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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1453586 18.10.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001453586
Titel FILTERADAPTER
Anmelder Pall Corp., East Hills, N.Y., US
Erfinder GUTMAN, Richard Guy, West Sussex PO19 4QJ, GB;
WEIGHT, Kenneth Roy, Hampshire PO7 6QD, GB;
PEACOCK, George Brandwood, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7NN, GB;
YOWARD, Nicholas Lloyd, Emsworth PO10 7BH, GB;
GRIMES, Michael Ernest, Hampshire PO11 9NA, GB
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60222297
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 10.12.2002
EP-Aktenzeichen 027880848
WO-Anmeldetag 10.12.2002
PCT-Aktenzeichen PCT/GB02/05574
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 2003053538
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 03.07.2003
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 08.09.2004
EP date of grant 05.09.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 18.10.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse B01D 29/15(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B01D 29/33(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]

This invention relates to filter assemblies and to adaptors for mounting a filter in a filter assembly.

On form of adaptor is used with a filter of the kind defining a path for fluid passing to or from the filter. The adaptor includes an annular body which provides a continuation of said path and which is used for mounting the filter on, for example, a mounting plate. Such adaptors are normally made from a plastics material and in order to provide them with sufficient strength, the adaptor needs a required thickness. This limits the diameter of the path defined by the adaptor and this may reduce flow through the filter disadvantageously.

EP-A-0023458 discloses an adaptor for mounting a filter, the adaptor comprising an annular body and a connector for connecting the adaptor to a filter, the body including radially inner and outer surfaces, one surface being formed with a groove for receiving a sealing ring. GB-A-20056307 discloses a reinforcing metal ring around a plastics casing.

According to a first aspect of the invention there is provided an adaptor for mounting a filter comprising an annular body formed by moulding and a connector for connecting the adaptor to a filter the annular body including radially inner and outer surfaces one surface being formed with a groove for receiving a sealing ring, an annular reinforcing member reinforcing the other surface characterised in that the reinforcing member comprises a first portion overlying the associated surface of the annular body and a radially extending flange, and the groove being U-shaped with parallel first and second side walls interconnected by a base, said second side wall being formed by said radially extending flange.

The use of an annular reinforcing member at the surface allows the thickness of the adaptor to be reduced and so maximises the flow path.

According to a second aspect of the invention, there is provided a filter assembly comprising a filter defining a path for fluid passing to or from the filter, an adaptor according to the first aspect of the invention being connected to said filter by said connector and providing a continuation of said path.

The following is a more detailed description of an embodiment of the invention, by way of example, reference being made to the accompanying drawing which is a schematic cross-sectional view of a filter assembly including a filter and an adaptor with the filter assembly being mounted on a mounting plate.

Referring to the drawing, the filter assembly comprises a filter 10, and an adaptor 11 which together are carried by a mounting plate 12. The filter 10 may be one of a plurality of filters carried by the mounting plate 12.

The filter 10 includes a filter material 13 which may be of pleated membrane material or may be a depth filter material or any other suitable form of filter material. The filter material 13 is provided with an upstream drainage layer 14 and a downstream drainage layer 15. The filter 10 has a first annular end 16 and a second annular end 17 and defines a central cylindrical passage 18 which provides a path for fluid to or from the filter material 13.

The first end 16 of the filter 10 is closed by a first end cap 19 which also closes the passage 18. The second end 17 of the filter 10 is closed by a second annular end cap 20 which leaves the passage 18 open. The first and second end caps 19,20 may be formed from a plastics material. They may be connected to the remainder of the filter 10 by gluing or welding or any other suitable process.

The adaptor 11 comprises an annular body 21 formed from a plastics material and provided at one end with an annular connector 22 which connects the annular body 21 to the second end cap 20. The annular body includes an annular inner surface 23 and an annular outer surface 24. The outer surface 24 is formed with first and second grooves 25,26. The first groove 25 is generally U-shaped and is formed from the material of the annular body 21 with first and second side walls 27,28 interconnected by a base 29. The first groove 25 contains a first sealing ring 30 of an elastomeric material.

