(19)
(11)EP 3 225 593 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
04.10.2017 Bulletin 2017/40

(21)Application number: 17159701.6

(22)Date of filing:  07.03.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C02F 1/00  (2006.01)
A61K 9/08  (2006.01)
B01F 3/04  (2006.01)
A61K 9/00  (2006.01)
C02F 1/68  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 01.04.2016 TW 105110558

(71)Applicant: Wu, Ching-Tsang
Xinbei City 236 (TW)

(72)Inventor:
  • Wu, Ching-Tsang
    Xinbei City 236 (TW)

(74)Representative: Cabinet Chaillot 
16/20, avenue de l'Agent Sarre B.P. 74
92703 Colombes Cedex
92703 Colombes Cedex (FR)

  


(54)HYDROGEN WATER MACHINE


(57) A hydrogen water machine (3) includes a hydrogen generator (31), a water supplier (32), a mixing device (33) connected between the hydrogen generator (31) and the water supplier (32), and a recirculation pipe (34) connected between the mixing device (33) and the water supplier (32). Accordingly, the mixing device (33) allows hydrogen generated by the hydrogen generator (31) to dissolve in water provided by the water supplier (32), thereby generating hydrogen water. Part of the hydrogen water recirculates from the recirculation pipe (34) to the water supplier (32) for being proceeded by the mixing device (33) again. Therefore, the recirculation not only increases hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water but also prolongs the time of dissolving the hydrogen in the water, thereby achieving a preferable mixing effect between the hydrogen and the water.




Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


1. Field of the Invention



[0001] This invention relates to a machine capable of combining hydrogen with water and relates particularly to a hydrogen water machine.

2. Description of the Related Art



[0002] Nowadays, people gradually pay attention to how to keep in good health. Meanwhile, many researches indicate that water is a key to maintain our health because water occupies sixty percent (60%) of our weight. Further, water can carry oxygen and various nutrients to the whole body and discharge waste to balance the internal body. In view of this, some bring up an idea to combine elements which are beneficial for our health, such as hydrogen or oxygen, with the water, thereby providing a kind of healthful drinking water.

[0003] Here takes hydrogen as an example. Some researches indicate that hydrogen is the most abundant element in the atmosphere. Hydrogen occupies seventy-five percent (75%) of mass of all substances and is an important element which occupies sixty-three percent (63%) of what the human body needs. Further, three major body nutrients involve hydrogen. Hydrogen is not only an essential ingredient of human body but also a primary substance to construct protein for forming cells, carbohydrate as a heat-producing source and other important components. Hence, a combination of hydrogen and water is helpful to our heath, beyond doubt. Consequently, various kinds of hydrogen water machines are produced to be marketed. Referring to Fig. 1, a conventional hydrogen water machine 1 includes a hydrogen pipe 11, a water pipe 12, a hydrogen water pipe 13, a mixing device 14 connected among the hydrogen pipe 11, the water pipe 12 and the hydrogen water pipe 13, and a pressurizer 15 fitted on the water pipe 12. The mixing device 14 is a T-shape pipe having a first access 141 connected with the hydrogen pipe 11, a second access 142 connected with the water pipe 12, and a third access 143 connected with the hydrogen water pipe 13 as shown in Fig.1. Referring to Fig. 2, in use of the hydrogen water machine 1, the water of the water pipe 12 is compressed by the pressurizer 15 and then delivered to the mixing device 14. Simultaneously, the hydrogen is delivered to the mixing device 14 through the hydrogen pipe 11. Accordingly, the water and the hydrogen can mix together in the mixing device 14 to provide the hydrogen water. The hydrogen water is further served for drinking through the hydrogen water pipe 13.

