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WO1994011306A1 - Method of avoiding calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, cooler for the implementation of the method and use of said cooler - Google Patents

Method of avoiding calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, cooler for the implementation of the method and use of said cooler

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Publication number
WO1994011306A1
WO1994011306A1 PCT/DK1993/000367 DK9300367W WO1994011306A1 WO 1994011306 A1 WO1994011306 A1 WO 1994011306A1 DK 9300367 W DK9300367 W DK 9300367W WO 1994011306 A1 WO1994011306 A1 WO 1994011306A1
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water
cooling
unit
tools
temperature
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PCT/DK1993/000367
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French (fr)
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Hans-Ole Wandt
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Wandt Hans Ole
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    • CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
    • C02TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE
    • C02FTREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE
    • C02F1/00Treatment of water, waste water, or sewage
    • C02F1/30Treatment of water, waste water, or sewage by irradiation
    • C02F1/32Treatment of water, waste water, or sewage by irradiation with ultra-violet light
    • CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
    • C02TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE
    • C02FTREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE
    • C02F5/00Softening water; Preventing scale; Adding scale preventatives or scale removers to water, e.g. adding sequestering agents
    • C02F5/02Softening water by precipitation of the hardness
    • C02F5/025Hot-water softening devices
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D17/00Arrangements for circulating cooling fluids; Arrangements for circulating gas, e.g. air, within refrigerated spaces
    • F25D17/02Arrangements for circulating cooling fluids; Arrangements for circulating gas, e.g. air, within refrigerated spaces for circulating liquids, e.g. brine

Abstract

The invention relates to a method of preventing calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, for example welding or moulding tools for use in the drug or food industry, where the cooling water is used to ensure a particular temperature and an even distribution of temperature, the temperature of the tool being app. 90-120 °C, whereas the temperature of the cooling water in continuous operation never exceeds 30 °C. According to the invention the calcareous deposits are avoided by using recirculated cooling water, which is continuously regenerated and cooled. The invention also comprises a cooling unit for use in the implementation of the method, which unit has means (6, 12, 13, 19, 20) for recirculation and continuous regeneration of cooling water and has means (3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 18) for cooling of the cooling water. These means comprise calcium decomposition elements (7, 11) for separation of the calcium and elements (10) for ultraviolet irradiation of the cooling water for sterilization hereof.

Description

METHOD OF AVOIDING CALCAREOUS DEPOSITS ON HEATED, WATER-COOLED TOOLS, COOLER FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE METHOD AND USE OF SAID COOLER.

The invention relates to a method of preventing calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, for example welding or moulding tools for use in the drug and food industry, or for example rollers or bearings for use in the graphic industry, where the cooling water is used to ensure a par¬ ticular temperature and an even distribution of tempera¬ ture, the temperature of the tool being app. 90-120°C, whereas the temperature of the cooling water in continuous operation never exceeds 30°C.

In such methods the purity of the cooling water calls for special attention, and up to know it has been common practice to use tap water in large quantities because tap water meets the requirements for purity as stipulated by the health authorities.

According to the present invention, use is made of re¬ circulated cooling water, which is regenerated and cooled continuously.

This method is very economical, in part because tap water is becoming an expensive commodity, and in part because a better utilization of waste heat is achieved.

According to the invention, the regeneration may consist in decomposition or removal of the calcium from the cooling water.

Calcareous deposits on the tools are hereby avoided.

In addition hereto, the regeneration according to the in- vention may consist in radiation of the cooling water with ultra-violet light.

It is hereby possible to sterilize the water to such a degree that it meets the standards established by the health authorities.

A decisive embodiment of the method according to the inven¬ tion consists in that in the event of an interruption of operation - intended or unintended - cooling of the cool¬ ing water continues for so long that the temperature of the tools decreases to about 30°C.

