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Número de publicaciónUS2931107 A
Tipo de publicaciónConcesión
Fecha de publicación5 Abr 1960
Fecha de presentación13 Feb 1956
Fecha de prioridad13 Feb 1956
Número de publicaciónUS 2931107 A, US 2931107A, US-A-2931107, US2931107 A, US2931107A
InventoresWilliam N Sellers
Cesionario originalAmerican Cyanamid Co
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Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet
Drying apparatus
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W- N. SELLERS DRYING APPARATUS Filed Feb. 13, 1956 April 5, 1960 NW. AN 0 F \NN N Q9 n .56. U Q \mw mm 1 w\ ..W\\ Wm m M Q NV \NV INVENTOR. WILL/AM A. seams,

ATTORNEY.

DRYEWG APPTUS William N. Sellers, Stamford, Conn, assignor to American Cyanamid Company, New York, N.Y., a corporation of Maine Application February 13, 1956, Serial No. 565,003 1 Claim. (Cl. 34-114) This invention relates broadly to apparatus for use in drying materials. More particularly, it is concerned with certain new and useful improvements in apparatus adapted for continuously drying a continuous length (that is, an indefinite length) of wet, flexible, elongated material under controlled humidity conditions. The apparatus of the invention is especially suitable for use in drying a wet, flexible, elongated, synthetic material, and particularly synthetic filamentary material such as that formed of a polymer of acryonitriie. (The polymer of acrylonitrile may be either homopolymeric acrylonitrile or a copolymer of acrylonitrile containing a substantial proportion, e.g., at least 40%, by weight of acrylonitrile combined in the polymer molecule.)

Various methods of producing synthetic or artificial fibers in continuous filament, tow and staple form heretofore have been suggested or are in use, and involve the use of apparatus of various designs. In general, such methods involve the production of filaments by either the so-called dry-spinning or wet-spinning methods. The present invention is concerned with apparatus that is especially useful in processing synthetic filamentary material in the form of continuous filaments (monoor multifilaments) or tow (rope or bundle of continuous filaments) that has been produced by a wet-spinning operation.

In the wet-spinning method of producing synthetic filamentary material, e.g., polyacrylonitrile yarn or tow, a solution of the polyacrylonitrile is extruded through a perforated nozzle or jet, which is commonly known as a spinnerette, into a bath comprised of a liquid that will leach out the solvent from the polymer solution and in which the polymer is insoluble. As a result of thus extracting the solvent from the solution, the polymer is coagulated or precipitated from the solution. The coagulated yarn or filamentary material forms at the face of the spinnerette and is carried through the bath for a suflicient distance and at a rate such as will cause solidification of the coagulated filamentary polymer to the desired extent. Thereafter the coagulated yarn either with or without initial washing, e.g., with water, is subjected to a stretching operation, usually while it is still in a gel state, in order to increase the tenacity as well as otherwise to improve the physical properties of the filaments. This improvement in properties results from orientation, along the fiber axis, of the polymer molecules of which the filaments are comprised. The oriented filaments are then caused to pass through other treating or processing steps such as, for example, further washing, sometimes further stretching, drying, crimping, cutting into staple lengths, etc., or various permutations thereof.

The rapid and effective drying of certain synthetic filamentary materials produced by the wet-spinningtechnique, without detrimentally affecting the structure and useful properties of the filaments, heretofore has been a serious problem in the industry. This has been particularly true ofwet-spun polyacrylonitrile filamentary mate rials, and especially those which have been coagulated in a bath comprised of, for example, water, water and ethanol or other lower aliphatic aliphatic alcohol, water and certain water-soluble salts, or other aqueous compositions. In many cases when filaments produced in this manner were improperly dried, they had a relatively high degree of porosity, lacked the desired tensile strength and luster, and were unsatisfactory for the more important textile applications. A discussion of technical aspects of the matter will be found in, for example, Hare US. Patent No. 2,677,590 and Moody US. Patent No. 2,677,591, each dated May 4, 1954.

It is a primary object of the present invention to provide drying apparatus of the kind briefly described in the first paragraph of this specification, which will permit a higher rate of drying than heretofore has been attainable while at the same time yielding, at least in the case of a polyacrylonitrile filamentary material, a fiber or filament of improved, uniform structure that meets the requirements of the trade from the standpoint of tensile strength, luster and other useful properties.

