal, which with an improved durability safely reduces cooling air losses and hence the amount of required cooling air, which should lead to a saving of operating costs and improve the effectiveness of the cooler.

In a sinter cooler as mentioned above, this object in particular is solved in that the cooling gas seal carried along with the sinter cooling chamber includes inner skirting plates and/or outer sealing elements each inserted into the sealing walls, wherein the respective skirting plate or the respective sealing element encloses the base plate wheel axle with snug fit and is mounted on the sealing wall so as to be freely movable relative to the base plate wheel axle.

Due to this special kind of the formation and arrangement of the cooling gas seal, a self-compensating method is proposed for a reliable protection of the sealing elements, in order to avoid or reduce the wear thereof, which would lead to undesired cooling gas losses.

This objective in particular is achieved when the skirting plates and/or the sealing elements are arranged to be freely floating around the base plate wheel axle and take up the movement of the base plate wheel axle.

The sealing elements arranged on the outside in particular can be made of neoprene. The respective skirting plate can have an elastically resilient edge bead which rests against the base plate wheel axle and preferably is adapted to the thickness of the sealing wall.

Further developments, advantages and possible applications of the invention can be taken from the following description of an embodiment and the attached drawing. All features described and/or illustrated form the subject-matter of the invention per se or in any combination, also independent of their inclusion in individual claims or their back-reference. In the drawing:

Fig. 1 schematically shows a section through a sinter cooler including the invention,

Fig. 2 shows a schematic partial view in the vicinity of a bogie wheel obliquely from below and inside onto the sinter cooling chamber of a sinter cooler as shown in Fig. 1 ,

Fig. 3 shows a schematic partial view in the vicinity of a bogie wheel obliquely from above and outside onto the sinter cooling chamber of a sinter cooler as shown in Fig. 1 , Fig. 4 shows an oblique view of a skirting plate to be mounted from the inside of a wheel cutout of a sinter cooling chamber as shown in Fig. 1 ,

Fig. 5A

and

Fig. 5B show two oblique views (from inside and from outside) of a wheel axle cutout seal, and

Fig. 6A

and

Fig. 6B show the two steps of inserting a wheel axle cutout seal into the sealing wall of a sinter cooling chamber as shown in Fig. 1.

In such sinter cooler of the invention, a sinter cooling chamber 1 can travel over a cooling-air chamber 3 for example by means of bogie wheels 2, so that cooling air supplied into the cooling-air chamber 3 by means of a blower can be introduced via a perforated or slotted base plate 4 into the sinter cooling chamber 1 which contains the hot sinter material to be cooled. The hot waste air is discharged upwards from the sinter cooling chamber 1 and supplied e.g. to a heat recovery.

A cooling gas seal 5 includes inner skirting plates 8 and/or outer sealing elements 6 made of a heat-resistant elastomer for the wheel axle cutouts around the base plate wheel axles 7. The respective skirting plate 8 and/or the respective sealing element 6 of the cooling gas seal 5 carried along with the sinter cooling chamber 1 encloses the base plate wheel axle 7 with snug fit and is mounted on the bottom surface of lower sealing walls 9 so as to be freely movable relative to the base plate wheel axle 7.

The skirting plates 8 and/or the sealing elements 6 preferably are arranged to be freely floating around the base plate wheel axle 7, so that they can take up the movement of the base plate wheel axle 7.

As an elastomer for the sealing elements 6, neoprene is preferably used. Due to the possibly provided outer skirting plate 8, the service life of the sealing elements 6 can substantially be increased, since they are exposed less to sinter dust and heat.

Figures 4 to 6B illustrate special configurations of a template-like inner skirting plate 8 with edge bead 10 in accordance with the invention and of a template-like sealing element 6 with skirting plate 8 in accordance with the invention as well as the way of mounting a sealing element 6 in the lower sealing wall 9.

List of Reference Numerals:

1 sinter cooling chamber

2 bogie wheels

3 cooling-air chamber

4 base plate

5 cooling gas seal

6 sealing elements for wheel axle cutout 7 base plate wheel axle

8 skirting plate for wheel axle cutout

9 sealing walls.

10 edge bead