JP2016522001A - Apparatus and method for dispersing liquid in an aerosol - Google Patents

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JP2016522001A
JP2016522001A JP2016504288A JP2016504288A JP2016522001A JP 2016522001 A JP2016522001 A JP 2016522001A JP 2016504288 A JP2016504288 A JP 2016504288A JP 2016504288 A JP2016504288 A JP 2016504288A JP 2016522001 A JP2016522001 A JP 2016522001A
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Abstract

The system and method utilize the Venturi effect for atomization to deliver the atomized solution to the interior volume of a building or room. [Selection] Figure 5

Description

[Indicators of related applications]
This application is a non-provisional patent application of US Provisional Patent Application No. 61 / 755,129 filed January 22, 2013 and claims its benefits. The disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

[Technical field]
There are a number of known devices for atomizing liquid and delivering it to ambient air. Other evaporator-like devices provide for introducing various types of solutions into the air in order to vaporize the solution and introduce it into the air in a room or habitable structure. Most of these devices focus on sniffing, purifying, or moistening air.

  Other devices require a timer or are supposed to manually turn the switch on or off.

  The recognized need for a device configured to automatically atomize and deliver a solution to a specific volume of a closed space while accounting for the concentration of the delivered solution in a functional relationship based on internal volume is there.

  The present invention relates to an apparatus for dispersing an air-aerosol. And it can work alone in conjunction with the HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system as well.

  In one embodiment, the invention relates to a preselected solution that is mixed with probiotic bacteria that are released into the air. Release is accomplished by atomization of the solution mixed with viable bacteria that can be added to the air, either directly into the room or as a combination thereof, through the HVAC system. Conventional devices are deficient, all of which lack quantitative measurements and the use of functional amounts of viable bacteria.

  In one embodiment, the present invention has at least one airflow sensor configured to remove user input. The airflow sensor activates the device as it detects airflow as a result of operation of the HVAC system.

  In one embodiment, the present invention includes a microcomputer interface for programming the time interval and total time that the device is turned on each time. This allows the ability to perform the present invention independently of the HVAC system as desired.

  In one embodiment, the present invention is a system and method configured to deliver a measured and effective amount of a biological functional solution to air, an HVAC system, or a combination thereof. In one embodiment, the viable bacterial solution is atomized sufficiently lightly and carried by airflow and pressure differentials within the HVAC system.

  In one embodiment, the mist itself is Stabiotic®. And it is a mixture of stable, viable bacterial species of bacteria that are also in the form of spores. Once viable bacteria are exposed to a mixture of water and / or air, it is activated. In contact with any particles in the air or on any surface, they immediately consume food, allergens and other contaminants. Thereby, it is cleaned to a microscopic level, and further the biofilm is disassembled. Therefore, it provides a very effective cleaning method and therefore reduces the risk of infection.

  In one embodiment, the adaptation device is configured for positioning on the top plate, on the ground, inside the HVAC system, or mounted on a wall. The device has a replaceable solution so that the user can change and refill the removable bottle. The device operates without the user having to interact with the device on a regular basis, allowing it to operate more automatically without requiring it to be switched on or off.

  In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is adapted to combine delivery with a solution container that is designed to receive compressed air and direct the air to the container to provide a venturi effect to a closed drug container containing the delivery solution. Configured. By pressing air under pressure into the delivery solution chamber, the solution is atomized and directed out through the configured outlet. The atomized solution air is directed to the outlet hose towards the outside environment.

  To accomplish the above, the present invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings. However, attention is drawn to the fact that the drawings are only exemplary. Modifications are considered part of this invention and are limited only by the scope of the claims.

  To atomize a solution having at least one active ingredient and deliver the atomized solution to an internal region of the structure, either directly into the atmosphere, delivered through an HVAC system, or a combination thereof It is an object of the present invention to have these systems and methods. In one embodiment, the active ingredient is a live bacterium, a pharmaceutical agent, or a nutritional supplement. In one embodiment, the atomized solution particles have a d90 average particle size distribution based on a normal Gaussian curve of about 1.1 to 10 microns. Atomizing a solution having at least one active ingredient and utilizing the at least one sensor operatively associated with the atomization mechanism, thereby causing the sensor to initiate atomization and causing the interior of the structure to It is an object of the present invention to have a system and method for delivering to an area.

  Additional features include configurations having control capability via wireless or similar means to control the device via smartphone, computer, remote to know environmental conditions and device battery and / or cartridge level. .

