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Publication numberUS2004152 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date11 Jun 1935
Filing date25 May 1931
Priority date25 May 1931
Publication numberUS 2004152 A, US 2004152A, US-A-2004152, US2004152 A, US2004152A
InventorsBadenhausen Phillips
Original AssigneeBadenhausen Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Slag bottom for furnaces
US 2004152 A
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June IL 1935.

P. BADENHAUSEN SLAG'BOTTOM FOR FURNACES Filed May 25, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet l WITNESS June 11, 1935. P. BADENHAUSEN SLAG BQTTOM FOR FURNACES Filed May 25, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 E ill;

WITNESS Patented June 11, 1935 SLAG' BOTTOM FOR FURNACES Phillips Badenhausen, Philadelphia; Pa.', as-

signor toBadenhausen Corporation, Cornwells Heights, Pa., a corporation of Pennsylvania Application May 25; 1931, Serial No. 539,833

5 Claims.

1 This invention relates to slag bottoms for furnaces, and more particularly to an improved bottom construction forfurnaces fired by pulverized coal or similar fuels. 7

It has heretofore been proposed 'to operate such a furnace at a sufficiently high temperature to melt the ash and thus form a liquid slag which collects on the furnace bottom and which may be tapped out at intervals through a suitable opening in a side wall of the furnace. A construction of this type is known as a slag-tap furnace, and one of its principal advantages resides in the fact that no ashpit is required beneath the furnace, so thatthe overall height of the furnace and the building which encloses it are greatly reduced. The bottom or pit of the combustion chamber in such furnaces usually comprises a relatively shallow pan having vertical side walls, and the accumulation of slag therein presents a serious problem.- When the operation of the furnace is stopped, as for instance for, re-' pairs, the molten slag solidifies, and it is difficult to remove it from the pan or pit. It must be dug out. If allowed to remain therein, upon ,the re-heating of the furnace, the solid slag in the pan expands substantially and this expansion of the solid slag puts the walls of the pan or pit 1 the pit or bottom is filled with solid matter, in

cluding solidified slag, the expansion thereof upon re-heating does not exert any substantial pressure tending to injure or weaken the walls, but merelyproduces an upward creep or slide. of the outer surface of the contents of the pit over the inner surface of the pit.

Other objects of my invention will appear in the specification and claims below.

Referring now to the drawings forming a part of this specification and in which the same reference characters are employed throughout the various views to designate the same parts,

Fig. 1 is a vertical longitudinal section of the lower part of the combustion chamber of a boiler; and

Only the lower part of the combustion chamber I of the boiler is shownin the drawings. The side walls may be provided with water cooling tubes 2 connected with suitableheaders 3, in the usual manner. The front of the boiler is provided with deflagration offthe fuel.

a heavy wall or plate 4 of refractory material having openings 55 in which to mount burners (not shown) to which fine powdered fuel commingled with air is supplied through the conduit 6 inthe front of the boiler. The bottom 1 "of the boiler may be supported on a metal framework 8 and braces'fl or in any other suitable manner, and when so supported I preferably use an upwardly and outwardly sloping sheet-metal concave portion, said port being normally closed by a valve or gate I5. This closure isshown as a heavy hand lever'l6 carrying on its short end 11, a plate l8 of refractory material. When the lever I6 is forced downwardly the plate l8 moves upwardly uncovering-the port and molten slag in the bottom above the level of said port, will fiow through the port I4.

The valve I5 is preferably located within a housing l9 in'which are located a number of water jets or sprays to cool the slag falling therethrough and the lower part of the housing is also preferably provided with a jet 2| for driving the slag falling to the bottom thereof rearwardly through the pipe or conduit 22 to the sump 23. Before the furnace is started, the concave bottom is preferably substantially filled with loose pieces of refractory material 24, such as broken pieces of fire brick and. thelike, to a point near the level of theporthole l4. After the furnace has been operated for a time,a layer 25 of molten slag forms on the top of the mass of broken pieces of refractory material 24, due, in part, to the fusion of the pieces of brick at the top or upper surfaces thereof where it is exposed to the direct heat of the burning fuel and to the accumulation of molten ash falling thereon as a result of the The molten slag 25 is not extremely fluid. It flows relatively slowly and, therefore, slowly works down into the mass of refractory material 24, but before it has penetrated very far it cools surficientlyto become practically solid, and, therefore,

the slag in a molten condition rarely reaches the bottom of the concave pit, but forms a crust or Fig. 2 is a front elevational view of the same.

layer 26 of refractory material with the voids between the pieces of relatively refractory material filled with solidified lava resting on the top of the balance of the refractory material and on which the molten layer 25 is retained.

.The crust 2 6 and the mass of refractory material 24 with thespaces therebetween filled with air or voids between contiguous pieces of said material practically heat-insulate the bottom of the pit from the intense heat of the interior of the combustion chamber I and of the molten ash layer 25. From time to time, the gate or valve i5 may be opened and the excess lava or molten slag may be allowed to flow out from the furnace bottom through the port It and falling between the jets of water, become broken up .into small loose particles which are more or less granular and in that condition they are driven by another jet of water or steam 2| into the sump 23.

