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1. WO1990012147 - SECTIONAL SCREEN CYLINDER

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SECTIONAL SCREEN CYLINDER

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to screen
cylinders, particularly of the type intended for use in screening cellulosic materials, for example, in the paper and pulp industry, and particularly relates to a perforated screen cylinder formed of a ceramic or other formed materials, such as graphite or plastic, and methods of constructing the screen cylinder.

Cylindrical perforated screens have long been employed in the paper and pulp industry for cleaning the pulp of impurities, for example, fiber bundles, sticks and other coarse particles. When using cylindrical screens to accomplish this, a pressure difference is maintained between the feed or inlet on one side of the screen and an accept region on the opposite side of the screen such that the accepts are passed through apertures in the screen for collection and the rejects are maintained on the inlet side of the screen for flow to a reject discharge.

Screens of this type have been made of high wear-resistant steel material, occasionally using an investment casting process. Obviously, this has led to great expense in the manufacture of screen cylinders. Particularly, such process does not lend itself to ready formation of screen cylinders of different diameters and lengths inasmuch as entirely new molds must be provided for each change in dimension or configuration. For these and other reasons, it has been found desirable, according to the present invention, to use a ceramic or other formed type of material in the formation of the cylindrical screen. In certain applications, a ceramic material is the material of choice,
principally because of its high resistance to wear, lubricity and other characteristic properties. It has also been found desirable to provide screens of this type in a number of different sizes, i.e., diameters and lengths for different screening apparatus and applications, and also in different configurations, all from a plurality of a single basic cylindrical screen section or element.

According to the present invention, identical screen cylinder sections or elements are formed of a ceramic material or other formable materials. This application describes a preferred embodiment of screen cylinder, namely a ceramic screen cylinder, but it will be appreciated that the invention has applicability to other types of materials for forming the cylinders, e.g., such as graphite, plastic and the like. Various numbers of the elements may be joined one to the other to form screen cylinders of different diameters and lengths, and hence different configurations. That is, a single basic element may be formed of predetermined size and configuration and joined with other identical elements to form screen cylinders of different sizes. Forming a plurality of identical elements, particularly of a ceramic material, is much less expensive in comparison with the expense necessary to manufacture steel screen cylinders of different diameters and lengths as in the prior art. To accomplish the foregoing, the present invention provides a plurality of identical, generally arcuate, elements, for example, each formed of a ceramic material. Each element has a plurality of screen openings or apertures therethrough and is joined to adjacent elements along opposite
longitudinally extending edges to form a cylinder. While preferably each ceramic section or element has either or both of its interior or exterior surface in the configuration of an arc of a circle, it will be appreciated that one or both of the interior and exterior surfaces may be formed coincident with chords of a circle or may both be formed of arcs of concentric circles of different diameters.

In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, the elements are provided with
interconnecting means along their longitudinally extending edges which enable these sections to pivot slightly relative to one another about an axis passing through the interconnecting means. This enables a plurality of the elements to be joined one with the other along their longitudinal edges to accommodate each element's use in screen cylinders of different diameters. That is, cylindrical screens of different sizes may be formed by employing a greater or lesser number of the identical elements and joining them one to the other along the
longitudinally extending edges, the pivotal
connection along the edges accommodating the increase or decrease in diameter of the particular screen cylinder being formed in comparison with a screen cylinder of a median diameter for screen cylinders of that type:

Preferably, the interconnecting means along the longitQtiinal edges are in the form of tongue and grooves. In this manner, the elements may be joined one to the other by sliding one element relative to another element with its tongue or groove engaging the complementary groove or tongue, respectively, of the adjacent element, there being sufficient play when the tongue-and-groove connection is effected such that the one element is pivotal relative to the other element about an axis generally parallel to the axis of the screen cylinder. When the elements are connected one to the other to form the cylinder, connecting rings are provided at opposite ends to maintain the elements connected one to the other and to maintain the screen in its cylindrical shape.

To provide screen cylinders of different
lengths, each of the elements may be cast of a predetermined length and two or more generally cylindrical sets, each comprised of a plurality of such elements, may be disposed endwise relative to one another. A connector ring is disposed
therebetween connecting the two sets of cylindrical elements in end-to-end relation.

