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(11)EP 3 339 746 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 16205833.3

(22)Date of filing:  21.12.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47J 27/04  (2006.01)
F22B 1/28  (2006.01)
F24C 15/32  (2006.01)

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HOUSEHOLD STEAM OVEN

HAUSHALTS-DAMPFGARGERÄT

FOUR DOMESTIQUE À VAPEUR


(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

(43)Date of publication of application:
27.06.2018 Bulletin 2018/26

(73)Proprietor: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
105 45 Stockholm (SE)

(72)Inventors:
  • FARALDI, Paolo
    47100 Forli (IT)
  • CARNEVALI, Marco
    47100 Forli (IT)

(74)Representative: Electrolux Group Patents 
AB Electrolux Group Patents
105 45 Stockholm
105 45 Stockholm (SE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 649 881
DE-A1-102004 060 709
US-A1- 2015 114 045
EP-A1- 2 703 739
DE-A1-102011 053 950
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Household appliance



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to the field of household steam ovens. More specifically, the present invention is related to a household steam oven with a liquid receiving entity which is coupled with a liquid port via a U-shaped coupling element.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] Steam ovens, respectively steam ranges are a special kind of appliances that can deliver controlled quantities of steam to drive/assist cooking cycles. Steam is usually produced during cooking cycles by a dedicated generation system, which can be fit outside or inside the cavity. In particular, external generators produce steam outside the cavity and convey it into the cavity itself through a duct.

    [0003] Several types of electrically heated generators are available on the market: heated pipes and thermo-blocks are among the most popular, due to cost and flexibility of use. In general, a key feature for all most recent steam generators is the relatively small volume available for water to be vaporized: this allows high efficiency and a rapid response in terms of steam generation upon heating. On the other hand, this approach requires storage of water in a different component/location with respect to the generator itself, hence a dedicated pipework system to convey water from the reservoir, respectively, steam to the oven cavity.

    [0004] Even if solutions are known with a direct connection to water line to procure water to be evaporated, the majority of known applications rely on a storage unit, where water is stored to be sent upon need to the steam generation system. Such storage reservoir has to be located where enough volume is available. Filling of the water reservoir happens necessarily through an accessible opening or liquid port, which has to be conveniently located to be easily reached and operated. The main control dashboard is one of the preferred options, for a matter of physical and cognitive ergonomics.

    [0005] As the location and the fixture of reservoir and water port are very often different, the connection between the two elements can be a challenge, especially in terms of assembly process. In particular, reservoirs are typically located inside the technical volumes of the appliance, in a relatively early stage of assembly process, while the dashboard, hence the water port, is typically mounted in a subsequent step.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0006] It is an objective of embodiments of the present invention to provide a household steam oven comprising a liquid port arranged at a distance to a liquid receiving entity which can be assembled with reduced effort. The objective is solved by the features of the independent claim. Preferred embodiments are given in the dependent claims. If not explicitly indicated otherwise, embodiments of the invention can be freely combined with each other.

    [0007] According to an aspect, the invention relates to a household steam oven comprising a liquid receiving entity for storing liquid, a liquid port for supplying liquid to the liquid receiving entity and a coupling element adapted to provide a liquid connection between the liquid receiving entity and the liquid port. The coupling element comprises a U-shaped or essentially a U-shaped pipe with a first and a second leg portion and a curved portion connecting the first and the second leg portion. The coupling element comprises at least one flexible section and at least one leg portion comprises stiffening means for stiffening the leg portion. The liquid receiving entity is a liquid tank, specifically a water tank.

    [0008] The main advantage of the present invention is that the household steam oven can be manufactured with reduced effort because the coupling element can be extended (due to the U-shape) during the manufacturing process and recovers into its required shape, specifically its required slope after finishing the assembling process.

