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Publication numberUS2743092 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 24, 1956
Filing dateOct 25, 1951
Priority dateOct 25, 1951
Publication numberUS 2743092 A, US 2743092A, US-A-2743092, US2743092 A, US2743092A
InventorsCalvin Funk Harry
Original AssigneeCalvin Funk Harry
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for the continuous underground mining of coal
US 2743092 A
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A ril 24, 1955 H, FUNK 2,743,092

APPARATUS FOR THE comzmuous UNDERGROUND MINING OF COAL Filed 001;. 25, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR HARRY CALVIN FUNK BY 7W] 17 ATTORNEY April 24, 1956 H. c. EUNK 2,743,092


INVENTOR HARRY CALVIN FUNK BYM LW ATTORNEY nassembly of Figuresl and 2;. :1. a

United States APPARATUS FOR THE CONTINUOUS UNDERGROUND MINING GF COAL Harry Calvin Funk, Salem, oaze Application October 25, 1951, Serial No. 253,032 Claims. c1. 262-7) This invention relates to continuous coal mining ma- 7 proportion of'the coal minedintosmallor'minute particles I which 'reducesthe economic'value of the mined coal.

The primary object of the'present invention is the provision of an improved yet practical cutter ar'rangement for 'a con'tinuou's coal mining machin'e of "the kind'generally "described which isoperative to substantially increase the proportion of the mined coal of egg and lump size which is delivered by the machine. This general object is accomplished, in accordance with the principles of my invention,

by employing'a combination type o'fcutter assembly wherein a continuously moving type of {tool to prepare projecting segments or portions of the coal faceisassociatedwith intermittently operative pick like' tools which are forcibly and rapidly inserted in" the projections thus prepared to break out a substantial portion of the coal'in larger particle andlump'sizes. ;In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the ventionth is method of mining coal is accornplished most l 'ex'peditiously by incorporating within revolving trepan- "nifig'gtool'a pickrlike tool whichisarranged to be driven forcibly and rapidly'and in a forward longitudinal direction into the projecting annular portion of the coal face as prepared by the trepanning tool." I may, forexample, pro- Videfforthe forward movement of, thebreak-out pick tools ly once. for each" three "revoluti 11's of the 'trepanning wherebythe entire machine z t r particularly to the embodiment illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, reference numeral 7 indicates a frame which is'pivotally mountedon the main frame (not shown of the mining machine whereby a cutting blade 10 mounted'on the, forward end of frame 7 as well asthe cutting head assembly may be raised and lowered with respec *to the mainframe of the machine by actuation of cylinder 11 whicliispivot? ally mounted on the main frame of the machine by pin 13 and which has its piston rod pivotally connected to the frame 7 by the pin 12. The cutter head assembly com prised of the housings 1 and 2 is pivotally mounted on the" frame 7 bymeans of the pin 6. To adjust the vertical height of cut of the machine the housing 2 which mounts the upper bank of cutters is slidable vertically with respect to the housing 1, vertical guides 55 being provided to maintain the vertical alignment of thehousin'gs and a cylinder 56 which is carried by the lower housingl being provided to raise and lower the upper housing 2 withrespect' to the lower housing 1. This general structure is more or less conventional in certain types of continuous coal mining machines and is therefore not a part of the present inven- 'tion and is not fully described herein} However, it should be understood that the main frame of the machine as above referred to will normally be'mounted on a pair of power-driven crawler type of a may advance forwardly into the coal face while the cutters to be'hereinafter fully described are being operated to break out the coal which then falls on or ahead of the blade 10 and thence is loaded onto the conveyor 53of the apparatus or transferred to the rear of the machine through clearance 54 provided underneath housing 1. 1 I

.Tournaled in the housing 1 is a plurality of forwardly extending but transversely spaced cutter shaft's lifwhich are arranged to be driven in interlocked relationthrough universal joint 14 and shaft 14a on which is keyed fone of the idler gears 5 of the gear train contained in liousing 'l', it being understood that a gear 3a is the shafts 3 and meshes with one of the idler gearsS. Shaft 3 is provided with a tapered outer end and'a central longitudinal bore extending from adjacent the front'extrernity of the shaft as through thetrear end of the shaft. Anti-friction bearings 16 and 17 journal shaft 3 and a thrust bearing 20 opposes rearward during forward motion of the machine. Rigidly but detachably secured to the forward end of shaft 3 is a sweep carrier .8Iwhich detachably mounts at its radial extremity f a circumferentiallyspaced pair of trepanning'tools 24 cutter sothat there 'is always available an annular projection of coal forengagemen' upon forward movement of the'latter.