Since the tools are normally operated under a temperature of between 90-120°C, calcareous deposits may occur follow¬ ing an interruption of operations because calcareous de¬ posits may occur already at temperatures of app. 45°C. By carrying out a subsequent cooling to the effect that the tools are brought down below this temperature relatively fast, the calcareous deposits are to a large extent re¬ duced.

The invention also relates to a cooling unit for use in the implementation of the invention, and the cooling unit is advantageous in that the unit has means for recirculation and continuous regeneration of the cooling water, as well as means for cooling down the cooling water, in addition to which the cooling unit may have means for decomposition of calcium carbonat or radiation of the cooling water with ultraviolet light.

The method according to the invention and a cooling unit for use in the implementation of the method will be explained below in the detailed description with reference to the drawing, wherein Fig. 1 is a schematic illustration of a prior art cooling unit,

Fig. 2 is a schematic illustration of a recirculation unit according to the invention.

Fig. 1 illustrates a prior art cooling unit comprising an apparatus 14, which contains welding or moulding tools for use in the drug or food industry. The temperature of these tools is app. 90-120°C during operation and must be cooled by means of cooling water in order to maintain this tem¬ perature. In view hereof, the cooling unit has an open water tank 15, which serves as a cooling water reservoir for the apparatus 14.

A pump 6 is connected to the water tank 15 and is adapted to pump the cooling water from the water tank 15 to the apparatus 14 through an inlet 13, whereupon the cooling water is discharged to the atmosphere through an outlet 12. The water tank 15 therefore must be replenished con¬ tinuously in order to compensate for the loss of cooling water, which is in part discharged and in part evaporates during operation of the apparatus 14 and from the open water tank 15.

The loss of cooling water is compensated for by intake of tap water through a feed pipe 2 as a float valve 1 has sunk to a predetermined lower level in the water tank 15. Thus clean and fresh tap water is fed continuously into the re- circulation unit and together herewith, also calcium from the calcareous tap water.

At the temperature indicated the cooling water will deposit calcium on the machine tools, since such deposits will take place already at temperatures of app. 45°C. Thus a steadily increasing layer of calcium will deposit on the machine tools, and this calcium must be removed from time to time in order to reduce the comsumption of energy necessary for heating the machine tools.

Removal of the calcium in the known recirculation unit in¬ volves a considerable amount of labour, and the discharge of cooling water a considerable waste of water.

In the recirculation unit illustrated in Fig. 2 according to the invention the calcium deposit is reduced to a mini¬ mum, and therefore this unit is considerably more economi¬ cal in operation, discharge of the tap water is avoided during recirculation and sterilization of the cooling water, and a satisfactory • level of purity and a quality, which meet the requirements stipulated by the health authorities is achieved.

The recirculation unit according to invention also com¬ prises a water tank 15, which can be replenished with tap water through a feed pipe 2, which opens by means of a float valve 1, and the cooling water is pumped into the en¬ tire unit by means of a pump 6.

The cooling water is led through an inlet 19, a thermostat 9 and a calcium decomposition element 7, wherein the calcium is removed from the cooling water, whereupon the cooling water is led further through the pump 6 and the inlet 13 to the apparatus 14, wherein the machine tools are cooled, the cooling water being at the same time heated to app. 20°C. The heated cooling water is returned through an outlet 12 and another calcium decomposition element 11 to an evaporator 16 provided in the water tank 15, the heat from the cooling water being utilized to evaporate freon in the evaporator 16. The freon is led through the evaporator 16 in the direction opposite the direction of flow of the cooling water, which will cause the heat from the cooling water to get into contact with as much freon as possible. In the evaporator 16 the cooling water is led through a pipe provided with an undulating wall, or similar formed wall, in order to obtain the maximum surface possible for the heat exchange.

The cooling water leaves the evaporator 16 at a temperature of app. 20°C through a water outlet 20, which is so formed that the water circulates around in the water tank 15 to the effect that a whirl is created. This causes the water in the water tank 15 to be moving constantly. In the water tank is further provided an element 10 for emittance of ultraviolet radiation which serves to sterilize the water in the water tank 15, and this sterilization process is im- proved due to the constant movement of the water.

