(19)
(11)EP 3 643 997 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
29.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/18

(21)Application number: 18820974.6

(22)Date of filing:  04.06.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F25D 17/08  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2018/089824
(87)International publication number:
WO 2018/233479 (27.12.2018 Gazette  2018/52)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 19.06.2017 CN 201710465174

(71)Applicant: Hisense Ronshen Guangdong Refrigerator Co., Ltd.
Foshan, Guangdong 528303 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • CHENG, Zhonghai
    Foshan Guangdong 528303 (CN)
  • TAN, Minwei
    Foshan Guangdong 528303 (CN)
  • ZHU, Jiawei
    Foshan Guangdong 528303 (CN)
  • XIE, Weihao
    Foshan Guangdong 528303 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Yang
    Foshan Guangdong 528303 (CN)

(74)Representative: Danubia Patent & Law Office LLC 
Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 16
1051 Budapest
1051 Budapest (HU)

  


(54)REFRIGERATOR VENTILATING SYSTEM AND AIR-COOLED REFRIGERATOR


(57) A refrigerator ventilating system, comprising an air duct cover plate (1), a closed air cavity (3), a refrigerator evaporator (9), and an air guiding rib (4). The air duct cover plate (1) and an inner liner (2) of the refrigerator define the closed air cavity (3). The refrigerator evaporator (9) is disposed on an outer surface of the inner liner (2) and in a position corresponding to a position of the closed air cavity (3). The air guiding rib (4) is disposed in the closed air cavity (3). The air guiding rib (4) divides the closed air cavity (3) into an air intake area (31), a first ventilating area (32), and a second ventilating area communicating with each other. The first ventilating area (32) is located above the air sucking area (31) and is provided with an upper air outlet (12). The second ventilating area (33) is located below the first ventilating area (32) and is separated from the air intake area (31) by the air guiding rib (4). A lower air outlet (13) is disposed in the second ventilating area (33). The air intake area (31) sucks air into a refrigerator compartment (8), a part of the air enters the refrigerator compartment (8) through the upper air outlet (12), and the rest of the air enters the refrigerator compartment (8) through the lower air outlet (13).




Description


[0001] This application claims priority to Chinese Patent Application No. 201710465174.9, filed with the Chinese Patent Office on June 19, 2017, titled "REFRIGERATOR AIR SUPPLY SYSTEM AND AIR-COOLED REFRIGERATOR", which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0002] The present disclosure relates to the field of refrigerator, and in particular, to a refrigerator air supply system and an air-cooled refrigerator.

BACKGROUND



[0003] At present, with a widespread application of air-cooled refrigerators, the air-cooled refrigerators are increasingly favored by consumers. A refrigeration principle of the air-cooled refrigerators is to use circulating air to perform refrigeration. When air with a high temperature flows through a built-in evaporator, the air directly exchanges heat with the evaporator, and the temperature of the air is lowered. Cold air formed after the heat exchange is blown into the air-cooled refrigerator, thereby a temperature of the air-cooled refrigerator is reduced. How to improve a refrigeration effect of the air-cooled refrigerators has become a focus of research and development of the air-cooled refrigerators.

SUMMARY



[0004] In an aspect, some embodiments of the present disclosure provide a refrigerator air supply system. The refrigerator air supply system includes: an air duct cover plate; a closed air cavity enclosed by the air duct cover plate and a liner of the refrigerator; an evaporator of the refrigerator disposed on an outer surface of the liner and a position of the evaporator being corresponding to a position of the closed air cavity, and an air guiding rib disposed in the closed air cavity and dividing the closed air cavity into an air intake region, a first air supply region and a second air supply region that are sequentially in fluid communication. The air intake region is provided with an air inlet for taking in hot air in a chamber. The first air supply region is disposed above the air intake region, and the first air supply region is provided with an upper air outlet. The second air supply region is disposed below the first air supply region and is separated from the air intake region by the air guiding rib, and the second air supply region is provided with a lower air outlet. The air intake region, the first air supply region and the second air supply region are configured to guide air taken in by the air inlet from the chamber such that the air flows upward along the air intake region into the first air supply region, such that a portion of the air enters the chamber via the upper air outlet, and such that another portion of the air flows down into the second air supply region and enters the chamber via the lower air outlet.