'lhe'abov'e' and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent uponconsideration of the if ollowing detailed specificationlwherein there is disclosed Qtheniethod of my invention andlcertain preferred embodimen-t szof improved apparatus capable ofcarrying out the me t a my me n-- I Inthe drawing:

1 is a itud nal se o of nproiect s ,trepanned portion of a coal seamand of a preferred embodiment of apparatu sconstru'cted according to, my invenftion .ancl capable :of trepanningthe coal seam and of nbtsa s t th r s l an n ul r. pr j to V Figure 2 is a partial front elevation ofthe apparatus of ,F gure, v d; Y I

Figures 3 andiglareifra gmentary sectionsthrough modified forms of break-out tools which may be used in the R eferring,.first to the. .apparatusiiofethe. invention and by the breakout tool or tools i of the apparatus so that a maximum of lever 351s pivotally connectedto a rod which project forwardly of the front face of the carrier 8 in order that the trepanning'cut can be eifected.- A clearance cutting tool 26 is incorporated into the design coal projection may be achieved while yet allowing for adequate strength to be built into the mounting of the'tools 24. Carrier 8 is formed with a longitudinally disposed window 27 for the slidable reception of a tool block 29 and to guide such block in its longitudinal to and fro movement the side walls of window 27 are machined to provide ways 27a which are engaged by keys formed integrally with the block 29.

Rigidly but detachably secured in the block 29 is a plurality of forwardly extending but radially spaced pick-like tools 31. These tools the front face of the block 2!) so that upon forward movement of the block 29 these tools will be driven far into the projecting portion of the coal face in the manner to be hereinafter described.

For reciprocating the tool block 29 longitudinally a lever 35 is pivotally mounted within the sweep carrier 8 at 35a and is pivotally connected at its radial outer-end to the block 27 by means of link 33. The inner end of 37. which, is cen- Patente'd Apr. 24, 1956 supports (also not shown) keyed ontoeach of movement of the shaft project, a substantial distance from p .units .1.

positioned in the hollow shaft 4.

trally disposed within the bore in shaft 3 and which extends outwardly beyond the rear end of the shaft. To reciprocate the rod 37 under power I provide an actuating-head t-l whiehis a box-like structure totreceive a-jpair of oppositely disposed combined radial and ,thrust antifriction bearingsfill which havetheirinner races clamped ontoan enlarged portion 37a of theshaft 37. Head 41 is connected ,to a lever-43 which is rigidly mounted on a rock shaft 45 journaleddn a bearing bracket 47 which is seeured to and extends rearwardly from the housing 1. Also secured on the shaft 45 is a lever 49 whichconnects with'the piston rod of a power cylinder Sl which is pivotallymounted at 51a onextensions of the bracket 47. It shouldbe apparent that uponfluidpressureenergization of the power cylinder 51 the break-out tools 31 may be causedto-move in eitheraforward or a reverse direction (depending on the directionrof energization of cylinder 51) while the carrier 8 and the trepanning tools 24 eontinue their rotation.

Detachably secured in a serrated bore 8a formed in the hub. portion of the carrier 8 is a rotary drilling bit 22 which extends forwardly of the forward end of the tools 24 ,to serve as a pilot for the trepanning cutter while also providing the relief hole in the coal face whereby there is formed an annular'projection on the coal face for advantageous engagement by the reciprocating bits 31.

While only one shaft 3 and its appendages have been described above it should be understood that in a machine employing a plurality of such shafts the construction of each such shaft and appendageswill be identical, although the provision ofthe transverse rockshaft 45 enables all of the drive rods 37 to be powered from the single cylinder :51. Likewise, the construction of the cutting units journaled inthe upper housing2 is generally similar to the construction of the cutting units journaled in the housing In housing 2 shafts 4 are journaled in antifriction bearings 18 and 19 and bear against thrust bearings21 and secured to the forward ends of these shafts are the carriers 9 mounting trepanning tools 25 and slidable tool block 30 received in guides 28 and carrying break-out tools 32. Ineach unit. a rotary bit 23 similar to the rotary bit 22 is mounted on the outer end of the shaft 4 and to reciprocate the tool block 30 in guides 28 I provide a lever 36 interconnected with block 30 by means of link 34 and connected with drive rod 38 which is Shaft 38 is arranged to be reciprocated by an actuator .42 housing a pair of opposed combined radial and thrust bearings 40, the inner races of which are clamped to an enlarged portion 380 of rod 38. A transversely extending rock shaft 46 journaled on bracket 43 mounts a lever 44 which is connected to actuator 42 and shaft 46 is arranged to be rocked by cylinder 52 through lever 50, the cylinder 52 being pivotally mounted on an extension of bracket 48 by means of pin 52a. Shafts 4 are arranged to be rotated in keyed relation by a drive pinion and idler gears 5a which are coupled with gears 4a on the shafts 4.

