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Publication numberUS1833397 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1931
Filing dateOct 1, 1928
Priority dateOct 1, 1928
Publication numberUS 1833397 A, US 1833397A, US-A-1833397, US1833397 A, US1833397A
InventorsHarold F Hagen
Original AssigneeB F Sturtevant Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drying kiln
US 1833397 A
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The kilns.

In the drying of many materials such, for example, as lumber, it is very desirable that present invention relates to drying the drying shall proceed throughout the,

mass of material at the same rate, thus making it possible to obtain thedesired degree of dryness, whatever ,it may be, for the entire product. In order to accomplish this result it is necessar that the drying air shall flow over and through the entire mass of material in substantially uniform amount and velocity, and it is the object of the present invention to provide a construction of Ydrying kiln whereby such flow will be secured.

With this object in View the present invention consists of a drying kiln in which means are provided for securing a u niform and even distribution of the drying air throughout the transverse areas of the drying room or chamber, and for maintaining a constant head or pressure difference between oppoesd points of such transverse areas. These results are obtained according to the present invention by providing the walls at opposite sides of the drylng room or chamber, transverse to the path of air flow, with` uniformly distributed or spaced orilices for the passage of air therethrough,and supplying the drying air at a constant pressure to the inlet wall orifices. The loss of head measured from any point on the inlet or supply wall to a point on the outlet or return wall directly opposite thereto will, therefore, be the same as the loss of head between any y other similarly opposed points on the surfaces of the walls,vand the flow of air across the drying room or chamber will be the same in amount and velocit throughout the entire transverse section of t .e room.

An important feature of the present invention consists in supplying the air through the ducts at a relatively high pressure, and admitting it to the dryingchamber at a relatively low velocity. This is accomplished through the provision of a wall onthesupply side ofthe drying chamber consisting of two parallel partitions closely spaced and provided with uniformly arranged'orifices.

l plied to a kiln for drying lumber,

The space between the partitions forms a pressure chamber in which a uniform pres. sure head is maintained, with low velocity of flow. By providing the outer partition which lies between the air supply duct and such ressure chamber with orifices of considera ly less total crossfsectional area than those in the inner Wall between the pressure chamber and the dryingchamber, and having the orifices in the two partitions out of register, a very uniform pressure of reduced amount will be vmaintained throughout this pressure chamber in the inlet wall, and a correspondingly highly uniform ow ,of air at reduced velocity secured throughout the entire inner partition and into the drying chamber. By the provision of an outlet or return wall provided with uniformly spaced orifices leadin to the return ducts, the even distribution o drying air across the entireV width of the chamber is maintained. In the accompanying drawings illustrating the preferred form of the invention vas ap- Fig. 1 is a horizontal sectional view of as much of the kiln as isv necesasry to describe the present invention; Fig. 2 is a sectional end elevation of the kiln; Fig. 3 is a vertical side elevation through the drying room of the kiln; Fi ..4 is a side elevation of a section of the dou le plate wall on the drying room side; Fig. 5 is an elevation of a plate forming part of the return wall; and Fig. 6 is a section on line 6-6 of Fig. 4.

The illustrated kiln comprises a cement foundation 8 and insulated outer Walls 10 `and a roof 12. The kiln is divided into a fan l `stacked on trucks 24 and rolled into the drying rooms on suitable rails in the usual manner. As 4shown in Fig. 3, the material to be dried comprises planks 26 of wood arranged in horizontal rows and separated by the usual shown in Figs. 1 and 3, there are being three inches transversely arranged stickers 28. Itis desirable that the material be stacked 'as uniformly `as possible in order to present uniform resistances to the currents of air passing through the dryin rooms.

The partitions etween the separate drying rooms constitute a part of the supply and return ducts through which the air passes between the fan and the drying rooms. As two supply ducts 30, between the first and Asecond and between the third and fourth drying rooms, a return duct `32 in the middle of the kiln between the second and third drying rooms, and return ducts 34 at the sides of the kiln. Conduits 36 connect the outlet of the fan with the supply ducts 30, andthe return ducts 32 and 34 return the air to the conditioning apparatus 2O through suitable conduits 38.

Considering the`right hand drying room of Fig. 3 which is shown in the upper part of Fig. 1, this drying room has a wall or partition 40 on'the supply si e and a wall or artition 42 on the return side, these walls eing parallel to each other and perpendicular to the-paths of air flow through the drying room. Each wall is made up as shown 1n Fig. 2 of a plurality of sections, each provided with orifices to permit the air to pass therethrough. As shown in Figs. 4 and 6, the inlet or supply wall 40 is composed of a pluralit 'of sections indicated generally at 44 whic'llv are secured to suitable. studs 46 and horizontal stringers 48. Each section 44 comprises two opposed closely spaced plates 50 and 52. The plate 50 which is on the supply or duct side of the wall has a number of orificesi54 and the plate 52 on the drying room side has a relatively greater number of orifices 56. These openingsin the two plates, as shown. in Fig. 4, are not in register. The side plate 50 for each section is illustrated as having 16 openings, while the plate 52 has 72 openings. The openings, except for the bottom row in the plate 52, are arranged so that one of the openings 54 is opposed to the center'of a'square of which the openings 56 form the corners, so that high pressure air from the supply duct 30 entering the openings 54 of the plate 50 strikes the imperforate ortion of the plate 52, whereby its velocity ead is reduced substantially to zero and a uniform, relatively low pressure within the chamber is built up.