The second groove 26 is formed by the annular body 21 and an annular reinforcing ring 31 of generally L-shaped cross-section. The reinforcing ring 31, which may be of a metal such as steel, has an axially extending portion 32 that overlies and contacts the inner surface 23 of the inner body 21 and a radially extending portion 33 that extends across an end wall 34 of the annular body 21. The reinforcing ring 31 is thus located on the inner surface 23 so that the reinforcing ring 31 reinforces the inner surface 23 and the annular body 21 particularly against forces acting on the annular body in a radial direction. The second groove 26 has a first side wall 35 formed in the annular body and a base 36 extending from the first side wall 35 to the end wall 34. The outer end of the radially extending portion 33 of the reinforcing ring 31 extends beyond the end wall 34 to form the second side wall of the second groove 26. The second groove 26 contains a second sealing ring 37 of an elastomeric material.

The advantage of forming the second groove 26 in this way is as follows.

The annular body 21 is formed by moulding. In order to mould the first groove 25, it is necessary to use split mould tools. Where these tools meet at the base 29 of the first groove 25, there will be a raised split line. This split line can lift the associated sealing ring 30 and provide a leakage path past the annular body 21. This can be overcome by forming the first groove 25 by machining rather than moulding or by forming the annular body from two or more parts, but these solutions are time consuming and expensive. The second groove 26 can be moulded without the use of a split tool because the first side wall 35 and the base 36 open on to the end wall 34 of the annular body 21. Accordingly, there is no possibility of a raised rib and thus the second sealing ring 37 will bear reliably against the base 36 and the first side wall 35 so preventing the possibility of a leakage path. Thus, although there might be a leakage path through the first group 25 caused by a rib, there will not be such a leakage path through the second groove 26.

The adaptor 11 is used to mount the filter 10 in a mounting plate 12 which is formed with a plurality of cylindrical apertures one of which is shown at 38. The aperture 38 is sized so that the outer surface 24 of the adaptor 11 is a close fit in the aperture 38, as seen in the Figure. In this position, the first and second sealing rings 30,37 seal against the aperture 38 to prevent the passage of fluid therebetween.

In use, fluid to be filtered passes from the radially outer surface of the filter 10 through the filter material 13 to the passage 18 after which it passes through the annular body 21 of the adaptor 11 which forms a continuation of the passage 18. Of course, the flow could be in the opposite direction.

The presence of the reinforcing ring 31 strengthens the adaptor particularly against forces acting in a radial direction and allows the thickness of the annular body 21 to be a minimum so allowing the diameter of the inner surface 23 of the annular body 21 to be a maximum. This in turn ensures that the adaptor 11 provides a minimum constriction on the flow of fluid from the filter 10. It also reduces the flexibility of the adaptor so ensuring that the first and second sealing rings 30,37 are reliably engaged with the aperture 38 in the mounting plate 12.

It will be appreciated that the adaptor 11 may be used with filters other than the filters of the kind described above. There need not be two sealing rings; there could be one sealing ring or three sealing rings or more sealing rings. Although the reinforcing ring 31 is described above as being made of metal; it could be made of any suitably stiff material.

Although the sealing rings 30,37 are shown on the outer surface 24 and the reinforcing ring 31 is shown as engaging the inner surface 23, the positions could be reversed with the sealing rings 30,37 being on the inner surface 23 and the reinforcing ring 31 on the outer surface 24. In this case, the mounting plate 12 would be replaced by a tube (not shown).


