Patents Assigned to Sulzer Management AG
  • Patent number: 10844874
    Abstract: An intake device for a pump includes an inlet section extending in a first direction for guiding a fluid, an outlet section for delivering the fluid to an inlet of the pump, the outlet section extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a diverting section for diverting the fluid from the first to the second direction, the diverting section connecting the inlet and outlet sections, and having a bottom wall opposing the an outlet opening and a back wall opposing an inlet opening, the inlet section tapering towards the diverting section to decrease a cross sectional area of the inlet section, the diverting section includes a splitter member arranged on the bottom wall that tapers in the second direction towards the outlet opening, and the outlet section includes an essentially bell shaped reducing part for decreasing a cross sectional area of the outlet section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Arnaldo Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10837455
    Abstract: A pump casing for a centrifugal pump has a first housing part, a second housing part sealingly attached to the first housing part, a plurality of securing elements for linking the first and the second housing part, and a radial sealing element for sealing between the first and the second housing parts, the first housing part has a first axial end surface, and the second housing part has a second axial end surface, the first and second axial end surfaces facing each other, and the first axial end surface includes an annular protrusion extending in the axial direction and the second axial end surface includes an annular recess configured for engaging with the annular protrusion, the annular protrusion arranged radially inwardly with respect to the securing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Welschinger, Nitin Ugale, Torsten Johne
  • Patent number: 10835879
    Abstract: A vane for an impeller of an agitator for mixing or agitating a process fluid includes a socket for mounting the vane to an impeller and a blade for mixing or agitating the process fluid, the blade being connected to the socket, the blade having a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a blade tip extending from the leading edge to the trailing edge at the end of the blade facing away from the socket, and the blade having a height and a width. The height is the maximum distance of the blade tip from the socket and the width is the distance of the leading edge from the trailing edge. The blade has a maximum width that is at least 55 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Mikael Andersson, Erik Blechingberg
  • Patent number: 10814252
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for separation of high volume flows of mixtures provided with at least two immiscible phases, especially for the first separation steps of flows of water/oil/gas/sand mixture that enter the apparatus as a wellstream mixture. The invention also relates to a method for separation of high volume flows of mixtures provided with at least immiscible phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Per-Reidar Larnholm, Frederik Albert Lammers
  • Patent number: 10788023
    Abstract: A passive actuator for suppressing vibration of a column pipe of a vertical pump, the actuator being mounted between the column pipe of the vertical pump and a canister surrounding the column pipe. The passive actuator includes a first operational state for adding stiffness between the canister and the column pipe and a second operational state for at least reducing the stiffness. The passive actuator includes passive actuator elements, each of which automatically changes from the second operational state to the first operational state when the temperature of the passive actuator element changes from a second to a first temperature, the first temperature being different from the second temperature, and to automatically change from the first operational state to the second operational state, when the temperature of the passive actuator element changes from the first temperature to the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Edward Curran Eggertson
  • Patent number: 10787723
    Abstract: A nickel base casting alloy includes a composition, by weight percent: 19.0-22.5 chromium, 7.0-9.5 molybdenum, 2.75-4.0 niobium, 1.0-1.7 titanium, 0.35-1.0 manganese, 0.2-1.0 silicon, 0-0.03 carbon, 0-0.015 phosphorus, 0-0.01 sulfur, 0-0.35 aluminum, 0-13.25 iron, the balance being nickel and incidental impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: David Lukezic
  • Patent number: 10745332
    Abstract: A process for purifying a crude composition includes a monoterpene compound selected from the group consisting of monocyclic monoterpene alcohols, monocyclic monoterpene ketones, bicyclic epoxy monoterpenes and mixtures of two or more of the aforementioned compounds, such as preferably a monocyclic monoterpene alcohol. The process comprises performing a layer crystallization with a melt of the crude composition, and the melt of the crude composition subjected to the layer crystallization includes oxygen-containing solvent in a concentration of 20 ppm to 2% by weight. The oxygen-containing solvent is selected from the group consisting of water, C1-6-alcohols, C1-6-carboxylic acids, C1-6-ketones, C1-6-aldehydes, C1-12-ethers, C1-12-esters and mixtures of two or more of the aforementioned solvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Manfred Stepanski, Florian Lippuner, Hans-Peter Brack
