Abstract: A valve is provided with one inlet and two outlets with one of the outlets being normally closed by a valve in the form of a film disc carried by a flexible blade. A magnetic pad secured to the blade is attracted by the proximity of an actuator carrier magnetic element to cause the flexing of the blade to open the normally closed outlet and to close the normally open outlet. The actuator may be either thermally or electrically actuated and is suitable for use in a VAV system with thermostatically controlled bellows to override a bleed thermostat to permit warm-up of an overcooled area or to cause a switch over in operation between a heating and cooling mode by connecting the appropriate bleed thermostat so as to control the inflation of the bellows.
November 27, 1987
Date of Patent:
July 4, 1989
Richard C. Dreibelbis, Milton H. Coleman
Abstract: A snap acting heat motor operated gas valve having a valve member carried by a spring blade that is secured to one end of an electrically heated control bimetal strip. Magnetic means associated with the spring blade normally bias the valve member to a closed position to permit opening of the valve member upon a predetermined heating of the control bimetal member and to effect a snap action opening and closing of the valve member. An ambient temperature compensating bimetal member has a cantilever portion in spaced relation to the control bimetal strip and acting on the spring blade to offset the effects of ambient temperature changes upon the control bimetal member.
Abstract: A fluid shut-off device is provided which comprises a non-magnetic casing having a fluid passage therein, a metallic valve body movably disposed in the casing to close the passage at one operative position, and a magnetic member slidably disposed outside the casing and magnetically attracting the valve body. The magnetic member takes an inoperative position against a spring force and is locked at this position. The lock is released by a bimetallic strap deformable by supply of an electric current. When the lock is released, the magnetic member is moved by the action of the spring force, so that the valve body magnetically attracted by the magnetic member is also moved to the operative position to shut off the flow of fluid material through the passage.
Abstract: A hot fluid is directed through a valved conduit inlet. Downstream of the inlet, the conduit divides into a pair of outlets through which the hot fluid flows. The flow through the outlets is controlled by a pair of vertically oriented valves linked together by a V-shaped linkage and weight biased toward the closed position such that when one valve is open the other is closed, and vice versa. The valve actuation means comprises a permanent magnet mounted on the housing in close proximity to each valve; each valve has mounted thereon and exposed to the hot fluid a magnetic material. Thus, when the magnetic material on the open valve is heated above its Curie temperature, the material loses its attraction for the permanent magnet and the weight bias closes that valve and simultaneously moves the other valve close enough to the permanent magnet to be held open thereby. When that valve's magnetic material is heated above the Curie temperature it in turn closes and the other valve opens.