  The present invention can be configured as an office, bedroom, camping, living room, automobile, airplane, and portable device for use in any indoor or outdoor location. Optionally, the system is constituted by a personal spray nozzle that a person can spray himself.

  The microcomputer interface is programmable with the ability to program the device to work according to time / environmental conditions. The system and method of the present invention supports fixed SBS (Sick Building Syndrome) by reducing the amount of bad bacteria in the building space and by increasing vitality.

  The system also has not only sensors that check the quality of bacteria in the air, but also sensors that detect air movement, so as soon as the HVAC system is turned on, the device detects it and turns itself on. Disperse the fog accordingly. This method has no solution material wasted. This also makes it impossible to access the liquid that is in the HVAC while work (which gives rise to more bacteria) does not allow for better use of the material.

In one embodiment, the present invention is a system for dispersing a solution comprising:
A solution chamber having an inlet, an outlet and a solution contained therein,
A venturi configuration effectively associated with the solution chamber,
An air inlet configured to give a venturi effect to the solution in the solution chamber,
A system comprising at least one actuator associated with a pressurized air inlet source, whereby in operation the pressurized air atomizes the solution and pushes the atomized solution through the outlet.

  In one embodiment, the solution includes at least one active agent that includes at least one of a drug, live bacteria, functional food, or combinations thereof.

  The venturi configuration includes an inlet and an outlet to provide a venturi effect to the solution.

  The system actuator is a manually operated actuator, an automated actuator controlled by a programmable computer microprocessor, or a combination thereof.

  In one embodiment, the system has at least one sensor operatively associated with the actuator.

  The system can be configured with at least one airflow sensor operatively associated with the actuator.

  In one embodiment, the system has an outlet that directs the atomized solution to the HVAC system to one of an HVAC system inlet, an HVAC system airflow duct, or a combination thereof.

The present invention is also a method of delivering an atomized solution comprising:
Providing a system disclosed herein;
Placing the solution in the solution chamber;
Activating the actuator, whereby activation includes atomizing the solution and the solution exits the solution chamber through the outlet.

  The method includes a solution in a chamber containing at least one active ingredient. Active ingredients include, but are not limited to, drugs, viable bacteria, functional foods (functional foods include but are not limited to vitamins, minerals, homeopathic materials / drugs, etc.), or combinations thereof.

  The method comprises: measuring an interior volume of a room; calculating a desired final concentration of the atomized solution in the room; and atomizing for a calculation time based on the desired final concentration. Further comprising setting the actuator to In one embodiment, activation is initiated based on internal environmental conditions.

In one embodiment, the method comprises measuring bacterial growth before and after delivery of viable bacteria for a calculated period of time based on said desired final concentration resulting in a bacterial growth measurement of less than about 100 CT / cm 2 fungal count. The method further includes the step of measuring.

FIG. 1 is a front view of an embodiment of the dispersion apparatus of the present invention in a standing position. FIG. 2 is a side view of an embodiment of the dispersing device of the present invention in its standing position. FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the dispersing device of the present invention in its standing position. FIG. 4 is a top view of the dispersing device of the present invention in its standing position. FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a dispersion device of the present invention having an air sensor accessory and a hose. FIG. 6 is a perspective view from below of the dispersing device of the present invention with the airflow sensor accessory and hose in its wall mounted position. FIG. 7 is a front view of the dispersion device of the present invention with the main section removed at its wall mounting position. FIG. 8 is a side view of the dispersion apparatus of the present invention with the main section removed at its wall mounting position. FIG. 9 is a longitudinal front view of the dispersing device of the present invention with the main section removed at the wall mounting position. FIG. 10 is a side view of the dispersing device of the present invention with the main compartment removed at its wall mounting position. FIG. 11 is a longitudinal front view of the dispersing device of the present invention with the main compartment and base removed at the wall mounting position. FIG. 12 is a perspective view of the dispersion device of the present invention with one lid and base removed in its wall mounted position. FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the dispersing device of the present invention with the main compartment removed at its wall mounting position. FIG. 14 shows an internal floor plan of the present invention with HVAC piping and sensors located inside the room. FIG. 15 is a graph showing biological measurements before the systems and methods of the present invention are used. FIG. 16 is a chart with data points from FIG. FIG. 17 is a graph showing biological measurements after the systems and methods of the present invention have been used. FIG. 18 is a chart with data points from FIG. FIG. 19 is a graph showing biological measurements on filter number 2 before the system and method of the present invention is used. FIG. 20 is a chart with data points from FIG. FIG. 21 is a graph showing biological measurements on filter number 2 after the system and method of the present invention has been used. FIG. 22 is a chart with data points from FIG.

