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(11)EP 3 349 912 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
18.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/12

(21)Application number: 16770341.2

(22)Date of filing:  19.09.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B05B 1/28  (2006.01)
B65D 83/26  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/GB2016/052918
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/046616 (23.03.2017 Gazette  2017/12)

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MODIFIED SPRAY HEAD

GEÄNDERTER SPRÜHKOPF

TÊTE DE PULV'ERISATION MODIFIÉE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 18.09.2015 GB 201516547

(43)Date of publication of application:
25.07.2018 Bulletin 2018/30

(73)Proprietor: Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited
Slough, Berkshire SL1 3UH (GB)

(72)Inventors:
  • COLLINSON, Nikki
    Hull HU8 7DS (GB)
  • DAS, Avijit
    Gurgaon 122001 Hayana (IN)
  • RUDKIN, Scott
    Hull HU8 7DS (GB)
  • SZKLARZ, Anne Renée Jeanne
    Hull HU8 7DS (GB)
  • WITTY, Christopher
    Hull HU8 7DS (GB)

(74)Representative: Cawdell, Karen Teresa et al
Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services Limited Legal Department - Patents Group Dansom Lane
Hull HU8 7DS
Hull HU8 7DS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 887 113
DE-A1- 3 934 740
JP-A- 2013 240 445
EP-A2- 0 237 696
FR-A1- 2 330 943
  
      
    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

    Field of invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a modified spray head (or outlet head) suitable for a device for spraying a fluid and particularly but not exclusively, to a device for spraying fluids such as fragrances, deodorising fluids and/or pest control fluids and the like. The spray head is particularly adapted for used with aqueous compressed air aerosol formulations.

    Background



    [0002] Prior art devices for spraying fragrances, and/or deodorising agents and/or sanitising fluids into a room consist of a mechanically actuated arm which is periodically activated to press down on a spray head secured to an aerosol canister containing the material to be sprayed.

    [0003] The prior art devices are typically constructed as follows. An outer casing has an opening through which the spray is ejected. The casing has a removable section which is removed to allow a refill canister containing the spray material to be placed in the casing. A moulded spray head, as shown in Figure 1 is placed over the outlet stalk of an aerosol spray can. The spray head has an inlet section having an opening to be placed over the outlet stalk of the aerosol canister. The actuation arm is located over the spray head and is caused periodically to press against the spray head to cause material from the aerosol can to be ejected through the spray head out of the opening in the casing and into the surroundings. The actuator arm is either battery powered or mains powered and can be set to activate at various time intervals which, for example, may be to activate every seven minutes, every fifteen minutes or every thirty minutes, whichever is set by a user.

    [0004] The devices may allow the user complete control over the timing interval of activations. Alternative the device may allow the user choice between preset timings, with a high, medium and low frequency of spray for example.

    [0005] A commercial example of such a device is the Air Wick Freshmatic® device.

    [0006] A problem associated with the use of these devices is the dripping of excess formulation from the spray head. This problem is exacerbated by the increasing amount of aqueous based formulations used and by the use of compressed air aerosol formulations. Aqueous solutions are harder to evaporate than most organic solvent solutions and compressed air propellants do not provide the break-up force that drives complete vapourisation that LPG (liquid petroleum gas)propellant aerosol formulations benefit from.

    [0007] Environmental, regulatory and cost concerns are driving the increase in aqueous/compressed gas aerosol products. Despite their inherent drawbacks. One of which is increased droplet build-up on the end of the spray head.

    [0008] These droplets may combine and build up in time to form drops big enough to drip from the spray head. This can cause staining on the surface supporting the device.

    [0009] It is an objective of the present invention to attempt to overcome these problems.

    [0010] A further example of existing prior art includes the spray apparatus disclosed in FR 2,330,943.

    Statements of invention



    [0011] In a first aspect the present invention comprises an outlet head according to claim 1.

    [0012] In a further aspect the outlet section is angled between 7 and 25 degrees above the horizontal plane.

    [0013] In a further aspect the outlet section is angled between 9 and 15 degrees above the horizontal plane.