    [0009] According to preferred embodiments, said stiffening means comprise a rib structure. Said rib structure may comprise one or more ribs or webs radially protruding from the wall of the tubular-shaped coupling element. The rib structure may preferably not extend along the whole length of the coupling element but may be only provided at certain portions. Specifically, the rib structure is broken in the area of said one or more flexible sections. Thereby, the stability of the coupling element can be increased in certain sections.

    [0010] According to preferred embodiments, said rib structure extends in flow direction along the coupling element. Preferably, the rib structure may comprise a single rib which extends along the coupling element.

    [0011] According to preferred embodiments, said rib structure may extend downwardly from said coupling element. Preferably, the rib structure may comprise a rib which is arranged in a vertical or essentially a vertical oriented plane. Thereby, the rib structure provides one or more support portions by which the coupling element is supported. Preferably, the coupling element rests on the liquid receiving entity by means of said rib structure. So, the rib structure does not only provide a stabilizing effect but also bases the coupling element at a supporting surface.

    [0012] According to preferred embodiments, said stiffening means are adapted to define portions with increased rigidity. During the assembly process, the coupling element may be deformed. Said deformation can be controlled by said stiffening means by defining areas of the coupling element which can be bent (areas in which no stiffening means are provided) and more rigid areas (areas in which stiffening means are provided) which can not or essentially not be bent. Thereby the deformation behaviour of the coupling element can be controlled. More in detail, said stiffening means may reduce flexibility in certain areas of the coupling element in order to concentrate the deformation (e.g. during the assembling process) in certain areas (e.g. curved portions of the coupling element). An increase rigidity based on said stiffening means is useful also to grant straightness of a certain portion of the coupling element and keep its inclination as constant as possible in order to avoid kinks and stagnant water.

    [0013] According to preferred embodiments, said stiffening means are adapted to define a certain inclination of the coupling element with respect to a horizontal plane. The stiffening means, specifically the rib structure may comprise a decreasing height (with respect to the flow direction). Thereby, a slope of the coupling element is achieved when positioning the coupling element at a horizontal support portion. This effects the desired liquid flow towards the liquid receiving entity.

    [0014] According to preferred embodiments, the coupling element is adapted to rest on the liquid receiving entity, wherein said stiffening means ensure a desired angle of inclination of the coupling element with respect to the upper surface of the liquid receiving entity. Thereby, the coupling element can be coupled with a liquid port in a deformed state (similarly to a harnessing process of the dashboard) and may then automatically restore to its original shape (U-shape) thereby resting at the liquid receiving entity and being positioned in the desired slope.

    [0015] According to preferred embodiments, the coupling element comprises a fixing portion adapted to interact, specivically rest against a corresponding mounting portion of the household steam oven after the assembling process. The mounting portion may be, for example, a wall portion or a panel which comprises an opening for providing a passage for the coupling element. the diameter or cross section of the fixing portion is greater than the opening provided within the mounting portion. Thereby the fixing portion provides a stop or seal when abutting against the mounting portion after restoring into its original shape (U-shape).

    [0016] According to preferred embodiments, the fixing portion radially protrudes from the coupling element, specifically from a leg portion of the coupling element. Said fixing portion may be arranged in close proximity to the first coupling portion of the coupling element. For example, said fixing portion may comprise a disk-like shape.

    [0017] According to preferred embodiments, the curved portion comprises stiffening means, specifically a rib structure for increased rigidity of the curved portion. Said stiffening means may be adapted to define a certain inclination of the curved portion with respect to a horizontal plane. Said rib structure may extend downwardly from said coupling element. Preferably, said stiffening means may comprise a rib which is arranged in a vertical or essentially a vertical oriented plane. Thereby, the rib structure provides one or more support portions by which the curved portion is supported. Preferably, the curved portion rests on the liquid receiving entity by means of said rib structure. So, the rib structure does not only provide a stabilizing effect but also bases the curved portion at a supporting surface.

    [0018] According to embodiments, the coupling element comprises one or more connection portions, in the following also referred to as fixation means, adapted to fix the coupling element at the upper surface of the liquid receiving entity. Thereby, the coupling element can be additionally secured at the liquid receiving entity.