  Referring to the drawings, as shown in FIG. 1, a solution dispersing device is configured to atomize a solution having at least one active ingredient and release the atomized solution into the air. The dispersing device can be made of various materials (eg, metal, plastic, wood, composite material, glass, ceramic or combinations thereof), but is not limited thereto.

  As shown in FIG. 1, in one configuration, the device 200 stands vertically on a plane such as a floor, the top of a counter, etc. by placing it on the base 26. As generally shown, the apparatus 200 has a liquid compartment cap 20 that is incorporated over a body 22 having a solution outlet 24. In one embodiment, the base 26 is configured to recharge a battery contained within the body 22.

  FIG. 2 illustrates an embodiment in which the apparatus 300 has a horizontal wall mount 28 incorporated on the body 22. The device further includes an instant fog release button 30 and a data port or sensor cable socket 32. In this embodiment, the device 300 is configured for manual delivery of atomized solution as well as automated or computer controlled delivery via transmission of delivery commands to the actuator via port 32.

  In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the solution container 400 has a solution container window 34 incorporated thereon. Thereby, the user can see the liquid level of the delivery solution contained in the solution container 400.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the system 600 includes a liquid compartment cap 20 that is incorporated onto the body 22 with which the solution outlet 24 is configured. In one embodiment, a horizontal wall mount 28 is included. The system 600 further includes a data port or sensor cable socket 32 configured to receive the sensor cable 36 having the sensor cable connector 42. A solution hose 38 connected to the outlet 24 by a connector 44 guides the atomized solution in the desired direction. The body 22 is constructed to include an internal cavity cap that houses the components. In one embodiment, system 600 further includes at least one sensor 106 and sensor AC / HVAC clip 108.

  In one embodiment, a movable tab 128 is included. One non-limiting example of a tab as a nylon tab 128 moves so that the motion sensor 54 of FIG. 6 sees nylon movement when there is air flow, and when the AC is in operation. The device can be turned on at any time.

  In the embodiment shown in FIG. 6, the system 700 includes a first release button 46 for the battery compartment air intake 48, a data connector 50, and a second for accessing the cavity holding the solution chamber. Main body 22 having a release button 52. There are also motion sensor 54 and extension hose outlet 132 operatively associated with movable tab 128 and chemical (bacteria / bacteria) sensor 106. In one embodiment, apparatus 700 includes ATP sensor 130.

  In the configuration shown in FIG. 7, the system 800, liquid or solution chamber 56 has an anti-liquid stopper 58 associated therewith. The solution hose 60 is associated with a blower 62 for moving the atomized solution. The configuration further includes a battery compartment 64 and an air compressor 66 configured to receive the inlet from the air intake 68.

  In the configuration shown in FIG. 8, system 900 includes a venturi chamber 70 that accesses liquid hose 96 operatively associated with internal sensor 92, thereby extending an outlet hose from chamber cavity 98 that is sealed with chamber cavity 72. It is configured.

  FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 9-9 of FIG. 8, showing a system 1000 having various coupling components of the system. The battery compartment 64 stores a battery 88. The connector cable 84 extends from the compartment 64 and is connected to the circuit board 82. The air compressor 66 can be controlled by a circuit board 82 and further actuated by a manual actuator 90. The compressor outlet hose 104 is connected to the venturi chamber 70. Venturi chamber 70 has reverse venturi connector 76 and reverse venturi 78 contained therein. The outlet hose 104 connects to the venturi 80. The reverse venturi hose 74 then connects the solution chamber 56 with the reverse venturi 78.

  FIG. 10 shows the outside of the anti-liquid stopper valve 86 associated with the system configuration 1100, the liquid stopper 58 and the outlet hose 60.

  FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 11-11 of FIG. 10, whereby configuration 1200, leak-proof hinge 40, together with anti-liquid stopper valve 86 located between liquid chamber 56 and outlet hose 60. Composed.

  FIG. 12 shows a particular configuration 1300 that has a knob 94 for the battery compartment 64 to grip and remove the cover.

  FIG. 13 shows a configuration 1400 in which the instant release actuator 90 and the sensor connector 92 are arranged to exert air against the cavity 98. Although a particular diagram shows each of the actuator 90 and sensor 92, any particular configuration is believed to include either or both of these features. Alternatively, embodiments are contemplated that the systems and methods do not include biological, chemical or airflow sensors.

