(19)
(11)EP 3 536 845 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.11.2020 Bulletin 2020/45

(21)Application number: 19165399.7

(22)Date of filing:  20.07.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
D06F 39/04(2006.01)
D06F 37/26(2006.01)

(54)

LAUNDRY APPARATUS

WASCHMASCHINE

APPAREIL DE LAVAGE DU LINGE


(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

(30)Priority: 25.08.2016 KR 20160108328

(43)Date of publication of application:
11.09.2019 Bulletin 2019/37

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
17182359.4 / 3287558

(73)Proprietor: LG Electronics Inc.
Yeongdeungpo-gu Seoul 07336 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • PARK, Bio
    Seoul (KR)
  • JANG, Jaehyuk
    153-802 Seoul (KR)
  • HONG, Sangwook
    153-802 Seoul (KR)

(74)Representative: Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 
Siebertstrasse 3
81675 München
81675 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 400 052
DE-B3-102016 110 859
DE-A1-102008 043 281
JP-A- H0 898 990
  
      
    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

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS


    BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE


    Field of the Disclosure



    [0001] Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a laundry apparatus, more particularly, to laundry apparatus including an induction heater.

    Discussion of the Related Art



    [0002] In general, a laundry apparatus is an electric appliance configured to wash clothes, bedding and the like (hereinafter, laundry) through washing, rinsing and spinning so as to remove dirt and contaminants, using water and detergent and mechanical action.

    [0003] Typically, it is required in a conventional washing machine to raise the temperature of wash water so as to enhance washing efficiency. It is also required so as to enhance the sterilization treatment effect for laundry.

    [0004] For the washing and laundry sterilization effects, heated or warm water is directly supplied to the conventional washing machine from an external water supply source to raise the temperature of the wash water or an auxiliary heater is provided and heats the wash water in which the laundry is submerged so as to indirectly raise the temperature of the laundry.

    [0005] More specifically, it is quite inconvenient to supply wash water to the conventional washing machine to a water level at which all of the laundry is submerged so as to raise the temperature of the wash water.

    [0006] It is also inconvenient to heat not only the laundry but also the wash water so as to raise the temperature of the laundry.

    [0007] At this time, wash water has to be supplied or heated, which could cause serious waste of materials and energy.

    [0008] Meanwhile, a dryer is an electric appliance configured to dry wet clothes or washed clothes (hereinafter, laundry) by exposing them to a high temperature.

    [0009] The dryer exposes laundry to the hot air heated by using a heater to expose the laundry to the heated air and evaporates the water elements contained in the laundry.

    [0010] In other words, the conventional dryer is categorized into an exhaustion type dryer and a circulation type dryer which heat air by using a heater to generate heated-air and expose the heated air to the laundry.

    [0011] At this time, it often happens that the heated air fails to be uniformly supplied to the laundry. Especially, a large amount of laundry or entangled laundry seems to be exposed to the heated air uniformly so that drying efficiency might deteriorate disadvantageously.

    [0012] In addition, while is supplied to the laundry which is partially wet so as to dry the laundry completely, the heated-air supply is consistently performed even to the completely-dried laundry and results in damaging the laundry disadvantageously.

    [0013] DE 10 2016 110859 relates to a laundry dryer, washing machine and/or washer-dryer, with a laundry drum for receiving laundry to be washed and/or dried. The device includes at least one first electrical unit and at least one first electrical sensor element which is arranged so as to rotate with the laundry drum, the first electrical unit and the first electrical sensor element being designed and arranged in such a way that a temperature-dependent electrical interaction can take place between them.

    SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE



    [0014] An object of the present disclosure is to overcome the disadvantages of the conventional twin laundry machine noted above. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide to a laundry apparatus which is capable of soaking or sterilizing laundry even unless the laundry is submerged in wash water.

    [0015] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus which is capable of raising the temperature of laundry even without heating wash water.

    [0016] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus which is capable of drying the laundry uniformly even if laundry is entangled or a much amount of laundry is loaded.

    [0017] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus which has a high energy and wash-water consumption efficiency.

    [0018] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus which generates no short circuit in a coil used in heating a drum.

    [0019] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus in which the magnetic field generated in the coil may not interfere in other components provided therein.

    [0020] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus including a coil which is not overheated by its resistance even if it generates heat.

    [0021] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a laundry apparatus comprising a cabinet; a tub provided in the cabinet and defining an internal space, with an opening formed in a front; a drum rotatably provided in the internal space of the tub and made of a conductor; and an induction unit provided in an outer circumferential surface of the tub and heating the drum by generating an electromagnetic field; wherein the induction unit comprises, a coil generating an eddy current in the drum by generating a magnetic field, using an electric current supplied thereto; and a coil arranging portion provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub and guiding the coil to be wound around front and rear portions of the tub at least one time, spaced a preset distance apart from each other.

    [0022] The coil arranging portion further comprises a coil arranging plate provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub, and the coil is wound in the coil arranging plate.

    [0023] The coil arranging plate is a flat plate provided in parallel with the cabinet, and the coil arranging plate comprises a coupling member attached to the outer circumferential surface of the tub; and a reinforcing rib capable of reinforcing a gap between the coil arranging plate and the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0024] The tub is provided in a cylindrical shape, and the coil arranging plate is provided in a shape parallel with the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0025] The coil arranging plate is in surface-contact with the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0026] The coil arranging plate comprises a coupling member attached to the outer circumferential surface of the tub; and a reinforcing rib capable of maintaining a gap between the coil arranging plate and the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0027] The coil arranging plate further comprises a plurality of accommodating grooves recessed from the coil arranging plate and accommodating the coil, and the plurality of the accommodating grooves are provided in one of circle, oval and track shapes with expanded sizes, and the coil is wound along the accommodating grooves at least one time, spaced a distance apart from each other.

    [0028] The coil arranging portion comprises a plurality of fixing ribs projected from the coil arranging plate in a looped curve, and the plurality of the fixing ribs are provided in one of circle, oval and track shapes with expanded sizes, and the coil is wound along the fixing ribs at least one time, spaced a distance apart from each other.

    [0029] The coil arranging portion further comprises a plurality of accommodating portions accommodating the coil, and the accommodating portions are arranged between the fixing ribs.

    [0030] The laundry apparatus further comprises a plurality of projected ribs projected from the fixing ribs, spaced a distance apart from each other.

    [0031] The induction unit is provided between a front portion of the drum and a rear portion of the drum, spaced a distance apart from one end of the front and one end of the rear portion of the drum.