    [0014] In a further aspect the front face of the end cap is planar perpendicular to the second end of the fluid channel and wherein the second end of the fluid channel is located at the centre of the front face.

    [0015] In a further aspect the front face of the end-cap is convex in profile and wherein the second end of the fluid channel is located at the most raised section of the convex
    In a further aspect the end-cap comprises grooves in its surface adjacent the second end of the fluid channel, wherein the grooves provide a wicking effect to liquids remaining on the end-cap.

    [0016] In a further aspect the grooves form a symmetric pattern around the second end of the fluid channel.

    [0017] In a further aspect the end cap further comprises ridges that may slow or trap liquid droplets building up on the end-cap.

    [0018] In a further aspect the droplet rib has a constant width and depth along its length.

    [0019] In a further aspect the droplet rib has an increasing height along its length from end cap to inlet section, such that the angle of its bottom surface to the horizontal is greater than that of the outlet section.

    [0020] In a further aspect the angle of the bottom surface of the droplet rib to the horizontal is between 3 and 25 degrees greater than that of the outlet section.

    [0021] In a further aspect the outlet head is designed for use with a trigger spray aerosol device.

    [0022] In a further aspect the outlet head is designed for use with an automatic aerosol spray device.

    [0023] In a further aspect the outlet head is an actuator designed for use with a compressed air aerosol formulations.

    Brief description of the Drawings



    [0024] 

    Figure 1 illustrates a spray head of the art. Particularly one designed for use with an aerosol container and further particularly designed for use in an automatic aerosol dispenser device, such as Air Wicks Freshmatic® device.

    Figure 2 shows a profile view of the spray head of figure 1.

    Figure 3 illustrates a spray head of the present invention Figure 4 illustrates an alternative view of the spray head depicted in Figure 3.

    Figure 5 illustrates the wicking effect of the droplet rib.

    Figure 6 illustrates an alternative embodiment of the present invention wherein the end cap further comprises grooves to help wick away excess liquid.

    Figure 7 illustrates an alternative view of the spray head of Figure 6.

    Figure 8 illustrates the wicking effect of the droplet rib.

    Figure 9 illustrate a close up of an end-cap with grooves to aid wicking and ridges to trap liquid.


    Detailed description of the invention



    [0025] Aerosol formulations are widely used to disperse active ingredients into the air or surface to be treated.

    [0026] Figures 1 and 2 show a well-known type of spray head used for an aerosol formulations delivered by automatic dispensing devices. For example, the well-known FreshMatic® devices from Air Wick.

    [0027] For the purposes of the present invention the terms spray head, outlet head and actuator may be considered to be interchangeable. The actuators may have further internal technical features desirable for good spray performance.

    [0028] The valve stem for the aerosol canister can be inserted into opening (inlet) 2. The fluid channel passes through the spray head to emerge at opening (outlet) 6. The fluid generally exits the spray head at right angles to the valve stem and this is usually in a horizontal direction as the aerosol canisters are inserted vertically into the automatic dispensing devices.

    [0029] These prior art spray heads work very efficiently with normal aerosol formulations that utilise liquefied gaseous propellants, such as butane. These formulations disperse very readily into the air due to the vaporisation of the liquefied propellants and leave little trace or residues. The use of liquefied gas propellants is increasingly undesirable, both in economic and environmental terms. There is an increasing drive to replace these formulations with compressed air aerosol formulations.

    [0030] However the switch is not without significant technical challenge, requiring modifications not only to the formulations themselves but to the valves and actuators (spray heads) to compensate for the different pressures and modes of action. (The compressed air is not in the formulation to be dispensed but contained within a bag in the canister.)

    [0031] Without the liquefied gas propellants the applicants have found that the aerosol compositions are not as readily dispersed and form much bigger particle/droplet sizes.

    [0032] Over time and multiple sprays this can build up liquid on the spray heads. This then forms droplets that can fall from the spray head onto the surface the devices are standing on.