In screen cylinders used in the pulp and paper industry, the walls of the cylinder are alternately flexed inwardly and outwardly by rotor induced pressure forces. Therefore, to accommodate this cyclical force, cinch rods are provided in the present invention about the sectional cylinder at circumferentially spaced positions and connected to the end connecting rings to place the elements under axial compression such that the cyclical forces will not exceed the compressive forces induced by the tensioned cinch rods.

Further, to prevent collapse or other damage to the cylinder in the event one or more of the elements is damaged or collapses, a support tube is provided, preferably about each cinch rod. Under normal operating conditions, an end of each tube is slightly axially spaced from the associated connecting ring, leaving a slight clearance space. Upon collapse of an element, the tensioned cinch rod draws the end connecting rings toward one another with the result that the tube ends butt the connecting rings, preventing further axial movement of the connecting rings toward one another.

In a preferred embodiment of the present
invention, there is disclosed an apparatus for forming a screen cylinder comprising a plurality of generally arcuate elements formed of a ceramic material and having spaced opposite edges. Means are provided defining screen openings in each element and additional means interconnect the elements one with the other along their edges to form a substantially continuous screen cylinder.

In a further preferred embodiment in accordance with the present invention, there is disclosed apparatus for forming a screen cylinder having an axis comprising a plurality of generally arcuate elements formed of a ceramic material, each having spaced opposite edges extending generally in the direction of said axis. Means are provided which define screen openings through each element and additional means interconnect the elements one with the other along their edges to form a substantially continuous screen cylinder. The inner or outer surface of each element has a predetermined radius of curvature, the elements, in one assembly of a
predetermined number of the elements, forming a generally continuous screen cylinder of one diameter, and, in another assembly of a predetermined number of elements and with one or more additional or one or more fewer elements forming a generally continuous screen cylinder of a larger or smaller diameter, respectively.

In a still further preferred embodiment of the present invention, there is disclosed a screen cylinder having an axis comprising a plurality of generally arcuate elements each having spaced
opposite edges extending generally in the direction of said axis. Means are provided defining screen openings through each element and additional means interconnect the elements one with the other along their edges to form a substantially continuous screen cylinder, the inner or outer surface of each element having a predetermined curvature about an axis parallel to and not coincident with the axis of said cylinder.

In a still further preferred embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a method for constructing a screen cylinder having an axis
comprising the steps of casting from a ceramic material a plurality of arcuate elements, each having substantially opposite edges extending generally in the direction of the axis and screen openings therethrough, and joining the elements together along said edges to form a substantially continuous screen cylinder.

Accordingly, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a novel and improved screen cylinder for use in the pulp and paper industry and methods of forming the screen cylinder wherein the cylinder is formed of a ceramic or other formable material and may be readily and easily constructed of identical elements in different screen diameters, lengths and configurations.

These and further objects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent upon reference to the following specification, appended claims and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES

Figure 1 is a perspective view, with parts broken out for ease of illustration, of a ceramic screen.cylinder constructed in accordance with the present invention;

Figure 2 is an enlarged cross-sectional view illustrating the juncture of several of the elements forming the screen cylinder of Figure 1 and generally taken about on line 2-2 in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical cross-sectional view of the screen cylinder of Figure 1 and taken generally about on line 3-3 in Figure 1;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of two of the arcuate elements forming the screen cylinder hereof in a phase of their assembly one with the other;

Figure 5 is a fragmentary enlarged
cross-sectional view of a further embodiment of the present invention;

Figures 6A, 6B and 6C are schematic
illustrations of screen cylinders of different sizes, respectively, formed by the interconnection of greater or lesser number of screen cylinder elements connected one to the other; and

Figure 7 is an enlarged fragmentary
cross-sectional view of the screen cylinder
illustrated in Figure 1 and taken generally about on line 7-7.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES

Reference will now be made in detail to the present preferred embodiment of the invention, an example of which is illustrated in the accompanying drawings .

