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Publication numberUS2594474 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 29, 1952
Filing dateApr 28, 1950
Priority dateApr 28, 1950
Publication numberUS 2594474 A, US 2594474A, US-A-2594474, US2594474 A, US2594474A
InventorsMcgrath Lewis J
Original AssigneeMcgrath Lewis J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Refrigerated display tank
US 2594474 A
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A ril 29, 1952 L. J. M GRATH REFRIGERATED DISPLAY TANK 2 SHEETS-SHEET 1 Filed April 28, 1950 INVENTOR. LEW/5 J. M. GEATH,

Filed April 28, 1950 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 FIG. 3.

5 5 0 L L 1 WW 2%.: W U V M F v4 3 E M n w a w a 1 4 x 5 1 E :m nn uhnl a l u l lHl l l ln nvfl ul l w n hm 4 J Q 9 M flwm W 4 Patented Apr. 29, 1952 mirn esan'ran DISPLAY TANK Lewis J. McGrath, Newtonville, Mass. Application April 28, 1950, Serial No. 158,697

This invention relates to refrigerated display tanks and more particularly to an open top tank having a transparent portion for displaying live aquatic creatures and maintaining such crea tures alive and in a clean and healthy condition;

It is among the objects of the invention to provide an improved refrigerated display tank for live aquatic creatures which'tank contains a large volume of liquid, "such' as water or an aqueous solution, in proportion to the quantity of creatures displayed therein so that the same liquid can be used for anexten'ded period of time t and will not be subject to' rapid temperature so that circulation of water can be maintained 1... even if such fine filters should become clogged,

which provides heat insulation around the entire body of liquid except the top surface thereof to maintain the liquid at a substantially constant temperature and reduce the power requirements of the refrigerating equipment, which constantly adds air to the liquid during the circulation thereof, which includes a heat insulated transparent side panel or portion toinc'rease thedisplay effectiveness of the device and may also be provided with illuminating and reflective means for the same purpose; and which is simple and durable in construction, economical to manufacture and operate, easy to clean and neat and attractive in appearance.

Other objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the following de. scription and the appended claims in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a display tank illustrative of the invention;

Figure 2 is a cross sectional view on an enlarged scale on the line 2-2 of Figure l;

Figure 3 is a transverse cross sectional view on the line 33 of Figure 2;

Figure 4 is a traverse cross sectional View on an enlarged scale of a fragmentary portion of the device particularly illustrating the construction of a transparent panel provided in the device;

Figure 5 is a longitudinal -'cross-sec :tional view 5 Claims (01. 62-895) 2 of a fragmentary portion of the device taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 4; and

Figure 6 is a cross sectional view of the device illustrated in Figure 5 but is taken on a plane substantially perpendicular to the section plane of Figure 5.

With continued reference to the drawings, the

display tank or device comprises a body IU of elongated, rectangular shape having around its bottom edge a base frame I l and'supported'at its four bottom corners on cast wheels [2.

The body In includes a tank, generally indicated at l3, and a rectangular chamber,- generally indicated at M, provided in a portion of thetank The tank l3 has heat insulative walls which are joined together at their adjoining edges to provide a unitary structure and each of which ineludes an outer covering of suitable material, such as sheet metal, an inner covering, also' of a suitable material, such as sheet metal, spaced from and substantially parallel to the outer covering and a body of heat insulating material, such as fibre glass, packed in the space between the ,outer "and inner coverings. The inner covering is formed of a suitable material, such as stainless steel, to provide a corrosion resisting surface and avoid the introduction of deleterious materials, such as copper salts, into the liquid contained in the tank.

One end wall ii of the tank constitutes the entire corresponding end wall of the body It] and is of square or rectangular shape. The other end wall [6 of the tank constitutes only a portion of I the corresponding end wall of the'body and while it extends for the entire width of the body, extends from the top of the body downwardly to a location intermediate the height of the body and substantially at the mid-height location of the corresponding end of the body Ii). At intermediate wall or partition I! of the tank is disposed substantially perpendicular to the front and back walls and the bottom wall of the body It! and is disposed intermediate the length of the body but preferably somewhat nearer the end wall l5 than the end wall it. An upper bottom walllB of the tank extends from the lower end of the end wall Hi to the upper end of the intermediate wall I"! and are joined along their edges to the correspending edges of the end walls I5 and I5, the intermediate wall I1 and the tank bottom walls I8 and I9. This provides the rectangular chamber I4 below the upper bottom wall I8 of the tank and between the intermediate wall I I and the end of the body I opposite the end wall I5. The chamber is enclosed in suitable walls, as indicated at 20, preferably formed of a suitable sheet material, such as stainless steel.

