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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1292404 23.12.2004
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001292404
Titel KÜHLMITTELZUFÜHRVORRICHTUNG
Anmelder Morgan Construction Co., Worcester, Mass., US
Erfinder CASSIDY, P., Thomas, North Grosvenordale, US
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60107242
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 24.04.2001
EP-Aktenzeichen 019306901
WO-Anmeldetag 24.04.2001
PCT-Aktenzeichen PCT/US01/13153
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001096037
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 20.12.2001
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 19.03.2003
EP date of grant 17.11.2004
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 23.12.2004
IPC-Hauptklasse B21B 27/10

Beschreibung[en]
PRIORITY INFORMATION

This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Pat. Appln. Ser. No. 60/211,679 filed June 15, 2000 and U.S. Utility Pat. Appln. Ser. No. 09/818,164 filed March 27, 2001.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to coolant delivery devices, and is concerned in particular with coolant delivery devices of the type employed to cool work rolls in a rolling mill. (see for example GB-A-1281 404).

2. Description of the Prior Art

Conventionally, rolling mill coolant delivery devices are fabricated from pipes which are bent into the desired configuration and then drilled at various angles to accommodate smaller tubes defining delivery nozzles. Such bending and drilling procedures make it difficult to achieve accuracy and repeatability, thus compromising cooling efficiency while contributing disadvantageously to high production costs.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention addresses these problems by providing an improved coolant delivery apparatus according to claim 1. Each half section is accurately machined with manifold and branch delivery grooves which coact when the half sections are assembled to provide an efficient coolant delivery system.

These and other features and advantages of the invention will now be described in greater detail with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS:

  • Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a coolant delivery device in accordance with the present invention; shown in an operative position adjacent to a rolling mill work roll;
  • Figure 2 is an enlarged partially broken away side view of the coolant delivery device;
  • Figure 3 is a cross sectional view taken along line 3-3 of Figure 2;
  • Figure 4 is a bottom view of the coolant delivery device; and
  • Figure 5 is a side view of a typical installation in which two coolant delivery devices are positioned respectively above and below a pair of work rolls.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

With reference initially to Figures 1-4, a coolant delivery device in accordance with the present invention is generally depicted at 10 at a location adjacent to a work roll 12. As the work roll undergoes normal wear, it will be progressively ground down to a reduced diameter indicated at 12', at which time it will be discarded.

The cooling device comprises a housing having a generally concave scalloped inner edge 13 configured and dimensioned to partially surround the surface of work roll 12. The housing is subdivided into two mating half sections 14a, 14b held together by any convenient means such as for example the screws 16 shown in the drawings. The abutting interior surfaces of the half sections 14a, 14b each have a manifold groove 18 with branch grooves 20 leading the a scalloped inner edge 13.

The manifold grooves 18 coact in a confronting relationship to define a manifold conduit 24, and the branch grooves 20 coact in a confronting relationship to define delivery nozzles 26 arranged at appropriate angles selected to achieve optimum cooling of the roll 12.

A fluid coolant, which can be a liquid and/or a gas, is fed to the manifold conduit 24 via an inlet port 28 in half section 14a, and is then delivered to the roll surface via nozzles 26.

The concave inner edge 13 is formed on a generally arcuate first position "A" of the housing, and a generally arcuate oppositely curved portion "B" of the housing has a convex inner edge 25 providing a continuation of the edge 13. The housing portions A, B are provided, respectively, with generally hook-shaped ends defining notches 30a, 30b. Bolts 32a, 32b extend through the notches 30a, 30b and serve to secure the coolant delivery device to the roll stand structures 34. Notch 30a is somewhat deeper than notch 30b. Thus, by loosening the bolts 32a, 32b, the device can be pivotally adjusted about the axis of bolt 32b to accommodate the different roll diameters resulting from progressive roll grinding. Loosening of the bolts 32a, 32b also allows the device to be easily and quickly removed for replacement by another new or refurbished unit.

Figure 5 depicts an installation of two coolant devices 10a, 10b, one being a mirror image of the other, and each being positioned adjacent to one of a pair of work rolls 12.

By dividing the delivery device into two mating half sections, it can be produced easily on common machinery with readily available tools, e.g., basic modern three axis milling machines. Much more freedom can be enjoyed in choosing the number of delivery nozzles, as well as their location, and angular disposition, without unnecessarily increasing the cost of the device. The cross sectional configuration of the delivery nozzles can be varied with considerable freedom, including for example cross, oval, T-shape, or diamond cross sections. The delivery nozzles can also be located above, at or below, the centerline of the manifold conduit to achieve a wide pattern of coolant delivery. Replaceable inserts for the nozzles and/or a liner for the manifold conduit is also a design option.

Choice of materials is greatly expanded in comparison to conventional pipe-like devices. Material selection need not be limited to that which can withstand bending, machining and welding. The device of the present invention can readily be made from many different materials including metal plate, cast metal, plastic, ceramic, or composite materials. Thus, in a rolling mill environment where cooling water can often have entrained abrasive particles, an abrasion resistant material can be used. If the cooling water contains minerals that can adhere to passage walls, a non-stick lining or coating can be applied to interior surfaces. Corrosion-resistant coating may also be employed where appropriate.

The geometry of the manifold conduit can also be varied to provide each delivery nozzle with near equal pressure, thereby further optimizing coolant delivery.