    [0033] These droplets can cause staining to those surfaces as particularly fragrance compositions can comprise aggressive chemical components.

    [0034] Figure 3 illustrates a spray head of the present invention which is designed to over-come this problem.

    [0035] The key features of the inventive spray heads are the angle of the outlet section 4 in relation to the horizontal and the presence of a droplet rib 7 beneath the outlet section. Prior art spray heads are normally right-angular in shape with the exit of the spray material in the horizontal plane, the inlet from the aerosol can in the vertical plane as the aerosol cans are normally stored vertically.

    [0036] The inventive spray head or actuator is still designed to connect with a valve stem of an aerosol canister at inlet 2. However the outlet section 4 is raised such that it inclines at least 5 degree above the horizontal plane. Preferably the outlet section inclines between 5 and 45 degrees above the horizontal plane, more preferably between 7 and 25 degrees above the horizontal plane and most preferably between 9 and 15 degrees above the horizontal plane.

    [0037] Preferably the angle between the inlet and outlet portions of the spray head is between 95 and 135 degrees, more preferably between 97 and 115 degrees and most preferably between 99 and 105 degrees.

    [0038] Figure 4 shows an alternative view of the spray head of Figure 3.

    [0039] The droplet rib 7 is located underneath outlet section 4 and engages with end-cap 5 to the extent required to wick any liquid droplets forming on the end cap away from the end cap and towards the valve stem of the can.

    [0040] The rib may extend the entire length of the outlet section. This is the preferred embodiment. However the rib may only extend along a portion of the length of the outlet section.

    [0041] The droplet rib may be between 0.1 and 3 mm wide. Preferably between 0.2 and 2 mm wide and most preferably between 0.25 and 1 mm wide. The width of the rib is measured in the horizontal plane.

    [0042] The increased angle over the horizontal plane of the outlet section provides gradient for the droplets to use. This gradient favours the wicking action of the droplet down the droplet rib over dripping directly downwards from the lowest point of the end-cap. The action of the droplets can be seen in Figure 5. This causes the droplets that form on the end-cap to run onto the can itself before evaporating. As the aerosol cans are replaced regularly, this causes less harm than if droplets were regularly falling on a table, cloth or carpet, for example.

    [0043] The rib may have a constant height over the course of its length from end-cap to inlet section. The height of the rib is measured in the vertical plane.

    [0044] Preferably the droplet rib has a height between 0.1 and 15 mm, more preferably the droplet rib has a height between 1 and 10 mm, most preferable between 1.5 and 7 mm.

    [0045] In a further embodiment the rib height increases along its length, with a shorter height at the end-cap end than that at the inlet end.

    [0046] The rib 7 may also be made from a more hydrophilic material than the body of the outlet head 1. Or it may be made of the same material but have been surface treated to increase its hydrophilic properties.

    [0047] This is a preferred embodiment as it increases the effective gradient for the droplet to travel down over that offered by the outlet section alone.

    [0048] The present invention is not limited by the size and shape of end-cap 5 used on the spray head. Any shape or profile of end-cap will work.

    [0049] Particularly preferred shapes are round and either flat or convex profiles.

    [0050] In another particularly preferred embodiment the end cap may comprise grooves adjacent the second end of fluid channel 6. These grooves are designed to wick fluids remaining on the surface of the end-cap 5 post spray.

    [0051] The grooves help to evaporate this excess fluid prior to droplet formation.

    [0052] The grooves may be between 0.1 and 3 mm deep on the surface of the end-cap. Preferably the grooves are between 0.1 and 2 mm deep, more preferably between 0.2 and 1.5 mm deep and most preferably between 0.3 mm and 1 mm deep.

    [0053] The grooves may form a symmetrical pattern around the fluid exit 6.

    [0054] The grooves may be found in a single continuous area of the front face of the end cap. Alternative there may two or more distinct groupings of grooves on the end cap.

    [0055] To aid the efficacy of the grooves it is also preferable modify the surface of the end cap to encourage maximum wetting. This may be achieved by selecting a more hydrophilic material for the end cap.