When for any reason it becomes necessary or desirable to put the boiler out of commission for a time as, for instance, for the purpose of making repairs orfor cleaning, the supply of fuel is cut off from the furnace in the usual way and the boiler is allowed to cool. The layer 25 of slag within the bottom "I and lying on the crust 26 then solidifies into a relatively solid mass. In ordinary boilers of this kind, it is customary to then remove the slag from the bottom, but this is arduous, difiicult work in the doing of which harm is likely to come to the lining l2. In using a boiler equipped with my invention, it is not necessary to remove this slag which solidifies in the bottom of the pit. It'forms, in fact, a part of the bottom itself. When the furnace is again started the intense heat within the combustion chamber soon makes fluid again the slag at the upper part of the bottom and the whole mass may expand in re-heating, but in expanding the mass merely creeps or slides upwardly on the slanting walls of the concave surface of the lininglZ, not adhering firmly thereto, but sliding over it and exerting substantially no lateral pressure tending to disrupt the lining l2 or the shell II. What cracks may appear in the layer 26 as it heats and expands, are quickly filled with the lava from the layer 25 at the top of the mass which solidifiesin the crack, filling it and thereby preventing too deep a penetration of the molten lava into; the voids between the pieces of the mass of refractory material 214.

While I usually prefer to first fill the bottom with broken pieces of substantially infusible material and to form the crust at the top thereof, as above described, it is not necessary soto do; It may be omitted and the molten ash or lava may be allowed to slowly accumulate and fill the bottom. In the operation of the furnace, the lava or molten slag at the bottom of the pit or well will slowly solidify as the bottom fills so that by the time the accumulation is well over the vent or tap-hole l4, only a shallow depth of molten lava will be at the top of the accumulation.

When the level of the accumulated molten ash rises substantially above the port or tap-hole i4, it may be brought down tothe level shown in Fig. 1 by opening the valve l5 and allowing the excess to flow off. 1

When the furnace or boileris put out of comimission and allowed to cool, the slag will solidify within the bottom and, shrinking somewhat, cracks or fissures may form therein;' Upon a re-heating of the boiler Without removing this accumulation of solidified slag, the mass will expand but will not exert any injuriouspressure horizontally against the outwardly flaring or tapering side walls of the bottom for the slag will not adhere so firmly to the impervious lining [2 as to rupture it or weaken the main walls of the bottom. As the operation of the furnace :con-

tinues, the upper surface of the accumulated slag may soften and become fluid, and more fluid molten slag,.may accumulate at the top thereof, but the heat from the interior of the furnace will be substantially insulated from the greater portion of the bottom by the relatively thick layer of solidified slag or slag and brick filling the lower part of the bottom.

I, prefer, however, to use the pieces of refractory material M in, the usual practice of my invention, because the air in the voids in the solid material below the crust or layer 26 also contribute substantially to the heat insulation of the bottom lining and walls of the bottom from the'intense heat of the combustion chamber.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim-and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is: T r

1. A combustion furnace for pulverized fuel comprising a closed furnace bottom having upwardly flaring walls and filled with loose pieces of refractory material providing air-filled voids between contiguous pieces thereof, anda layer of molten ash supported on the top of said pieces of material and filling the voids at the top surface thereof. i

2. A combustion furnace for pulverized fuel comprising a closed furnace bottom having upwardly flaring walls and filledwith loose pieces of refractory material normally providing airfilled voids between contiguous pieces thereof, the spaces between the 'pieces near the top of said material being sealed into a crust with solidified slag or lava anda layer of molten ash orlava'supported on said crust, 'the material bel'owsaid crust and the air-filled voids therein forming a heat insulating layer to-protect the walls from the intense heat of combustion.

3. A combustion furnace for pulverized fuel comprising walls forming a closed'furnace bottom'havi'ng'an upper surface which slopes upwardly and outwardly in all directions, said bottom being lined with a material to which fused ash does not'firmly adhere as it solidifies, a permanent bed of fused ash retained'by said bottom to form a protectin glayer, and means to withdrawfro'm the furnace liquid ash which collects on the upper surface of said permanent bed.

4. A combustion furnace for pulverized fuel comprising a closed furnace bottom having side walls'all of which slope upwardly andoutward- 1y, said bottom being impermeably lined with a material to which fused ash does not firmly adhere as it solidifies, the slope of the walls be ing sufficiently gradual to permit thev solidified slag in said bottom to expand upon r e-heating and slide upwardly on said walls without exerting substantial pressurehorizontallyagainst the walls, and means providing an opening near the top of one side wall through which fused ash may be withdrawn in liquid form.

5. A combustion furnace for pulverized fuel comprising a closed furnace bottom lined with a material to which fused ash does not firmly adhere as it solidifies, said bottom having side walls sloping upwardly and outwardly in at least two directions at right angles to eachother to permid solidified slag on said bottomto expand upon re-heating and slide upwardly on said walls without exerting substantial pressure horizontally, and means providing an opening in one side wall and spaced a substantial distance above the lowest point in said bottom through which fused ash may be-withdrawn in liquid form.


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U.S. Classification110/165.00A, 110/336
International ClassificationF23J1/00
Cooperative ClassificationF23J1/00, F23J2700/002
European ClassificationF23J1/00