Patents by Inventor Jorge A. Morando

Jorge A. Morando has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220082101
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a molten metal pump comprising an elongated pumping chamber tube with a base end and an open top end. A shaft extends into the tube and rotates an impeller therein, the impeller rotates proximate the base end. The tube has a diameter at least 1.1 times the diameter of the impeller. The pumping chamber tube preferably has a length at least three times the height of the impeller. The base end includes an inlet and the top end includes a tangential outlet. Rotation of the impeller draws molten metal into the pumping chamber and creates a rotating equilibrium vortex that rises up the walls of the pumping chamber. The rotating vortex adjacent the top end exists the device via the tangential outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Jason Tetkoskie, Richard S. Henderson, Herbert L. Ritchie, JR., Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 11187233
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a molten metal pump comprising an elongated pumping chamber tube with a base end and an open top end. A shaft extends into the tube and rotates an impeller therein, the impeller rotates proximate the base end. The tube has a diameter at least 1.1 times the diameter of the impeller. The pumping chamber tube preferably has a length at least three times the height of the impeller. The base end includes an inlet and the top end includes a tangential outlet. Rotation of the impeller draws molten metal into the pumping chamber and creates a rotating equilibrium vortex that rises up the walls of the pumping chamber. The rotating vortex adjacent the top end exists the device cia the tangential outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: PYROTEK, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Jason Tetkoskie, Richard S. Henderson, Herbert L. Ritchie, Jr., Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 11131309
    Abstract: A molten metal pump includes an impeller, a pump base housing at least partially enclosing the impeller, a shaft connected to the impeller, a motor connected to the shaft, a motor mount plate for supporting the motor; and a post for connecting the motor mount plate to the pump base housing. The molten metal pump can include a connector that connects the post to the motor mount plate. The molten metal pump can include a socket for connecting the shaft to the motor. The shaft can comprise an assembly including an elongated metal rod having a first end and a second end and a metal non-circular drive member attached at the second end of the elongated metal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: PYROTEK, INC.
    Inventors: Jorge A. Morando, Jon Tipton, George S. Mordue, Mark Bright, Lennard Lutes, Richard S. Henderson, Chris T. Vild
  • Publication number: 20180187685
    Abstract: A molten metal pump includes an impeller, a pump base housing at least partially enclosing the impeller, a shaft connected to the impeller, a motor connected to the shaft, a motor mount plate for supporting the motor; and a post for connecting the motor mount plate to the pump base housing. The molten metal pump can include a connector that connects the post to the motor mount plate. The molten metal pump can include a socket for connecting the shaft to the motor. The shaft can comprise an assembly including an elongated metal rod having a first end and a second end and a metal non-circular drive member attached at the second end of the elongated metal rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Jorge A. Morando, Jon Tipton, George S. Mordue, Mark Bright, Lennard Lutes, Richard S. Henderson, Chris T. Vild
  • Patent number: 9951777
    Abstract: A molten metal pump includes an impeller, a pump base housing at least partially enclosing the impeller, a shaft connected to the impeller, a motor connected to the shaft, a motor mount plate for supporting the motor; and a post for connecting the motor mount plate to the pump base housing. The molten metal pump can include a connector that connects the post to the motor mount plate. The molten metal pump can include a socket for connecting the shaft to the motor. The shaft can comprise an assembly including an elongated metal rod having a first end and a second end and a metal non-circular drive member attached at the second end of the elongated metal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PYROTEK, INC.
    Inventors: Jorge A. Morando, Jon Tipton, George S. Mordue, Mark Bright, Lennard Lutes, Richard S. Henderson, Chris T. Vild
  • Publication number: 20170204862
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal lifting pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a curved shape that aids in the formation and sustainability of: a) a forced vortex; b) a highly forced vortex; and c) a super forced vortex, depending on the application when it which receives the ejected molten metal from the lifting pump's impeller. The lifting pump is controlled to cause the vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A recirculation centrifugal pump is mounted coaxially to and rotates with the lifting impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 9599111
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal lifting pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a curved shape that aids in the formation and sustainability of: a) a forced vortex; b) a highly forced vortex; and c) a super forced vortex, depending on the application when it which receives the ejected molten metal from the lifting pump's impeller. The lifting pump is controlled to cause the vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A recirculation centrifugal pump is mounted coaxially to and rotates with the lifting impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Publication number: 20170037852
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a molten metal pump comprising an elongated pumping chamber tube with a base end and an open top end. A shaft extends into the tube and rotates an impeller therein, the impeller rotates proximate the base end. The tube has a diameter at least 1.1 times the diameter of the impeller. The pumping chamber tube preferably has a length at least three times the height of the impeller. The base end includes an inlet and the top end includes a tangential outlet. Rotation of the impeller draws molten metal into the pumping chamber and creates a rotating equilibrium vortex that rises up the walls of the pumping chamber. The rotating vortex adjacent the top end exists the device cia the tangential outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Jason Tetkoskie, Richard S. Henderson, Herbert L. Ritchie, JR., Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 9234520
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a concave curved shape whose shape is a function of the particular type of vortex to be created for the application at hand. This curved portion of the body receives the ejected molten metal from the impeller and forms an uplifting axial vortex within the tubular section of the body. The pump is designed to cooperate synergistically with said body such that the uplifting axial vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A radial vane impeller is formed in the back plate of the impeller. When the impeller is rotated, solid particles introduced into the body are accelerated radially by the back plate impeller into the vortex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Pyrotek, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 8784727