The top or upper end of the tank is open and the front wall of the tank has an elongated rectangular opening 2I therein which extends substantially from the end wall I to the end wall I5 but extends from the upper edge of the front wall downwardly a distance which is only a fractional part of the entire height of the tank, a width of the opening 2I of approximately one fifth of the entire height of the tank having been found to provide excellent results in practice.

The opening 2I is closed by three rectangular pieces 22, 23 and 24 of transparent sheet material, such as glass, which pieces of sheet material are marginally sealed to the walls of the opening 2I.

The sheet material surrounding the opening 2I is provided with groove formations 25 of rectangular cross sectional shape each of which entirely surrounds the opening. The several groove formations are spaced apart through the thickness of the front wall of the tank and receive the edges of the plates or pieces 22, 23 and 24 so that these pieces are secured in the opening in spaced apart, substantially parallel relationship to each other. Suitable sealing material 25 is disposed within the groove formations 25 around the edges of the glass plates and the spaces between the outer plates 22 and 24 and the intermediate plate 23 may be partially evacuated to reduce heat transfer through the plate assembly, to avoid sweating or frosting of the plates and maintain the transparent panel in a clear condition.

A support 21 extends transversely of the interior of the tank against the inner surface of the end wall I5 and adjacent the lower edge of the opening 2I and a corresponding support 28 extends transversely of the interior of the tank at the lower edge of the opening 2| and substantially'in vertical alignment with the intermediate partition IT.

A perforated plate 29 is supported at one end on a ledge 30 formed on the inner surface of the end wall I5 substantially in horizontal alignment with the lower edge of the opening 2I and is supported at its opposite end on the transverse support 28. A second plate 3I, preferably of imperforate construction, is supported at one end on the transverse support 28 and at its opposite end on a ledge 32 formed on the inner surface of the end wall I5 also substantially in horizontal alignment with the lower edge of the opening 2 I.

The two plates 29 and 3I define thereabove a display space 33 in the upper portion of the tank and the aquatic creatures to be displayed and kept alive in the tank are kept in the space 33 above the plates 29 and 3I where they are clearly visible through the transparent panel in the front wall 35 of the tank and also through the open top end'of the tank.

A mirror 35 may be secured along one edge to the top edge of the rear wall 31 of the tank to incline upwardly and forwardly over the upper end of the tank and provide reflective means for enhancing the display characteristics of the device.

Illuminating means such as the shadedlamp 38 may extend along the upper edge of the mirror 35 and be supported by this upper edge of the mirror above the open upper end of the tank to illuminate the display space 33.

A flat rectangular filter 40 is dependingly supported on the supports 21 and 28 below the perforated plate 29 and above the upper bottom .wall I8 of the tank. This filter preferably comprises a rectangular box or housing formed of a suitable material, such as stainless steel sheet and having a foraminous bottom wall 4| and several layers of sponge of different degrees of coarseness disposed within the housing and on the bottom 4|, the sponge layers increasing in fineness of the material from the top to the bottom of the filter.

This coarse filter will strain most of the larger particles of dirt and debris from the water in the tank and delay clogging of the fine filters to be later described. The filter 40 is readily accessible for cleaning by simply removing the plate 29 from the tank.

Two closed containers 42 and 43 are disposed in side by side relationship in the deeper part of the tank between the end wall I5 and the intermediate wall I! and are supported at their bottom ends on the inner surface of the lower bottom wall I9 of the tank. Each of these containers contains a fine filter which may comprise layers of material increasing in fineness from the upper to the lower ends of the containers.

For example, each of the fine filters may contain an upper layer of gravel disposed between an upper and a lower horizontal partition of foraminous material, such as wire mesh, a layer of sand below the gravel layer increasing in fineness in a direction downwardly from the gravel layer, two or more layers of fabric at the bottom of the sand layer and a layer of felt between the fabric layers and a horizontal partition 44 of foraminous material supported above the bottom of the container.

The fine filters contained in the containers 42 and 43 will remove fin'e particles of dirt, algae and even bacteria from the water in the tank.

An electric motor 45 is disposed in the chamber I4 and mounted on a base 45 supported by brackets 41 and 48 which project outwardly from the rear cover of the chamber. Two rotary fluid pumps 49 and 50 are supported on the base 45 and drivenly connected to respectively opposite ends of the motor shaft. The intake of the pump 50 is connected through the conduit 5I with the interior of the tank adjacent the lower bottom wall I9 and the outlet of this pump is connected by a conduit 52 with a manifold pipe 53 which extends along the interior of the rear wall 31 of the tank at the upper edge of the latter. Discharge pipes 54 extend downwardly from the manifold pipe 53 at spaced apart intervals along the latter substantially to the plates 29 and 3| to direct liquid from the pump 50 against the upper surfaces of these plates. An air mixing device 55 is interposed in the conduit 54 and adjacent the connection of the conduit 54 with the manifold pipe 53 for mixing air with the water discharged through the discharge pipes 54. This air mixing device is particularly illustrated in Figures 5 and 6 and will be later described.