    [0019] According to embodiments, the coupling element may comprise a collar being arranged at a certain distance of the fixing portion. Said collar and said fixing portion may be arranged at different positions of the first leg portion. Said collar may comprise a greater width or cross section than the fixing portion in order to limit the deformation of the coupling element when abutting against the mounting portion.

    [0020] According to preferred embodiments, when deforming the coupling element, the at least one flexible section is adapted to provide a hinge portion and said stiffening means specify more rigid portions thereby defining a certain deformation pattern. In other words, due to the spatial arrangement of flexible sections and stiffening means, the coupling element can be deformed during the assembly process without occurrence of any kinks or sharp bends.

    [0021] According to preferred embodiments, the coupling element is adapted to recover into a desired shape after deformation. In other words, at least the flexible sections may comprise an elastic material which effect restoring forces such that the coupling element returns into its original shape. Said restoring may be supported by the assembly process and the arrangement of the liquid port at a certain position of the household steam oven.

    [0022] Tthe liquid receiving entity is a liquid tank, specifically a water tank. Said liquid tank may build a liquid reservoir for a liquid used within the household steam oven, specifically for generating steam in a steam oven.

    [0023] The term "essentially" or "approximately" as used in the invention means deviations from the exact value by +/- 10%, preferably by +/- 5% and/or deviations in the form of changes that are insignificant for the function.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0024] The various aspects of the invention, including its particular features and advantages, will be readily understood from the following detailed description and the accompanying drawings, in which:

    Fig. 1 shows an example schematic view of a household steam oven

    Fig. 2 shows an example perspective view of a coupling element;

    Fig. 3 shows a liquid receiving entity connected with a coupling element;

    Fig. 4 shows the liquid receiving entity and the coupling element arranged within the household steam oven.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0025] The present invention will now be described more fully with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which example embodiments are shown. However, this invention should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein. Throughout the following description similar reference numerals have been used to denote similar elements, parts, items or features, when applicable.

    [0026] Fig. 1 shows a schematic illustration of a household steam oven 1. Such steam oven may comprise a liquid receiving entity 2, specifically a water tank and a liquid port 3 for providing liquid, specifically water to said liquid receiving entity 2. For fluidly coupling the liquid port 3 with the liquid receiving entity 2, a coupling element 4 is provided which may be formed by a pipe section.

    [0027] Fig. 2 to 4 show a coupling element 4 which is adapted to couple a liquid receiving entity 2, specifically a liquid or water tank with a liquid port 3. The liquid port 3 is configured to provide a liquid supply opening through which liquid, specifically water can be filled into the liquid receiving entity 2. The coupling element 4 is provided between the liquid port 3 and the liquid receiving entity 2. A first end of the coupling element 4 is coupled with the liquid port 3 and a second end of the coupling element 4 is coupled with the liquid receiving entity 2. Thereby liquid provided to the liquid port 3 can flow through the coupling element 4 into the liquid receiving entity 2. According to embodiments, the liquid port 3 may have a funnel shape.

    [0028] More in detail, the coupling element 4 may comprise a U-shaped or essentially U-shaped pipe. The coupling element 4 may comprise a first and a second leg portion 4.1, 4.2 which may be arranged essentially in parallel to each other (in the assembled state) and a curved portion 4.3 connecting said leg portions 4.1, 4.2. The coupling element 4 comprises a first coupling portion 4a and a second coupling portion 4b. Said first coupling portion 4a may be adapted to connect the coupling element 4 with the liquid port 3. Said second coupling portion 4b may be adapted to connect the coupling element 4 with the liquid receiving entity 2. According to further embodiments, the first and the second leg portion 4.1, 4.2 may have a different length. Preferably, the first leg portion 4.1 may be configured longer than the second leg portion 4.2. Thereby, liquid can be supplied to the liquid port 3 at a position which is accessible at the peripheral of the household steam oven 1 wherein the liquid receiving entity 2 is arranged in the interior of the appliance.