The device can easily be disassembled for cleaning and replacement of internal liner components where utilized.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Vorrichtung zum Aufbringen eines Fluid-Kühlmittels auf die Oberfläche einer rotierenden Arbeitswalze in einem Walzwerk, wobei die Vorrichtung umfasst:
    • ein Gehäuse mit einer im allgemeinen konkav ausgeführten Innenkante, das so konfiguriert und dimensioniert ist, dass es die Oberfläche der Arbeitswalze teilweise umgibt, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Gehäuse in einander ergänzende Halbabschnitte geteilt ist, die aneinander stoßende Innenflächen aufweisen;
    • erste Nuten in den Innenflächen, die derart in einem gegensätzlichem Verhältnis angeordnet sind, dass sie einen Verteilerkanal bilden;
    • zweite Nuten in den Innenflächen, die derart in einem gegensätzlichem Verhältnis angeordnet sind, dass sie Düsenkanäle bilden, die vom Verteilerkanal zur konkaven Innenkante führen; und
    • einen Einlass in das Gehäuse, durch den ein Fluid-Kühlmittel in den Verteilerkanal zum Aufbringen auf die Oberfläche der Arbeitswalze über die Düsenkanäle zugeführt wird.
  2. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die konkave Innenkante eine gezackte Konfiguration aufweist.
  3. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die konkave Innenkante auf einem im allgemeinen bogenförmigen ersten Abschnitt des Gehäuses gebildet ist.
  4. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 3, wobei das Gehäuse einen im allgemeinen bogenförmigen, entgegengesetzt gekurvten zweiten Abschnitt mit einer konvexen Innenkante aufweist, der eine Fortsetzung der konkaven Innenkante bildet.
  5. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 4, wobei die ersten und zweiten Gehäuseabschnitte mit ersten und zweiten Einbuchtungen versehen sind, die so konfiguriert und dimensioniert sind, dass sie Befestigungselemente, die zur Befestigung des Gehäuses an einer Stützstruktur dienen, aufnehmen und mit diesen in mechanischer Verbindung zusammen wirken.
  6. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Tiefe der ersten Einbuchtung größer ist als die Tiefe der zweiten Einbuchtung, um auf diese Weise eine schwenkbare Einrichtung des Gehäuses um das in der ersten Einbuchtung aufgenommene Befestigungselement zu ermöglichen.
Anspruch[en]
  1. Apparatus for applying a fluid coolant to the surface of rotating work roll in a rolling mill, said apparatus comprising:
    • a housing having a generally concave inner edge configured and dimensioned to partially surround the surface of the work roll,characterised in that said housing being subdivided into mating half sections having abutting interior surfaces;
    • first grooves in said interior surfaces arranged in a confronting relationship to define a manifold conduit;
    • second grooves in said interior surfaces arranged in a confronting relationship to define nozzle conduits leading from said manifold conduit to said concave inner edge; and
    • an inlet in said housing through which a fluid coolant may be fed to said manifold conduit for application via said nozzle conduits to the surface of the work roll.
  2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said concave inner edge has a scalloped configuration.
  3. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1 wherein said concave inner edge is formed on a generally arcuate first portion of said housing.
  4. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3 wherein said housing has a generally arcuate oppositely curved second portion with a convex inner edge providing a continuation of said concave inner edge.
  5. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein said first and second housing portions are provided, respectively, with first and second notches configured and dimensioned to receive and coact in mechanical interengagement with fasteners serving to secure said housing to a support structure.
  6. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5 wherein the depth of said first notch is greater than the depth of said second notch to thereby accommodate pivotal adjustment of said housing about the fastener received in said first notch.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Dispositif destiné à appliquer un liquide de refroidissement sur la surface d'un cylindre de travail dans un laminoir, ledit appareil comprenant :
    • un boîtier présentant un bord interne généralement concave configuré et dimensionné pour entourer partiellement la surface du cylindre de travail, caractérisé en ce que ledit boîtier est subdivisé en des demi-sections d'accouplement présentant des surfaces intérieures en butée ;
    • des premières rainures dans lesdites surfaces intérieures agencées dans une relation de confrontation pour définir un conduit de distribution ;
    • des secondes rainures dans lesdites surfaces intérieures agencées dans une relation de confrontation pour définir des conduits de buse allant dudit conduit de distribution audit bord interne concave ; et
    • une entrée dans ledit boîtier à travers lequel un liquide de refroidissement peut être amené audit conduit de distribution en vue d'une application via lesdits conduits de buse sur la surface du cylindre de travail.
  2. Dispositif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit bord interne concave présente une configuration dentelée.
  3. Dispositif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit bord interne concave est formé sur une première partie généralement arquée dudit boîtier.
  4. Dispositif selon la revendication 3, dans lequel ledit boîtier présente une seconde partie courbée à l'opposé, généralement arquée, un bord interne convexe fournissant une continuation dudit bord interne concave.
  5. Dispositif selon la revendication 4, dans lequel lesdites première et seconde parties de boîtier sont pourvues, respectivement, de premières et secondes encoches configurées et dimensionnées pour recevoir des attaches servant à fixer ledit boîtier à une structure de support et coagir en mise en prise mécanique avec celles-ci.
  6. Dispositif selon la revendication 5, dans lequel la profondeur de ladite première encoche est supérieure à la profondeur de ladite seconde encoche pour loger de ce fait le réglage pivotant dudit boîtier autour de l'attache reçue dans ladite première encoche.






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