    [0032] The tub comprises a front tub holding a front portion of the drum; and a rear tub holding a rear portion of the drum, and the induction units are provided in the front tub and the rear tub, respectively.

    [0033] The induction unit further comprises a shut-off member provided in an upper portion of the coil arranging portion and shutting off the magnetic field generated in the coil.

    [0034] The shut-off member is provided in a box shape with an opening formed in one side and concentrates the magnetic field generated in the coil only toward the opening.

    [0035] The shut-off member is made of a ferromagnetic material.

    [0036] The shut-off member may be made of plastic.

    [0037] The laundry apparatus further comprises a controller supplying currents to the coil and determining to rotate the drum, wherein the controller comprises at least one of a thermostat and a thermistor for shutting off the current supplied to the coil, when too many currents are supplied to the coil or the temperature of the coil rises to a preset value or more.

    [0038] The coil arranging plate comprises one or more penetrating holes for exhausting the heat generated in the coil.

    [0039] The coil arranging portion comprises a plurality of coil fixing members arranged in the outer circumferential surface of the tub in a radial direction, spaced a distance apart from each other, and the coil fixing member comprises a support body formed in a bar shape; and a plurality of connecting ribs extended from one surface of the support body in a vertical direction to be coupled to the tub, and the coil is wound between the connecting ribs.

    [0040] The coil fixing member comprises a first coil fixing member provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub in a vertical direction with respect to the shaft of the drum; a second coil fixing member provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub in a horizontal direction with respect to the shaft of the drum, and the coil is wound in a similar shape to a rectangle.

    [0041] According to the embodiments of the present disclosure, the laundry apparatus has an effect of laundry soaking or sterilizing unless the laundry is submerged in wash water.

    [0042] Furthermore, the laundry apparatus is capable of raising the temperature of the laundry effectively, even without heating the wash water.

    [0043] Still further, the laundry apparatus is capable of drying the laundry uniformly, even when a large amount of laundry is provided or the laundry is entangled.

    [0044] Still further, the laundry apparatus is capable of generating no short circuit in a coil used in heating a drum.

    [0045] Still further, the laundry apparatus may generate the magnetic field in the coil which does not interfere in other components provided therein.

    [0046] Still further, the laundry apparatus includes the coil which is not overheated by its resistance even if it generates heat.

    RIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0047] The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description given herein below and the accompanying drawings, which are given by illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:

    FIGS. 1 and2 illustrates configuration and arrangement of an induction unit in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating one embodiment in which a coil is capable of being arranged;

    FIGS. 4 and 5 are diagrams illustrating one embodiment in which a coil is wound around the induction unit;

    FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating another embodiment in which a coil is wound around the induction unit;

    FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating one embodiment including a plurality of induction units; and

    FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating one embodiment in which the induction unit may control a direction of a magnetic field.


    DESCRIPTION OF SPECIFIC EMBODIMENTS



    [0048] Preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described below in more detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. Use of such terminology for structures and control methods herein is merely intended to facilitate description of the specification, and the terminology itself is not intended to give any special meaning or function. In the present disclosure, that which is well-known to one of ordinary skill in the relevant art has generally been omitted for the sake of brevity.

    [0049] As shown in FIG. 1, a laundry apparatus in accordance with one embodiment may include a cabinet 10 defining an exterior of the laundry apparatus; a tub 20 provided in the cabinet and defining a certain space, with an opening provided in a front; a drum 30 rotatably provided in the space and holding laundry, with a predetermined region which is made of metal; and an induction unit 70 provided in an outer circumferential surface of the tub 20 and configured to heat the drum 30, using an electromagnetic field.

    [0050] The tub 20 may be formed in a cylindrical shape to rotatably accommodate the drum 30. An opening 22 may be provided in one end of the cylindrical tub.

    [0051] The laundry apparatus may further include a drive unit 40 configured to rotate the drum within the tub 20.

    [0052] The drive unit 40 is provided as a motor 41 and configured of a stator and a rotor. The rotor is connected to a shaft 42 and the shaft 42 is connected to the drum 30 so as to rotate the drum 30 within the tub 20.

    [0053] The configuration of the drive unit 40 and the technical feature about the way how the drive unit 40 rotates the drum 30 are well known. Accordingly, the detailed description of the configuration and technical feature is omitted to make the point of the present disclosure clear.

    [0054] The induction unit 70 is the mechanism for directly heating the drum 30.

    [0055] The induction unit 70 may include a coil 74 capable of generating an eddy current by generating a magnetic field, using an electric current supplied thereto; and a loading portion 72 for loading the coil 74.

    [0056] The coil loading portion 72 may be a ferromagnetic material so as to maintain the shape of the coil 71safely and guide the magnetic field generated in the coil 71 in one direction.

    [0057] Specifically, the coil loading portion 72 may be formed in a box shape with one open side.

    [0058] In the laundry apparatus, the coil 71may directly heat the drum so as to raise not only the temperature of the drum 30 but also the temperature inside the drum.

    [0059] Hereinafter, the way how the coil 71 heats the drum 30 will be described. Once currents start to flow in the coil, a magnetic field is typically generated along a radial direction with respect to the coil.

    [0060] When electric currents are supplied to the coil 71 which is wound in a circular shape, a circular-shaped magnetic field is generated and the circular-shaped electromagnetic field passes the center of the coil.

    [0061] At this time, an alternating current of which a phase contrast differs passes the coil 71, an alternating magnetic field in which a direction of an alternating current is changed is formed and the alternating magnetic field creates an opposite-direction induced magnetic in a neighboring conductor. The change of the induction magnetic field generates an induced current in the conductor.

    [0062] The induced current and the induction magnetic field may be understood as inertia to change of the electric field and magnetic field.

    [0063] Specifically, when the drum 30 is provided as a conductor, an eddy current or vortex current which is a kind of in induced current is generated in the drum 30 by the induction magnetic field generated in the coil 71.

    [0064] The eddy current is converted into heat while being dissipated by the resistance of the drum 30 as the conductor. As a result, the drum 30 is heated by the heat and the temperature inside the drum 30 rises as the drum 30 is heated.

    [0065] In other words, when the drum 30 is provided as a conductor made of a magnetic material such as Fe, the alternating current of the coil 71 provided in the tub 30 is capable of heating the drum 30.

    [0066] The induction unit 70 including the coil 71 and the coil loading portion 72 may be provided in an inner circumferential surface of the tub 30.