    [0029] In order to be able to ease the manufacturing process of the household steam oven 1, the coupling element 4 does not provide a direct connection between the liquid port 3 and the liquid receiving entity 2 but is adapted to form a U-shaped loop in the assembled state. In other words, the coupling element 4 provides excess length in order to be able to connect the coupling element 4 with the liquid receiving entity 2, arrange a covering entity, e.g. an upper hob portion above the liquid receiving entity 2 such that the liquid receiving entity 2 is covered and than coupling the liquid port 3with the first coupling portion 4a. During the assembly process, the coupling element 4 can be deformed, e.g. pulled out of the household steam oven 1 and the coupling element 4 is adapted to revert into its original shape after finishing the assembly process.

    [0030] In order to be able to deform the coupling element 4, the coupling element 4 comprises one or more flexible sections. For example, a flexible section may be the second coupling portion 4b and the second leg portion 4.2. The flexible section(s) act as hinges at which the coupling element 4 can be bent. Preferably, said bending may be only performed once in the lifetime, namely during assembling process or in case of service of the control panel which may comprise the liquid port 3.

    [0031] In order to ensure that the coupling element 4 ends up with the desired shape and slope after the assembly process, stiffening means 5 are provided at the coupling element 4. Stiffening means 5 may be any reinforcements which can be used to increase the stability of the coupling element 4. Specifically, said stiffening means 5 may be arranged at straight portions of the coupling element 4, e.g. the first leg portion 4.1 in order to ensure that said straight portions stay straight or essentially straigth when applying external forces to the coupling element 4 during the assembly process. However, such stiffening means 5 can also be provided at the second leg portion 4.2, respectively, the curved portion 4.3.

    [0032] More in detail, said stiffening means 5 may comprise a rib structure 6. Said rib structure 6 may be a linear rib structure, i.e. the rib structure 6 may comprise a single web which extends along the flow direction FD of the liquid passing the coupling element 4. According to other embodiments, the rib structure 6 may comprise a spiral shape. Said rib structure 6 may preferably protrude at the bottom side of the coupling element 4. Said rib structure 6 may not only provide a mechanical reinforcement but may also provide a support for the coupling element 4. The rib structure 6 may comprise a free end portion 6.1 which is adapted to arrange the coupling element 4 in a slanted position in order to enable the liquid to flow from the first coupling portion 4a to the second coupling portion 4b. In other words, the rib structure 6 provides a desired slope of the segments of the coupling element 4 in order to ensure a smooth liquid flow and avoiding any kinks and unwanted dead corners which may lead to liquid stagnation.

    [0033] Said stiffening means 5 may be integrally formed at the coupling element 4 or may be a separate unit which can be attached to the coupling element 4.

    [0034] As best seen in in Fig. 2 and 3, the coupling element 4 further comprises a fixing portion 7 which forms a collar at the coupling element 4. Said fixing portion 7 may protrude radially from the coupling element 4. In the present embodiment, said fixing portion 7 is arranged at the first leg portion 4.1 close to the first coupling portion 4a. For example, the fixing portion 7 may comprise a disk-like shape. It should be noted that the fixing portion 7 can also comprise other shapes, e.g. a polygonal shape. Preferably, the fixing portion 7 may be coupled with said stiffening means 5, i.e. the stiffening means 5 may merge into the fixing portion 7.

    [0035] As shown in Fig. 4, said fixing portion 7 may interact with a mounting portion 8 of the household steam oven 1 in order to arrange the coupling element 4 at a certain position. For example, the fixing portion 7 may act as a seal or stop portion when the coupling element 4 is in its nominal position. More specifically, the mounting portion 8 may be a wall portion or panel of the household steam oven comprising an opening which provides a passage for the coupling element 4 through the wall portion. Said fixing portion 7 may be flexible in order to be able to push or pull the fixing portion 7 through said opening during the assembling process. The fixing portion 7 may comprise larger dimensions, e.g. a larger diameter than said opening of the mounting portion 8 in order to provide a stop portion when abutting against the edge of the opening provided within the mounting portion 8.