[0004] Although the conventional hydrogen water machine 1 can combine the hydrogen together with the water, it fails to increase the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water effectively and also causes the insufficient time of mixing the hydrogen with the water because the hydrogen is only blended with the water in the mixing device 14 briefly. Therefore, the hydrogen which is dissolved in the water lasts only for a short time. In other words, the hydrogen separates from the water quickly to result in a rapid reduction of the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water. Moreover, the longer the retention of the hydrogen water lasts, the lower the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water gets. Hence, the hydrogen water should be drunk as soon as the hydrogen water is provided, otherwise the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water will be reduced. Accordingly, it is an issue how to improve a mixing effect between the hydrogen and the water to further increase the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water and how to maintain the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water by reducing the separation of hydrogen from water without enlarging the volume of the hydrogen water machine 1.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0005] The object of this invention is to provide a hydrogen water machine capable of providing a preferable mixing effect between hydrogen and water and further prolonging the time of dissolving the hydrogen in the water.

[0006] The hydrogen water machine of this invention comprises a hydrogen generator generating hydrogen, a water supplier delivering water, and a mixing device connected between the hydrogen generator and the water supplier and combining said hydrogen and said water, said hydrogen generator having a hydrogen source capable of generating hydrogen and a first duct connected with said hydrogen source for delivering said hydrogen, said water supplier having a water source for accommodating water and a second duct connected with said water source for delivering said water, said mixing device having a pressurizer and a fourth duct delivering hydrogen water;
characterized in that said mixing device further has a third duct connected between said first duct and said second duct and a first atomizer connected with said pressurizer, said pressurizer being connected with said third duct, said fourth duct being connected with said first atomizer, a mixing passage being formed within said third duct, said hydrogen of said first duct mixing with said water of said second duct in said mixing passage to generate semi-finished hydrogen water, said semi-finished hydrogen water being pressurized by said pressurizer in order to dissolve said hydrogen in said water, said first atomizer atomizing said semi-finished hydrogen water to increase an amount of dissolving said hydrogen in said water and thus generate said hydrogen water, said hydrogen water being sent to said fourth duct, a recirculation pipe being connected between said second duct and said fourth duct to allow part of said hydrogen water in said fourth duct to enter said second duct through said recirculation pipe for reusing. Owing to the recirculation, the water is capable of being combined with the hydrogen for a longer time, thereby increasing the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water effectively and extend the time of dissolving the hydrogen in the water to achieve a preferable mixing effect.

[0007] Preferably, a pipe diameter of the recirculation pipe is smaller than a duct diameter of the fourth duct.

[0008] Preferably, the first atomizer has at least two mixing units fitted on the third duct. The mixing units are spaced apart from each other. Each mixing unit has a connected passage. A passage diameter of the connected passage is smaller than a diameter of the third duct.

[0009] Preferably, the hydrogen water machine further has a second atomizer fitted on the recirculation pipe for nebulizing said hydrogen water in recirculation pipe, thereby carrying the hydrogen water processed by the second atomizer to the second duct through the recirculation pipe.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0010] 
Fig. 1
is a schematic view showing a conventional hydrogen water machine;
Fig. 2
is a cross-sectional view showing how the conventional hydrogen water machine operates;
Fig. 3
is a schematic view showing a first preferred embodiment of this invention;
Fig. 4
is a cross-sectional view showing the first preferred embodiment of this invention;
Fig. 5
is a cross-sectional view showing how the first preferred embodiment operates;
Fig. 6
is a cross-sectional view showing a second preferred embodiment of this invention;
Fig. 7
is an enlarged view showing that two mixing units are fitted on the third duct; and
Fig. 8
is a cross-sectional view showing how the second preferred embodiment operates.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



[0011] Referring to Fig. 3, a first preferred embodiment of a hydrogen water machine 3 comprises a hydrogen generator 31, a water supplier 32, a mixing device 33 connected between the hydrogen generator 31 and the water supplier 32, and a recirculation pipe 34 connected between the mixing device 33 and the water supplier 32. The hydrogen generator 31 has a hydrogen source 311 capable of producing hydrogen and a first duct 312 connected with the hydrogen source 311. The first duct 312 is aimed at carrying the hydrogen. The water supplier 32 has a water source 321 containing water and a second duct 322 connected with the water source 321. The second duct 322 is aimed at carrying the water.