According to the method of my invention the coal face is segregated into projecting portions of predetermined dimensions and defined peripheral edges. The dimensions intermediate the peripheral edges are such that the coal projections can be readily broken out by practical-tools and equipment into an aggregate bearing a fairly large proportion of pieces greater than egg size. Thus, it is contemplated that the maximum dimension across the projecting segments or portions of the coal face will be of the order of 5 to 12 inches so that While a minimum of slack" will be mined none of the pieces will be of such large size as to be incapable of being readily handled by conveying equipment of the miningmachinery used. The forming of these projections in the coal face may be formed. of course, with the chain-type of cutters, by various types of saws and by other mechanisms, as will be understood, since it is only necessary in practical mining operations to define the projecting portions by means of narrow slots formed in the original plane surface of the coal face. These slots should be from about 2 to about 6 inches in depth, or of such depth as the friable nature of thecoal being mined may require, and since the forming of them will result in the production only of coal fines they should be of minimum volume. The apparatus described above is thought to be the type most satisfactory for carrying out my inventionand in its operation it should be understood that normally the cutter shafts will be continuously driven while the mining machine bearing them will be continuously advanced at a correlated speed to give the bits 22 and23 and the trepanning tools 24 and 25 an opportunity to advance into the coal face to form annular projections therein (designated by reference numeral 60 in the drawing) Upon such projections reaching a depth of 3 or 4 inches, for example, the breakout tools 31 and 32 are forcibly driven into the faces of the projections. in arapid manner so that the bulk of the projections is rapidly broken out by a singlerevolution or sweep of the ,cutters. Obviously if application of the break-out tools is withheld until tools 24 and 25 approach. maximum penetrationthe breakout tool must be held in for .at least a full revolution of the cutting heads. As determined by the substance to be mined, however, these break-out tools may be actuated with varying rapidity. In practical apparatussuitahle automatic and adjustable control, not shown, will be employed to operate in correlation .with the speed of rotation of the cutting units and therate of: advance of the assembled mining machine to rapidlydurnp large quantities of fluid under high pressure .into the powerend ofthecylinders .51 and 52 at predetermined intervals.

In the embodiment of the; inventi on shown in Figure 3 acarrier 8' corresponding in. function to the carrier 8 in Figure l is mounted on the shaft 3 and pivotallymounted in this carrier is a lever 61 which is pivotally mounted at -62 intermediate its-ends and connected at its radially inner end with the operatingrod 37 housed within shaft 3. The forward wall of carrier 8' is formed with a pair of radially spaced and hushed-apertures 63 and 64 each slidab ly receiving a tool block 65 which in turn mount the break-out tool bits 31. It. should be noted that. one of the blocks 65 is pivotally connected to the lever61 on the rod side of pivot pin 62 while the other ofthe blocks 65 is pivotally connected to the lever 61 on the oppositeside of pin 62. Therefore, when the rod 37 is in intermediate position the bits 31 will have maximum retraction from the point. of penetration of the tools :22 and 24' to allow the above described delineated projection to be formed. Inner and outer concentric zones of the projection may be broken out in succession in either order upon reciprocation of the drive rod 37 since it will be clear that rocking movement of the lever 61 will force first one and then the other of the tool blocks 65 forwardly.

In the embodiment of the invention shown in Figure 4 the break-out tool bits 31 are supported directly on a lever 66 which is pivotally mounted on the sweep tool carrier 8" by means of pivot pin 67 and the lever 66,is, of course, directlyconnected to the driving rod 37.

It should now be apparent that I have provided an improved method and apparatus for the mining of coal and other material which accomplishes the objects initially set out above. The use of pick-likebreak-out tools in conjunction with cutting apparatus to continuously form projecting portions in the coal face on which the breakout tools can periodically operate provides at once a continuous mining method capable of producing a prodnot having a much higher-proportion of larger sized pieces than has'heretofor e been possible in continuous coal mining methods.