  FIG. 14 is a floor plan arrangement 1500 in which sensors are placed either within the HVAC duct 126 or room sensors 118 are placed in the interior volume of an indoor room. The HVAC duct 126 is connected to an AC or air handler 124. The first sensor 110 is located at or near the first AC vent 112. The second sensor 114 is located at or near the second AC vent 116. The third sensor 120 is then placed at or near the second AC vent 122. Despite the particular figure showing each of the sensors, it is believed that the number of sensors can vary as desired in a particular configuration.

  The system and method of the present invention is unique in that the sensor is configured to act on the itemized classification of delivery solutions based on detailed measurements.

  In one non-limiting embodiment, the sensor is configured with a standard indicator of microbial air pollution (IMA). As is well known, a standard indicator of microbial air pollution (IMA) for the measurement of microbial air pollution in an endangered environment has been described. The method quantifies the microbial flow directly related to surface contamination coming from microorganisms that reach their critical point by descending on them. Indicators of microbial air pollution are on a Petri dish that is exposed to air according to a 1/1/1 scheme (1 meter high for 1 hour, at least 1 meter away from walls or any obstacles). Based on the count of microorganisms that dropped. Contamination types and maximum acceptable levels were established. Indices of microbial air pollution have been tested in many different locations: in hospitals, in the food industry, in art galleries, on MIR space stations, and outdoors. It has proven to be a reliable and useful tool for monitoring microbial surface contamination that is stable from air in any environment.

  In order to combat microbial growth, live antimicrobial solutions are used in the systems and methods of the present invention. As described below, laboratory tests have demonstrated that delivery of nebulized viable bacteria using the systems and methods of the present invention has been shown to reduce living microbial species. The sensor may turn the system on / off according to environmental condition results.

  The actuator draws air into the solution container. The solution is then atomized by the venturi effect and exits the solution chamber. The atomized solution is then aimed as desired from the assembly

Tests and Results The systems and methods of the present invention were tested using a viable solution as the atomization solution.

  The first swab test was performed before delivering the nebulized viable solution. The internal area of the test area was sampled and analyzed for the presence of fungal contaminants (QT and QL) by a recognized and certified environmental microbiology laboratory.

  Following the initial swabbing, through the unique aerosolization system and method of the present invention, the following viable bacterial treatment dispenses a measured amount of viable cell mix over the infected area on a predetermined schedule according to needs To do.

Fungal samples were collected and sent to US analytical mycology LAB.
a) Create an “in vitro” environment according to ISO 13697; 2001 standards.
b) collection media: agar medium sample -OGYE + oxytetracycline hydrochloride (@) 10cm 2.
c) Patented live bacteria mixture of Bacillus species. (BioZone Probiotic®) includes: Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus lentus, Bacillus licheniormis, and Bacillus pumilus. All Grade One safety levels according to the FDA.
d) Mikropor filter F8, dimensions: 592/592/292 mm.
e) Sampling / elapsed time interval:
・ Control (0)
• 24 hours • 48 hours • 72 hours f) Collected samples were packaged and shipped according to environmental laboratory requirements.

Results The results of the collection and analysis of the samples from the main filter of the AHU (Air Handling Unit) were performed with a certified, certified and registered environmental microbiology LAB.

Summary The results we obtained using the viable bacteria / EBA on the two main filters of AHU were excellent and encouraging.

As shown in FIGS. 15-22:
15 and 16, the count of fungi about 38,000~84,000 counts / cm 2, indicating the Cladosporium and Penicillium quantified amount prior to use.

FIGS. 17 and 18 show that after using nebulized viable bacteria delivered by the system and method of the present invention, the NFD (no fungus detected) is lowered at two positions of the tested filter, The measured value decreased to 100 counts / cm 2 at the right bottom.

FIGS. 19 and 20 show amounts of cladosporium, alternaria and aspergillus quantified prior to use, with fungal counts of approximately 40,000, 2,000, and 78,000 counts / cm 2 .

  FIGS. 21 and 22 show measurements that were reduced to NFD (no fungus detected) after using nebulized live bacteria delivered by the system and method of the present invention.

  The results confirm the suitability of the system and method of the present invention for the use of live environmental bacteria for effective control of microbial (bacteria / fungi) growth.

  Under similar environmental conditions (eg, air temperature and relative humidity (40% -50% relative humidity and 1 Soc-22 ° C. air temperature)), the system and method of the present invention can transmit infection vectors, fabrics, structural materials, and The results further show that it is equally suitable for various objects, such as various porous and semi-porous materials, and for those in hospitals.

