Patents by Inventor Karl-Heinz Zettier

Karl-Heinz Zettier 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).

  • Patent number: 4410319
    Abstract: A self-discharging centrifugal drum for clarifying and separating suspensions, has an axially displaceable piston valve that is bounded above by a solids space and that opens and closes expulsion openings in the drum jacket. A closure compartment that can be charged with closure fluid and that can be evacuated through a centrifugal valve in the drum jacket is disposed below the piston valve. A second fluid-controlled centrifugal valve in the drum jacket is connected through connecting channels to the closure compartment and through a connecting channel with a reservoir in the drum jacket that is always charged with closure fluid and subjected to fluid pressure when the drum is in operation. When the closure compartment is evacuated, a valve cone in the second centrifugal valve opens to establish a connection between the closure compartment and the reservoir. This permits not only sudden evacuation but also just as sudden charging of the closure compartment with closure fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Zettier, Hugo Zurbruggen
  • Patent number: 4410317
    Abstract: A self-discharging centrifugal drum for clarifying and separating suspensions has an axially displaceable piston valve that is bounded above by a solids space and that opens and closes expulsion openings in the drum jacket. A closure compartment that can be charged with closure fluid is disposed below the piston valve and into which the closure fluid is supplied through a channel that is connected to an intermediate compartment for closure fluid. The closure compartment is evacuated to initiate discharge of the drum packing by a centrifugal valve. The valve that evacuates the closure compartment is a centrifugal valve that contains a movable valve cone, with the valve cone activated by control fluid and having a valve projection that is smaller in diameter than the valve cone and that is sealed into the drum jacket behind the valve cone so that the valve projection will extensively choke or close the channel that connects the closure compartment to the intermediate compartment when the valve cone opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator AG
    Inventors: Hugo Zurbruggen, Karl-Heinz Zettier
  • Patent number: 4210275
    Abstract: A centrifugal separator having an upper paring chamber 5 and paring disc 6, a lower paring chamber 8 and paring disc 9, an air seal 10, 11 over the upper paring chamber and paring disc, and a radially extending overflow passage 15 disposed between the upper and lower paring chamber for discharge of liquid overflowing from either paring chamber, is provided with a shutoff valve 17 in the overflow passage 15 which is urged to the closed position by centrigual force and has a shoulder 20 for exposure to liquid in the overflow passage when the valve is in the closed position so that centrifugal force of liquid in the overflow passage urges the valve toward the open position. The shut-off valve prevents air from entering through the overflow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Assignee: Westfalia Separator Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Zettier