Another object of the invention is to provide apparatus of the general character described in the previous paragraph, which apparatus is compact in its layout or arrangement and provides ready accessibility to the various elements thereof; which is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct; and which can be thread-up and operated with a minimum number of operators.

Another object of the invention is to provide drying apparatus that will give maximum yield of dried product of uniform quality at minimum capital expenditure and utilizing a minimum of floor space.

Still other objects of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the description which follows and the accompanying drawing.

The novel features of my invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, will best be understood from reference to the following more detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawing, which is illustrative of a preferred embodiment of the invention, and wherein Fig. 1 is a front elevation of apparatus embodying the invention;

Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken of Fig. 1; and

Fig. 3 is a rear elevation of shown in Fig. 1.

With reference to the drawing and especially to Fig. 1 thereof, there is shown by way of illustration apparatus embodying the invention and which includes at least one cabinet and, more particularly, as shown in Fig. 1, cabinets 10 (Fig. 1A) 12 (Fig. 1-B). Instead of having two cabinets as shown in Fig. 1 the apparatus may include any number of additional cabinets of similar construction, as desired or as may be required, for example, three, four, five or any higher number depending upon the particular wet, flexible, elongated material which is to be dried therein and the particular drying conditions required for the particular material.

In Fig. 1 cabinet 10 is shown with the front open so that the apparatus therein is exposed to view, while in cabinet 12. the front of the cabinet is shown as being closed.

Cabinet 10 contains a plurality of rolls 14 (feed-on roll), 16, 18, 20 (take-off roll), 22, 24 and 26 fitting within the cabinet and over which the wet, elongated material 28, e.g., a tow of polyacrylonitrile filamentary material in gel state, passes in an undulating path. The rolls within the cabinet are cantilevered, as is shown more clearly in Fig. 2 with respect to rolls 16 and 22, and are arranged in two banks as shown in cabinet 10.

along the line 22 part of the apparatus The upper bank 30 is comprised of the rolls 14, 16, 18 and 20 while the lower bank is comprised of the rolls 22, 24 and 26. Each of these two banks is spaced from the other and therollsof each bank are spaced apart as shown in cabinet 10. The spacings between the rolls andbetween the banks of rolls are such as will provide optimum compactness of rolls within the individual cabinet that is consistent with optimum circulation of moist air through the cabinet and maximum ease of access to the individual rolls when threading-up or for inspec tion, adjustment, removal, etc. It will be understood by those skilled in the art that the rolls in all cases are adapted to be heated and to receive the elongated material.

It is not essential that the rolls shown in cabinet be arranged in the particular manner there indicated or in the particular number shown by way of example. Thus, instead of having two banks of rolls as shown, in certain cases it may be desirable to have more than two banks, e.g., three, four or a higher number of banks and arranged in a diiferent pattern. Likewise, it is not essential that the passage of the elongated material 28 be in the manner shown in Fig. l-A since the cabinet may be differently positioned, e.g., vertically, and the elongated material passed downwardly over the banks of rolls. However, from the standpoint of ease of design, construction and accessibility of parts, it is preferred that the cabinets be positioned horizontal to the floor level; and that the rolls be arranged into two, staggered banks as shown in Fig. l-A, namely: an upper bank containing an even number of rolls spaced equidistant from each other and a lower bank containing an odd number of rolls spaced the same distance from each other.

The cabinets 10 and 12 are each divided into two sections by a dividing wall, which in the case of cabinet 10 is the wall 34. The rolls are contained in the front section 36 while the driving mechanism for the rolls is in the rear section 38. The front section is closed, when the apparatus is in use, by the door 40 (Fig. l-B) which is raisable as indicated and is provided with the transparent windows 42 for observing the operation during use of the apparatus. Cabinet 10 is provided with a similar raisable door, which is indicated in Fig. l-A as being in a raised position. Suitable heat-insulation, e.g., asbestos, is provided on the cabinet doors, walls, etc, where and as may be required in order to keep heat losses to a minimum.