    [0036] According to embodiments, the coupling element 4 may further comprise a collar 9. Said collar 9 may be arranged at a certain distance to the fixing portion 7 at the first leg portion 4.1. For example, said rib structure 6 may extend between the fixing portion 7 and said further collar 9.Said collar 9 may provide a further stop portion which will limit the deformation of the coupling element 4 when abutting against the opening provided within the mounting portion 8.

    [0037] Fig. 4 illustrates the coupling element 4 installed in a steam oven. The coupling element 4 provides a liquid connection between the liquid port 3 which is in the current embodiment arranged at or close to the control dashboard and the liquid receiving entity 2, e.g. a liquid tank. The liquid receiving entity 2 comprises at the upper side a connection portion, at which a free end of the coupling element 4 is mounted. The coupling element 4 extends with a U-shaped loop at the upper side of the liquid receiving entity 2. In other words, the coupling element 4 is at least partially supported by the upper surface of the liquid receiving entity 2. As already described before, the coupling element 4 may comprise contact surfaces, for example built by said rib structure 6 and/or other contact portions, which may provide a slanted arrangement of the coupling element 4 in order to ensure that liquid is steadily running from the liquid port 3 to the liquid receiving entity 2. In other words, based on the contact surfaces, a slope of the coupling element 4 relative to the upper surface of the liquid receiving entity 2 is achieved.

    [0038] The liquid receiving entity 2 may further comprise fixation means for fixing the coupling element 4 at its upper portion. Said fixation means may be, for example, clips, pins etc.

    [0039] The coupling element 4 may be a plastic or rubber pipe which may be a single piece pipe or may comprise multiple sections which are coupled with each other in order to build the coupling element 4.

    List of reference numerals



    [0040] 
    1
    household steam oven
    2
    liquid receiving entity
    2.1
    upper surface
    3
    liquid port
    4
    coupling element
    4a
    first coupling portion
    4b
    second coupling portion
    4.1
    first leg portion
    4.2
    second leg portion
    4.3
    curved portion
    5
    stiffening means
    6
    rib structure
    6.1
    free end portion
    7
    fixing portion
    8
    mounting portion
    9
    collar
    FD
    flow direction



    Claims

    1. Household steam oven comprising a liquid receiving entity (2) for storing liquid, wherein the liquid receiving entity (2) is a liquid tank, specifically a water tank, a liquid port (3) for supplying liquid to the liquid receiving entity (2) and a coupling element (4) adapted to provide a liquid connection between the liquid receiving entity (2) and the liquid port (3), characterized in that the coupling element (4) comprises a U-shape or essentially a U-shape with a first and a second leg portion (4.1, 4.2) and a curved portion (4.3) connecting the first and the second leg portion (4.1, 4.2), wherein the coupling element (4) comprises at least one flexible section and wherein at least one leg portion (4.1, 4.2) comprises stiffening means (5) for stiffening the leg portion (4.1, 4.2).
     
    2. Household steam oven according to claim 1, wherein said stiffening means (5) comprise a rib structure (6).
     
    3. Household steam oven according to claim 2, wherein said rib structure (6) extends in flow direction (FD) along the coupling element.
     
    4. Household steam oven according to claim 2 or 3, wherein said rib structure (6) extends downwardly from said coupling element (4).
     
    5. Household steam oven according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein said stiffening means (5) are adapted to define portions with increased rigidity.
     
    6. Household steam oven according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein said stiffening means are adapted to define a certain inclination of the coupling element (4) with respect to a horizontal plane.
     
    7. Household steam oven according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein the coupling element (4) is adapted to rest on the liquid receiving entity (2), wherein said stiffening means ensure a desired angle of inclination of the coupling element (4) with respect to the upper surface (2.1) of the liquid receiving entity (2).
     