  It is further contemplated that the present invention is configured to program units with initialization based on the size (volume) of the space and the initial level of contamination (known or estimated).

  In addition, the present invention is suitable for use in this type of test, as future technology advances to provide real-time testing of microbial activity.

  In addition, the present invention is unique in that the mechanical process of solution atomization utilizes the Venturi effect.

  When you have to have two narrow channels or pipes to the container, one for pushing air and one for having a liquid that breaks into small droplets (atomization) In order to make it work, the present invention requires consideration with two venturi channels.

  Currently, venturi components must be very narrow in diameter, so as you need to unscrew the cap, carefully take the entire nebulizer without breaking or bending, and place a new one, The exchange is difficult to handle.

  The present invention constitutes a system for easily replacing sophisticated cartridges with this mechanism incorporated in any cartridge that makes replacement easier.

  The solution cartridge has a nebulizer that is located in the cap holder of the cartridge and is a fixed part that is never exchanged.

  “Connection” is achieved by a very precise mechanism that ensures that the sliding cartridge fits with its matching pipe by contact that requires a level of accuracy of 1/10 mm or better.

  The present invention is a mechanical improvement of a consumer market venturi system that indirectly creates a very inexpensive cartridge.

  The system and method of the present invention allows for the widespread administration of inhaled drugs, for example, hospitals have an outbreak of bacterial infection, and antibiotics can be atomized throughout all buildings, It is further considered that it is used because it can be dispensed.

  As mentioned above, the method of delivering a solution according to the present invention requires consideration of the solution concentration, the amount of air in the room or rooms affected, and the desired final concentration of the atomized solution.

Although the invention has been described in preferred forms or embodiments thereof with some degree of specificity, this description is given by way of example only, and includes construction and fabrication of parts combinations and arrangements. It will be understood that numerous changes in the details of use and changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

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  1. A system for dispersing a solution,
    A solution chamber having an inlet, an outlet and a solution contained therein,
    A venturi configuration effectively associated with the solution chamber;
    An air inlet configured to provide a venturi effect to the solution in the solution chamber;
    A system comprising at least one actuator associated with a pressurized air inlet source, whereby in operation, the pressurized air atomizes the solution and pushes the atomized solution through the outlet.
  2.   The system of claim 1, wherein the solution comprises at least one active substance.
  3.   The system of claim 1, wherein the solution in the solution chamber comprises at least one of a drug, viable bacteria, functional food, or a combination thereof.
  4.   The system of claim 1, wherein the venturi configuration includes an inlet and an outlet that provide a venturi effect to the solution.
  5.   The system of claim 1, wherein the actuator is a manually operated actuator.
  6.   The system of claim 1, wherein the actuator is an automated actuator controlled by a computer microprocessor.
  7.   The system of claim 1, further comprising at least one sensor operatively associated with the actuator.
  8.   The system of claim 1, further comprising at least one airflow sensor, chemical sensor, biological sensor, or combinations thereof operatively associated with the actuator.
  9.   The system of claim 1, comprising an outlet that directs the atomized solution to the HVAC system.
  10.   The system of claim 1, comprising an outlet that directs the atomized solution to an inlet of the HVAC system.
  11.   The system of claim 1, comprising an outlet that directs the atomized solution to an air duct of the HVAC system.
  12. A method for delivering an atomized solution,
    Providing the system of claim 1;
    Placing a solution in the solution chamber;
    Activating the actuator, whereby the activation nebulizes the solution and the solution exits the solution chamber through the outlet.
  13.   The method of claim 12, wherein the solution in the solution chamber comprises at least one of a drug, viable bacteria, functional food, or a combination thereof.
  14.   Measuring the internal volume of the room, calculating a desired final concentration of the atomized solution in the room, and for atomizing for a calculation time based on the desired final concentration The method of claim 12, further comprising setting an actuator.
  15.   The method according to claim 12, wherein the solution is a living bacterium, a drug, a functional food, or a combination thereof.
  16. Measuring bacterial growth prior to delivering live bacteria, and calculating a duration of delivery based on said desired final concentration resulting in a bacterial growth measurement of less than about 100 CT / cm 2 of fungal counts; 16. The method of claim 15, further comprising:
  17. Measuring bacterial growth after delivery of viable bacteria for a calculated period of time based on the desired final concentration resulting in a fungal count of less than about 100 CT / cm 2 of the fungal count. Item 16. The method according to Item 15.

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