Having thus described the method and apparatus of my invention what I claimis new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. In a continuous coal mining machine having asupport and power meansto advance said support into a coal face together with a plurality of forwardly extending and power-driven cutting tools carried by said support the improvement comprising forwardly extending hollow shafts for mounting at least a portion of said cutters, a rotary bit mounted on the forward end of each of said shafts, a radial arm mounted on each of said shafts and carried at its radialoutward end a forwardly extending trepanning tool whereby upon rotation of said shafts and forward movement of said support a substantial portion of the area of the coal face within the'forward projection of the machine is formed into annular projections delimeated by the holes bored by said bits and the slots cut by said tools, a pick-like break-out tool carried by each of said arms and mounted thereon radially intermediate its ends for longitudinal movement into and out of the coal face, a longitudinally reciprocable rod positioned within each of said shafts and operatively connected at their forward ends with said break-out tools whereby the latter may be so moved into and out of said coal face during rotation of said arms, said rods extending outwardly of the rear ends of said shafts, and power means connected to the rear ends of said rods to reciprocate the same.

2. Apparatus according to claim 1 further characterized in that said power means comprises a fluid-pressure cylinder mounted on said support and connections between said cylinder and the rear ends of said rods comprising a collar fitting over the rear end of each of said rods, and double-thrust bearings fitted within said collars and having their inner races clamped longitudinally onto said rods.

3. Apparatus according to claim 1 further including a tool block for each of said arms for mounting said break-out tools, cooperating guide means on said arms and blocks for slidably mounting said blocks in said arms for rectilinear forward and reverse movement, a lever pivoted intermediate its end in each of said arms, the

' radial outward ends of the levers being pivotally connected to said blocks and the inner ends of said levers being pivotally connected to said rods.

4. Apparatus according to claim 1 further including a bellcrank lever pivotally mounted on each of said arms intermediate the ends thereof for rocking movement about axes offset and transverse to the axes of said shafts and having their outer legs extending toward the coal face,

said break-out tools being rigidly carried by said outer legs, and the inner legs of said levers being pivotally connected to said rods.

5. Apparatus according to claim 1 further characterized in that each of said arms is formed with a pair of radially spaced apertures intermediate its ends, a tool carrier slidably received in each of said apertures and rigidly mounting said break-out tools on their forwardly extending ends, a lever pivotally mounted on each of said arms at a point radially intermediate said apertures but spaced longitudinally to the rear of said apertures, said carriers being pivotally connected to said levers on opposite sides of the mounting axes of said levers, and the inner ends of said levers being pivotally connected to said rods.

6. In a continuous coal mining machine having a nonrotatable support and power means to advance said support into a coal facetogether with a forwardly extending and power driven cutting tool carried by said support; the improvement comprising a plurality of forwardly extending rotatable shafts, an arm mounted on each of said shafts, pick-like break outtools extending from each of said arms, attachment means for securing said pick-like tools, said attachment means comprising levers pivotally connected to said arms, and driving means supplied to said levers whereby said pick-like tools are caused to reciprocate in and out of the coal face.

7. Apparatus according to claim 6 further characterized by said driving means comprising rods pivotally connected to said levers at one end, and power means supplied to said rods whereby said pick-like tools are caused to reciprocate in and out of the coal face.

8. Apparatus according to claim 6 further character ized by each -'arm having a window-like aperture positioned intermediate its ends for the projection of levers and said pick-like tools beyond the faces of said arms, said apertures permitting said levers to move in a rocking motion.

9. Apparatus according to claim 6 further characterized by said securing means comprising tool blocks, said tool blocks pivotally joined to said levers on both sides of the rotational axes of said levers, and power means supplied to said levers for reciprocating the same whereby part of the said pick-like tools are caused to move forwardly into the face of the coal while others of said pick-like tools are being retracted.

10. Apparatus according to claim 9 further characterized by each arm having window like apertures positioned intermediate of its ends for the projection of said tool blocks and said pick-like tools beyond the faces of said arms, said apertures permitting said tool blocks to move in rocking motion.

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U.S. Classification299/62, 299/80.1, 299/59
International ClassificationE21C27/22, E21C27/00
Cooperative ClassificationE21C27/22
European ClassificationE21C27/22