[0005] In another aspect, some embodiments of the present disclosure further provide an air-cooled refrigerator. The air-cooled refrigerator includes the refrigerator air supply system according to the above embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0006] In order to describe technical solutions in embodiments of the present disclosure more clearly, the accompanying drawings to be used in the description of disclosure will be introduced briefly. Obviously, the accompanying drawings to be described below are merely some embodiments of the present disclosure, and a person of ordinary skill in the art can obtain other drawings according to these drawings without paying any creative effort.

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of an air supply system of an air-cooled refrigerator in the related art and showing an air circulation in the air supply system;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of an air duct assembly in the air supply system shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a schematic structural diagram of an air duct cover plate in a refrigerator air supply system, in accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure (the dotted box in FIG. 3 is a region where a projection of an evaporator on the air duct cover plate is located, i.e., a region where a heat exchange occurs);

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an air duct cover plate in a refrigerator air supply system, in accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 5 is an exploded view of an air duct cover plate and a first sealing member in a refrigerator air supply system, in accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line B-B in FIG. 3;

FIG. 7 is a front view of an air-cooled refrigerator, in accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line A-A in FIG. 7;

FIG. 9 is a schematic diagram of a local structure in FIG. 8; and

FIG. 10 is an enlarged view of a local structure of a clamping structure in FIG. 9.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0007] The technical solutions in embodiments of the present disclosure will be described clearly and completely with reference to the accompanying drawings in the embodiments of the present disclosure. Obviously, the described embodiments are merely some but not all of embodiments of the present disclosure. All other embodiments obtained by a person of ordinary skill in the art, based on the embodiments of the present disclosure, without paying any creative effort shall be included in the protection scope of the present disclosure.

[0008] In the description of the present disclosure, it will be understood that orientations or positional relationships indicated by terms "center", "upper", "lower", "front", "rear", "left", "right", "vertical", "horizontal", "top", "bottom", "inner", "outer", etc. are based on orientations or positional relationships shown in the drawings, which merely to facilitate and simplify the description of the present disclosure, but not to indicate or imply that the referred devices or elements must have a particular orientation, or must be constructed or operated in a particular orientation. Therefore, these terms should not be construed as limitations to the present disclosure.

[0009] Terms "first" and "second" are merely used for a purpose of description and are not to be construed as indicating or implying the relative importance or implicitly indicating the number of referred technical features. Thus, features defined with "first", "second" may explicitly or implicitly include one or more of the features. In the description of the present disclosure, the term "a plurality of" means two or more unless otherwise specified.

[0010] In the description of the present disclosure, it will be noted that terms "mounting", "connecting" and "coupling" should be understood in a broad sense unless otherwise specifically defined or limited. For example, it may be a permanent coupling, a detachable coupling, or it may be an integrated coupling. For a person of ordinary skill in the art, specific meanings of the above terms in the present disclosure may be understood according to specific circumstances.

[0011] A refrigerator air supply system in the related art is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The refrigerator air supply system includes a front air duct cover plate 01, a fan 03, and a rear air duct cover plate 02 coupled to a rear side of the front air duct cover plate 01. A closed air cavity 04 is formed between the front air duct cover plate 01 and the rear air duct cover plate 02. The fan 03 is disposed in the air cavity 04. The rear air duct cover plate 02 includes an air guiding rib 05 abutting against the front air duct cover plate 01. The air guiding rib 05 is configured to form two air outlet passages 041 in the air cavity 04 to optimize an air flow in the air cavity 04. The front air duct cover plate 01 is provided with a plurality of air outlets 011 thereon, and the plurality of air outlets 011 are communicated with an air-cooled chamber 06. When the air-cooled refrigerator starts to work, the fan 03 takes in cold air in an evaporator chamber 07 after a heat exchange with the evaporator 08 into the air cavity 04. Then the cold air flows in the air cavity 04, and enters the air-cooled chamber 06 through the air outlets 011, and then returns the evaporator chamber 07 again after a circulation through a return air inlet 09 to exchange heat with the evaporator 08.

