Patents Assigned to OUTOTEC OYJ
  • Patent number: 9957586
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of using a suspension smelting furnace and to a suspension smelting furnace and to a concentrate burner (4). The concentrate burner (4) comprises a first gas supply device (12) for feeding a first gas (5) into the reaction shaft (2) and a second gas supply device (18) for feeding a second gas (16) into the reaction shaft (2). The first gas supply device (12) comprises a first annular discharge opening (14), which which is arranged concentrically with the mouth (8) of a feeder pipe (7), so that the first annular discharge opening (14) surrounds the feeder pipe (7). The second gas supply device (18) comprises a second annular discharge opening (17), which is arranged concentrically with the mouth (8) of the feeder pipe (7), so that the second annular discharge opening (17) surrounds the feeder pipe (7) opening (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Jussi Sipilä, Markku Lahtinen, Peter Björklund, Kaarle Peltoniemi, Tapio Ahokainen, Lauri P. Pesonen, Kaj Eklund
  • Patent number: 9869515
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspension smelting furnace comprising a reaction shaft (1), an uptake shaft (2), and a lower furnace (3), as well as a concentrate burner (4) for feeding reaction gas and fine solids into the reaction shaft (1) of the suspension smelting furnace. The concentrate burner (4) comprises a fine solids discharge channel (5) that is radially limited by the wall (6) of the solids discharge channel, a fine solids dispersion device (7) in the fine solids discharge channel (5), an annular reaction gas channel (8) that surrounds the fine solids discharge channel (5) and is radially limited by the wall (9) of the annular reaction gas channel (8), and a cooling block (10) that surrounds the annular reaction gas channel (8). The cooling block (10) is a component that is manufactured by a continuous casting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Peter Björklund, Kaarle Peltoniemi, Mikael Jåfs, Tapio Ahokainen, Kari Pienimäki, Lauri P. Pesonen
  • Patent number: 9829250
    Abstract: A TSL lance has an outer shell of three substantially concentric lance pipes, at least one further lance pipe concentrically within the shell, and an annular end wall at an outlet end of the lance which joins ends of outermost and innermost lance pipes of the shell at an outlet end of the lance and is spaced from an outlet end of the intermediate lance pipe of the shell. Coolant fluid is able to be circulated through the shell, by flow to and away from the outlet end. The spacing between the end wall and the outlet end of the intermediate pipe provides a constriction to the flow of coolant fluid to increase coolant fluid flow velocity therebetween. The further lance pipe defines a central bore and is spaced from the innermost lance pipe of the shell to define an annular passage, whereby materials passing along the bore and the passage mix adjacent to the outlet end of the lance. The end wall and an adjacent minor part of the length of the shell comprise a replaceable lance tip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Robert Matusewicz, Markus Reuter
  • Patent number: 9790430
    Abstract: A method for producing a coal cake that is suitable for coking and for subsequent charging of a coking oven chamber. At least one vibrating station including a push-table vibrating machine with an oscillatorily mounted vibrating table is provided. A mold box is clamped to the vibrating table. The mold box is filled with granular raw coal material. A weight is placed on top of the mold box. The mold box is vertically oscillated while the weight presses from above into the mold box so as to mold a vibration-compacted coal block. The vibration-compacted coal block is pushed off the vibrating table, using an ejector, onto an underlying support. The vibration-compacted coal block is pushed on the underlying support by a length (x) of the vibration-compacted coal block successive to another vibration-compacted coal block. The vibration-compacted coal blocks are successively stacked so as to form the coal cake. The coal cake is introduced into the coking oven chamber using a transporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventor: Norbert Holl
  • Patent number: 9790570
    Abstract: An apparatus for the thermal treatment of lump or agglomerated material in a firing machine includes a travelling grate configured to convey the material through the firing machine. A firing chamber has a ceiling and side walls and is configured to generate temperatures required for the thermal treatment. The ceiling has a plurality of openings and the side walls have a plurality of burners that are directed obliquely upwards. A cooling zone is configured to pass cooling gases through the thermally treated material so as to heat the cooling gases. A recuperation tube is configured to recirculate the heated cooling gases to the firing chamber through the openings in the ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventors: Hartmut Koehler, Timotheus Schmedders
  • Patent number: 9771627