    8. Household steam oven according to anyone of the preceding claims, wherein the coupling element (4) comprises a fixing portion (7) adapted to interact with a corresponding mounting portion (8) of the household appliance.
     
    9. Household steam oven according to claim 8, wherein the fixing portion (7) radially protrudes from the coupling element (4), specifically from a leg portion (4.1) of the coupling element (4.3) .
     
    10. Household steam oven according to of the preceding claims, wherein the curved portion (4.3) comprises stiffening means (5), specifically a rib structure (6) for increased rigidity of the curved portion (4.3).
     
    11. Household steam oven according to of the preceding claims, wherein the coupling element (4) comprises one or more connection portions adapted to fix the coupling element (4) at the upper surface (2.1) of the liquid receiving entity (2).
     
    12. Household steam oven according to of the preceding claims, wherein the at least one flexible section is adapted to provide a hinge portion and said stiffening means (5) specify portions with increased rigidity thereby defining a certain deformation pattern when deforming the coupling element (4).
     
    13. Household steam oven according to of the preceding claims, wherein the coupling element (4) is adapted to recover into a desired shape after deformation.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Haushaltsdampfgarer, Folgendes umfassend:

    eine Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) zum Speichern von Flüssigkeit, wobei die Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) ein Flüssigkeitsbehälter, spezifisch ein Wasserbehälter, ist,

    einen Flüssigkeitsanschluss (3) zum Zuführen von Flüssigkeit zu der Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) und ein Kopplungselement (4), das dazu angepasst ist, eine Flüssigkeitsverbindung zwischen der Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) und dem Flüssigkeitsanschluss (3) bereitzustellen,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    das Kopplungselement (4) einen U-förmigen oder im Wesentlichen U-förmigen Abschnitt mit einem ersten und einem zweiten Schenkelabschnitt (4.1, 4.2) sowie einen gekrümmten Abschnitt (4.3), der den ersten und den zweiten Schenkelabschnitt (4.1, 4.2) verbindet, umfasst, wobei das Kopplungselement (4) mindestens einen flexiblen Abschnitt umfasst und wobei mindestens ein Schenkelabschnitt (4.1, 4.2) Versteifungsmittel (5) zum Versteifen des Schenkelabschnitts (4.1, 4.2) umfasst.


     
    2. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Versteifungsmittel (5) eine Rippenstruktur (6) umfassen.
     
    3. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach Anspruch 2, wobei sich die Rippenstruktur (6) in Strömungsrichtung (FD) entlang des Kopplungselements erstreckt.
     
    4. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach Anspruch 2 oder 3, wobei sich die Rippenstruktur (6) von dem Kopplungselement (4) nach unten erstreckt.
     
    5. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Versteifungsmittel (5) dazu angepasst sind, Abschnitte mit erhöhter Steifigkeit zu definieren.
     
    6. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Versteifungsmittel dazu angepasst sind, eine bestimmte Neigung des Kopplungselements (4) bezogen auf eine horizontale Ebene zu definieren.
     
    7. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kopplungselement (4) dazu angepasst ist, auf der Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) aufzuliegen, wobei die Versteifungsmittel einen gewünschten Neigungswinkel des Kopplungselements (4) bezogen auf die obere Fläche (2.1) der Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) gewährleisten.
     
    8. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kopplungselement (4) einen Befestigungsabschnitt (7) umfasst, der dazu angepasst ist, mit einem entsprechenden Anbringungsabschnitt (8) des Haushaltsgeräts zusammenzuwirken.
     
    9. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach Anspruch 8, wobei der Befestigungsabschnitt (7) radial von dem Kopplungselement (4) vorspringt, spezifisch von einem Schenkelabschnitt (4.1) des Kopplungselements (4.3).
     
    10. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der gekrümmte Abschnitt (4.3) Versteifungsmittel (5) umfasst, spezifisch eine Rippenstruktur (6) für eine erhöhte Versteifung des gekrümmten Abschnitts (4.3).
     