    [0067] Generally, the strength of the magnetic field decreases according to the distance so that it can be advantageous that induction unit 70 is provided in an inner circumferential surface of the tub 30 to narrow the gap with the drum 30.

    [0068] However, the tub 20 holds wash water and vibration is generated by the rotation of the drum 30 so that it is preferred that the induction unit 70 is provided in an outer surface of the tub 30.

    [0069] The laundry apparatus is typically configured to wash or dry clothes and bedding (hereinafter, laundry) while the drum is rotating. So, the tub 20 is provided in a cylindrical shape.

    [0070] In this instance, the coil 71 may be wound around the outer circumferential surface of the tub at least one time.

    [0071] However, when the coil 71 is wound around the overall circumferential surface of the tub 20, the amount of the coil 71 becomes too much and the wash water flowing from the tub 30 is likely to contact with the coil only to cause an accident like a short cut.

    [0072] Moreover, when the coil 71 is wound around the overall circumferential surface of the tub 20, the induction magnetic field is generated in the opening 22 of the tub 30 and the drive unit 40 might fail to directly heat the outer circumferential surface of the drum.

    [0073] Accordingly, the coil 71 is provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20, preferably, only in a predetermined region of the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20. In other words, the coil 71 is wound not around the entire region of the outer circumferential surface but a predetermined area from a front side to a rear side at least one time.

    [0074] FIG. 1 shows that the induction unit 70 is provided in an upper portion of the tub 20. However, the illustrated embodiment does not exclude that it is provided in one or more of upper, lower and lateral portions of the tub.

    [0075] The induction unit 70 is provided in the predetermined area of the outer circumferential surface of the tub and the coil 71 is wound around the surface between the induction unit and the tub 20 at least one time.

    [0076] With such the structure mentioned above, the induction unit 70 may directly emit the induction magnetic field to the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 and then generate the eddy current in the drum 30, only to directly heat the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30.

    [0077] Although not shown in the drawings, the induction unit 70 may be connected with a power supply source (not shown) by wire to be provided with power or it may be connected with a controller for controlling the operation of the laundry apparatus to be provided with power.

    [0078] In other words, only if capable of supplying the electric power to the coil 71, the induction unit 70 may be supplied the power from any units.

    [0079] The electric power is supplied to the induction unit 70 and the alternating current flows to the coil 71 provided in the induction unit 70. After that, the drum 30 starts to be heated.

    [0080] Unless the drum 30 is rotated, only one surface of the drum 30 is heated so that the heated surface might overheat, while the other surface is heated a little or not heated at all.

    [0081] Moreover, the heat cannot be supplied to the laundry held in the drum 30 smoothly and efficiently.

    [0082] Accordingly, when the induction unit 60 is put into operation, it is preferred that the drive unit 40 is driven to rotate the drum 40.

    [0083] The rotation speed of the drum 30 rotated by the drive unit 40 may be variable only if all area of the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 is able to face the induction unit 70.

    [0084] As the drum 30 is being rotated, all of the outer circumferential surface may be heated and the laundry held in the drum may be exposed uniformly.

    [0085] As a result, even though the induction unit 70 is installed in one of upper, lower and lateral regions of the outer circumferential surface, not all of the regions, the entire region of the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 may be heated in the embodiment of the laundry apparatus.

    [0086] In addition, all of the laundry need not be submerged in the wash water in the embodiment of the laundry apparatus to perform the laundry soaking treatment. Accordingly, the laundry apparatus may save wash water.

    [0087] Also, the laundry need not be submerged in the wash water in the embodiment of the laundry apparatus to raise the temperature so as to perform the laundry sterilizing treatment. Accordingly, the laundry apparatus may save wash water.

    [0088] Furthermore, the embodiment of the laundry apparatus need not heat wash water with a high specific heat and may then save energy.

    [0089] Still further, the embodiment of the laundry apparatus may omit the process of supplying wash water to raise the temperature of the laundry. Accordingly, the laundry apparatus may simplify the washing course and reduce the overall washing time.

    [0090] Still further, the embodiment of the laundry apparatus may omit the structure of the heater provided in the lower portion of the tub to heat wash water. Accordingly, the laundry apparatus is capable of simplifying the structure and increasing the volume of the tub effectively.

    [0091] Hereinafter, the specific configuration and structure of the induction unit 70 and embodiments will be described which is provided in the laundry apparatus in accordance with the present disclosure.

    [0092] FIG. 2 illustrates the laundry apparatus in accordance with the present disclosure, without the cabinet 10 and the tub 20.

    [0093] FIG. 2 shows that the induction unit 70 is arranged in the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20, over an upper surface of the drum 30. However, that is illustrated to make the present disclosure understood easily and the embodiment of the present disclosure may not exclude the induction unit 70 which is provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20, corresponding to a lateral surface or lower surface of the drum 30.

    [0094] As shown in FIG. 2 (a), two or more induction units 70 may be arranged from a front to the back side.

    [0095] In other words, the plurality of the induction units 70 may be arranged on the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20 side by side and the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 may be heated uniformly.

    [0096] Energy efficiency may be enhanced by selectively driving a front induction unit 70 and a rear induction unit 70 according to the location of the laundry.

    [0097] For example, it is typical that a user tends to load a small amount of laundry in a front portion of the drum and that the user tends to load a large amount of laundry in the drum uniformly.

    [0098] In case the small amount of the laundry is loaded in the drum 30, only the front induction unit 70 is driven. In case the large amount of the laundry is loaded, both of the induction units 70 are driven. The induction units 70 may be selectively driven to the occasion.

    [0099] As shown in FIG. 2 (b), the induction unit 70 may be provided corresponding to a central portion of the drum 30.

    [0100] More specifically, when one induction unit 70 is provided, the induction unit 70 may be arranged in the outer circumferential surface of the tub, corresponding to the center of the drum 30.

    [0101] If located aside near the front portion, the induction unit 70 is likely to heat a gasket (not shown) or a door (not shown) provided between the tub 20 and the drum 30. If located aside near the rear portion, the induction unit 70 is likely to heat the drive unit 40 and the shaft 42. Other components of the laundry apparatus might be unnecessarily heated only to cause energy waste and also the other components might be overheated enough to be deformed or malfunctioned, which has to be prevented.

    [0102] Accordingly, the induction unit 70 may be provided in the center, not biased to the front or rear portion, so as to prevent those problems.

    [0103] The plural induction units 70 or one induction unit 70 may be spaced apart some distance from an end of the drum front and an end of the drum back.