Referring now to Figure 1, there is illustrated a screen cylinder generally designated 10 and
constructed in accordance with the present
invention. Generally, screen cylinder 10 is formed of a plurality of arcuate elements, generally designated 12 '(Figure 2), joined one to the other along longitudinally extending edges, that is, edges which extend generally parallel to the axis of the cylinder 10, to form a screen enclosure. In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 1, a predetermined number of elements 12 have been secured along their longitudinal edges to form a first generally
cylindrical set 14 of elements 12 disposed in end-to-end relation with respect to a second
generally cylindrical set 16 of elements 12 joined one to the other along their longitudinally extending edges. Opposite ends of the cylindrical screen 10 are provided with connecting rings 18 and 20, respectively, and the sets 14 and 16 are
interconnected endwise one with the other by an intermediate connecting ring 22, the details of which will be discussed hereinafter. It will be
appreciated, however, that only one set of elements 12 may be employed to form a screen cylinder and that one or more additional sets of generally
cylindrically arranged elements 12 may be used where it is desired to form screen cylinders of increased length in"comparison with the length of a screen cylinder using a single set of elements 12.

Referring now to Figure 2, each of the elements 12 is preferably formed of a ceramic material, for example, alumina oxide, although it will be
appreciated that other formed materials such as graphite or plastic may be used. It is therefore a feature of this invention that the screen cylinder can be formed from elements 12 that, with the
exception of the end connecting rings 18 and 20, are solely of a highly wear-resistant formed material such as ceramic material. Additionally, it will be noted that each element 12 is identical to each other element 12 whereby an identical mold may be used to form each element 12. It will also be appreciated that by forming the elements 12 identically one to the other, screen cylinders of different diameters and different lengths may be provided, as discussed hereinafter.

Referring now to Figure 2, each element 12, formed of ceramic material, is provided with a shaped, generally arcuate, outer surface 24 on the inlet side thereof and a generally arcuate surface 26 on the outlet side thereof. The reference to outlet and inlet refers to the accepts and rejects sides of the screen cylinder, respectively. A plurality of screen apertures or openings 28 are provided through the elements 12 at circumferential and longitudinal spaced positions therealong. The screen openings 28 open on the inside surface in enlarged openings 30 and open along the outside surface 24 in shaped grooves 32. Preferably, the grooves are shaped to provide side walls 34 and 36, the latter wall being inclined in a direction away from the screen opening 28, generally as illustrated in U.S. Patent 4,529,520 (the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference herein) . It will be appreciated that the contoured or shaped inlet side 24 and the relatively smooth outlet side 26 may be reversed such that the contoured and smooth sides lie on inside and outside surfaces of the screen cylinder, respectively. In this latter form, the flow is from inside the cylinder outwardly through openings 28 with the rejectesl &ccumulating on the contoured inside surface and the accepts along the outer surface.

As illustrated in Figures 2 and 4, the opposite longitudinal edges 38 and 40, respectively, comprise means for joining the edges of adjacent elements 12 one to the other. Particularly, the edge 38
comprises a longitudinally extending, arcuate groove 42 formed by two arcuate opposing walls 44 spaced one from the other and extending substantially
continuously and linearly along the longitudinal edge of element 12. The opposite edge 40 is formed by a longitudinally extending, preferably continuous, projecting tongue 46, which is complementary in shape to the groove 42. The tongue 46 is generally
cylindrical in cross-section and has a shank portion 48 coextensive with tongue 46 and joining the tongue to the body of the element. From a review of Figure 2, $± will be appreciated that the distance between the .-distal ends of the walls 44 is greater than the width* of the shank 48 whereby the tongue of one element"may pivot relative to the groove of the other element about an axis passing through the
tongue-and-groove connection in the general direction of the axis of the screen cylinder.

From a review of Figure 2, it will be
appreciated that the inside and outside surfaces 24 and 26, respectively, are generally circular and concentric about a common axis. However, it will be appreciated that the inside or outside surface, or both surfaces, may extend generally linearly from edge to edge, i.e., constitute the chords of a circle when the elements are disposed to form the screen cylinder.

In order to form a screen cylinder, the elements 12 are aligned with the tongue and groove of adjacent edges of adjacent elements disposed end-to-end. By sliding one element relative to the other element in a longitudinal direction, the tongue 46 may be received in the groove 38. For example, in Figure 4, the righthand element 12 may be displaced in the direction of the arrow to connect its grooved edge 38 with the tongue 46 of the edge 40 of the adjoining element 12 until the end edges of the elements register one with the other. Additional elements are similarly connected one to the other until a complete generally cylindrical screen is formed.