    [0056] The end cap may also comprise ridges 9 on its outer surface to retain moisture. Preferably these ridges 9 comprise raised portions of the surface of the end cap that prevent small droplets from moving across the surface.

    [0057] The ridges 9 differ from the grooves 8 in that they raised from the surface and act as a barrier not a wicking or transport function.

    [0058] There may be a single ridge, or there may be multiple ridges. Preferably there are two or three ridges.

    [0059] The ridges 9 may be between 0.1 and 5 mm above the surface of the end cap.

    [0060] These may also be symmetrically arranged around outlet 6. Alternatively these may only be found below the outlet 6.

    [0061] Preferably the ridges are outside at least a portion of the grooves. By outside, it is meant that the ridges are further from the outlet 6 than at least a portion of the grooves.

    [0062] The outlet heads of the present invention may be used with any aerosol formulations. The outlet heads are particularly useful with an automatic aerosol spray device.

    [0063] The outlet or spray heads of the present invention may only be suitable for use with an aerosol formulation.

    [0064] A particularly preferred use of the outlet heads of the present invention is as an actuator designed for use with compressed air aerosol formulations.


    Claims

    1. An outlet head (1) for a spray device, the outlet head (1) comprising:

    an inlet section (3) having an opening (2) adapted to receive an output section of a spray material container, said opening (2) forming a first end of a fluid channel for receiving spray material from the spray material container;

    an outlet section (4) including an end-cap (5) adapted to eject spray material and forming a second end of the fluid channel (6) for ejecting spray material into the air;

    wherein the outlet section (4) is angled to eject the spray material at least 5 degrees above the horizontal plane; and

    a droplet rib (7) positioned directly below the outlet section (4);

    wherein the outlet head (1) is characterised by the droplet rib (7) running from the end-cap (5) towards the first end of the fluid channel; such that droplets forming on the end cap (5) are drawn down the droplet rib (7) towards the first end of the fluid channel, wherein the droplets are then operable to run onto the spray material container; and

    wherein the outlet section (4) is angled between 5 and 45 degrees above the horizontal plane.


     
    2. The outlet head (1) of claim 1 wherein the outlet section (4) is angled between 5 and 25 degrees above the horizontal plane.
     
    3. The outlet head (1) of claim 1 or 2 wherein the outlet section (4) is angled between 7 and 15 degrees above the horizontal plane.
     
    4. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the outlet section (4) is angled between 9 and 12 degrees above the horizontal plane.
     
    5. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the front face of the end-cap (5) is planar perpendicular to the second end of the fluid channel (6) and wherein the second end of the fluid channel (6) is located at the centre of the front face.
     
    6. The outlet head (1) of any of claims 1-4 wherein the wherein the front face of the end-cap (5) is convex in profile and wherein the second end of the fluid channel is located at the most raised section of the end-cap.
     
    7. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the end-cap (5) comprises grooves (8) in its surface adjacent the second end of the fluid channel, wherein the grooves (8) provide a wicking effect to liquids remaining on the end cap (5).
     
    8. The outlet head (1) of claim 7 wherein the grooves form a symmetric pattern around the second end of the fluid channel.
     
    9. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the end cap further comprises ridges (9) that may slow or trap liquid droplets building up on the end-cap.
     
    10. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the droplet rib (7) has a constant width and height along its length.
     
    11. The outlet head (1) of any of claims 1-9 wherein the droplet rib (7) has an increasing height along its length from end cap to inlet section, such that the angle of its bottom surface to the horizontal is greater than that of the output section.
     
    12. The outlet head (1) of claim 11 wherein the angle of the bottom surface of the droplet rib (7) to the horizontal is between 3 and 25 degrees greater than the outlet section (4).
     
    13. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the outlet head is designed for use with a trigger spray aerosol device.
     
    14. The outlet head (1) of any of claims 1 to 12 wherein the outlet head is designed for use with an automatic aerosol spray device.
     