  • Patent number: 10724526
    Abstract: A multi-stage horizontal centrifugal pump for conveying a fluid has a rotor including a rotatably arranged shaft and a plurality of impellers for conveying the fluid and a stator. All the impellers are arranged in a rotatably fixed manner on the shaft. The stator includes a plurality of stage casings, which are arranged consecutively one after another with respect to an axial direction determined by a central axis. The stator encompasses the rotor, and each stage casing is designed and arranged centrically with respect to the central axis. A plurality of wear rings is disposed between the rotor and the stator, each of which is fixed with respect to the stator, and surrounds the rotor with a clearance. At least one of the wear rings is designed eccentrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Nicolas Lagas
  • Patent number: 10670033
    Abstract: A pump includes first and second impellers and a sealing element. The sealing element is arranged between the first and second impellers around the drive shaft. The sealing element has a first end transvers to the drive shaft and facing the first impeller and a second end transverse to the drive shaft facing the second impeller. The sealing element has a length along an axis smaller than the distance between the first and second impellers such that the sealing element is movable along the axis between the first and second impellers. The first and second ends of the sealing element have first and second areas transverse to the axis, the first area being larger than the second area such that the force exerted by the lower pressure generated by the first impeller is substantially equal to the force exerted by the higher pressure generated by the second impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Nils Hökby
  • Patent number: 10634155
    Abstract: A pump drive unit for conveying a process fluid includes a housing which surrounds a pump having an impeller, a drive for the pump, a shaft for driving the impeller which connects the drive to the pump, and a restrictor extending around the shaft and arranged between the impeller and the drive. The housing has a pump inlet and outlet for the process fluid, with an inlet for introduction of a barrier fluid into the drive and an outlet for draining the barrier fluid from the housing. A plurality of storage chambers for the barrier fluid are disposed at the shaft in the region between the restrictor and the drive. The storage chambers are arranged behind one another with respect to the axial direction, with a respective two adjacent storage chambers being in flow communication with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Paul Meuter
  • Patent number: 10634164
    Abstract: A flow machine includes a rotor rotatably arranged about an axis of rotation in a rotor space of a housing. For energy exchange between a flow energy of a flowing fluid and a mechanical rotational energy, the fluid can be supplied to the housing of the flow machine in so as to bring the fluid into flowing contact with the rotor for the energy exchange and can be led out of the housing of the flow machine. A flow guiding element running about the axis of rotation in a peripheral direction of the rotor is disposed in the rotor space between an inner wall of the rotor space and the rotor in such a way that the rotor is surrounded by the flow guiding element over a predeterminable axial width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Arnaldo Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10634165
    Abstract: A pumping apparatus includes an impeller, an inlet housing and at least one flow guiding element. The impeller is rotationally supported for the guidance of a pumpable medium about an axis of rotation. The inlet housing spans a suction region upstream of the impeller. The at least one flow guiding element is at least partly arranged within the suction region and the flow guiding element is provided to guide the medium flow in the direction of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Steve Mehlhorn
  • Patent number: 10584710
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for sealing a pressure chamber in a high pressure pump which is bound by a first and a second bounding element, includes a separate sealing element which has a first sealing surface for co-operating with the first bounding element, as well as having a second sealing surface for cooperating with the second bounding element. The two sealing surfaces are inclined with respect to one another and each have a groove for receiving a sealing ring. The sealing element is arranged in such a way that it can be displaced totally along one of the bounding elements on the application of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Welschinger, Marco Carvalho
  • Patent number: 10557474