With reference to Figure 3, means for
maintaining the elements 12 in a generally
cylindrical configuration are provided. Such means may comprise a ring 18 provided at each of the opposite ends of the screen cylinder. In a preferred form of the present invention, each element has a longitudinally projecting rib 50 (Figure 4) at its opposite ends. Ring 18, as well as a bottom ring 20, each have grooves or recesses 52 and 54,
respectively, for receiving the projecting ribs 50 of element 12. Consequently, when circular rings 18 and 20 are employed, the ribs 50 are received within the grooves 52 and 54, respectively, at opposite ends of the screen cylinder, thereby maintaining the elements in the form of a cylindrical screen cylinder.

To provide a screen cylinder of increased length employing the elements 12, two or more sets of
elements may be disposed in generally cylindrical configuration similarly as described previously, with end connecting rings 18 and 20 maintaining those elements in such generally cylindrical
configuration. The generally cylindrically arranged sets of elements may then be disposed end-to-end and joined one to the other by an intermediate connecting ring 56. As illustrated in Figure 3, the
intermediate connecting ring 56 is similar in
cross-section to the cross-section of end rings 18 and 20 and has annular recesses or grooves 58 and 60, respectively, opening endwise to receive the end ribs 50 of the upper and lower sets of cylindrical screens.

Referring to Figure 5, there is illustrated another embodiment of the connections between the elements and the rings. In this form, the rings, for example, intermediate ring 56a, may have annular concave grooves opening at its opposite ends to receive generally rounded or convex
complementary-shaped, i.e., convex, upper and lower portions of the elements 20 comprising the two sets of screens. It will also be appreciated that the upper and lower connecting rings 18 and 20 may be provided with either concave or convex projections to receive complementary-shaped convex or concave projections on the elements.

As indicated previously, the walls of cylinders of the previously-described type used in the pulp and paper industry are alternately flexed inwardly and outwardly by rotor-induced pressure forces. That is, a rotor periodically passes the contoured side of the screen cylinder surface, whether the inside or the outside of the screen cylinder, depending upon the desired flow and the location of the contoured surface. Thus, to accommodate these cyclical forces, cinch rods are provided not only to maintain the cylinder in assembly but also to place the elements under axial compression such that the cyclical forces will not exceed the compressive forces induced by the tensioned cinch rods. More particularly, and with reference to Figure 7, each cylinder 10 is provided with a plurality of circumferentially spaced cinch rods 70 which extend parallel to the axis of the cylinder and interconnect the opposite end rings 18 and 20 and, hence, all of the elements and rings therebetween. Each rod 70 may be screw-threaded at its lower end into the lowermost ring 20 and is received through an opening in upper ring 18, terminating in a recess 72. One or more Belville springs 74 may be disposed about the cinch rod 70 in recess 72 and a nut and washer 76 and 78,
respectively, may be applied about the terminus of rod 70. By threading the nut 76 about the upper end of rod 70, a tensioning force is applied to cinch rod 70, compressing in an axial direction the elements 12 therebetween. While any number of cinch rods may be provided, as desired, preferably four are located at circumferentially spaced positions about the
cylinder. Additionally, the cinch rods are provided on the smooth side of the cylinder so as not to interfere with the passage of the rotor operating on the opposite contoured side of the cylinder.