    [0104] If provided corresponding to the front end of the drum in a vertical direction, the induction unit(s) might heat a door, circulation duct and an injection nozzle which are provided between the drum 30 and the tub 20. If provided corresponding to the back end of the drum in a vertical direction, the induction unit(s) might heat the drive unit 40 of the drum.

    [0105] That is, the induction has to be provided spaced apart some distance from the front end or back end of the drum 30, so prevent the other components of the laundry apparatus from being heated by the eddy current.

    [0106] FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating the coil 71 wound in the coil loading portion 72, viewed from a top.

    [0107] Referring to FIG. 3(a), the coil 71 may be wound in the coil loading portion 72 at least one time, with keeping a circular shape. One radius along a forward/backward direction of the tub 20 is referenced to as 'B' and another radius along a width direction of the tub 20 is referenced to as 'A'. In this instance, the length of 'A' is equal to that of 'B'.

    [0108] Referring to FIG. 3(b), the coil 71 may be provided in the coil loading portion 72 in an oval shape.

    [0109] In this instance, the length of 'B' is longer than that of 'A'. The coil 71 is arranged longer in the forward/backward direction of the tub 20 so as to heat the front and rear portions of the tub uniformly.

    [0110] Referring to FIG. 3(c), a plurality of coils 71 may be wound in the coil loading portion 72 at least one time, spaced apart some distance from each other.

    [0111] In other words, a major axis is provided in a lateral direction and one or more coils 71 are further arranged in a minor axis, so as to heat front, rear and both lateral portions of the drum 30.

    [0112] FIG. 4 illustrates a way to fixedly winding the coil 71 in the induction unit 70.

    [0113] As mentioned above, the coil loading portion 72 is provided in the box shape with the open bottom side so as to prevent the coil 71 from getting separated from the tub 20 by external vibration.

    [0114] The coil loading portion 72 may provide the open side with a predetermined space for installing the coil 71.

    [0115] FIG. 4 (a) illustrates the coil loading portion 72, viewed from the bottom. The coil loading portion 72 may include a plurality of coil fixing members 73 spaced apart in a radial direction to facilitate the winding of the coil with keeping the shape.

    [0116] The coil fixing member 73 may include a support body 731 having a bar shape and connecting ribs 732 projected from both ends of the support body 731.

    [0117] The support body 731 may be attached to one surface of the coil loading portion 72 or integrally formed with one surface of the coil loading portion 72.

    [0118] That is, the coil fixing member 73 may be provided in one surface of the coil loading portion in diverse ways, only if guiding the winding of the coil 71.

    [0119] The coil 71 may be wound around the coil fixing members 73 at least one time.

    [0120] The coil fixing members 73 may facilitate the winding of the coil 71. Also, the coil fixing members 73 may function to keep the shape of the coil even after the winding without deformation or distortion.

    [0121] FIG. 4 (b) illustrates the coil loading portion 72, viewed from the top.

    [0122] The coil starts to be wound along an inner projected region 732 of the coil fixing member 73 and ends the winding when reaching an outer projected region 732 of the coil fixing member.

    [0123] Accordingly, the coil 71 is stably fixed in the coil loading portion 72 while keeping the shape.

    [0124] Meanwhile, it is described that the coil 71 is wound in the circular or oval shape. It can be advantageous to heat the outer circumferential surface of the drum that the coil 71 is wound in a shape which looks as similar to a rectangle as possible.

    [0125] The drum 30 is provided in the cylindrical shape and the cross section area which is shown after cutting the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 in a horizontal direction with respect to the ground seems to be rectangular.

    [0126] Accordingly, when the coil 71 is wound in the rectangular shape corresponding to the cross section area of the outer circumferential surface of the drum, the portion which is not affected by the magnetic field generated in the coil 71 could be reduced enough to heat the drum 30 effectively.

    [0127] However, it can be difficult in reality to wound the coil 71 in the perfect rectangular shape, considering the material of the coil 71 and the winding process of the coil 71. It is preferred that the coil 71 is wound in a track shape which is as close to the rectangular shape as possible.

    [0128] Specifically, the coil 71 wound in the front and rear portions of the tub 20 may have a curved shape. The coil 71 wound in lateral sides connecting the front and rear portions with each other may have a linear shape.

    [0129] FIG. 5 illustrates one embodiment of the coil 71 wound in the track shape.

    [0130] Referring to FIG. 5 (a), the coil fixing members 73 are arranged not in the radial shape. Some fixing members 73 may be arranged in upper and lower areas shown in the drawing in a linear shape and the others arranged in both lateral sides may be arranged vertical with respect to those linearly arranged in the upper and lower areas.

    [0131] More specifically, if the front direction of the tub 20 is defined as a left direction and the rear direction as a right direction, some coil fixing members 73 provided in both lateral sides of the tub 20 are linearly arranged. The others provided in the front and rear portions of the tub 20 are vertically arranged with respect to the linearly arranged coil fixing members.

    [0132] Referring to FIG. 5 (b), the coil 71 may be wound in the coil fixing members 73 linearly arranged along the lateral sides of the tub 20 and have a curvature to be wound along the coil fixing members 73 arranged along the front and rear portions of the tub 20.

    [0133] As a result, the coil 71 may be wound in the track shape along the arranged of the coil fixing members 73.

    [0134] The coil 71 may then generate the eddy current in a wider area of the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30.

    [0135] At this time, one coil fixing member arranged in the outer circumferential surface of the tub vertically with respect to the shaft of the drum 30 may be a first coil fixing member. The other coil fixing member arranged horizontally with respect to the shaft of the drum may be a second coil fixing member.

    [0136] FIGS. 4 and 5 illustrate that the coil 71 is wound in the shape parallel to the ground. Alternatively, the surface of the coil loading portion where the coil fixing members 73 are provided may have a curvature corresponding to the radius of the curvature of the drum. The coil 71 is wound according to the curvature of the coil loading portion 72 only to be corresponding to the radius of the curvature of the drum 30.

    [0137] Accordingly, as getting farther from the center of the coil 71, the gap between the coil 71 and the drum 30 can be kept regular and the eddy current with the uniform strength may be generated in the outer circumferential surface of the drum 40. In other words, the outer circumferential surface of the drum 30 may be uniformly heated.

    [0138] Meanwhile, when the coil 71 is wound in the coil fixing members 73 as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, the coil 71 is likely to contact with each other too closely to cause a short circuit.