    Abstract: A rotary machine for conveying a fluid includes a drive unit configured to drive a shaft, an impeller arranged at the shaft, and configured to convey the fluid, at least one mechanical seal configured to seal the shaft, a first and a second heat exchange system configured to cool or heat the mechanical seal, the first heat exchange system configured for direct application of a fluid heat carrier at the mechanical seal and the second heat exchange system comprising a heat exchange jacket capable of having a fluid heat carrier flow therethrough without direct contact with the mechanical seal, the first and the second heat exchange systems forming a common heat exchange system in which a common fluid heat carrier is capable of being circulated, and a fan wheel configured to circulate the common fluid heat carrier in the common heat exchange system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Simon Gassmann, Benedikt Trottmann, Marcelo Inforsati, Thomas Felix
  • Patent number: 10550850
    Abstract: A pump for conveying a highly viscous fluid includes a casing with at least a first inlet and an outlet for the fluid, and an impeller for conveying the fluid from the inlet to the outlet. The impeller is arranged on a rotatable shaft for rotation around an axial direction, and includes a front shroud facing the first inlet of the pump. The casing includes a stationary impeller opening for receiving the front shroud of the impeller and has a diameter. The front shroud and the stationary impeller opening form a gap having a width in a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction, and the ratio of the width of the gap and the diameter of the impeller opening is at least 0.0045.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Arnaldo Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10527048
    Abstract: A submersible pump includes a bearing arrangement and a rotor shaft. The bearing arrangement includes a bearing cover, a bearing flange, and one or more bearing elements, each bearing element having an inner bearing ring, an outer bearing ring and a roller element. The rotor shaft is rotatably supported in the one or more bearing element about an axis of rotation extending in a longitudinal axial direction so that the inner bearing ring is configured to rotate along with the rotor shaft in an operating state. The bearing element is arranged at the bearing flange such that the bearing cover tensions each outer bearing ring in a longitudinal axial direction and such that a peripheral gap having a predefined axial width is formed in a radial direction between the outer bearing ring and the bearing cover and between the outer bearing ring and the bearing flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Klaus Becker
  • Patent number: 10495092
    Abstract: Disclosed is an impeller for a pump for conveying waste water having a support body which can be rotated about an axis of rotation (A) and on which two blades for conveying are provided, wherein the blades each have an inlet region which extends from an inlet edge up to an apex, wherein the wall thickness increases at its end side remote from the support body in the inlet region from the inlet edge and reaches its maximum value at the apex, wherein the blade converges in the inlet region in an axial direction from the support body to the end side with respect to the wall thickness. A base plate is furthermore proposed for interaction with such an impeller as well as a pump for conveying waste water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sulzer Management AG
    Inventors: Kais Haddad, Horst-Paul Klein
  • Patent number: 10480517
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the condition of a volute casing of a centrifugal pump, the method includes determining, in a wall of the volute casing, at least one point, which, in view of the material forming the volute casing, is critical to wear, providing, from outside the volute casing, a blind hole in the wall of the volute casing at the at least one point, the blind hole having a depth, receiving information from the blind hole, and taking predetermined actions to replace the volute casing with a new casing after the information indicates the opening of the blind hole into the interior of the volute casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Kalle Tarhonen
  • Patent number: 10444118
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a wear state of an assembly of a flow machine, in particular, of a bearing arrangement of a pump or turbine. For determining a wear characteristic, a mechanical query signal having a pre-definable signal shape is generated by a signal generator and a response signal generated from the query signal is detected using a sensor in contact with the assembly. The response signal is varied in dependence on a variation of a physical operating value of the assembly in accordance with a characteristic pattern, the wear characteristic is determined from the variation of the response signal and the wear state is evaluated using the wear characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventors: Frank May, Simon Gassmann
  • Patent number: D899463
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SULZER MANAGEMENT AG
    Inventor: Aimo Kangas