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Weir Minerals Australia Ltd. | Date: 2015-06-15

A pump casing for a centrifugal pump, which comprises an inlet opening, a discharge outlet, and a transition surface extending between an inner peripheral surface of the main pumping chamber and an inner peripheral surface of the discharge outlet, the transition surface arranged for separating an in use exit flow of material in the discharge outlet from an in use recirculation flow of material in the main pumping chamber. The transition surface has a cutwater having a profiled section which comprises a protrusion which extends irregularly from an otherwise generally rounded arched or U-shaped transition surface and is configured such that, in use, the velocity and/or turbulence resulting from the in use flow of the material being pumped in the main pumping chamber is reduced.


Patent
Weir Minerals Australia Ltd. | Date: 2014-05-28

A pump casing for a centrifugal pump, which comprises an inlet opening, a discharge outlet, and a transition surface extending between an inner peripheral surface of the main pumping chamber and an inner peripheral surface of the discharge outlet, the transition surface arranged for separating an in use exit flow of material in the discharge outlet from an in use recirculation flow of material in the main pumping chamber. The transition surface has a cutwater having a profiled section which comprises a protrusion which extends irregularly from an otherwise generally rounded arched or U-shaped transition surface and is configured such that, in use, the velocity and/or turbulence resulting from the in use flow of the material being pumped in the main pumping chamber is reduced.


Patent
Weir Minerals Australia Ltd | Date: 2014-03-28

A pump impeller which includes: a back shroud having an inner main face with an outer peripheral edge and a central axis, the impeller in use being rotatable about the central axis in a direction of rotation, a plurality of pumping vanes extending from the inner main face of the back shroud, the pumping vanes being disposed in spaced apart relation, and each pumping vane including: opposed first and second side faces, a leading edge in the region of the central axis and a trailing edge in the region of the outer peripheral edge of the back shroud, and with a passageway between adjacent pumping vanes, wherein the first side face at the leading edge is in a plane which is at an acute angle with respect to a plane of the inner main face of the back shroud, and the first side face at the trailing edge is in a plane which is at an obtuse angle with respect to the plane of the inner main face of the back shroud.


Patent
Weir Minerals Australia Ltd. | Date: 2014-03-14

A roving submersible pump arrangement for movement in a body of fluid is presented. The pump arrangement includes a submersible pump having an inlet and a discharge outlet and a buoyant transport device connected to the submersible pump. The buoyant transport device is operable to position the inlet of the submersible pump at a selected distance from a surface containing the body of fluid.


Patent
Weir Minerals Australia Ltd. | Date: 2015-02-26

A lubricant retainer for use in a pump bearing assembly, the bearing assembly which in a first operating configuration is lubricated by a relatively highly viscous lubricant, and which in a second operating configuration is lubricated by a less-viscous lubricant, the bearing assembly comprising a bearing housing having a bore extending therethrough for receiving a pump drive shaft, spaced-apart bearing mounting zones within said bore with a chamber therebetween, each bearing mounting zone arranged for the in use receipt of a bearing therein. Each zone has associated therewith one lubricant retainer, the lubricant retainer being adapted to be mounted within the bore adjacent the bearing mounting zone with which it is associated so as to form a barrier between the bearing mounting zone and the chamber when the pump bearing assembly is in the first operating configuration, the retainer being removed when the pump bearing assembly is in the second operating configuration.

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