    15. The outlet head (1) of any of the previous claims wherein the outlet head is an actuator designed for use with a compressed air aerosol formulation.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Auslasskopf (1) für eine Sprühvorrichtung, wobei der Auslasskopf (1) umfasst:

    einen Einlassabschnitt (3) mit einer Öffnung (2) zur Aufnahme eines Ausgabeabschnitts eines Sprühmaterialbehälters, wobei die Öffnung (2) ein erstes Ende eines Fluidkanals zur Aufnahme von Sprühmaterial aus dem Sprühmaterialbehälter bildet;

    einen Auslassabschnitt (4) mit einer Endkappe (5) zum Ausstoßen von Sprühmaterial und Bilden eines zweiten Endes des Fluidkanals (6) zum Ausstoßen von Sprühmaterial in die Luft;

    wobei der Auslassabschnitt (4) abgewinkelt ist, um das Sprühmaterial mindestens 5 Grad über der horizontalen Ebene auszustoßen; und

    eine Tröpfchenrippe (7), die direkt unter dem Auslassabschnitt (4) angeordnet ist;

    wobei der Auslasskopf (1) dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass die Tröpfchenrippe (7) von der Endkappe (5) in Richtung des ersten Endes des Fluidkanals verläuft; so dass Tröpfchen, die sich an der Endkappe (5) bilden, die Tröpfchenrippe (7) in Richtung des ersten Endes des Fluidkanals hinuntergezogen werden, wobei die Tröpfchen dann so betrieben werden können, dass sie auf den Sprühmaterialbehälter laufen; und

    wobei der Auslassabschnitt (4) zwischen 5 und 45 Grad über der horizontalen Ebene abgewinkelt ist.


     
    2. Auslasskopf (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Auslassabschnitt (4) zwischen 5 und 25 Grad über der horizontalen Ebene abgewinkelt ist.
     
    3. Auslasskopf (1) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der Auslassabschnitt (4) zwischen 7 und 15 Grad über der horizontalen Ebene abgewinkelt ist.
     
    4. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Auslassabschnitt (4) zwischen 9 und 12 Grad über der horizontalen Ebene abgewinkelt ist.
     
    5. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Vorderseite der Endkappe (5) senkrecht zum zweiten Ende des Fluidkanals (6) eben ist und wobei das zweite Ende des Fluidkanals (6) in der Mitte der Vorderseite angeordnet ist.
     
    6. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei die Vorderseite der Endkappe (5) ein konvexes Profil aufweist und wobei das zweite Ende des Fluidkanals an dem am weitesten angehobenen Abschnitt der Endkappe angeordnet ist.
     
    7. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Endkappe (5) Rillen (8) in ihrer Oberfläche neben dem zweiten Ende des Fluidkanals umfasst, wobei die Rillen (8) eine Kapillarwirkung für Flüssigkeiten, die auf der Endkappe (5) verbleiben, bereitstellen.
     
    8. Auslasskopf (1) nach Anspruch 7, wobei die Rillen ein symmetrisches Muster um das zweite Ende des Fluidkanals bilden.
     
    9. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Endkappe ferner Leisten (9) umfasst, die Flüssigkeitströpfchen, die sich auf der Endkappe ansammeln, verlangsamen oder auffangen können.
     
    10. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Tröpfchenrippe (7) entlang ihrer Länge eine konstante Breite und Höhe aufweist.
     
    11. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9, wobei die Tröpfchenrippe (7) entlang ihrer Länge von der Endkappe zum Einlassabschnitt eine zunehmende Höhe aufweist, so dass der Winkel ihrer Bodenfläche zur Horizontalen größer ist als der des Ausgabeabschnitts.
     
    12. Auslasskopf (1) nach Anspruch 11, wobei der Winkel der Bodenfläche der Tröpfchenrippe (7) zur Horizontalen zwischen 3 und 25 Grad größer ist als der Auslassabschnitt (4).
     
    13. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Auslasskopf zur Verwendung mit einer Sprühdüsen-Aerosolvorrichtung ausgelegt ist.
     
    14. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 12, wobei der Auslasskopf zur Verwendung mit einer automatischen Aerosol-Sprühvorrichtung ausgelegt ist.
     