    [0139] To prevent the short circuit, an insulator film needs to be additionally provided in the coil 71 but the coil 71 might overheat because of its own resistance or it becomes difficult to cool the coil 71, so that the danger of the insulator film getting melt may be contained.

    [0140] In addition, extra costs are incurred if an insulating coat is won on the coil 71 to form the insulator film.

    [0141] To prevent that, the coil 71 wound in the induction unit 71 may be spaced apart some distance from each other.

    [0142] More specifically, when wound in the induction unit 70 from the front portion to the rear potion of the tub 20 at least one time, the coil 71 may be distant not to contact with each other.

    [0143] As a result, there is no danger of short circuit because the coil 71 is not in contact with each other and the heat of the coil 71 can be cooled easily.

    [0144] Moreover, the area where the coil 71 is wound becomes wider so that a wider area of the outer circumferential surface of the drum can be heated.

    [0145] FIG. 6 illustrates one embodiment for keeping a preset gap between the coils 71.

    [0146] Referring to FIG. 6, the induction unit 70 may further include a coil arranging portion 74 for arranging the coils 71 spaced some distance apart from each other, when the coil 71 is wound in the induction unit 70 along the forward and backward direction of the tub 20 at least one time.

    [0147] In other words, the coil arranging portion 74 may be loaded in the coil loading portion 72.

    [0148] The coil arranging portion 74 may be provided as an independent part from the tub 20 to be coupled to the outer circumferential surface of the tub or integrally formed with the tub 20.

    [0149] FIG. 6 illustrates the structure in that the coil arranging portion 74 is coupled to the outer circumferential surface of the tub 20 as an independent part. However, as mentioned above, the embodiment may not exclude the example of the coil arranging portion 74 integrally formed with the tub 20 by injection molding.

    [0150] The coil arranging portion 74 may include a coil arranging plate 741 provided in the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0151] At this time, the coil 71 may be wound around the coil arranging plate. In other words, the coil may go back and forth in the tub to be wound around the coil arranging plate at least one time.

    [0152] The coil arranging plate 741 may be provided on the plane with the cabinet or include a coupling material coupled to the outer circumferential surface of the tub.

    [0153] At this time, the coil arranging plate 741 may be supported by the coupling member, spaced a distance apart from the tub, so as to prevent the direct exposure to the vibration of the tub and the direct exposure of the heat and magnetic field generated in the coil to the tub 20 as well.

    [0154] In this instance, a reinforcing rib may be further provided to compensate the gap between the coil arranging plate and the outer circumferential surface of the tub and to reinforce the strength of the coil arranging plate.

    [0155] The tub 20 is provided in the cylindrical shape and the coil arranging plate 741 may be in parallel with the outer circumferential surface of the tub. In other words, the coil arranging plate 741 may be a plate having the same curvature as the tub 20.

    [0156] Of course, the coil arranging plate 741 may completely surface-contact with the outer circumferential surface of the tub. In this instance, the gap between the coil 71 and the drum 30 can be minimized to prevent the dispersion of the magnetic field.

    [0157] The coil arranging plate 741 may include a coil arranging line 742 for guiding the coil 71 to be wound in one surface at least one time.

    [0158] The coil arranging line 742 may guide the coil 71 to be wound, spaced a distance apart from each other.

    [0159] The coil arranging line 742 may be the combination of fixing ribs 7421which are projected from the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0160] In other words, the fixing rib 7421 may be formed in in of the circles, ovals and tracks which share the center with expanded sizes. An extended line of the fixing rib 7421 may be the circle, oval or track.

    [0161] FIG. 6 (a) illustrates the coil arranging line 742 which is the combination of the fixing ribs 7421 and the fixing ribs 7421 formed in the track shape with a linear area and a curved area.

    [0162] The coil 71 may be arranged in the coil arranging plate 741, wound along the outermost fixing rib 7421 or the innermost fixing rib 7421.

    [0163] The fixing rib 7421 may not only guide the winding of the coil 71 but also keep the distance between the coils 71 during the winding process.

    [0164] Also, an accommodating portion 7422 is provided between the fixing rib 7421 and the next neighboring fixing rib.

    [0165] The coils 71 may be accommodated by the accommodating portion 7422 generated between the distance between each two fixing ribs arranged spaced apart from each other.

    [0166] The fixing ribs 7421 are spaced apart only to form the accommodating portions 7422.

    [0167] The coil arranging portion may further include a projected rib 7423 projected from the fixing rib 7421.

    [0168] The projected rib 7423 may be projected far from the top of the fixing rib 7421. The projected ribs 7423 may function to keep the gap between the fixing ribs 7421 and the coil accommodating portions 72.

    [0169] The projected ribs 7423 may be the standards for estimating relative positions of the fixing ribs 7421.

    [0170] More specifically, it can be estimated based on the projected ribs 7423 whether the fixing ribs 7421 are located inside or outside. That makes it easy to figure out the number of times the coils 71 being wound and the winding area, when the coils 71 are wound around the fixing ribs 7421.

    [0171] FIG. 6 (b) is a diagram illustrating a rear surface of the coil arranging plate 741 and FIG. 6 (c) is a sectional diagram of the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0172] The coil arranging plate 71 may include a plurality of penetrating holes 7411.

    [0173] One or more penetrating holes 7411 may be formed in the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0174] The penetrating holes 7411 may be arranged in symmetry when the coil arranging plate 741 is rectangular and along one surface and the other opposite surface of the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0175] At this time, the penetrating holes 7411 provided in corners of the coil arranging plate 741 may be formed in a shape of a 1/4 of a circle and the penetrating holes 7411 provided in the other region may be formed in a rectangular shape.

    [0176] The penetrating holes 7411 may be provided in the rear surface of the coil arranging plate 741 where the fixing ribs 7423 are provided.

    [0177] Accordingly, when the coils 71 wound in the accommodating portions 7422 are heated by electrical resistance, the heat of the coils 71 may be emitted to prevent damage of the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0178] The coil arranging plate 741 may include reinforcing ribs 7412 provided in the rear surface to reinforcing the strength and rigidity of the rear surface having the penetrating holes 7411.

    [0179] Some of the fixing ribs 7421 provided in the region having the penetrating holes 7411 may be not supported nor fixed. At this time, the reinforcing ribs 7412 fix the fixing ribs 7421 and reinforce the strength of the fixing ribs 7421.

