Russian Telegraph Insulators

Chemical Formulation and Automatic Press Operation

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Glass and Ceramics

New York, NY, United States
vol. 25, no. 5, p. 310 - 311



V. K. Gegelashvili andV. V. Zhukovskii


At the Ordzhonikidze Glassware and Insulator Plant, the mass production of insulators of low-alkaline glass on automatic lines has been successfully carried out for the first time in the USSR. A group of workers from the Glass Institute under the leadership of the Candidate of Technical Sciences, L. I. Buneeva, has taken an active part in this accomplishment.

The production of the insulators was organized in a new shop with a designed capacity of 24.5 million insulators annually. The first section of the shop with three automatic lines was put into operation in August 1965 and the second one with four lines, in December 1966.

The insulators are intended for the electrical insulation of the wires of low-voltage aerial lines of electric networks and telegraph communication lines and are mounted on pins or hooks. The insulators should fulfill the following requirements: to have a high volume and surface electrical resistance, be chemically stable under various external influences and resistant to mechanical and thermal effects. Based on this, the Glass Institute recommended for the production of the insulators a low-alkaline glass grade 13c with the following chemical composition (in weight %): 63.6 silicon dioxide; 15.5 aluminum oxide; 13.0 calcium oxide; 4.0 magnesium oxide; 2.0 sodium oxide; 2.0 fluoride; and a permissible iron (III) oxide content of not more than 1%.

The following charge is used to make a glass of this composition (in kg of dry substance for 100 kg glass): quartz sand 59.84; alumina 12.56; dolomite 24.68; fluorspar10.34; and nepheline concentrate 10.05. The charge components are processed by the usual glass-making methods.

Before storage in the bins, all the raw materials were passed through a No. 08 screen (81 mesines per cm).

The melting of the glass was carried out in two regenerative continuous furnaces with transverse flame. The area of the glass surface in the melting section was 142 m and in the working section 12 m. The depth of the tank of the melting section of the furnace was 800 mm and that of the working section 700 mm.

The following refractories were used for the lining of the furnace: the bottom of the tank was lined with chamotte brick Sh-1, the walls of the tank in the melting section with quartz brick, the walls of the tank of the working section with dinas brick, and the neck with quartz brick; the breast-walls and crown of the furnace with dinas brick. On the basis of the results of operation of one furnace during a period of 20 months (which was shut down owing to damage to the bottom at the bubbling section of the glass) it can be inferred that a furnace lined with the above-mentioned refractories can give more than two years of continuous service when used for making the glass 13c.

These furnaces have five pairs of burners and are fired with natural gas from the Stavropol field which has a caloric value of 8.5 kcal / Nm3. The following temperatures were established along the length of the furnace: between the first and second pair of burners 1520 C, between the second and third 1540, between the third and fourth 1540, at the shield 1540, and in the working section of the furnace 1410. The average daily output of glass per m of the melting section was 350 kg.

The molding of the insulators was carried out on seven automatic presses of the type API-12A designed by the Orlov State Special Planning and Design Office. Three machines were installed as one and four at the other furnace. The glass is supplied to the automatic machines by the automatic feeder PM-312 with a window diameter of 75 mm.

Because of the high viscosity of the glass 13c, the process of making the insulators was modified by taking away the rotating bushing and letting the plunger rotate at 8 rpm. The temperature of the