[0012] Referring to Fig. 4, the mixing device 33 has a third duct 331 connected between the first duct 312 and the second duct 322, the hydrogen of the first duct 312 and the water of the second duct 322 converging in the third duct 331, a pressurizer 332 connected with the third duct 331, a first atomizer 333 connected with the pressurizer 332, and a fourth duct 334 connected with the first atomizer 333. The fourth duct 334 is aimed at carrying hydrogen water which is processed by the first atomizer 333. Further, a mixing passage 3311 is formed within the third duct 331. The hydrogen of the first duct 312 is blended with the water of the second duct 322 in the mixing passage 3311 to form semi-finished hydrogen water. Meanwhile, the semi-finished hydrogen water is applied pressure by the pressurizer 332 in order to dissolve the hydrogen in the water. Moreover, the semi-finished hydrogen water is nebulized by the first atomizer 333 in order to enlarge an amount of dissolving the hydrogen in the water and enhance the stability of the hydrogen dissolved in the water. Hence, the hydrogen water is ready for served. It is noted that part of the hydrogen water in the fourth duct 334 move into the second duct 322 through the recirculation pipe 34 because the recirculation pipe 34 is fitted between the second duct 322 of the water supplier 32 and the fourth duct 334 of the mixing device 33. Furthermore, the recirculation displacement or amount of the hydrogen water can be controlled by adjusting a pipe diameter of the recirculation pipe 34 to be smaller than a duct diameter of the fourth duct 334, as shown in Fig. 4. For instance, if the user wants to recirculate one third (1/3) hydrogen water, the pipe diameter of the recirculation pipe 34 can be set as one third (1/3) of the duct diameter of the fourth duct 334.

[0013] Referring to Fig. 5, in use of the hydrogen water machine 3, the water is delivered by the second duct 322, and the hydrogen is delivered by the first duct 312. The pressurizer 332, briefly shown, imparts a pressure to both of the second and first ducts 322, 312 to result in a drawing or sucking effect within the third duct 331. Hence, the water and the hydrogen are delivered to the third duct 331 simultaneously to form semi-finished hydrogen water. In other words, the hydrogen is in contact with the water at an early stage in the third duct 331. Further, the pressurizer 332 keeps giving the pressure in order to dissolve the hydrogen in the water. Then, the semi-finished hydrogen water is delivered to the first atomizer 333 of the mixing device 33 and nebulized under the high pressure in order to increase the amount of dissolving the hydrogen in the water. Accordingly, the hydrogen water contained the high content of the hydrogen is delivered through the fourth duct 334 and available for the user to drink. Owing to the connection between the recirculation pipe 34 and the second duct 322 and the drawing or sucking effect within the third duct 331 that is caused by the pressurizer 332, part of the hydrogen water in the fourth duct 334 can enter the second duct 322. The part of the hydrogen water and the water in the second duct 322 is then carried to the third duct 331 together in order to be mixed with the hydrogen again. Hence, the continuous recirculation of the part of the hydrogen water prolongs the mixing time between the hydrogen and the water, thereby increasing the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water, extending the time of dissolving the hydrogen in the water and steading the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water after the hydrogen water is produced.

[0014] Referring to Fig. 6 showing a second preferred embodiment of a hydrogen water machine 3 of this invention includes the same correlated elements, the same concatenation of elements, and the same operation and objectives as those of the first preferred embodiment. This embodiment is characterised in that the first atomizer 333 has at least two mixing units 3331 fitted on the third duct 331. The mixing units 3331 are spaced apart from each other. Each mixing unit 3331 further has a connected passage 3332. A passage diameter of the connected passage 3332 is smaller than a diameter of the third duct 331. Here takes that the first atomizer 333 has two mixing units 3331 disposed on the third duct 331 as an example. Further, a second atomizer 35 is applied to the recirculation pipe 34 in order to better the mixing effect. The second atomizer 35 is capable of atomizing the hydrogen water in the recirculation pipe 34. The recirculation pipe 34 further delivers the hydrogen water which is processed by the second atomizer 35 to the second duct 322 for the following operation.

