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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1009957 13.03.2003
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 1009957
Titel LUFTFILTEREINHEIT FÜR REINRAUM
Anmelder ABB Fläkt AB, Stockholm, SE
Erfinder LARSSON, Bertil, S-135 50 Tyresö, SE
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 69811240
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, IE, IT, LI, NL, PT
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 09.07.1998
EP-Aktenzeichen 989340716
WO-Anmeldetag 09.07.1998
PCT-Aktenzeichen PCT/SE98/01357
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0099002927
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 21.01.1999
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 21.06.2000
EP date of grant 05.02.2003
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 13.03.2003
IPC-Hauptklasse F24F 13/28
IPC-Nebenklasse B01D 35/30   B01D 46/00   

Beschreibung[en]
Field of the invention

The present invention relates to a cleanroom filter unit for airtight attachment to a framework of a cleanroom ceiling, comprising a filter, a vertical circumferential wall surrounding the filter and having a lower edge, and a sealing knife projecting downwardly from the lower edge of the circumferential wall to be received in a sealant containing groove formed in the framework of the cleanroom ceiling. Such a filter is known by document US-A-4 555 255.

Description of the related art

In prior cleanroom applications air is generally supplied through so called HEPA-filters arranged in the framework of the cleanroom ceiling. In this connection it is essential that no leakage occurs between the filter and the framework.

Traditional filter units are fabricated by gluing together separate straight wall portions to form the circumferential wall surrounding the filter so that the final filter unit takes the shape of a rectangular box with glued corner joints. The sealing knife comprises vertical extensions of said straight wall portions. Due to the fact that the sealant knife extends downwards into the sealant, i.e. vaseline, in the groove formed in the framework of the cleanroom ceiling a reliable sealing between the filter unit and said framework is achieved in a simple and very efficient manner.

A problem of this known design, however, is that the glued corner joints are not reliable. The fact is that at a rough estimate up to 25% of all corners joints of filter units in use are not completely airtight. Since the gluing surface is so small, normally the thickness of the wall elements of the circumferential wall is about 1,5 mm, very strong demands on the gluing accuracy have to be made. Furthermore, the above described assemblage of a filter unit demands a great deal of work to carry out. To weld the separate wall elements together in order to provide leakproof corner joints is not a good solution to the problem described above, because the heat generated during the welding operation would damage the heat sensitive filter, which is composed of glued fibreglass paper.

Summary of the invention

The object of the present invention is to provide a filter unit for cleanroom ceilings, which is reliably tight and has a simple design that enables an inexpensive production of the filter unit.

This object is achieved by the kind of filter unit initially defined, which is characterized in that the sealing knife is separately produced from vertical weldable wall elements which are welded to gether and that the separate sealing knife is mounted on the circumferential wall by airtight mounting means. As a result the sealing knife of the filter unit has reliable airtight corner joints.

According to a preferred embodiment of the invention the airtight mounting means comprises a profiled frame connected to the lower edge of the circumferential wall and forming a downwards open U-shaped channel into which the vertical wall elements of the sealing knife extend, and moulding mass moulded in said U-shaped channel to secure the sealing knife to said profiled frame.

According to an alternative embodiment of the invention the airtight mounting means comprises a flange connected to the lower edge of the circumferential wall and extending downwards therefrom. The wall elements of the sealing knife vertically overlap said flange and is bonded thereto by gluing.

Brief description of the drawings

The invention will be described in more detail in the following description with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which

  • figure 1 schematically shows a HEPA-filter unit according to prior art, with one side partly cut off,
  • figure 2 shows a part view of a corner of an underside of a conventional HEPA-filter on an enlarged scale,
  • figure 3 shows a schematic cross-sectional view of a filter unit according to the invention,
  • figure 4 shows a sealing knife which is a component of the filter unit according to the invention, and
  • figure 5 schematically shows an alternative embodiment of a filter unit according to the invention.

Description of preferred embodiments

In figure 1 there is shown a schematic perspective view of a known HEPA-filter unit 1 with a wall 2 surrounding a filter 3. The wall 2 comprises smooth aluminium wall portions 4 with downwardly directed wall extensions forming a sealing knife 5.

As shown in figure 2 adjacent wall extensions 5, 5' of the sealing knife are glued together to achieve airtightness. The lateral extension of the glue surface 5" where the adjacent wall extensions 5,5' abut each other will be in the order of 1,5 mm, while the height of the sealant knife may amount to at least 50 mm. As a consequence, the risk of leakage will be considerable and therefore this design is not suitable for use in cleanroom facilities having strict demands of cleanliness.

In figure 3 there is shown a cross-sectional view of a filter unit 6 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention. The filter unit 6 comprises a circumferential wall composed of four vertical interconnected wall portions 7 taking the shape of a rectangular box, in which the filter 8 in the form of fibreglass paper is arranged. A sealing knife 11, which is separately shown in Fig. 4, comprises four separate vertical smooth wall elements 14 of aluminium, which are interconnected by welding. The sealing knife 11 is mounted on the wall portions 7 by airtight mounting means comprising a profiled frame 10, preferably of aluminium, attached to the lower edges of the wall portions 7. There is also a similar profiled frame 9 attached to the upper edges of the wall portions 7. The lower profiled frame 10 forms a downwards open encircling U-shaped channel into which the wall elements 14 of the sealing knife extend. Said mounting means further comprises moulding mass 12 moulded in the U-shaped channel of the profiled frame 10 to secure the sealing knife 11 to the profiled frame 10. The operation to mould the sealing knife 11 to the profiled frame 10 is simple and rapid and fulfils demands made for reliable sealing.