    Abstract: A lance (10), for conducting a pyrometallurgical operation by top submerged lancing (TSL) injection, wherein the lance (10) has at least an inner pipe (12) and outer pipe (14) which are substantially concentric. The lower outlet of the inner pipe (12) is set at a level relative to the lower, outlet end of the outer pipe (14) required for pyrometallurgical operation. The lance (10) further includes a shroud (22) through which the outer pipe (14) extends and which is mounted on and extends along an upper portion of the outer pipe (14) to define with the outer pipe (14) a passageway (28) along which gas is able to be supplied for flow towards the outlet end of the outer pipe (14) for discharge exteriorly of the lance (10). The shroud (22) is longitudinally adjustable relative to the outer pipe (14) to enable substantial maintenance of, or variation in, a longitudinal spacing between the outlet ends of the shroud (22) and the outer pipe (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Robert Matusewicz, Markus Reuter
  • Patent number: 9764300
    Abstract: A plant for refining raw materials containing organic constituents includes a reactor configured to receive raw materials; a furnace configured to receive solids and fuel from the reactor; a return conduit configured to recirculate hot solids generated in the furnace to the reactor; and a sealing device configured to separate an oxidizing atmosphere of the furnace from an atmosphere of the reactor. The sealing device includes: a downpipe disposed between the furnace and the reactor, the downpipe being configured to withdraw a stream of solids from the furnace; a rising pipe disposed near a bottom of the downpipe and branching off there from to a top, the rising pipe being configured to transport a fluidized stream of solids to the reactor; and a conveying gas supply disposed below the rising pipe, the conveying gas supply being configured to fluidize a stream of solids withdrawn from the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventors: Nikola Anastasijevic, Michael Missalla, Guenter Schneider, Andreas Orth
  • Patent number: 9677815
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling suspension (8) in a suspension smelting furnace (1), to a suspension smelting furnace, and to a concentrate burner (2). The method comprises feeding additionally to pulverous solid matter (6) and additionally to reaction gas (7) reducing agent (13) into the suspension smelting furnace (1), wherein reducing agent (13) is fed in the form of a concentrated stream of reducing agent (13) through the suspension (8) in the reaction shaft (2) onto the surface (9) of the melt (10) to form a reducing zone (15) containing reducing agent (13) within the collection zone (14) of the melt (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Markku Lahtinen, Lauri P. Pesonen, Tapio Ahokainen, Peter Bjorklund
  • Patent number: 9617621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating a solution containing zinc sulphate, so that at least one of the rare metals such as indium, gallium and germanium can be separated from it. A portion of the metals to be separated can be precipitated from zinc sulphate solution by neutralizing the acidic solution and at least a portion is cemented by means of metal powder. The solid precipitates that are formed can be combined and treated subsequently in some suitable way to leach out the desired metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventors: Justin Salminen, Teppo Riihimäki, Mikko Ruonala
  • Patent number: 9598748
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a ferroalloy containing nickel. From a fine-grained raw material containing iron and chromium and a fine-grained raw material containing nickel, a mixture is formed with binding agent, the mixture is agglomerated so that first formed objects of desired size are obtained. The objects formed are heat treated in order to strengthen the objects so that the heat treated objects withstand conveyance and loading into a smelter furnace. Further, the objects are smelted under reducing circumstances in order to achieve ferrochromenickel, a ferroalloy of a desired composition containing at least iron, chromium and nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Outokumpu Oyj, Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Tuomo Mäkelä, Pekka Niemelä, Helge Krogerus
  • Patent number: 9556530
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system of gas ducts (6) for transporting gas, for example, into electrolytic equipment, in connection with which there are means (13) for taking at least gas into the system of gas ducts, whereby there is a suitable number of gas supply holes (7) in the system of gas ducts in a wall (19) limiting the system of gas ducts, whereby the material, such as gas, flowing in the system of gas ducts (6) is prevented at least in part from passing through the wall (19) of the system of gas ducts (6). The invention also concerns equipment and a method for electrolytic recovery of metal, such as copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Ville Nieminen, Lauri Palmu, Henri Virtanen
  • Patent number: 9551537
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use in a contact group of a sulfuric acid plant includes a chamber in which a tube bundle is arranged on a circular ring. A gas space is formed between the tube bundle and a chamber casing surrounding the tube bundle. A gas supply opening is provided in the chamber casing and is configured to introduce a gas into the gas space substantially radially to the tube bundle. A gas outlet opening adjoins an interior space enclosed by the tube bundle in a substantially axial direction. A center of the tube bundle is offset with respect to a center of the chamber casing in a direction opposite to the gas supply opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Daum, Hannes Storch, Wolfram Schalk
  • Patent number: 9528766