A conduit 55 connects the intake of pump 49 to the interior of the tank near the lower bottom wall I9 and a conduit 57 connects the outlet of pump 49 to a transverse conduit 58 A baffle plate 59 is secured in each container overlying the. corresponding end. of the conduit, 58 to absorbthe kinetic energy of the liquid flowing from. the conduit 53 into the containers and prevent the, liquid from channeling or tunneling through the filtering material in the containers.

A conduit Bil is. connected. to the spaces in the lower ends of the. two containers is and 43 and is connected at its upper end toa pipe 6! which extends-along the inner side .of the front wall 35 of thetank at the upper edge of the latter. A discharge pipe 62 extends along the inner side of the front wall of the tank. at the lower side of the opening 2! and is connected at its opposite ends to the pipe E55. by the vertically disposed conduits 63 and The pipe 62 is provided with orifices or nozzles at spaced apart locations therealong fordischar'ging liquid into the space 33 adjacent the upper sides of the plates 29 and 3!.

An air mixing device 65 is connected into the pipe 6! between theconduit $6 and the adjacent conduit 63 and is also of the construction particularly illustrated in Figures 5 and 6.

Each of the air mixing devices comprises a thin Walled tubular conduit 65 having a conically tapered end portion 5? provided with a restricted orifice 68. A conical body 68 is mounted on the tube 66 and extends from the orifice 58 in the end of the tube along the tube past the conioally tapered portion of the latter and a cylindrical sleeve 19 receives the conical body 89 at one end of the sleeve and extends beyond the end of the tube. A conical boot ll receives in its larger end the end of the sleeve it secured to the body 69 and receives the tube at in its smaller end at a location spaced from the body til, this boot providing a reinforcement for the connectionbetween the sleeve '59, the body 8d and the tube 66.

A second conical boot 12 receives in its larger end the end of sleeve l remote from the boot ll and receives in its smaller end the end of a tubular conduit "it. A Venturi body it is disposed in the sleeve in between the body and the boot l2 and has a doubly tapered bore therethrough. As is well known, when a stream of fluid is forced through a venturi the pressure of the stream at the throat of the venturi is reduced to such an extent as to create a suction at the Venturi throat. This principle is utilized in the present device by providing passages l and it which extend from the Vcnturi throat between the Venturi body and the conical body 69 to ports I? and 18 respectively provided through the sleeve or housing it.

With the above described construction, when the liquid is forced through a device as illustrated in Figures 5 and 6, the reduced pressure at the throat of the Venturi body will draw air through the ports and air passages into the stream of liquid and the air will be mixed with the liquid and the mixture discharged from the venturi. The device illustrated in Figures 5 and 6 and described above'may be either the device 55 or G5, the tubular conduit $6 may be either the conduit 54 or and the conduit "43 may be the portion of the conduit 55 between the device 55 and the manifold pipe 53 or may be the conduit between the upper end of the conduit" (ill and the device 65.

Refrigerating coils, indicated at 88 and iii, are mounted in the end walls l5 and it of the tank at the opposite ends of the display space 33 and a refrigerating coil 32 is mounted in the wall is into the chamber id so that the contents back wall 31 at the rear of the refrigerating space. These coils 8E, 81 and 82 are preferably soldered or otherwise suitably secured to the inner covering of the tank walls and are interconnected and connected at one end to an expansion valve 83.

A refrigerating mechanism 54, including the usual compressor, condenser and accumulator, is mounted in the chamber i4 and the accumulator is connected through a conduit 85 to the expansion valve 3. The opposite end of the inter.- connected refrigerating coil assembly is connected through a conduit 85 to the intake side of the compressor so that refrigerant will be supplied to the refrigerating coils. A temperature responsive switch or relay sl-is mounted on the conduit 5| where it is responsive to the temperature of the liquid leaving the bottom of the tank and is connected to. a power controlling switch 88 which controls the operation of the compressor of the refrigerating apparatus. The operation of the temperature responsive relay 3? is effective to maintain the liquid in the tank at a predetermined temperature.

A drain fitting 9i! extends through the intermediate wall I'. of the tank near the bottom of the tank can be drained when necessary.

All overflow conduit or duct 8i extends verti: cally along the inner side of the end wall it from a position somewhat below the plate ii to a position slightly below the upper edge of the end wall I5. This conduit provides an overflow conduit for the display space 33 of the tank and also serves to drain away any material which may float on the surface of the liquid in the tank.