Anspruch[de]
Adapter zur Filtermontage, umfassend einen durch Formung gebildeten ringförmigen Körper (21) und ein Anschlussstück (22) zum Verbinden des Adapters (11) mit einem Filter (10), wobei der ringförmige Körper (21) radial innere und äußere Flächen (23, 24) aufweist, wobei eine Fläche mit einer Rille (26) zur Aufnahme eines Dichtringes (37) versehen ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass ein ringförmiges Verstärkungselement (31) die andere Fläche verstärkt, das Verstärkungselement einen ersten Abschnitt (32), der über der zugeordneten Fläche des ringförmigen Körpers (21) liegt, und einen sich radial erstreckenden Flansch (33) aufweist und die Rille (26) U-förmig ist, mit parallelen ersten (35) und zweiten Seitenwänden, die durch eine Basis (36) verbunden sind, wobei die zweite Seitenwand durch den sich radial erstreckenden Flansch (33) gebildet wird. Adapter nach Anspruch 1, wobei die inneren und äußeren Flächen (23, 24) zylindrische Flächen sind, die mit der Achse des ringförmigen Körpers koaxial sind. Adapter nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Rille (25, 26) auf der radial äußeren Fläche gebildet ist. Adapter nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, wobei der Adapter (11) eine Endwand beinhaltet, die sich zwischen der inneren Fläche (23) und der äußeren Fläche (24) erstreckt, wobei sich die Basis (36) der Rille (26) von dieser Endwand erstreckt und das Verstärkungselement (31) über diese Endwand hinausragt, um die zweite Seitenwand zu bilden. Adapter nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, der mindestens eine weitere Rille (25) aufweist. Adapter nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei die oder jede Rille (25, 26) einen zugeordneten Dichtring (30, 37) enthält. Adapter nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, wobei der ringförmige Körper aus einem Kunststoffmaterial gebildet ist. Adapter nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, wobei das Verstärkungselement (31) aus Metall, vorzugsweise Stahl, ist. Filteranordnung, umfassend ein Filter (10), das einen Weg für zum oder vom Filter fließendes Fluid definiert, einen Adapter gemäß einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, der durch das Anschlussstück mit dem Filter (10) verbunden ist und eine Fortsetzung des Weges bereitstellt. Filteranordnung nach Anspruch 9, wobei das Filter (10) ringförmig ist und ein erstes und zweites Ende hat, wobei der Adapter (11) mit einem der Enden verbunden ist. Filteranordnung nach Anspruch 10, wobei dieses eine Ende durch eine Endkappe (20) verschlossen ist und der Adapter (11) mit der Endkappe (20) verbunden ist. Filteranordnung nach einem der Ansprüche 9 bis 11, die ferner eine Montageplatte (12) beinhaltet, die eine Öffnung (38) hat, wobei die Rille (26) einen Dichtring (37) enthält, der abdichtend an der Wand dieser Öffnung (38) anliegt. Filteranordnung nach Anspruch 12, wobei der ringförmige Körper gemäß Anspruch 3 ist, wobei die Öffnung (38) einen ringförmigen Durchgang mit einer ringförmigen Innenfläche aufweist und der Dichtring (37) abdichtend an dieser Innenfläche anliegt.
Anspruch[en]
An adaptor for mounting a filter comprising an annular body (21) formed by moulding and a connector (22) for connecting the adaptor (11) to a filter (10) the annular body (21) including radially inner and outer surfaces (23, 24) one surface being formed with a groove (26) for receiving a sealing ring (37), characterised in that an annular reinforcing member (31) reinforces the other surface, the reinforcing member comprises a first portion (32) overlying the associated surface of the annular body (21) and a radially extending flange (33), and the groove (26) being U-shaped with parallel first (35) and second side walls interconnected by a base (36), said second side wall being formed by said radially extending flange (33). An adaptor according to claim 1 wherein the inner and outer surfaces (23, 24) are cylindrical surfaces co-axial with the axis of the annular body. An adaptor according to claim 1 or claim 2 wherein the groove (25, 26) is formed on the radially outer surface. An adaptor according to any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein the adaptor (11) includes an end wall extending between said inner surface (23) and said outer surface (24), the base (36) of the groove (26) extending from said end wall and the reinforcing member (31) projecting beyond said end wall to from said second side wall. An adaptor according to any one of claims 1 to 4 and including at least one further groove (25). An adaptor according to any one of claims 1 to 5 wherein the or each groove (25, 26) contains an associated sealing ring (30, 37). An adaptor