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Publication numberUS1330632 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 10, 1920
Filing dateFeb 7, 1919
Publication numberUS 1330632 A, US 1330632A, US-A-1330632, US1330632 A, US1330632A
InventorsDavid L. Hanson
Original AssigneePine Nene products Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Process for recovering oils through the destructive distillation oe wood
US 1330632 A
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Patentedl Feb. 10, i920.





Peeeneed Feb.10,1920.





Application filed February 7, 1919.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, DAVID L. HANsoN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Wilmington, in the county of New Hanover and State of North Carolina, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Processes for Recovering Oils Through the Destructive Distillation of Wood, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improved process and apparatus for recovering oils and otherproducts through the destructive distillation of wood.

In destructive wood distillation for the recovering of oils and other products as heretofore practised, it has proved practically impossible to recover the oils with a desirable proportion of gum-content; or to recover the oils without a highly carbonifcrous characteristic. These objections appertain largely to and are apparently neces saryincdents of the process heretofore employed, and which were generally characterized by a lagging of the vapors in the retort, so that the gum-content was to an appreciable degree carbonized `prior to the delivery of such vapor to the condenser.

The present process is particularly directed to subjecting the vapor, immediately it is liberated in the distillation, to a force or forces, whereby it is, simultaneousl, with its liberation or generation, remove from the influence of the destructive proc ess. Furthermore, the improved process, contemplates as one of such forces the use of air under pressure, through which agent a desiredl quantity, of oxygen is introduced into the vapor as liberated with the effect to prevent the formation of carbon.

Tn Acarrying outthe present process, the vapor as liberated under substantially any method of destructive distillation of wood, is immediately and` constantly subjected to strong vacuum pull, which at the same time a current of air under pressure and superheated steam are constantly delivered to the retort, with these currents, vacuum and pressure, arranged `to augment rather than neutralize each other.

As a direct result of this particular detail, the vapor liberated by the distillation is at once forced and pulled from the retort, and the gum liberated from the wood re mains practically proportioned to the original condition. The gum is thus removed as Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Feb. 10, 1920.

serial ivo. 275,612.

lin such comparatively cooler portions the distillationwill be less rapid, and condensation more'liable to occur.

Therefore the additional` force, air under pressure, e'ectively forces such lagging vapors within reach of the full vacuum pull, and additionally by the oxygen and superheated steam introduced, tends to a gasifying of the charred gum, if any.

The resultant product is an oil, for example, of exceedingl high gum-content, and one of substantially natural color, also a highly desirable characteristic.

Of course the present process is used as an addition to that commonly employed for wood distillation, and is particularly effective in such a process where superheated steam is introduced into the retort during the distillation.

The vacuum pull also performs another desirable and important function in this art; that is the vapors following their generation or liberation are not permitted in the retort a sufficient time to be subjected to unnecessary craclriiig. `This condition tends largely toward the production of a very light mobile oil, and one having a high flash point. l

A preferred type of apparatus for carrying out the improved process is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l represents a side elevation of the improved apparatus.

F 2 is a front elevation of the same.

l indicates the brick work forming part of the furnace, divided by central wall 2 into separate furnace structures. This provides a battery formation, and as the furnaces are identical, but one will be described.

An arch wall 4 is arranged above the grate 3, and formed at intervals in the side por-` tions with fines 5. A retort 6 is supported above the arch Wall, having annular heads 7 Brick Work 9, is supported on the Walls 1 and 2 above the top plate to completely inclose the retort.

A division Wall 10, is arranged between the opposite ends of the retort to form sep* arate iirebOXeS, and lines 19. are formed by vertical Ipartitions 11 between the central Wall and end Walls of the furnace, Which lines l2 communicate With the flues 5. A stack 14 leads from they space 13 formed between the plate 8, the retort 6, the end Wall? vand the central partition 10, the fines 12 communicating With the space 18.

A delivery conduit 16 Ileads from each retort to a 'condensing coil 17', these conduits being 'preferably merged into a single conduit beyond the' retorts.` The coil 17 is supported in a'tank 18 adapted to contain Water orother cooling medium, and the lower endY of the coil communicates with the trap '19 connected by la pipe 20 with a receptacle 21 into Which the distilling oil passes'. `A pipe 22 extends from the top of thetr'ap 19 and is formed' Within the tank` 18 Iinto an auxiliary coil, 23, leading` at 24 into the' receptacle 21.

