|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||12/820.016 ; 12/820.312 ; 12/820.014 ; 23/910.2|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 222 인용 특허 : 32|
The invention provides methods and apparatus for nebulizing liquids. In one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus is provided which comprises a thin shell member having a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of apertures extending therebetween. The apertures are tapered to narrow from the rear surface to the front surface. A liquid supplier is further provided which delivers a predetermined unit volume of liquid to the rear surface. A vibrator vibrates the thin shell member to eject liquid droplets from the front surface of the thin shell member.
[ What is claimed is:] [1.] An apparatus for nebulizing a liquid, the apparatus comprising:a dome shaped member comprising a front surface, a rear surface, and a plurality of apertures extending therebetween, said apertures being tapered to narrow from the rear surface to the front surface;a liquid supplier which delivers liquid to the rear surface such that substantially all of the liquid adheres to the rear surface by surface tension forces; anda vibrator comprising a vibratable element which vibrates the dome shaped member to eject liquid droplets fro...