    [0180] Different from what is shown in FIG. 6, the accommodating portions 7422 may be provided as accommodating grooves formed by recessing the coil arranging plate 741 in the spaced gap of the fixing ribs 7421.

    [0181] In this instance, it can be said that the accommodating groove forms the accommodating portion 7422.

    [0182] The fixing ribs 7421 may be omitted and only the accommodating grooves 7422 recessed from the coil arranging plate 741 may be provided. The accommodating grooves 7422 may be formed on the coil arranging plate 741.

    [0183] More specifically, the accommodating groove 7422 may be carved into the coil arranging plate 741. That is, the coil arranging plate 741 has an intaglio treatment to form the accommodating grooves 7422.

    [0184] The accommodating grooves may be formed in one of the circle, oval and track shapes with expanded sizes so that the coils 71 can be wound along the accommodating grooves at least one time, spaced apart from each other.

    [0185] Meanwhile, the coils 71 may be wound in the coil arranging plate 741, spaced some distance apart from each other, and the spaced distance may be uniform. In other words, the coils 71 may be arranged in the coil arranging plate 741 at equidistant intervals.

    [0186] For that, the accommodating portions 7422 may be spaced a preset distance from each other in the coil arranging plate 741. The fixing ribs 7421 may be projected from the coil arranging plate 741 in one of the circle, oval and track shapes spaced a preset distance from each other.

    [0187] FIG. 7 illustrates a way of the installation of the induction unit 70 when the tub 20 is an assembling type.

    [0188] The tub 20 may be provided in the cylindrical shape. At this time, the tub 20 may be fabricated in a cylindrical shape defining an internal space. However, only a half of the cylindrical shape is fabricated and the other half is fabricated, so as to assemble them into one tub.

    [0189] The tub 20 is provided as an assembling type to facilitate the fabrication process.

    [0190] When provided as the assembling type, the tub 20 may include a front tub 21 defining a front of the tub and holding a front portion of the drum 30 and a rear tub 22 holding a rear portion of the drum 30.

    [0191] The front tub 21 and the rear tub 22 may be coupled to each other by a connection unit 25.

    [0192] The connection unit 25 may be provided in any types only if capable of connecting one end of the front tub 21 with one end of the rear tub 22.

    [0193] At this time, the tub 20 may have a projected portion where the connection unit 25 is provided.

    [0194] As shown in FIG. 7 (a), the induction unit 70 may be spaced a distance apart from the tub 20 not to contact with the connection unit 25.

    [0195] Alternatively, induction units 70 may be provided in the front tub 21 and the rear tub 22, respectively, as shown in FIG. 7 (b).

    [0196] The induction units 70 may include a first induction unit 71a provided in an outer circumferential surface of the front tub 21 and a second induction unit 70b provided in an outer circumferential surface of the rear tub 22.

    [0197] The induction units 70 configured of the first and second induction units like the tub 20 cannot help being affected by the connection unit 25.

    [0198] In other words, when provided as one unit, the induction unit 70 has to be spaced a distance apart from the tub 20 because of the connection unit 25 (see FIG. 7 (a)). When provided as two units, the two induction units 70 may be closer to the tub 20 (see FIG. 7 (b)).

    [0199] The induction unit 70 becomes closer to the drum 30, so as to transfer the generated magnetic field to the drum 30 more effectively.

    [0200] The front tub 21 and the rear tub 22 may be provided in symmetry so that the first induction unit 70a provided in the front tub 21 and the second induction unit 70b provided in the rear tub 22 may be provided in symmetry.

    [0201] More specifically, the first induction unit 70a and the second induction unit 70b are in symmetry with respect to a vertical direction to the ground from the center of the drum 30.

    [0202] Accordingly, the induction units 70 may heat the laundry held in the drum 30 uniformly.

    [0203] Hereinafter, the structure for adjusting the direction of the magnetic field will be described referring to FIG. 8.

    [0204] The conventional laundry apparatus may include a controller (not shown) for rotating the drive unit 40, manipulating a control panel (not shown) provided in the cabinet 10 and controlling the courses; and diverse cable (not shown).

    [0205] The induction unit 70 is configured to heat the drum 30 based on the magnetic field generated in the coil 71. If the magnetic field emitted from the coil 71 is exposed to the controller and the cable provided in the laundry apparatus, an abnormal signal may be generated in the controller and the cable.

    [0206] In addition, electronic appliances such as the controller, the cable and the control panel are vulnerable to the magnetic field and it is preferred that the magnet field generated in the induction unit 70 is exposed only to the drum 30.

    [0207] For that, the induction unit 70 may further include a shut-off member 77 for exposing the magnetic field generated in the coil 71 only to the drum 30.

    [0208] The shut-off member 77 may be provided as a ferromagnetic material and capable of shutting the magnetic field generated in the coil 71.

    [0209] The shut-off member 77 may be coupled to an upper portion of the coil arranging plate 741 and attached to an inner surface of the coil accommodating portion 71.

    [0210] The shut-off member 77 may be formed of a flat plate shape.

    [0211] Alternatively, the coil accommodating portion 72 may be formed of a ferromagnetic material to function as the shut-off member.

    [0212] The coil accommodating portion 72 is provided in the box shape with on open side. When it accommodates the coil 71 or the coil arranging plate 74, the coil accommodating portion 72 is capable of guiding the magnetic field only to the drum 30. At this time, the shut-off member 77 may be omitted.

    [0213] Although not shown in the drawing, the controller may adjust the amount of the currents which flows to the coil 71 and controls the currents to be supplied to the coil 71.

    [0214] The controller (not shown) may further include at least one of a thermostat or a thermistor (not shown) for cutting the current of the coil, when too may currents flow to the coil or the temperature of the coil rises to a preset value or more.

    [0215] The thermostat or thermistor may be any types only if capable of cutting off the currents flowing to the coil 71.

    [0216] As described above, the embodiments of the laundry apparatus may be capable of generating the magnetic field, without the coils 71 contacting with each other.

    [0217] Accordingly, the short circuit of the coil 71 may be prevented and the coils 71 arranged spaced apart from each other may not be overheated effectively.

    [0218] Furthermore, the embodiments of the laundry apparatus need not heat the wash water after supplying wash water to the tub to perform the sterilizing treatment, the drying, the laundry soaking treatment for the laundry held in the drum 30.

    [0219] In other words, all of the laundry has to be submerged in the wash water and the wash water is heated to indirectly heat the laundry in the conventional laundry apparatus.