    Abstract: A lance for conducting a pyrometallurgical operation by top submerged lancing (TSL) injection, has inner and outer substantially concentric pipes. The lower end of the inner or at least a next innermost pipe is set at a level relative to the lower end of the outer pipe required for the pyrometallurgical operation. The relative positions of the inner and outer pipes are longitudinally adjustable to enable the length of the mixing chamber to be maintained at a desired setting during a period of use to compensate for the lower end of the outer pipe wearing and burning back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Robert Matusewicz, Markus Reuter
  • Patent number: 9429316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a burner arrangement comprising a fluid cooled copper block. Further, the invention relates to a burner assembly, a duct element, a gas circulating duct, and a metallurgical furnace comprising said burner arrangement. The burner arrangement (B) comprises a fluid cooled copper block (3) including a cooling conduit (4) for circulation of the cooling fluid, a first end (5) to which the burner unit (1) is releasably attached and a second end (6), and that the burner channel (2) extends inside the fluid cooled copper block (3) from the first end (5) to the second end (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Gunnar Weissman, Jukka Vuorio, Mikael Jåfs
  • Patent number: 9375660
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and device to be used in connection with thickening and clarifying apparatuses for shear-thinning of solids containing material such as slurry. According to the invention the flow area of the shear-thinned material (11) is restricted by arranging a restriction element (12) in the conduit (4,15) for discharging back the shear-thinned material (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventor: Richard Triglavcanin
  • Patent number: 9371487
    Abstract: A method for producing char and fuel gas includes degasifying a carbonaceous material with oxygen-containing gases in a fluidized bed reactor at a temperature of more than about 1000° C. and at a pressure of from about 1 bar to about 40 bar. A supply of oxygen within the fluidized bed reactor is adjusted so as to recover more than 60% of fixed carbon in the carbonaceous material in a char product, and an oxygen availability in a lower or bottom region of the fluidized bed reactor is less than 80% of an oxygen availability in an upper region of the fluidized bed reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: OUTOTEC OYJ
    Inventor: Andreas Orth
  • Patent number: 9370748
    Abstract: The invention relates to a recess plate for a membrane filter device, the filter device having a stack of essentially identical recess plates, the recess plates having recesses, and the recesses forming filter chambers between adjacent recess plates of the stack, into which filter chambers a suspension can be supplied on a cake side of the filter cloth, and the suspension can permeate the filter cloth to a filtrate side thereof, such that a solid content of the suspension deposits on the filter cloth as a filter cake, each filter chamber having a moveable membrane, the membrane and the recess plate enclosing a squeezing chamber, the recess plate having an inlet duct for inserting a pressurizing medium into the squeezing chamber, for mechanical pressing out the respective filter cake. The invention further relates to a method for detecting membrane leakage in such membrane filter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec OYJ
    Inventor: Michael Kilgus
  • Patent number: 9359657
    Abstract: A method for leaching a sulfidic metal concentrate in hydrometallurgical production of metal in a leaching process from which hot water vapor containing off-gas is conducted out and to which an acid solution warmed up to an elevated temperature is conducted. The acid solution is warmed up to an elevated temperature by bringing off-gas of the leaching step into direct contact with the acid solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Timo Haakana, Björn Saxén
  • Patent number: 9359655
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pelletizing feed containing chromite ore, at least one nickel salt, and silicon carbide as the only carbonaceous material and the only reducing agent. The invention also relates to process for manufacturing the pelletizing feed comprising the steps providing chromite, at least one nickel salt and silicon carbide, and mixing chromite, at least one nickel salt and silicon carbide. The invention also relates to use of the pelletizing feed as a starting material for the manufacture of sintering feed. The invention also relates to a sintering feed in the form of pellets containing the pelletizing feed. The invention also relates to sintered pellets containing the sintering feed. The invention also relates to process for manufacturing the sintered pellets. The invention also relates to use of the sintered pellets as a component of smelting feed. The invention also relates to smelting feed comprising sintered pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Helge Krogerus, Pasi Mäkelä
  • Patent number: 9352290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mixing device and method by means of which two solutions that are insoluble or poorly soluble in each other are mixed together into a dispersion. The device consists of at least three helical bars rotating upwards around a shaft and supported on it, so that the support structures between the shaft and the helical rods are set essentially in a horizontal position. The device and method are particularly suitable for mixing solvent extraction solutions used in the hydrometallurgical recovery of metals to form a dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Launo Lilja, Stig-Erik Hultholm, Eero Ekman, Bror Nyman