according to any one of claims 1 to 8 wherein the annular body is formed from a plastics material. An adaptor according to any one of claims 1 to 7 wherein the reinforcing member (31) is of metal, preferably steel. A filter assembly comprising a filter (10) defining a path for fluid passing to or from the filter, an adaptor (11) according to any one of claims 1 to 8 being connected to said filter (10) by said connector and providing a continuation of said path. A filter assembly according to claim 9 wherein the filter (10) is annular with first and second ends, the adaptor (11) being connected to one of said ends. A filter assembly according to claim 10 wherein said one of said ends is closed by an end cap (20), the adaptor (11) being connected to said end cap (20). A filter assembly according to any one of claims 9 to 11 and further including a mounting plate (12) having an aperture (38), the groove (26) including a sealing ring (37) sealingly engaging said aperture (38). A filter assembly according to claim 12 where the annular body is in accordance with claim 3, wherein the aperture (38) comprises an annular passage having an annular inner surface, the sealing ring (37) sealingly engaging said inner surface.
Anspruch[fr]
Adaptateur destiné à monter un filtre comprenant un corps annulaire (21) formé par moulage et un connecteur (22) destiné à connecter l'adaptateur (11) à un filtre (10), le corps annulaire (21) comprenant des surfaces radialement intérieure et extérieure (23, 24), une surface étant formée avec une rainure (26) pour recevoir une bague d'étanchéité (37), caractérisé en ce qu'un élément de renforcement annulaire (31) renforce l'autre surface, l'élément de renforcement comprend une première partie (32) recouvrant la surface associée du corps annulaire (21) et une bride s'étendant radialement (33), et la rainure (26) étant en forme de U avec des première (35) et seconde parois latérales parallèles interconnectées par une base (36), ladite seconde paroi latérale étant formée par ladite bride s'étendant radialement (33). Adaptateur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel les surfaces intérieure et extérieure (23, 24) sont des surfaces cylindriques coaxiales avec l'axe du corps annulaire. Adaptateur selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, dans lequel la rainure (25, 26) est formée sur la surface radialement extérieure. Adaptateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel l'adaptateur (11) comprend une paroi d'extrémité s'étendant entre ladite surface intérieure (23) et ladite surface extérieure (24), la base (36) de la rainure (26) s'étendant depuis ladite paroi d'extrémité et l'élément de renforcement (31) se projetant au-delà de ladite paroi d'extrémité pour former ladite seconde paroi latérale. Adaptateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, comprenant au moins une rainure supplémentaire (25). Adaptateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, dans lequel la ou chaque rainure (25, 26) contient une bague d'étanchéité associée (30, 37). Adaptateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel le corps annulaire est formé à partir d'un matériau plastique. Adaptateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel l'élément de renforcement (31) est constitué de métal, de préférence d'acier. Ensemble de filtre comprenant un filtre (10) définissant une voie pour passage de fluide vers ou en provenance du filtre, un adaptateur (11) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8 connecté audit filtre (10) par ledit connecteur et fournissant une continuation de ladite voie. Ensemble de filtre selon la revendication 9, dans lequel le filtre (10) est annulaire avec des première et seconde extrémités, l'adaptateur (11) étant connecté à l'une desdites extrémités. Ensemble de filtre selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ladite une desdites extrémités est fermée par un capuchon d'extrémité (20), l'adaptateur (11) étant connecté audit capuchon d'extrémité (20). Ensemble de filtre selon l'une quelconque des revendications 9 à 11, comprenant en outre une plaque de montage (12) comportant une ouverture (38), la rainure (26) comprenant une bague d'étanchéité (37) engageant de manière étanche ladite ouverture (38). Ensemble de filtre selon la revendication 12 où le corps annulaire est conforme à la revendication 3, dans lequel l'ouverture (38) comprend un passage annulaire ayant une surface intérieure annulaire, la bague d'étanchéité (37) engageant de manière étanche ladite surface intérieure.






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A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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