Any suitable means can be provided for driving the rolls in the cabinets at a desired peripheral speed. The rolls can be individually driven by motors at the same or different peripheral speeds as desired or as may be required; or, as is shown in Fig. 3, all of the rolls in a particular cabinet may be driven at the same peripheral speed by a chain and sprocket drive 44, which latter in turn is driven by a motor or other source of power. This arrangement makes it possible for all of the rolls in a particular cabinet to be driven at the same or diiferent peripheral speeds from the rolls in the cabinet either before or after it in the series. For example, a continuous length of gelledfilamentary material comprised of a polymer of acrylonitrile can be subjected to a desired tension (that is, it can be stretched to a desired degree) by operating all of the rolls in cabinet 12 at a predetermined higher peripheral speed than the rolls in 'cabinet 10. Or, if desired, the gelled filamentary material can be dried under substantially no tension or in a relaxed state by operating the rolls in a cabinet or cabinets at peripheral speeds that will accomplish this result. Progressive stretch and progressive relaxation within each cabinet of the apparatus can be effected by varying the.

number of teeth on each sprocket if a chain is used in transmitting power to the rolls, or byvarying the number of teeth in each gear if gearing is used as a means of power transmission.

The walls of the cabinets 10 and 12 have openings therein for passing the elongated material 28 to the feed-on roll 14 and for removing it from the take-off roll 20. Such openings are indicated at 46 in the end wall :8 of the cabinet 10 and at 50 in the opposite end wall 52 of the same cabinet 10.

Jets or nozzles 54, 56 and 58 are disposed between the staggered banks of rolls and are so positioned that, when in use, high velocity air of controlled moisture content can be directed against the moving sections 60, 62, 64, 66, 68 and 70 of the elongated material 28 as the said sections pass between the roll banks and 32.

Suitable means are provided for conducting high velocity air of controlled moisture content to the jets 54, 56 and 58 and for circulating it through the section 36 (Fig. 2) of the cabinet 10, and through the correspond ing section of cabinet 12. Such means may take the form indicated generally by '72 in Fig. 3. In the arrangement there shown, air is taken in through the inlet port 74 and the conduit 76 by means of the suction fan 78 which is driven through the shaft 80 by means of a motor (not shown). The incoming air then passes through the heated, finned section 82 and wherein it is heated by suitable means. Such means may take the form of one or more heating coils. As indicated in Fig. 3 two heating coils are employed, steam entering one coil through the inlet conduit 84 and leaving it through the outlet conduit 86; and entering the second heating coil through the inlet conduit 38 and leaving it through the outlet conduit 90. The heated air then continues its passage downwardly through the vertical extension or duct 92 and thence through the horizontal extension 94. Conduits 96, 98 and 1% in the horizontal extension or duct 94 are provided at their outer ends with suitable spray means, which may take the form of jets 54, 56 and 58 (Fig. 1-A).

After passing through the jets 54, 56 and 58 the hot, high-velocity air is drawn out of the section 36 through the exhaust manifold 102 by means of the fan 104 and thence through the conduits 106 and 108. The conduit 108 is provided at its bottom with a water drain 120 and a valve 122 for withdrawing such water as may accumulate in the bottom of the conduit. A damper 110 in the conduit '76 may be raised or lowered in order to permit a desired portion of the outgoing air to recirculatle through the system and a desired amount of incoming air to be taken into the system.

In some cases the volatilization of the moisture from the material being dried and the rate of passage of the material over the drying rolls and through the unit will be sutiicient to maintain the desired amount of moisture (humidity) in the high velocity air which is being circulated through the cabinet. A more uniform control of the humidity of the air which is being circulated through the cabinet is obtained by providing suitable means for introducing saturated steam into the cabinet in an amount such as will maintain the circulating air at the desired humidity, e.g., 10% to 50% relative humidity. One suitable means of eifecting this result is by introducing saturated steam, e.g., at a temperature of 230-350 F., through the conduit 112 into the vertical extension 92. A vaive 114 in the conduit 112 is provided for introducing the desired amount of steam at the desired temperature into the circulating air stream. Any other suitable means of introducing the desired amount of water vapor to the vertical extension 92, or to any other portion of the air-circulating means 72 or of the section 36 of the cabinet may be employed.

