Molten glass fining apparatus 

Patent No. 7,150,165

Issued: December 19, 2006
Filed: December 23, 2003

Inventor: Pitbladdo; Richard Bruce (Naples, FL)

The basic shape of the molten glass fining apparatus of the present invention is preferably either an elliptical or a somewhat rectangular shape such that the flow is more uniform and the bubbles have less distance to rise to the surface. A novel baffle design is also shown. The present invention improves the fining capability of the apparatus without increasing the cost of construction materials. In fact, the cost may be reduced.


This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/438,875, filed Jan. 9, 2003, entitled "MOLTEN GLASS FINING APPARATUS". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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