[0015] Referring to Figs. 7 and 8, in the use of the hydrogen water machine 3, when the hydrogen and the water that are in the third duct 331 are pressured by the pressurizer 332 and delivered to the first atomizer 333, because the passage diameter of the connected passage 3332 is smaller than the diameter of the third duct 331, the semi-finished hydrogen water which is generated by the primary combination between the water and the hydrogen is sprayed by one of the mixing units 3331 in order to atomize the semi-finished hydrogen water which passes through the connected passage 3332 into the hydrogen water. Further, because the third duct 331 is full of the hydrogen and the pressurizer 332 keeps applying pressure to the water and the hydrogen in the third duct 331, the dissolving effect of the hydrogen is increased under the high pressure and the amount of dissolving the hydrogen in the water is raised by the atomizing operation, thereby enhancing the mixing effect between the hydrogen and the water greatly. After the hydrogen water passes through one of the mixing units 3331, the hydrogen water is then compressed, atomized and mixed by the other mixing unit 3331 to better the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water and increase the mixing time between the hydrogen and the water whereby the hydrogen and the water are mixed to provide the hydrogen water with the high concentration of the hydrogen. Further, when the hydrogen water is delivered by the fourth duct 334 for drinking, part of the hydrogen water enters the recirculation pipe 34 for being pressurized and atomized again by the second atomizer 35 which is fitted on the recirculation pipe 34. Therefore, the amount of dissolving the hydrogen in the water is enlarged to attain a preferable solubility between the hydrogen and the water and the time of dissolving the hydrogen in the water is prolonged to raise the stability of the hydrogen concentration of the hydrogen water after the hydrogen water is provided.

[0016] To sum up, the hydrogen water machine of this invention takes an advantage of the recirculation pipe fitted between the mixing device and the water supplier to allow part of the hydrogen water in the fourth duct of the mixing device to enter the second duct again, mix with the water in the second duct and combine with the hydrogen in the mixing device to better the mixing effect between the hydrogen and the water effectively and steady the hydrogen concentration of the provided hydrogen water.

[0017] While the embodiments of this invention are shown and described, it is understood that further variations and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of this invention.


Claims

1. A hydrogen water machine (3) comprising a hydrogen generator (31) generating hydrogen, a water supplier (32) delivering water, and a mixing device (33) combining said hydrogen and said water, said hydrogen generator (31) having a hydrogen source (311) capable of generating hydrogen and a first duct (312) connected with said hydrogen source (311) for delivering said hydrogen, said water supplier (32) having a water source (321) for accommodating water and a second duct (322) connected with said water source (321) for delivering said water, said mixing device (33) having a pressurizer (332) and a fourth duct (334) delivering hydrogen water;
characterized in that said mixing device (33) further has a third duct (331) connected between said first duct (312) and said second duct (322) and a first atomizer (333) connected with said pressurizer (332), said pressurizer (332) being connected with said third duct (331), said fourth duct (334) being connected with said first atomizer (333), a mixing passage (3311) being formed within said third duct (331), said hydrogen of said first duct (312) mixing with said water of said second duct (322) in said mixing passage (3311) to generate semi-finished hydrogen water, said semi-finished hydrogen water being pressurized by said pressurizer (332) in order to dissolve said hydrogen in said water, said first atomizer (333) atomizing said semi-finished hydrogen water to increase an amount of dissolving said hydrogen in said water and thus generate said hydrogen water, said hydrogen water being sent to said fourth duct (334), a recirculation pipe (34) being connected between said second duct (322) and said fourth duct (334) to allow part of said hydrogen water in said fourth duct (334) to enter said second duct (322) through said recirculation pipe (34) for reusing.
 
2. The hydrogen water machine (3) as claimed in claim 1, wherein a pipe diameter of said recirculation pipe (34) is smaller than a duct diameter of said fourth duct (334).
 
3. The hydrogen water machine (3) as claimed in claim 1, wherein said first atomizer (333) has at least two spaced-apart mixing units (3331) disposed on said third duct (331), each of said mixing units (3331) having a connected passage (3332), a passage diameter of said connected passage (3332) being smaller than a diameter of said third duct (331).
 
4. The hydrogen water machine (3) as claimed in claim 1, further having a second atomizer (35) disposed on said recirculation pipe (34) for turning said hydrogen water which enters said recirculation pipe (34) into mist, thereby delivering said hydrogen water processed by said second atomizer (35) to said second duct (322) through said recirculation pipe (34).
 




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