In the preferred4 construction, the holes are approximately 3/gths of an inch in diameter for both plates, the spacing between holes for the plate 50 and one and one-half inchesI for the plate 52. The separation between plates is small and may be as little as one-fourth of an inch.

The supply wall of the drying room, therefore, comprises in effect a pressure chamber of small dimensions in the direction of the vof each of the walls 40 constructed as above described, the

4flow of air and having provision for entrance vv'ofjair into it ata relatively high Velocity while permitting exit of air into the drying room at a relatively low velocity as determined by the greater number of holes in the plate 52. The air issuing from the holes 56 of the plate on the drying room side of the wall 40 comprises a large number of closely and uniformly s aced streams of air which are at a practica ly uniform Velocity because of the uniform pressure pressure chamber. The streams are sufficiently close together so that there is a substantially uniform flow of air into the drying chamber. v

The return wall of each drying room, as indicated at 42, comprises a plurality of plates of the typel shown in Fig. 5, each of these-plates being similar' both 'as -to size, number, and arrangement of holesas the plates 50 of the supply wall. Since there is a relatively small number of holes in the return plate, the`velocity head of the air as it approaches the plate is largely converted into a pressure head which gives a substantially uniform pressure over all parts of the return wall. Under the influence of this pressure, the air is forced through the holes of the return wall at a relatively high velocity to enter the return ducts 32 and' 34 from which it passes into the air conditioning A apparatus.

The construction of the supply and the return walls of the drying chamber as above described, meets the most exacting requirements for uniformity of flow across the chamber and through the material to be dried. It is particularly advantageous in the drying of hard woods where uniformit of flow is necessary. For the drying of so t woods wherein the fibers are not so closely compacted as to built up within the resist the evaporation of moisture to as high A a degree as in hard woods, the supply wall of the pressure chamber may be built up of single plates consisting either of the plates 50 alone or the plates 52 alone. For the single plate wall, the use ofl `plates 504 having the smaller number of holes is preferable, not only because of the greater and therefore more uniform building up of pressure on the supply side of the plate. v

From Fig. 1 it will be seen that the sides ducts 30 consists of two of the walls forming the sidesof adjacent drying ro ins. The ends of each duct 30 are closed by a vertical imperforate plate 55.

The provision of the return wall opposite the supply wall of each drying room is a feature of great importance. If no wall were provided at the return side, the head of air on the return side of the material to be dried would not necessarily be uniform over the entiretransverse area of the drying room.

because of the smaller expense, but also v Instead of iiowing in paths directl across the drying room, the air Would ten to dow" fromone side of the drying room to the other will be substantially the same for all perpendicular distances between opposite walls.

The diiferences in head being uniform, the

velocities of air flow will therefore beuniform, and stream lines perpendicular to the Walls are thereby assured. All possibility of uneven drying of the material is therefore avoided. Y

In the operation of my improved drying kiln the cars or trucks are loaded or stacked outside of the kiln With the lumber to be dried arranged in horizontal layers with transverse separators or stickers between the layers of lumber in the usual manner. The trucks are then Wheeled into the kiln, the doors closed, and the fan and conditioning apparatus set in operation.

' If hard Wood is to be dried, the double i partition supply Wall is used, and a pressure of from one-half to an inch of Water is maintained by the centrifugal fan'in the air supply ducts 30. With the partitions spaced as above described, and with the number, size and arrangement of orifices specified, the drying air Will pass through the opening 54 in the duct partition at a relatively high velocity, approximately 3000 feet per minute, creating a pressure in the pressure chamber in the neighborhood of one-quarter of an inch. From the pressure chamber the air Will pass through the orifices 56 in the inner partition and into the drying chamber at a velocity of about 800 feet per minute, and will create an even and uniform fioW of air across the entire drying chamber of approximately twentyve feet per minute. From the drying chamber the air passes through the orifices in` the return Wall into the return ducts 32, through which it is led`back to the conditioning apparatus and the centrifugal fan for recirculation.

If the wood'to be dried is of the softer varieties, the partition 50 in the duct side of the supply Wall will be removed, permitting the drying air to pass directly from the supply ducts through the orifice 56 on the partitions orplates 52 into the drying room. A greater quantity of drying air at higher velocities Will, under these conditions, pass across the drying chamber, but owing to the construction of the supply andreturn Walls,

'the new Win be unirqrmiy the am@ for n1 transverse sections of the room.-

t will be understood that although the perforated Walls or partitions are described `as forming the sides of the drying chamber, the invention is not limited to a construction in Which these Walls are vertically disposed, it being only necessary that they sha-ll be par- -vallel to each other and arranged so that including a pressure fan and supply and re.

turn ducts connecting the fan and the drying room, and a pressure chamber through Which the air passes from the supply duct to the drying room comprising closely spaced, uniformly perforated partitions to afford a sub# stantially uniform pressure over all parts of the pressure chamber, the total area of the perforations in the supply side of the chamber being less than in the drying room side. i

2. A kiln comprising a drying room, a pressure fan and supply and return ducts for circulating air through the drying room, and a pressure chamber through `which the air passes from the supply duct to the drying room -comprising opposed closely spaced partitions each having perforations .over their surfaces of approximately the samevsize but greater in number in the drying room side of the chamber than in the supply side to afford a substantially uniform pressure in all parts of the pressure chamber and a substantially uniform velocity of air into the drying room.

