US20110070084A1 - Electric fan capable to modify angle of air supply - Google Patents

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US20110070084A1
US20110070084A1 US12/565,342 US56534209A US2011070084A1 US 20110070084 A1 US20110070084 A1 US 20110070084A1 US 56534209 A US56534209 A US 56534209A US 2011070084 A1 US2011070084 A1 US 2011070084A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F04POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS FOR LIQUIDS OR ELASTIC FLUIDS
    • F04DNON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS
    • F04D27/00Control, e.g. regulation, of pumps, pumping installations or systems
    • F04D27/004Control, e.g. regulation, of pumps, pumping installations or systems by varying driving speed
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F04POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS FOR LIQUIDS OR ELASTIC FLUIDS
    • F04DNON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS
    • F04D25/00Pumping installations or systems
    • F04D25/02Units comprising pumps and their driving means
    • F04D25/08Units comprising pumps and their driving means the working fluid being air, e.g. for ventilation
    • F04D25/10Units comprising pumps and their driving means the working fluid being air, e.g. for ventilation the unit having provisions for automatically changing direction of output air
    • F04D25/105Units comprising pumps and their driving means the working fluid being air, e.g. for ventilation the unit having provisions for automatically changing direction of output air by changing rotor axis direction, e.g. oscillating fans
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F04POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS FOR LIQUIDS OR ELASTIC FLUIDS
    • F04DNON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS
    • F04D29/00Details, component parts, or accessories
    • F04D29/58Cooling; Heating; Diminishing heat transfer
    • F04D29/582Cooling; Heating; Diminishing heat transfer specially adapted for elastic fluid pumps

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An electric fan can comprise: an oscillating motor configured to drive an upper shell to rotate; a fan motor connected with blades of the electric fan; a control unit mounted with the oscillating motor configured to modify an oscillating angle of the electric fan by changing an interval of positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor; a control panel connected with the control unit configured to operate the electric fan; and a transformer unit configured to connect supply power to the control unit, the oscillating motor, the control panel, and the fan motor.

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    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • Disclosed herein is an electric fan, particularly an electric fan capable to modify angle of air supply.
  • BACKGROUND
  • At present, general electric fans in the market have the oscillating function achieved by an oscillating motor for driving its upper shell. The common electric fans only rotate at a fixed angle. It is inconvenient that the angle of air supply cannot be modified as people's requirement.
  • Therefore there remains a need in the art for an electric fan capable of modifying the angle of air supply as desired.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • Disclosed herein is an electric fan capable of modifying angle of air supply.
  • In one embodiment, an electric fan can comprise: an oscillating motor configured to drive an upper shell to rotate; a fan motor connected with blades of the electric fan; a control unit mounted with the oscillating motor configured to modify an oscillating angle of the electric fan by changing an interval of positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor; a control panel connected with the control unit configured to operate the electric fan; and a transformer unit configured to connect supply power to the control unit, the oscillating motor, the control panel, and the fan motor.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Refer now to the figures, which are exemplary, not limiting, and wherein like elements are number alike.
  • FIG. 1 is a wiring diagram for one embodiment of an electric fan.
  • FIG. 2 is a circuit schematic diagram for one embodiment of an electric fan.
  • FIG. 3 is a logic diagram of one embodiment of controlling angle of air supply of an electric fan.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • An electric fan capable to modify angle of air supply can comprise an oscillating motor for driving upper shell to rotate and a fan motor connecting with blades of the electric fan. The fan can also comprise: a control unit connected with the oscillating motor, a control panel connected with the control unit, and a transformer unit connected with power. The control unit can control the interval of positive and negative rotation angle of the oscillating motor for modifying the oscillating angle of the electric fan. The control panel can provide functions of operating the electric fan. The transformer unit can be responsible for supplying power to the control unit, the oscillating motor, the control panel, and the fan motor.
  • The oscillating motor can be a kind of single-phase motor having a capacitor connected between the positive and negative windings, wherein the positive and negative windings are both provided with a public output terminal L. The control unit can have two output terminals: a first-output terminal DJ1 connected with the input terminal N of positive winding provided with the oscillating motor, a second-output terminal DJ2 connected with the input terminal N of negative winding provided with the oscillating motor. Moreover, the control unit can control the alternate output of the first-output terminal DJ1 and second output terminal DJ2.
