US Patent No. 10,462,851

MOLTEN METAL HOLDING FURNACE


Patent No. 10,462,851
Issue Date October 29, 2019
Title Molten Metal Holding Furnace
Inventorship Kiyata Mochizuki, Fujinomiya (JP)
Assignee Tounetsu Co., Ltd., Fujinomiya-Shi, Shizuoka (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,462,851

1. A molten metal holding furnace comprising:a furnace body including a bottom wall, a ceiling wall, and a side wall extending between the bottom wall and the ceiling wall to form a molten metal containing space defined by the bottom wall, the ceiling wall, and the side wall, the furnace body including at least one insertion hole formed to extend through the side wall or the ceiling wall; and
a heating tube including a heat generator and inserted in the at least one insertion hole, the molten metal holding furnace for holding a molten metal contained in the molten metal containing space at a predetermined temperature by using heat generated by the heat generator,
wherein the at least one insertion hole includes an inside cylindrical portion and an outside cylindrical portion in a region from an inside end portion to an outside end portion of the side wall or the ceiling wall, the inside cylindrical portion extending from a starting point at or adjacent the inner end portion to an intermediate point between the inside and outside end portions, the outside cylindrical portion extending from the intermediate point to a terminal point at or adjacent the outside end portion, the inside cylindrical portion having an inner diameter increasing gradually from the starting point to the intermediate point and the outside cylindrical portion having a constant inner diameter,
wherein the heating tube includes a distal cylindrical portion corresponding to the inside cylindrical portion and a proximal cylindrical portion corresponding to the outside cylindrical portion, the distal cylindrical portion having an outer diameter increasing discontinuously from the starting point toward the intermediate point and the proximal cylindrical portion having a constant outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the distal cylindrical portion at the intermediate point,
wherein the heating tube is inserted and positioned in the at least one insertion hole with the distal cylindrical portion of the heating tube located at the inside cylindrical portion of the at least one insertion hole and with the proximal cylindrical portion of the heating tube located at the outside cylindrical portion of the at least one insertion hole,
wherein a filling material is filled between the distal cylindrical portion of the heating tube and the inside cylindrical portion of the at least one insertion hole,
wherein the heating tube has a stepped portion formed of an annular surface extending radially between the distal cylindrical portion and the proximal cylindrical portion of the heating tube,
wherein a tubular member is disposed between the proximal cylindrical portion of the heating tube and the outside cylindrical portion of the at least one insertion hole,
wherein a fixing member is disposed outside the tubular member,
wherein the fixing member is coupled to the furnace body through a fastener, and
wherein the tubular member is pressed against the stepped portion of the heating tube by the fastener.