    [0220] However, the laundry apparatus in accordance with the embodiments may heat the laundry held in the drum 30 by directly heating the drum 30. Accordingly, all of the laundry does not have to be submerged in the wash water. Also, the drum 30 is uniformly heated by the coil 71 and the laundry can be uniformly heated.

    [0221] Even when the laundry is piled thick or biased enough not to contact with hot air directly, the drum 30 is rotated and the laundry is agitated. After that, the induction unit 70 is put into operation and the laundry is able to be heated uniformly.

    [0222] In other words, the laundry apparatus in accordance with the embodiments may obtain the effect of laundry soaking or sterilizing even unless the laundry is submerged in the wash water.

    [0223] Still further, the laundry apparatus is capable of raising the temperature of the laundry even unless heating the wash water.

    [0224] Still further the laundry apparatus is capable of drying the laundry uniformly even when the laundry is piled thick or entangled.

    [0225] Still further, the laundry apparatus is capable of enhancing the washing and drying efficiency and saving the wash water.

    [0226] In at least one embodiment of the present disclosure, the curvature of the mobile terminal may be variable and it is convenient to hand-carry the mobile terminal. In addition, the user can change the curvature he or she can feel comfortable. Even when a force is applied to an end of the mobile terminal, the damage on the mobile terminal can be prevented.


    Claims

    1. A laundry apparatus comprising:

    a cabinet (10);

    a tub (20) provided in the cabinet and having a cylindrical shape, with an opening formed in a front;

    a drum (30) rotatably provided in the internal space of the tub (20) and made of a conductor; and

    an induction unit (70) provided on an outer circumferential surface of the tub (20) for heating the drum (30) by generating an electromagnetic field,

    wherein the induction unit (70) comprises:

    a coil (71) for generating an eddy current in the drum by generating a magnetic field, using an electric current supplied thereto; and

    a coil arranging portion (74) provided on the outer circumferential surface of the tub (20) and guiding the coil (71),

    characterized in that the coil arranging portion (74) comprises:

    a coil arranging plate (741) provided on the outer circumferential surface of the tub (20); and

    a fixing rib (7421) projecting from the coil arranging plate (741) and arranged to form a track, along which one coil is wound.


     
    2. The laundry apparatus of claim 1, wherein the coil arranging plate (741) is shaped to conform to the contour of the tub (20).
     
    3. The laundry apparatus of claim 1 or 2, wherein the coil arranging plate (741) is in surface-contact with the outer circumferential surface of the tub (20).
     
    4. The laundry apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the coil arranging plate (741) further comprises:

    a coupling member attached to the outer circumferential surface of the tub;

    a reinforcing rib (7412) for reinforcing the coil arranging plate against a gap between the coil arranging plate and the outer circumferential surface of the tub (20); and

    a projected ribs (7423) projecting further from the fixing rib (7421), spaced a distance apart from each other.


     
    5. The laundry apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the fixing rib (7421) is configured to guide the coil to be wound around front and rear portions of the tub while being spaced a preset distance apart from each other, so that the coil (71) is wound at a predetermined area from a front side to a rear side at least one time.
     
    6. The laundry apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the fixing rib (7421) is arranged to form one of a circle, an oval and a running track shape with expanded sizes.
     
    7. The laundry apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the coil arranging portion (74) further comprises an accommodating portion (7422), arranged between the fixing rib (7421), for accommodating the coil (71).
     
    8. The laundry apparatus of claim 7, wherein the accommodating portion (7422) is arranged to form one of a circle, an oval and a running track shape with expanded sizes.
     
    9. The laundry apparatus of claim 7 or 8, wherein the coil (71) is positioned in the accommodating portion (7422) at least one time.
     
    10. The laundry apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the induction unit (70) is arranged between a front end of the drum and a rear end of the drum.
     
    11. The laundry apparatus of any one of the preceding claims,
    wherein the tub (20) comprises:

    a front tub (21) holding a front portion of the drum; and

    a rear tub (22) holding a rear portion of the drum, and

    wherein the induction unit (70) is provided on the front and rear tubs, respectively.
     
    12. The laundry apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the induction unit (70) further comprises a shut-off member (77), provided opposite the tub with respect to the coil arranging portion, for shutting off the magnetic field generated by the coil.
     
    13. The laundry apparatus of claim 12, wherein the shut-off member (77) has a box shape with an opening formed at one side thereof, so as to concentrate the magnetic field generated by the coil toward the opening.
     
    14. The laundry apparatus of claim 12 or 13, wherein the shut-off member (77) is made of a ferromagnetic material.
     
    15. The laundry apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the coil arranging plate (741) comprises one or more penetrating holes for exhausting heat generated by the coil.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Wäschevorrichtung mit:

    einem Gehäuse (10);

    einem Bottich (20), der im Gehäuse vorgesehen ist und eine zylindrische Form mit einer in der Vorderseite ausgebildeten Öffnung aufweist;

    einer Trommel (30), die drehbar im Innenraum des Bottichs (20) vorgesehen ist und aus einem Leiter besteht; und

    einer Induktionseinheit (70), die an einer Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs (20) zum Heizen der Trommel (30) durch Erzeugen eines elektromagnetischen Felds vorgesehen ist,

    wobei die Induktionseinheit (70) aufweist:

    eine Spule (71) zum Erzeugen eines Wirbelstroms in der Trommel durch Erzeugen eines Magnetfelds mittels eines ihr zugeführten elektrischen Stroms; und

    einen Spulenanordnungsabschnitt (74), der an der Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs (20) vorgesehen ist und die Spule (71) fuhrt,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Spulenanordnungsabschnitt (74) aufweist:

    eine Spulenanordnungsplatte (741), die an der Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs (20) vorgesehen ist; und

    eine Befestigungsrippe (7421), die aus der Spulenanordnungsplatte (741) vorsteht und so angeordnet ist, dass sie eine Bahn bildet, längs derer eine Spule gewickelt ist.


     
    2. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Spulenanordnungsplatte (741) so geformt ist, dass sie der Kontur des Bottichs (20) entspricht.
     
    3. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei sich die Spulenanordnungsplatte (741) in Oberflächenkontakt mit der Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs (20) befindet.
     
    4. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Spulenanordnungsplatte (741) ferner aufweist:

    ein Kupplungselement, das an der Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs angebracht ist;

    eine Verstärkungsrippe (7412) zum Verstärken der Spulenanordnungsplatte gegenüber einem Spalt zwischen der Spulenanordnungsplatte und der Außenumfangsfläche des Bottichs (20); und

    vorstehende Rippen (7423), die weiter von der Befestigungsrippe (7421) vorstehen und mit einem Abstand voneinander beabstandet sind.