  • The advantageous effect of the present fan includes being able to adjust the angle of air supply by controlling the interval of positive and negative rotation of oscillating motor. Therefore, providing the advantage of obtaining conveniently different angle of air supply and flexible usage.
  • In reference to FIG. 1, an electric fan capable to modify angle of air supply comprises an oscillating motor 1 for driving upper shell to rotate and a fan motor 5 connecting with blades of the electric fan. The electric fan also comprises: a control unit 2 connected with the oscillating motor 1, a control panel 3 connected with the control unit 2 and a transformer unit 4 that can be connected with a power supply. The control unit 2 controls the interval of positive and negative rotation angle of the oscillating motor 1 for modifying the oscillating angle of the electric fan, the control panel 3 provides functions of operating the electric fan, and the transformer unit 4 is responsible for supplying power to the control unit 2, the oscillating motor 1, the oscillating control panel 3, and the fan motor 5.
  • In some embodiments, the oscillating motor 1 can be single-phase motor comprising a capacitor connected between the positive and negative windings, wherein the positive and negative windings are both provided with a public output terminal L. The control unit 2 can have output terminals (e.g., two output terminals): a first-output terminal DJ1 connected with the input terminal N of positive winding provided with the oscillating motor 1, and a second-output terminal DJ2 connected with the input terminal N of negative winding provided with the oscillating motor 1.
  • The control unit is configured to control the alternate output of the first-output terminal DJ1 and second-output terminal DJ2. Therefore, modifying the output of the first-output terminal DJ1 or the second-output terminal DJ2, more specifically, modifying the wiring of positive and negative windings, can alternate positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor 1. The output of the first-output terminal DJ1 leads oscillating motor 1 to rotate in a positive direction through positive winding. On the contrary, the output of the second-output terminal DJ2 leads oscillating motor 1 to rotate in negative direction through negative winding. Thus, by controlling the interval of positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor 1, the oscillating interval and angle can be controlled. The more interval of positive and negative rotation is set, the more oscillating angle is obtained; on the other hand, the less interval of positive and negative rotation is set, the less oscillating angle is obtained. Applying this method, the fan can be operated conveniently and utilized effectively.
  • As an optimal solution, the control unit 2 connects with fan motor 5 through its high speed output terminal HIGH and low speed output terminal LOW. Applying this connection method, the electric fan can generate strong or weak wind by changing high speed output or low speed output of the fan motor 5.
  • The control panel 3 comprises: a TIMER button 31, an OSC button 32 and/or an ON/SP/OFF button 33, all of which connect with the control unit 2. The TIMER button 31 is used to control the working time, the OSC button 32 controls oscillating mode of the electric fan, and the ON/SP/OFF button 33 determines power (on or off) and the volume of air supply.
  • When in use, the TIMER button 31 is responsible for timing and the time can be set at, for example, one hour, two hours, or four hours; the OSC button 32 turns on or off the oscillating function of the electric fan and controls the oscillating angle of the electric fan; the ON/SP/OFF button 33 is responsible for power (on or off) and controlling the speed of the fan motor 5 to change the volume of air supply.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, the positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor 1 (see FIG. 1) can be controlled by all kinds of circuits. An optimal solution is achieved by an integrated circuit (IC), e.g., SN8P2501A/B, provided with the control unit 2.
  • The specific pin conducting of the IC SN8P2501A/B is as follows:
      • pin VDD is connected with transformer unit 82;
      • pin VSS is connected with earth (ground);
      • pin P0.0/INT0 is connected with the first output terminal DJ1;
      • pin XOUT/P1.2 is connected with the second output terminal DJ2;
      • pin P1.0 is connected with the output terminals HIGH;
      • pin XIN/P1.3 is connected with the output terminals LOW;
      • pin P2.3 is connected with the TIMER button 31;
      • pin 2.4 is connected with the ON/SP/OFF button 33; and
      • pin 2.5 is connected with the OSC button 32.