A steam boiler 25 is located at one side of the apparatus and a pipe 26 leads therefrominto a superheater 27 located in the flue'spae'e' 28 above the arched Wall t. A pipe 27 extends fromthe superheater, and has branchesQS leading into the bottom of eac'h of the retorts to inject superheated steam therento.

In or forming` part of the conduit 16, and preferably at the juncture of the said con* duitl 16 beyond the retorts is a vacuum apparatus '30 here shoWn as of the fan type and'drivenl by means not necessary to illustrate, Which Avvill maintain maximum mechanieal eflicieney of the vacuum Within the retorts during' the operation.

Preferably the vacuum pull is augmented, by` steam injectors 33, introduced into the conduits 16,betiveen the retort and vacuuni; apparatus. 'These injectors may be supplied 'from the superheater, as by pipe 34, or from' an" independent source.

'The forward ends of the retorts are naturally thek coolest, and it is at such ends, if anywher'djthat a laggingof the vapors and acomparatively 'cooling of the same will occur; I'.Fhe'refore a pipe as 31, is introduced into such endsy"`of the retorts, and given a desirable form of `outlet or outlets, as 32, through `Whiehpip`e and outlets air under pressureis introduced into the retort from anysuitable source.

'Under the combined actionfof the vacuum and airpressure, With or Without the use of the 'superheated steamthe liberated vapors are pulled and drivenfrom the retort immediately upon ,their liberation from the wood, and in a condition :substantially free of any or all impurities, particularly carbon, which the oxygen of the admitted air can destroy or divert. The resultant product, particularly the oils are thus light colored, of loiv specific gravity and viscosity, ano therefore highly desirable from a comH niercial standpoint.

ln the operation of the apparatus for carrying out the process, the retorts are charged with the des""ed quantity of wood, and the re is started to slowly raise the temperature in the retorts te the desired degree, which for the purpose of this appli-- cation may bestated to be between G00@ and 700C Fr. Steam superheated approximate,l;- the heat degree noted is injected into the retort and forced upwardly through the Wood. rlie volatilized compounds are liberated from the Wood, as heretofore proposed.

Simultaneously With the initial liberation of vapors, the vacuum apparatus is started and quickly produces the maximum power. rlhe air pressiu'e admitted through the pipe 31 is also admitted throughl the retorts, Whenever the combined effect of such vacuum pull, which it will` be remembered is continuous, and the air pressure, also continues, the liberated wipers, immediately upon their liberation are carried from the retort to the condenser.

Under the action of the steam alone there is an appreciable time following the liberation of the vapors before they are forced by such steam into the condenser, and during this time the heat of the retort tends to raise the oils to substantially the cracking point, and to convert the gum-content of the oils into a carbon residue with the result that the iinal product is quite dark in color and of a comparatively low proportion of gum-content.

The vacuum pull, combined with the air pressure and the oxygen produced thereby materially changes the character of the product resultant of the same distillation, in that the vapors are not permitted to remain in the retort for any appreciable time following their liberation. and hence the gum content of the oils is but slightly reduced from the natural proportion, and such small quantity of carbon that may be carbonized is converted by the oxygen of the admitted air and so removed as an impurity from the product. The oil thus delivered from the condenser is of the natural light color, With substantially the normal gum-content, as in the Wood.

It Will be noted that the vacuum pull, augmented by the air under pressure, constitutes a constant current through the rc tort through the outlet of a force suliicient to mingle with and carry oli the vapors as they are liberated. rlhe use of superheated steam adds to the force of the current and also introduces an agent tending to reduce the oxidizing effect of the air.

While l have described in this application the liberating of the vapors by ire and superheated steam, it is to be understood that steam or superheated steam alone may be employed, and it is therefore to be understood that the term destructive distillation includes both means of liberating the va# pors from the wood.

What is claimed is l. The hereindescribed process of preventing deterioration of the liberated vapors of wood distillation, consisting in subjecting the vapors to a constant pressure stream to remove the vapors from the re` tort immediately upon generation, said pressure stream consisting of a vacuum pull toward the retort outlet and oxidizing agent introduced remote from such outlet and forcing the vapors toward such outlet, whereby the vacuum pull and pressure agent assist each other in clearing the retort.

2. lThe hereindescribed process of pre` venting deterioration of the liberated vapors of wood distillation, consisting in subjecting the vapors to a constant pressure stream to remove the vapors from the retort immediately upon generation, said pressure stream consisting of a vacuum pull toward the retort outlet and air and superheated steam, introduced remote from such outlet and forcing the vapors toward such outlet, whereby the vacuum pull and pressure agent assist each other in clearing the retort.

In testimony whereof I atliX my signature.


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