-3. A kiln comprising a drying room, a pressure fan and supply and return ducts for circulating air througl.` the drying room, a Wall on the supply side of the drying room comprising oppositely disposed, closely spaced partitions to form a pressure chamber, the opposite partitions having uniformly arranged non-registering perforations whereby-a substantially uniform pressure is permitted to build up in the pressure chamber to cause the air to flow with uniform velocity through the drying room.

4. A kiln comprising a drying room, a pressure fan and supply and return ducts for circulating air thro-ugh the drying room, and a pressure chamber forming a Wall'at the supply side of the drying room and including closely spaced partitions through Which the air passes to the' drying room, the partitions having non-registering perforations small in number in the supply side to iis cause air to enter at a relatively high veing room being similar to the inlet plate of locity and maintain a` uniform pressure in 'the pressure chamber;

the pressure chamber, and relatively large in 9. A kiln comprising a drying room, means number in the drying room side whereby the for circulating air through the drying room 5 air issues from the pressure chamber with including a pressure fan and supply and re- 70 a moderate veloclty into the drying room. turn 'ducts connecting the fanand the dry- 5. A kiln comprising a drying room, a ing room,- and a pressure chamber throughpressure fan and supply and return ducts which the air passes from the supply duct for circulating air through the drying room, to the dr ing room comprising uniformly walls interposed in the path of the air flow perforate partitions spaced from one 1an-75 on opposite sides of the drying room to reother less than the minimum separation besist the flow of air and tofmaintain the prestween perforations'in the partitions to mainsure adjacent each wall, the wall on the suptain a substantially uniform pressure over ply side ofthe drying room comprising opall parts of the pressure chamber and conpositely disposed spaced perforated plates structed and arranged to cause the air to so forming a pressure chamber through which flow with a substantially lower velocity from the air from the supply duct passes, and the the pressure chamber to the drying room opposite wall having uniformly spaced perthan from the supplv duct to th'e'pressure forations to permit uniform flow through chamber.

the drying room, In testimony whereof I have signed my g5 6. A kiln comprising a drying room, a presname t0 this specification. l

sure fan and supplyl and return ducts for HAROLD F. HAGEN.

circulating air through the drying room, walls interposed in the path of the air flow on opposite sides of the drying room to re- 90 sist the flow of air and to maintain pressure adjacent each wall, the wall on thesupply side of -he drying room comprising closely spaced, uniformly perforated partitions having a greater area of perforations in the dryl 95 ing room. side than in the supply side, and l the opposite wall of the drying room beingv uniformly perforated, whereby substantiallj1 uniform flows through the drying room are obtained.

7. A kiln comprising a drying room, a-pressure fan' and supply and return ducts for circulating air through the drying room, uniformly perforated walls interposedinthepath '10 of the air ow on opposite sides of the drying l m room to resist the fiow of air and to build up the pressure adjacent each wall, the wall on the supply sid-e of the drying room comprising a pressure chamber including closely spaced partitions having non-registering 11( perforations greater in number on the drying room side of such pressure chamber than on the supply side, whereby a substantially uniform pressure is built up in the pressure chamber and uniform flow throughthe drying room is secured.

8. A kiln comprising a drying room, a pressure fan and supply and return ducts for circulating air through the drying room, 12| walls interposed in thepath of the air flow on opposite sides of the drying roomto resist the flow of air and to build up the pressure adjacent each wall, the inlet wall of the l0 drying room comprising a pressure chamber 1- having an inlet partition with regularly arranged holes and an outlet partition closely spaced thereto with a relatively large num-y ber of holes out of register with the holes in 05 the inlet plate, and the outlet wall of the dry- 1 rambla. 1,833,391.

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` I 'I Granted November 24, 19317,` to I Itis hereby certified-that error appears in the printed soecificaton 'the l abovenumbered patent requiring correction as follows: Page 4, lined,l c'iaiin 4, after"Y the word "moderate" insert the word uniform; and that the said Letten -lPatent should be read with this correction therein that the samemay-confonn Y' to the record ofthe case in the Patent Office. V- .Signed md sealed this 9th day of February, A. D. j 1932.

M. J.' Moore,

(Seil) AetingConlnissioner'of Patenti.

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U.S. Classification34/225, 34/487, 34/213
International ClassificationF26B9/06, F26B21/00
Cooperative ClassificationF26B9/06, F26B2210/16
European ClassificationF26B9/06