  • For easy use, the fan can be equipped with all kinds of status indicator lights to indicate corresponding working status. For example, control panel 3 can be equipped with a Speed Status Indicator Light 34, an Oscillating Mode Indicator Light 35, an Oscillating Range Indicator Light 36, and/or a Timer Indicator Light 37. More specifically, indicator lights can be connected with each circuit which has a switch. If the switches work properly, corresponding indicator light(s) can light as expected.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, oscillating (OS) module in the IC SN8P2501A/B can be set to control the oscillating motor 1. The working procedure is as: the output interval between the first-output terminal DJ1 and the second-output terminal DJ2 is represented as T. If the output generated by the first-output terminal DJ1 and the second-output terminal DJ2 switches continuously, the oscillating motor 1 rotates in positive and negative direction according to corresponding output. If T is set as one second, it can achieve better effect.
  • For example, the cycle T of rotation can be, for example, set as four seconds, six seconds, and/or eight seconds, by the IC SN8P2501A/B; the OSC button 32 in the control panel 3 is adjusted at the same time, the oscillating motor 1 is able to achieve the desired oscillating angle, e.g., an angle of 60 degree, 90 degree, and/or 120 degree.
  • An electric fan capable to modify angle of air supply can comprise an oscillating motor which drives upper shell to rotate, and a fan motor which connects to the blades of the electric fan. The electric fan can also comprise: a control unit which connects with the oscillating motor to determine the oscillating angle of the electric fan, a control panel which connects the control unit for operating the electric fan, and a transformer unit which connects power and supply power to each unit. The fan is capable to modify angle of air supply by controlling the interval of positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor. The presently provided is a method of modifying the positive and negative rotation of oscillating motor to conveniently supply air in different angles.
  • It is understood that the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments and the invention is not to be limited to the details given here. Therefore, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention set forth in the claims.

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1. An electric fan, comprising:
an oscillating motor configured to drive an upper shell to rotate;
a fan motor connected with blades of the electric fan;
a control unit mounted with the oscillating motor configured to modify an oscillating angle of the electric fan by changing an interval of positive and negative rotation of the oscillating motor;
a control panel connected with the control unit configured to operate the electric fan; and
a transformer unit configured to connect supply power to the control unit, the oscillating motor, the control panel, and the fan motor.
2. An electric fan according to claim 1, wherein the oscillating motor is single-phase motor having a capacitor connected between positive and negative windings, wherein the positive and negative windings are equipped with a public output terminal L; wherein the control unit has a first-output terminal DJ1 connected with the input terminal N of the positive winding and a second-output terminal DJ2 connected with an input terminal N of the negative winding; wherein the control unit is configured to alternate output between the output terminal DJ1 and DJ2.
3. An electric fan according to claim 2, wherein the interval of altering output from the first-output terminal DJ1 and second-output terminal DJ2 can be set as 4 seconds, 6 seconds, or 8 seconds.
4. An electric fan according to claim 2, wherein the control unit has a high speed output terminal HIGH and a low speed output terminal LOW both connected with the fan motor, wherein the output terminal HIGH and output terminal LOW determine the rotation speed of the fan motor for controlling the air volume.
5. An electric fan according to claim 2, wherein the control panel comprises:
a TIMER button configured to time the electric fan;
an OSC button configured to control oscillating mode of the electric fan; and
an ON/SP/OFF button configured to control power on or off and to control switching air volume of the electric fan.
6. An electric fan according to claim 5, wherein the control unit is an integrated circuit comprising:
a pin VDD connected with the transformer unit,
a pin VSS connected with earth,
a pin P0.0/INT0 connected with the first-output terminal DJ1,
a pin XOUT/P1.2 connected with the second-output terminal DJ2,
a pin P1.0 connected with the output terminal HIGH,
a pin XIN/P1.3 connected with the output terminal LOW,
a pin P2.3 connected with the TIMER button,
a pin P2.4 connected with the ON/SP/OFF button, and
a pin P2.5 connected with the OSC button.
7. An electric fan according to claim 6, wherein the control panel has a Speed Status Indicator Light, an Oscillating Mode Indicator Light, an Oscillating Range Indicator Light, and a Timer Indicator Light.
8. An electric fan according to claim 1, wherein the control panel comprises
a TIMER button configured to time the electric fan;
an OSC button configured to control oscillating mode of the electric fan; and
an ON/SP/OFF button configured to control power on or off and to control switching air volume of the electric fan.
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