[0012] In the refrigerator air supply system, the air cavity 04 is enclosed by the front air duct cover plate 01 and the rear air duct cover plate 02, which leads to a complicated structure of the air cavity 04, and is disadvantageous for reducing a cost of the refrigerator air supply system. As shown in FIG. 1, in this refrigerator air supply system, the evaporator 08 is disposed at a bottom of the evaporator chamber 07, and the fan 03 (i.e., an inlet of the air cavity 04) is disposed at a top of the evaporator chamber 07. The cold air after the heat exchange with the evaporator 08 needs to move upward to the top of the evaporator chamber 07, and then is taken in by the fan 03 into the air cavity 04. Then, the cold air flows downward in the air cavity 04, and finally enters the air-cooled chamber 06 through the air outlets 011. A path where the air flows to the air outlets 011 after the heat exchange with the evaporator 08 is long. Thus, a heat exchange between the cold air and the liner of the refrigerator during a flow of the cold air will easily lead to a loss of a large refrigeration capacity, which is disadvantageous for improving a refrigeration effect of the air-cooled refrigerator.

[0013] Referring to FIG. 3, some embodiments of the present disclosure provide a refrigerator air supply system. The refrigerator air supply system includes an air duct cover plate 1. The air duct cover plate 1 and a 2 of the refrigerator enclose a closed air cavity 3 (as shown in FIG. 9). The closed air cavity 3 is provided with an air guiding rib 4 therein. An evaporator 9 of the refrigerator is located on an outer surface of the liner 2 and a position of the evaporator 9 corresponds to a position of the closed air cavity 3. In some embodiments, the liner 2 of the refrigerator includes a rear side wall, an upper side wall, a lower side wall, a left side wall and a right side wall. The evaporator 9 is provided on an outer side surface of the rear side wall, and the closed air cavity 3 is formed between an inner side surface of the rear side wall and the air duct cover plate 1. A heat exchange between the evaporator 9 and air in the closed air cavity 3 is performed through the rear side wall. The liner 2 is provided with a chamber 8 therein. In some embodiments, a closure of the closed air cavity 3 means that positions other than an air inlet and an air outlet are closed. In some embodiments, the air duct cover plate is disposed in parallel with the inner side surface of the rear side wall. The air guiding rib 4 divides the closed air cavity 3 into an air intake region 31, a first air supply region 32 and a second air supply region 33 that are sequentially in fluid communication. The air intake region 31 is provided with the air inlet 11 for taking in hot air in the chamber 8. The first air supply region 32 is located above the air intake region 31, and the first air supply region 32 is provided with an upper air outlet 12. The second air supply region 33 is located below the first air supply region 32 and is separated from the air intake region 31 by the air guiding rib 4. And the second air supply region 33 is provided with a lower air outlet 13. The air inlet 11 is configured to take in the air in the chamber 8. The air taken in from the chamber 8 flows upward along the air intake region 31 and into the first air supply region 32. A portion of the air enters the chamber 8 via the upper air outlet 12, and another portion of the air flows down into the second air supply region 33, and returns the chamber 8 via the lower air outlet 13.

[0014] The air intake region 31 on both sides of the second air supply region 33, the second air supply region 33 and the first air supply region 32 are all located in a heat exchange range of the evaporator 9 (the heat exchange range of the evaporator 9 refers to a range of a projection of the evaporator 9 on the air duct cover plate 1, for example, a region shown by the dotted box in FIG. 3). For example, the evaporator 9 may abuts the outer surface of the liner 2 by using a double-sided tape. Such a fixed form is relatively simple, which is advantageous for reducing a cost. The outer surface of the liner 2 refers to a surface of the liner 2 located outside the closed air cavity 3 or the chamber 8, i.e., the outer side surface of the rear side wall of the liner, for example, a surface a in FIG. 9.