To prevent collapse or damage to the cylinder in the event one or more of the elements is damaged or collapses, a support tube is provided about each cincf. rod. With reference to Figure 7, a support sleeve or tube 80 is freely disposed about the cinch rod 70 between the adjacent rings, in this case, two sleeves 80 being provided, one between ring 18 and intermediate ring 22 and another between intermediate ring 22 and lower ring 20. From a review of Figure 7, it will be appreciated that the sleeve 80 butts or seats against a recessed portion of intermediate ring 22, while its opposite end is slightly spaced from a seat 82 disposed along the undersurface of ring 18. Likewise, the lower sleeve 80 interconnecting
intermediate ring 22 and lower ring 20 is threaded at its lower end into ring 20 and its upper end is slightly spaced from a seat 84 formed along the underside of the intermediate ring 22. With the foregoing arrangement, the collapse of any one or more of the elements between the rings will cause the tensioned cinch rods 70 to draw the corresponding rings toward one another, with the result that the sleeve or tube 80 then butts the seat from which it was previously spaced. This abutting action prevents further collapse of the screen cylinder. It will be appreciated that it is necessary to provide a sleeve or tube 80 between each adjacent pair of rings for each axially spaced section of elements such that the collapse of any one element in any specified section enables the cinch rod to draw the corresponding ends of the rings for that section toward one another to the extent the sleeve 80 permits.

Preferably, and in accordance with a further aspect of this invention, the elements 12 have a curvature which, when a plurality of elements are joined along their opposite edges, form a screen cylinder which is of a median diameter of an expected range of diameters of screen cylinders desired. That is, screen cylinders may be provided in various diameters. In providing a mold for casting the elements 12 of ceramic material, the curvature of the mold is chosen such that a predetermined number of the elements joined along their edges one with the other form a general cylindrical configuration with the center of curvature for the circular inside and outside surfaces 26 and 24, respectively, lying coincident with the axis of the resulting screen cylinder. Consequently, this so-called median diameter screen cylinder may be formed of a
predetermined number of identical elements 12 secured one to the other along their longitudinal edges with the axes of the cylinder and the arcuate inside and outside surfaces of the elements being coincident.

To form a screen cylinder of a larger than median diameter, it is necessary only to add one or more elements 12 to the predetermined number of elements forming the median diameter screen
cylinder. To provide a screen cylinder of smaller than median diameter, a lesser number of elements than the predetermined number of elements forming the median diameter screen cylinder is used. For
example, in Figure 6C, there is formed a median diameter screen cylinder using, for example, thirteen elements connected one to the other along their longitudinal edges. Note that the curvature of the inside and outside faces of each element have axes which coincide with the axis of the cylinder. To provide a smaller diameter screen cylinder using identical elements 12, reference is made to Figure 6B. In Figure 6B, twelve elements are joined one to the other along their longitudinally extending edges. Thus, the circular inside and outside
surfaces do not exactly coincide with imaginary circles defining the inside and outside surfaces of this smaller diameter cylinder. Rather, slight angles are formed between the adjoined edges of the elements. Similarly, to provide a larger diameter screen cylinder as illustrated in Figure 6A, one or more identical elements in addition to the thirteen elements of the median diameter screen cylinders are added. For example, Figure 6A illustrates fourteen arcuate elements 12 connected one to the other along their longitudinally extending edges. Here, again, the arcuate inside and outside surfaces of the elements do not have centers or axes which coincide with the axis of the generally cylindrical screen cylinder formed. Stated differently, the angle between the adjoining edges of the elements opens slightly in comparison with the angle between such elements in Figure 6C.

However, if cylinders having a diameter
significantly greater or less than the diameter of a cylinder in which the arcuate curve 26 is continuous from element to element, is desired, then elements 12 of different curvatures 26 will have to be provided.

Where larger or smaller screen cylinders in comparison with the median diameter screen cylinder are desired, the end connecting rings 18 and 20 and the intermediate connecting ring or rings 22, where two or more sets of rings, respectively, are disposed in end-to-end relation, may have enlarged grooves for receiving the ends of the elements. Alternatively, the rings 18, 20 and 22 may be specifically formed to each anticipated diameter and thus fit exactly the slightly non-circular configuration of the elements, for example, as illustrated in Figures 6A and 6B. It will be appreciated that the identification herein of a median cylinder being comprised of thirteen
elements is for explanatory purposes only and that the elements therefor may be greater or lesser in number depending on the diameter of the desired screen or the arcuate extent of the identical
elements or both.

It will also be appreciated that the elements are readily and easily formed of a highly
wear-resistant ceramic material. Thus, the
resistance to wear is substantially increased in comparison with prior screen cylinders formed of steel and even those having hardened surfaces.

While the invention has been described in connection^ with what is presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not to be limited to the disclosed embodiment, but on the contrary, is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.