The heated or evaporated freon is then cooled down in a per se commonly known cooling unit comprising a condensor 3, a motor-driven fan 18, a pipe line 21, a compressor 4, a re- ceiver 5 and a valve 8.

The cooling unit may advantageously be provided with wheels, thus rendering the apparatus mobile.

Claims

P A T E N T C L A I M S
1. Method of preventing calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, for example welding or moulding tools for use in the drug and food industry, or rollers or bearings for use in the graphic industry, where the cool¬ ing water is used to ensure a particular temperature and an even distribution of temperature, the temperature of the tool being app. 90-120°C, whereas the temperature of the cooling water in continuous operation never exceeds 30°C, characterized in that use is made of recirculated cooling water, which is continuously regenerated and cooled down.
2. Method according to claim 1, characterized in that the regeneration of the cooling water comprises decomposition or removal of calcium from the cooling water.
3. Method according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the regeneration of the cooling water comprises ultra¬ violet radiation.
4. Method according to claim 1, 2 or 3, characterized in that in the event of an interruption of operation intended or unintended - cooling of the cooling water con¬ tinues for so long that the temperature of the tools de¬ creases to app. 30°C.
5. Method according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that the heat led away with the cooling water is reused.
6. Cooling unit for use in the implementation of the method of claim 1, characterized in that the unit has means (6, 12, 13, 19, 20) for recirculation and continuous re¬ generation of the cooling water and has means (3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 18) for cooling down the cooling water.
7. Cooling unit according to claim 6, characterized in that the unit has means (7, 11) for decomposition or removal of calcium from the cooling water.
8. Cooling unit according to claims 6 or 7, characterized in that the unit has means (10) for radiation of the cool¬ ing water with ultraviolet light.
9. Cooling unit acording to claim 6, or 8, characterized in that the unit has a cross heat exchanger (16), which is adapted to transfer heat from the cooling water into for example water for domestic use.
10. Cooling unit according to one or more of the claims 6- 9, characterized in that the unit is mobile, for example supported on wheels.
11. Use of the cooling unit according to claims 6-10 for recirculation of cooling water for cooling of heated, water cooled machine trols for use in the drug or food industry to secure a particular temperature and an even distribution of temperature in the machine tools.
PCT/DK1993/000367 1992-11-12 1993-11-10 Method of avoiding calcareous deposits on heated, water-cooled tools, cooler for the implementation of the method and use of said cooler WO1994011306A1 (en)

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Citations (5)

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WO1981002529A1 (en) * 1980-03-12 1981-09-17 White Light Ind Inc Magnetic water conditioner apparatus
GB2179128A (en) * 1985-06-18 1987-02-25 Paxman Briston Coolers Ltd Apparatus for cooling liquids
US4850427A (en) * 1986-12-24 1989-07-25 Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Device for controlling overheating and scaling in an apparatus for heating a fluid and apparatus equipped with such a device
EP0346540A1 (en) * 1988-06-15 1989-12-20 NUMOR SYSTEMS COMPANY, a Michigan Co-Partnership Coolant processing system
US5184471A (en) * 1991-07-08 1993-02-09 Ocs Industries, Inc. Food products chiller and method of using the same

Patent Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
WO1981002529A1 (en) * 1980-03-12 1981-09-17 White Light Ind Inc Magnetic water conditioner apparatus
GB2179128A (en) * 1985-06-18 1987-02-25 Paxman Briston Coolers Ltd Apparatus for cooling liquids
US4850427A (en) * 1986-12-24 1989-07-25 Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Device for controlling overheating and scaling in an apparatus for heating a fluid and apparatus equipped with such a device
EP0346540A1 (en) * 1988-06-15 1989-12-20 NUMOR SYSTEMS COMPANY, a Michigan Co-Partnership Coolant processing system
US5184471A (en) * 1991-07-08 1993-02-09 Ocs Industries, Inc. Food products chiller and method of using the same

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