The rolls in the individual cabinets may be heated by any suitable means. For instance, they may be heated by electrical heating units within the rolls and adjacent the outer surfaces thereof or by means of steam, preferably superheated steam. In the latter case the rolls are hollow and the steam isintroduced therein through a rotary joint which permits the steam to enter the roll through one conduit and be discharged through another one. In Fig. 2 the introduction of steam into the roll 14 is indicated by the inlet line 116 and its discharge from the roll by the line 117. Similarly, the line 118 indicates the introduction of steam into the roll 22, while the line 119 indicates its discharge from the said roll.

The temperature of the steam that is introduced into the rolls of the cabinets corresponds generally to the temperature wanted on the exterior surfaces of the rolls over which the elongated material being dried is passed. This surface temperature of the rolls can be varied considerably depending upon the particular material being dried, the moisture content thereof, the rate of drying desired, and other obvious influencing factors; but gen erally is at least 220 F. (dry-bulb) and may range upward to 400 F. (dry-bulb) or even higher in particular cases. For instance, in drying a gelled tow comprised of a polymer of acrylonitrile (e.g., a copolymer of about 95% acrylonitrile and about 5% methyl acrylate) and containing between about 90% and 120% by weight of water, based on the weight of the bone dry tow, the surface temperature of the rolls will generally be within the range of 230 F. to 350 F., more particularly 240-280 F. (dry-bulb temperatures in all cases). The average dry-bulb temperature of the humid air within the cabinet is generally about 40 F. below the surface temperature of the rolls.

The operation of the apparatus will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description and the accompanying drawing. The elongated material to be dried can be passed through the apparatus at speeds ranging, for example, from 50 to 500 meters per minute depending, for instance, upon the particular material being dried and the number of rolls in the particular cabinet or series of cabinets.

The apparatus of this invention is useful in continuously drying any wet, flexible, elongated material in a humid atmosphere, but finds its optimum utility in thusly drying synthetic filamentary material comprised of a polymer of acrylonitrile and which is in gelled state. The apparatus makes possible a high drying rate while at the same time providing, especially when drying a gelled polyacrylonitrile filamentary material, a fiber of improved, uniform structure that meets the requirements of the trade from the standpoint oftensile strength, luster and other useful properties. Such filamentary materials can be produced by the method and from the polyacrylonitriles described in, for instance, Cresswell US. Patent No. 2,558,730, dated July 3, 1951.

I claim:

Apparatus adapted for continuously drying, under controlled humidity conditions, a continuous length of gelled filamentary material comprised of a polymer of acrylonitrile, said apparatus comprising a plurality of cabinets; a plurality of cantilevered rolls fitting within the individual cabinets, said rolls being arranged in two, upper and lower, staggered banks which are spaced from each other and the rolls of each bank being spaced apart, said rolls being hollow and being adapted to be heated, and the arrangement of the rolls being such that the gelled filamentary material, during use of the apparatus, passes over the heated rolls in an undulating path; vertical walls sectionally dividing the individual cabinets lengthwise into a front section adapted to receive the said cantilevered rolls and a rear section adapted to receive mechanism for driving said rolls, said vertical walls having openings therein for the passage therethrough of the shafts that support the individual rolls at the front end of each individual shaft; means for driving all of the rolls within each cabinet as well as the rolls within the different cabinets at the same peripheral speed, said means including a chain and sprocket drive located in the rear section of each cabinet; means including cabinet end-walls having openings therein for passing the gelled filamentary material to the feed-on roll of an individual cabinet and for removing it from the take-0E roll of the same cabinet; nozzles disposed between the banks of rolls of each cabinet and being so positioned that, when in use, high velocity air of controlled moisture content can be directedagainst the moving sections of said elongated material as the said sections pass between the said banks; means for conducting high velocity air of controlled moisture content to the said nozzles and for circulating it through the individual cabinet, said means ineluding a vertical duct for conducting high velocity air, said vertical duct connecting at its lower end to a horizontal duct that supplies the said air to the said nozzles; and means including a conduit and .a valve for introducing saturated steam in the desired amount into the said vertical duct.

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Clasificaciones
Clasificación de EE.UU.34/114, 34/121
Clasificación internacionalD21F5/02, F26B13/14, F26B13/08, D02J13/00
Clasificación cooperativaF26B13/08, D21F5/02, F26B13/14, D02J13/005
Clasificación europeaD21F5/02, F26B13/08, D02J13/00D, F26B13/14