If fresh water creatures are to be kept alive and displayed in the tank it is necessary to fill the tank with only fresh water but, if salt water creatures are to be displayed the tankv will be filled with ocean water or with a solution of waterand various solublesalts resembling ocean water but preferably containing certain buffer and neutralizing agents which will keep the solution in a healthful and usable conditions over a long period of time.

If it should be desired to keep seafood creatures, such as crabs and lobsters, alive in the display space of the tank under a spray of. water instead of submerged in water, this can be accomplished by reducing or limiting the quantity of water in the tank until the surface of the water is a short distance below the perforated plate 29. The discharge pipes 54 and 62 will then direct a spray of mixed water and air into the display space and the water will quickly drain away through the perforated plate.

The invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof. The present embodiment is, therefore, to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description, and all changes which come within the meaning and range-of equivalency of the claims are, therefore, intended to be embraced therein.

What is claimed is:

1. A display device for aquatic creatures comprising a liquid tank having heat insulative walls and an open upper end, said walls being shaped to provide in the lower portion of the device a chamber having a length less than the length of :the tank, a first filter mounted in said tank above said chamber, a perforated plate disposed in said tank below the upper end thereof and covering said filter, a closed container disposed in said tank adjacent the inner end of said chamber, a second filter in said container, two motor driven liquid pumps mounted in said chamber, conduit means connecting the inlet of one of said pumps to the interior of said tank near the bottom thereof and the outlet of said pump to the interior of said tank above said plate, conduit means connecting the inlet of the other of said pumps to the interior of said tank near the bottom thereof and the outlet of said other pump to the interior of said container and connecting the interior of said container to the interior of said tank above said plate, air introducing means connected into each of said conduit means, a refrigerating coil in the wall of said tank, and refrigerating apparatus mounted in said chamber and connected to said coil.

2. A display device comprising a rectangular body including a tank and a chamber arranged in end to end relationship in the body with a deep portion of the tank adjacent the inner end of the chamber and a shallow portion of said tank overlying said chamber, a perforated plate supported in said tank above the bottom of the shallow portion of the latter, a second plate supported in said tank at the level of said perforated plate and overlying the bottom of the deep portion of the tank, refrigerating coils partly surrounding the portion of said tank above said plates, refrigerating apparatus in said chamber connected to said refrigerating coils, a pump in said chamber, conduit means connecting the inlet of said pump to the interior of said tank adjacent the bottom of the deep portion of said tank and conduit means connected to the outlet of said pump and terminating in the space within said tank above said plate.

3. A display device comprising a rectangular body including a tank and a chamber arranged in end to end relationship in the body with a deep portion of the tank adjacent the inner end of the chamber and a shallow portion of said tank overlying said chamber, a perforated plate supported in said tank above the bottom of the shallow portion of the latter, a second plate supported in said tank at the level of said perforated plate and overlying the bottom of the deep portion of the tank, refrigerating coils partly surrounding the portion of said tank above said plates, refrigerating apparatus in said chamber connected to said refrigerating coils, a pump in said chamber, conduit means connecting the inlet of said pump to the interior of said tank adjacent the bottom of the deep portion of said tank and conduit means connected to the outlet of said pump and terminating in the space within said tank above said plate, said tank having an open top and heat insulative walls on the sides and the bottoms of its two portions.

4. A display device comprising a body including a tank and a chamber arranged in end to end relationship in the body with a deep portion of the tank adjacent the inner end of the chamber and a shallow portion of the tank overlying the chamber, means providing a display space in the upper portion of said tank, a filter in the deep portion of saidtank, a first pump in said chamber operative to force liquid from the deep portion of said tank into said display space, and a second pump in said chamber operative to force liquid from the deep portion of said tank through said filter and into said display space.

5. A display device comprising a body including a tank and a chamber arranged in end to end relationship in the body with a deep portion of the tank adjacent the inner end of the chamber and a shallow portion of the tank overlying the chamber, means providing, a display space in the upper portion of said tank, a filter in said tank, a first pump in said chamber operative to force liquid from the deep portion of said tank into said display case, a second pump in said chamber operative to force liquid from the deep portion of said tank through said filter and into said display space, and an air injection device connected with each of said pumps.

LEWIS J. MCGRA'I'H.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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Classifications
U.S. Classification119/262, 62/246, 62/319, 210/203, 210/489, 62/310, 210/195.1, 210/290, 210/177, 210/196, 210/167.25, 312/224, 62/228.1, 210/259, 261/124, 210/258
International ClassificationA01K63/06
Cooperative ClassificationA01K63/065
European ClassificationA01K63/06A