According to an alternative embodiment of the invention as shown in figure 5, the airtight mounting means comprises a flange 15 connected to the lower edges of the wall portions 7 and extending downwards therefrom. The wall elements 14 of the sealing knife 11 are sized to permit them to vertically overlap the flange 15 and the sealing knife 11 is airtightly bonded thereto by gluing. Also this method results in a reliable airtightness, but the assemblage of the filter unit will be somewhat more complicated.

In application of a filter unit according to the invention, the filter unit is placed on the framework of the cleanroom ceiling with the sealing knife fitting in one of the grooves of the framework containing a suitable sealant such as vaseline. As a result a satisfactory sealing can be immediately achieved as the sealing knife enters the sealant.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Reinraum-Filtereinheit zum luftdichten Anbringen an ein Tragwerk einer Reinraumdecke, die einen Filter, eine senkrechte Umfangswand (7), die den Filter umgibt und einen unteren Rand hat, und ein Dichtmesser aufweist, das vom unteren Rand der Umfangswand nach unten vorsteht, um in einer Dichtungsmasse enthaltenden Nut aufnehmbar zu sein, die im Tragwerk der Reinraumdecke ausgebildet ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Dichtmesser (11) separat aus vertikalen, schweißbaren Wandelementen (14) hergestellt ist, welche zusammengeschweißt sind, und dass das separate Dichtmesser mittels luftdichten Befestigungsmitteln (10, 12) an die Umfangswand (7) montiert ist.
  2. Filtereinheit gemäß Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das luftdichte Befestigungsmittel einen Profilrahmen (10), der mit dem unteren Rand der Umfangswand (7) verbunden ist und einen nach unten offenen U-förmigen Kanal formt, in welchen sich die vertikalen Wandelemente (14) des Dichtmessers (11) erstrecken, und Formmasse (12) aufweist, die in den U-förmigem Kanal eingeformt ist, um das Dichtmesser zum Profilrahmen zu sichern.
  3. Filtereinheit gemäß Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das luftdichte Befestigungsmittel einen mit dem unteren Rand der Umfangswand (7) verbundenen und sich von diesem nach unten erstreckenden Flansch (15) aufweist, und dass die vertikalen Wandelemente (14) des Dichtmessers (11) den Flansch vertikal überlappen und mit diesem durch Kleben verbunden sind.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A cleanroom filter unit for airtight attachment to a framework of a cleanroom ceiling, comprising a filter, a vertical circumferential wall (7) surrounding the filter and having a lower edge, and a sealing knife projecting downwardly from the lower edge of the circumferential wall to be received in a sealant containing groove formed in the framework of the cleanroom ceiling, characterized in that the sealing knife (11) is separately produced from vertical weldable wall elements (14), which are welded together, and that the separate sealing knife_is mounted on the circumferential wall (7) by airtight mounting means (10,12).
  2. A filter unit according to claim 1, characterized in that the airtight mounting means comprises a profiled frame (10) connected to the lower edge of the circumferential wall (7) and forming a downwards open U-shaped channel into which the vertical wall elements (14) of the sealing knife (11) extend, and moulding mass (12) moulded in said U-shaped channel to secure the sealing knife to said profiled frame.
  3. A filter unit according to claim 1, characterized in that the airtight mounting means comprises a flange (15) connected to the lower edge of the circumferential wall (7) and extending downwards therefrom, and that the vertical wall elements (14) of the sealing knife (11) vertically overlap said flange and is bonded thereto by gluing.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Unité de filtrage pour salle blanche destinée à être fixée de manière étanche à l'air à une charpente d'un plafond de salle blanche, comprenant un filtre, une paroi périphérique verticale (7) entourant le filtre et comportant un bord inférieur, et une lame d'étanchéité faisant saillie vers le bas à partir du bord inférieur de la paroi périphérique de manière à être reçue dans une gorge contenant une matière d'étanchéité formée dans la charpente du plafond de la salle blanche, caractérisée en ce que la lame d'étanchéité (11) est fabriquée de façon séparée à partir d'éléments (14) verticaux de paroi pouvant être soudés, qui sont soudés entre eux, et en ce que la lame d'étanchéité séparée est montée sur la paroi périphérique (7) par l'intermédiaire de moyens de montage étanche à l'air (10, 12).
  2. Unité de filtrage selon la revendication 1, caractérisée en ce que les moyens de montage étanches à l'air comprennent un cadre profilé (10) relié au bord inférieur de la paroi périphérique (7) et qui forme un canal ouvert en forme de U dirigé vers le bas dans lequel pénètrent les éléments verticaux (14) de paroi de la lame d'étanchéité (11), et une masse de moulage (12) moulée dans ledit canal en forme de U de façon à fixer la lame d'étanchéité audit cadre profilé.
  3. Unité de filtrage selon la revendication 1, caractérisée en ce que les moyens de montage étanches à l'air comprennent une joue (15) reliée au bord inférieur de la paroi périphérique (7) et s'étendant vers le bas à partir d'elle, et en ce que les éléments verticaux (14) de paroi de la lame d'étanchéité (11) recouvrent verticalement ladite joue et lui sont liés par collage.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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