    15. Auslasskopf (1) nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Auslasskopf ein Betätigungselement ist, das zur Verwendung mit einer Druckluft-Aerosolformulierung ausgelegt ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Tête de sortie (1) pour un dispositif de pulvérisation, ladite tête de sortie (1) comprenant :

    une section d'entrée (3) comportant une ouverture (2) adaptée pour recevoir une section de sortie d'un récipient de matière de pulvérisation, ladite ouverture (2) formant une première extrémité d'un canal de fluide pour recevoir la matière de pulvérisation du récipient de matière de pulvérisation ;

    une section de sortie (4) comprenant un capuchon d'extrémité (5) adapté pour éjecter la matière de pulvérisation et former une deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide (6) pour éjecter la matière de pulvérisation dans l'air ;

    la section de sortie (4) étant inclinée pour éjecter la matière de pulvérisation à au moins 5 degrés au-dessus du plan horizontal ; et

    une nervure de gouttelette (7) positionnée directement sous la section de sortie (4) ;

    la tête de sortie (1) étant caractérisée par la nervure de gouttelette (7) s'étendant du capuchon d'extrémité (5) à la première extrémité du canal de fluide ; de telle sorte que des gouttelettes se formant sur le capuchon d'extrémité (5) soient tirées vers le bas de la nervure de gouttelette (7) vers la première extrémité du canal de fluide, les gouttelettes pouvant ainsi être menées à s'écouler sur le récipient de matière de pulvérisation ; et

    la section de sortie (4) étant inclinée entre 5 et 45 degrés au-dessus du plan horizontal.


     
    2. Tête de sortie (1) selon la revendication 1, la section de sortie (4) étant inclinée entre 5 et 25 degrés au-dessus du plan horizontal.
     
    3. Tête de sortie (1) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, la section de sortie (4) étant inclinée entre 7 et 15 degrés au-dessus du plan horizontal.
     
    4. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la section de sortie (4) étant inclinée entre 9 et 12 degrés au-dessus du plan horizontal.
     
    5. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la face avant du capuchon d'extrémité (5) étant plane perpendiculaire à la deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide (6) et la deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide (6) étant située au centre de la face avant.
     
    6. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, la face avant du capuchon d'extrémité (5) comportant un profil convexe et la deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide étant située au niveau de la section la plus élevée du capuchon d'extrémité.
     
    7. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le capuchon d'extrémité (5) comprenant des rainures (8) dans sa surface adjacente à la deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide, lesdites rainures (8) fournissant un effet de mèche aux liquides restants sur le capuchon d'extrémité (5).
     
    8. Tête de sortie (1) selon la revendication 7, les rainures formant un motif symétrique autour de la deuxième extrémité du canal de fluide.
     
    9. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le capuchon d'extrémité comprenant en outre des nervures (9), lesquelles peuvent ralentir ou capturer les gouttelettes de liquide s'accumulant sur le capuchon d'extrémité.
     
    10. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la nervure de gouttelette (7) présentant une largeur et une hauteur constantes sur sa longueur.
     
    11. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9, la nervure de gouttelette (7) présentant une hauteur croissante sur sa longueur du capuchon d'extrémité à la section d'entrée, de telle sorte que l'angle de sa surface inférieure, par rapport à l'horizontale, soit supérieur à l'angle de la section de sortie.
     
    12. Tête de sortie (1) selon la revendication 11, l'angle de la surface inférieure de la nervure de gouttelette (7), par rapport à l'horizontale, étant entre 3 et 25 degrés supérieur à la section de sortie (4).
     
    13. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la tête de sortie étant conçue pour être utilisée avec un dispositif de pulvérisation d'aérosol à gâchette.
     
    14. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 12, la tête de sortie étant conçue pour être utilisée avec un dispositif de pulvérisation d'aérosol automatique.
     
    15. Tête de sortie (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la tête de sortie étant un actionneur conçu pour être utilisé avec une formulation d'aérosol d'air comprimé.
     




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