    11. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kopplungselement (4) einen oder mehrere Verbindungsabschnitte umfasst, die dazu angepasst sind, das Kopplungselement (4) an der oberen Fläche (2.1) der Flüssigkeitsaufnahmeeinheit (2) zu befestigen.
     
    12. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der mindestens eine flexible Abschnitt dazu angepasst ist, einen Scharnierabschnitt bereitzustellen, und die Versteifungsmittel (5) Abschnitte mit erhöhter Steifigkeit vorgeben, wodurch sie beim Verformen des Kopplungselements (4) ein gewisses Verformungsmuster definieren.
     
    13. Haushaltsdampfgarer nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kopplungselement (4) dazu angepasst ist, nach der Verformung eine gewünschte Form zurückzugewinnen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Four domestique à vapeur comportant une entité (2) de réception de liquide servant à stocker du liquide, l'entité (2) de réception de liquide étant une cuve à liquide, spécifiquement une cuve à eau, un orifice (3) de liquide servant à fournir du liquide à l'entité (2) de réception de liquide et un élément (4) d'accouplement conçu pour assurer un raccordement de liquide entre l'entité (2) de réception de liquide et l'orifice (3) de liquide, caractérisé en ce que l'élément (4) d'accouplement présente une forme en U ou essentiellement une forme en U dotée d'une première et d'une deuxième partie (4.1, 4.2) de branche et d'une partie incurvée (4.3) reliant la première et la deuxième partie (4.1, 4.2) de branche, l'élément (4) d'accouplement comportant au moins un tronçon souple et au moins une partie (4.1, 4.2) de branche comportant des moyens (5) de raidissement servant à raidir la partie (4.1, 4.2) de branche.
     
    2. Four domestique à vapeur selon la revendication 1, lesdits moyens (5) de raidissement comportant une structure (6) de nervure.
     
    3. Four domestique à vapeur selon la revendication 2, ladite structure (6) de nervure s'étendant dans une direction d'écoulement (FD) le long de l'élément d'accouplement.
     
    4. Four domestique à vapeur selon la revendication 2 ou 3, ladite structure (6) de nervure s'étendant vers le bas à partir dudit élément (4) d'accouplement.
     
    5. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, lesdits moyens (5) de raidissement étant conçus pour définir des parties à rigidité accrue.
     
    6. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, lesdits moyens de raidissement étant conçus pour définir une certaine inclinaison de l'élément (4) d'accouplement par rapport à un plan horizontal.
     
    7. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'élément (4) d'accouplement étant conçu pour reposer sur l'entité (2) de réception de liquide, lesdits moyens de raidissement garantissant un angle d'inclinaison souhaité de l'élément (4) d'accouplement par rapport à la surface supérieure (2.1) de l'entité (2) de réception de liquide.
     
    8. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'élément (4) d'accouplement comportant une partie (7) de fixation conçu pour interagir avec une partie (8) de montage correspondante de l'appareil domestique.
     
    9. Four domestique à vapeur selon la revendication 8, la partie (7) de fixation dépassant radialement de l'élément (4) d'accouplement, spécifiquement d'une partie (4.1) de branche de l'élément (4.3) d'accouplement.
     
    10. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, la partie incurvée (4.3) comportant des moyens (5) de raidissement, spécifiquement une structure (6) de nervure pour une rigidité accrue de la partie incurvée (4.3).
     
    11. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, l'élément (4) d'accouplement comportant une ou plusieurs parties de raccordement conçues pour fixer l'élément (4) d'accouplement au niveau de la surface supérieure (2.1) de l'entité (2) de réception de liquide.
     
    12. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, le ou les tronçons souples étant conçus pour constituer une partie d'articulation et lesdits moyens (5) de raidissement spécifiant des parties à rigidité accrue, définissant ainsi un certain schéma de déformation lorsque l'élément (4) d'accouplement est déformé.
     
    13. Four domestique à vapeur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, l'élément (4) d'accouplement étant conçu pour se rétablir dans une forme souhaitée après déformation.
     




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