Overflow downdraw glass forming method and apparatus

Patent No. 6,997,017

Issued: February 14, 2006
Filed: April 16, 2004

Inventor: Pitbladdo; Richard B. (6949 Bentgrass Dr., Naples, FL 34113)


The forming apparatus of the present invention preferably includes an orifice on top of the trough. The uniquely shaped orifice substitutes for the weirs as the controlling entity for glass thickness. The orifice is designed such that as it deforms, it maintains a linear flow characteristic with respect to its length. As the orifice is made larger by the applied stress, the percentage width increase is the same over its length and consequently the percentage flow increase is the same over the length of the orifice. In another embodiment, the present invention provides an adjustment to change the flow characteristics of the trough to compensate for the degradation of the forming trough during an extended production run. A flow control plug can be inserted into the trough, such that flow dynamics can be altered during hot operation by insertion, removal or position adjustment of the flow control plug.

REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims an invention that was disclosed in one of the following provisional applications:

1) Provisional Application No. 60/506,038, filed Sep. 25, 2003, entitled "ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR SHEET GLASS FORMING APPARATUS"; and
2) Provisional Application No. 60/516,076, filed Oct. 31, 2003, entitled "OVERFLOW DOWNDRAW GLASS FORMING APPARATUS WITH COMPENSATING ORIFICE"

The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional applications is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned applications are hereby incorporated herein by reference.

In addition, this is a continuation-in-part of patent application Ser. No. 09/851,627, filed May 9, 2001, entitled "SHEET GLASS FORMING APPARATUS", now U.S. Pat. No. 6,748,765. The aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.


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