     
    5. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Befestigungsrippe (7421) konfiguriert ist, die Spule so zu führen, dass sie um den vorderen und hinteren Abschnitt des Bottichs gewickelt ist, während sie mit einem voreingestellten Abstand voneinander beabstandet ist, so dass die Spule (71) mindestens einmal an einem vorgegebenen Bereich von einer Vorderseite zu einer Rückseite gewickelt ist.
     
    6. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Befestigungsrippe (7421) so angeordnet ist, dass sie einen Kreis, ein Oval und eine Laufbahnform mit erweiterten Größen bildet.
     
    7. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Spulenanordnungsabschnitt (74) ferner einen Aufnahmeabschnitt (7422) aufweist, der zwischen der Befestigungsrippe (7421) zum Aufnehmen der Spule (71) angeordnet ist.
     
    8. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 7, wobei der Aufnahmeabschnitt (7422) so angeordnet ist, dass er einen Kreis, ein Oval und eine Laufbahnform mit erweiterten Größen bildet.
     
    9. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 7 oder 8, wobei die Spule (71) mindestens einmal im Aufnahmeabschnitt (7422) angeordnet ist.
     
    10. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Induktionseinheit (70) zwischen dem vorderen Ende der Trommel und einem hinteren Ende der Trommel angeordnet ist.
     
    11. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Bottich (20) aufweist:

    einen vorderen Bottich (21), der einen vorderen Abschnitt der Trommel hält; und

    einen hinteren Bottich (22), der einen hinteren Abschnitt der Trommel hält, und

    wobei die Induktionseinheit (70) am vorderen bzw. am hinteren Bottich vorgesehen ist.


     
    12. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Induktionseinheit (70) ferner ein Abschaltelement (77), das in Bezug auf den Spulenanordnungsabschnitt gegenüber dem Bottich vorgesehen ist, zum Abschalten des durch die Spule erzeugten Magnetfelds aufweist.
     
    13. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 12, wobei das Abschaltelement (77) eine Kastenform mit einer auf einer Seite davon ausgebildeten Öffnung aufweist, um das durch die Spule erzeugte Magnetfeld zur Öffnung zu konzentrieren.
     
    14. Wäschevorrichtung nach Anspruch 12 oder 13, wobei das Abschaltelement (77) aus einem ferromagnetischen Material besteht.
     
    15. Wäschevorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Spulenanordnungsplatte (741) ein oder mehrere Durchgangslöcher zum Abführen der Wärme aufweist, die durch die Spule erzeugt wird.
     


    Revendications

    1. Lave-linge, comprenant :

    une carrosserie (10) ;

    une cuve (20) prévue dans l'armoire et ayant une forme cylindrique, avec une ouverture formée dans une face avant ;

    un tambour (30) prévu de manière à pouvoir tourner dans l'espace intérieur de la cuve (20) et composé d'un conducteur ; et

    une unité d'induction (70) prévue sur une surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve (20) pour le chauffage du tambour (30) par génération d'un champ électromagnétique, ladite unité d'induction (70) comprenant :

    une bobine (71) pour la génération d'un courant de Foucault dans le tambour par génération d'un champ magnétique, au moyen d'un courant électrique fourni à celle-ci ; et

    une partie d'agencement de bobine (74) prévue sur la surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve (20) et guidant la bobine (71),

    caractérisé en ce que la partie d'agencement de bobine (74) comprend :

    une plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) prévue sur la surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve (20) ; et

    une nervure de fixation (7421) faisant saillie depuis la plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) et disposée de manière à former un circuit le long duquel est enroulée une bobine.


     
    2. Lave-linge selon la revendication 1, où la plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) est formée pour s'adapter au contour de la cuve (20).
     
    3. Lave-linge selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, où la plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) est en contact de surface avec la surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve (20).
     
    4. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) comprend en outre :

    un élément d'accouplement fixé à la surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve ; et

    une nervure de renforcement (7412) pour le renforcement de la plaque d'agencement de bobine contre une fente entre la plaque d'agencement de bobine et la surface circonférentielle extérieure de la cuve (20) ; et

    une pluralité de nervures en saillie (7423) faisant saillie plus loin depuis la nervure de fixation (7421), espacées d'une distance les unes des autres.


     
    5. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la nervure de fixation (7421) est prévue pour guider la bobine à enrouler autour de parties avant et arrière de la cuve espacées d'une distance définie l'une de l'autre de sorte que la bobine (71) soit enroulée au moins une fois dans une zone prédéterminée d'un côté avant vers un côté arrière.
     
    6. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la nervure de fixation (7421) est agencée pour former un cercle, un ovale ou une piste de dimensions agrandies.
     
    7. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la partie d'agencement de bobine (74) comprend en outre une partie de logement (7422) agencée dans la nervure de fixation (7421) pour loger la bobine (71).
     
    8. Lave-linge selon la revendication 7, où la partie de logement (7422) est agencée pour former un cercle, un ovale ou une piste de dimensions agrandies.
     
    9. Lave-linge selon la revendication 7 ou la revendication 8, où la bobine (71) est mise en place dans la partie de logement (7422) au moins une fois.
     
    10. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où l'unité d'induction (70) est agencée entre une extrémité avant du tambour et une extrémité arrière du tambour.
     
    11. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes,
    où la cuve (20) comprend :

    une cuve avant (21) maintenant une partie avant du tambour ; et

    une cuve arrière (22) maintenant une partie arrière du tambour, et

    où l'unité d'induction (70) est prévue sur la cuve avant et la cuve arrière, respectivement.


     
    12. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où l'unité d'induction (70) comprend en outre un élément de coupure (77), prévu à l'opposé de la cuve par rapport à la partie d'agencement de bobine, pour couper le champ magnétique généré par la bobine.
     
    13. Lave-linge selon la revendication 12, où l'élément de coupure (77) a une forme de boîte avec une ouverture formée sur un côté de celle-ci de manière à concentrer le champ magnétique généré par la bobine vers l'ouverture.
     
    14. Lave-linge selon la revendication 12 ou la revendication 13, où l'élément de coupure (77) est réalisé en un matériau ferromagnétique.
     
    15. Lave-linge selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la plaque d'agencement de bobine (741) comprend un ou plusieurs trous traversants pour l'échappement de la chaleur générée par la bobine.
     




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