Abstract: A selector valve arrangement (4 or 6) primarily for a shower bath unit comprises a radially directed and angularly movable flow directing ported valve member (40 or 60) within a valve chamber (41 or 61) having ports (45-48 or 63-65) with which porting (44 or 66) of the valve member (40 or 60) selectively communicates on appropriate rotational positioning of the valve member (40 or 60). The valve member (40 or 60) receives fluid (usually water) for distribution through a selected port or ports (45-48 or 63-65) from an on/off fluid flow control inlet valve (43 or 30). In one arrangement a spindle (42) for rotating the valve member (40) is also axially operable and releasably lockable (49, 50) for operating the on/off flow valve (43).
February 28, 2002
Date of Patent:
October 5, 2004
Christopher Samwell, Robert William Bishop
Abstract: The operating mechanism is shown consisting of a rotary actuating member or turbine wheel driven by water flow through the head, the wheel having a cam co-action with a plate fixed in the shower head. The resulting axial oscillation of the wheel is imparted to a closure or restricting stopper or plug relative to an outlet opening in an outlet plate of the head, the plug being carried by a shaft from the wheel. Variable or pulsating water emission is thus effected from the opening. A rear perforated feed plate directs water flow to the wheel which is shown resiliently loaded to maintain the cam co-action by a compression spring acting between the plate and wheel as in FIGS. 1 and 2. Positive two way cam operation of the wheel is shown in FIG. 3 by and between the feed plate and plate. The plug is screw adjustable on the shaft for variation of water emission and has a taper cooperation with the outlet opening.
Abstract: A cartridge (2) secured for angular movement on the handset head (10) has a valve-like cooperation with openings (12) in the head (10) for water flow via passageways (20, 21, 22) in the cartridge (2) to showering outlets (30, 31, 32) on appropriate rotational setting of the cartridge (2). Cleaning pins (7) rotatable with the cartridge (2) and co-axially movable relative to it are operated by a cam track (8, 81) to penetrate fine spray outlets (32) to clean them of scale. The cam co-action of the pin ring followers (71) with the track (8) causes the pins (7) to remain inoperative during the showering modes but the pins (7) are operated for penetration by further turning of the cartridge (2) i.e. independently of the showering modes. The followers (71) are spring urged against the track (8) such as by resilient blades (75) bearing against the taper periphery (27) of the cartridge (2). Clearance pin penetration of the outlets (32) permits water flow to wash away scale and minimize back pressure.
August 19, 1996
Date of Patent:
November 10, 1998
Jeremy Lewis Crane, Christopher John Samwell