    Abstract: An improved molten metal furnace including an enlarged buffer plate of nickel-based superalloy material which seals and separates the furnace burners from the product to be heated. The seal from the buffer plate provides for the creation of a generally inert atmosphere for the bath of molten metal. Additionally, angling the interconnecting passageways between the furnace regions improve the thermal efficiency of the circulating molten metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge A Morando
  • Publication number: 20130341840
    Abstract: An improved molten metal furnace including an enlarged buffer plate of nickel based superalloy material which seals and separates the furnace burners from the product to be heated. The seal from the buffer plate provides for the creation of a generally inert atmosphere for the bath of molten metal. Additionally, angling the interconnecting passageways between the furnace regions improve the thermal efficiency of the circulating molten metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Publication number: 20130249149
    Abstract: An improved molten metal furnace including an enlarged buffer plate of nickel-based superalloy material which seals and separates the furnace burners from the product to be heated. The seal from the buffer plate provides for the creation of a generally inert atmosphere for the bath of molten metal. Additionally, angling the interconnecting passageways between the furnace regions improve the thermal efficiency of the circulating molten metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge Morando
  • Publication number: 20130170946
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a concave curved shape whose shape is a function of the particular type of vortex to be created for the application at hand. This curved portion of the body receives the ejected molten metal from the impeller and forms an uplifting axial vortex within the tubular section of the body. The pump is designed to cooperate synergistically with said body such that the uplifting axial vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A radial vane impeller is formed in the back plate of the impeller. When the impeller is rotated, solid particles introduced into the body are accelerated radially by the back plate impeller into the vortex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Publication number: 20130101424
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a molten metal pump comprising an elongated pumping chamber tube with a base end and an open top end. A shaft extends into the tube and rotates an impeller therein, the impeller rotates proximate the base end. The tube has a diameter at least 1.1 times the diameter of the impeller. The pumping chamber tube preferably has a length at least three times the height of the impeller. The base end includes an inlet and the top end includes a tangential outlet. Rotation of the impeller draws molten metal into the pumping chamber and creates a rotating equilibrium vortex that rises up the walls of the pumping chamber. The rotating vortex adjacent the top end exists the device cia the tangential outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Jason Tetkoskie, Richard S. Henderson, Herbert L. Ritchie, JR., Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 8246295
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a parabolic shape which receives the ejected molten metal from the impeller and forms a vortex within the tubular body. The pump is controlled to cause the vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A radial vane impeller is formed in the back plate of the impeller. When the impeller is rotated, solid particles introduced into the body are accelerated radially by the back plate impeller into the vortex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Publication number: 20120163959
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal lifting pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a curved shape that aids in the formation and sustainability of: a) a forced vortex; b) a highly forced vortex; and c) a super forced vortex, depending on the application when it which receives the ejected molten metal from the lifting pump's impeller. The lifting pump is controlled to cause the vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A recirculation centrifugal pump is mounted coaxially to and rotates with the lifting impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jorge Morando
  • Patent number: 8033792
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump having a turbine impeller having a plurality of curved vanes. The vanes curve from the inlet end to the outlet end in the direction of pumping rotation of the impeller, such that the leading wall of each vane re-directs a portion of the radial velocity of the fluid flowing through the passage to increase the total tangential velocity provided by the impeller. Each vane includes a cavity which entrains fluid which slides back from a spinward passage and redirects the entrained fluid back in the direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 7896617
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump having a turbine impeller having a plurality of curved vanes. The vanes curve from the inlet end to the outlet end in the direction of pumping rotation of the impeller, such that the leading wall of each vane re-directs a portion of the radial velocity of the fluid flowing through the passage to increase the total tangential velocity provided by the impeller. Each curved passage has cooperating inlet and outlet areas and a smooth curved shape to ensure that the radial velocity of the liquid does not decrease dramatically while flowing through the passage, while ensuring that any solid particulates and contaminants entering the impeller will pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Patent number: 7727461
    Abstract: A furnace filtration system for improving the speed and efficiency of a molten metal centrifugal impeller pump contained within a non-ferrous molten metal furnace. The system includes a filtration well located upstream of the pump well. The filtration well includes a filter having a plurality of through filter passages that are sized to prevent any solid contaminants that are larger than the pump's impeller openings from passing therethrough. By preventing any contaminants that cannot pass through the pump, the pump can be run at a higher speed. A furnaces efficiency increases with the centrifugal pump's efficiency increases with its centrifugal pump's speed along with the flow and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando
  • Publication number: 20100104415
    Abstract: A pump for processing molten metal having an enlarged tubular body which houses a centrifugal pump at its bottom end. The bottom end has a parabolic shape which receives the ejected molten metal from the impeller and forms a vortex within the tubular body. The pump is controlled to cause the vortex to climb up the inner wall of the body up to and out of an outlet formed in the upper end of the body. A radial vane impeller is formed in the back plate of the impeller. When the impeller is rotated, solid particles introduced into the body are accelerated radially by the back plate impeller into the vortex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jorge A. Morando