[0015] Referring to FIG. 3 and FIG. 9, in the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, the closed air cavity 3 is enclosed by the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2 of the refrigerator, instead of being enclosed by two cover plates. In this way, the liner 2 of the refrigerator is fully utilized, and a cover plate may be omitted. Thereby the number of parts of the refrigerator air supply system is reduced, a structure of the refrigerator air supply system is simpler, and further a manufacturing cost of the refrigerator air supply system is lowered. As shown in FIG. 3, the closed air cavity 3 is provided with the air guiding rib 4 therein, and the air guiding rib 4 divides the closed air cavity 3 into the air intake region 31, the first air supply region 32 and the second air supply region that are sequentially in fluid communication. Moreover, the evaporator 9 of the refrigerator is located on the outer surface of the liner 2 and a position of the evaporator 9 corresponds to the position of the closed air cavity 3. In this way, during an upward flow of hot air taken in by the air inlet 11 into the closed air cavity 3 along the air intake region 31, a heat exchange between the hot air and the evaporator 9 may be performed through the liner 2, so a temperature of the air is gradually lowered, and the hot air is gradually changed into cold air. After the cold air formed by virtue of the heat exchange enters the first air supply region 32, a portion of the cold air enters the chamber 8 via the upper air outlet 12, and another portion of the cold air flows downward into the second air supply region 33 (the cold air is easy to sink due to a high density), and enters the chamber 8 via the lower air outlet 13, so as to refrigerate the chamber 8. The second air supply region 33 and the air intake region 31 are separated by the air guiding rib 4, in this way, the air guiding rib 4 may not only guide the air and optimize an air flow in the closed air cavity 3, but also separate hot air before a heat exchange between the air intake region 31 and the evaporator 9 from the cold air in the second air supply region 33. Thereby, a heat exchange efficiency of the refrigerator is prevented from being affected by a heat transfer short-circuit due to a mutual movement of the hot air and the cold air.

[0016] In the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, the heat exchange between the hot air and the evaporator 9 is performed after the hot air enters the closed air cavity 3; and the hot air may directly enter the chamber 8 via the upper air outlet 12 and the lower air outlet 13 after the heat exchange with the evaporator 9. Thus, a path where the air enters the chamber 8 after the heat exchange with the evaporator 9 is greatly shortened, so that a loss of a refrigeration capacity in a case where the cold air flows may be greatly reduced, thereby contributing to improving a refrigeration effect of the refrigerator. In addition, the heat exchange between the air and the evaporator 9 may also be performed during a flow of the air to the second air supply region 33, which may further reduce the temperature of the air, thereby improving the refrigeration effect of the refrigerator.

[0017] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the air duct cover plate 1 and an inner side wall of the liner 2 of the refrigerator enclose the closed air cavity 3. The liner 2 of the refrigerator is further provided with the chamber 8 therein, and the closed air cavity 3 and the chamber 8 are separated by the air duct cover plate 1. The air duct cover plate 1 is provided with the upper air outlet 12, the lower air outlet 13 and the air inlet 11 thereon. The lower air outlet 13 is located between the upper air outlet 12 and the air inlet 11.

[0018] In some other embodiments of the present disclosure, the air duct cover plate 1 and an outer side wall of the liner 2 of the refrigerator enclose the closed air cavity 3. The upper air outlet 12, the lower air outlet 13 and the air inlet 11 are disposed on the liner. In this case, there is an insulating layer between the air duct cover plate 1 and external space.

[0019] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 4, the air guiding rib 4 is fixed on a surface of the air duct cover plate 1 facing the liner 2. In some other embodiments of the present disclosure, the air guiding rib 4 is fixed on a surface of the liner 2 facing the air duct cover plate 1.

[0020] In the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, a relative positional relationship between the second air supply region 33 and the air intake region 31 is not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the second air supply region 33 may be located on a right side of the air intake region 31, and the air taken in by the air inlet 11 may flow upward into the first air supply region 32 along the air intake region 31 on a left side of the second air supply region 33. In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 3, the second air supply region 33 may also be located in a middle of the air intake region 31, and the air taken in by the air inlet 11 may flow upward into the first air supply region 32 along the air intake region 31 both on the left side and a right side of the second air supply region 33. The second air supply region 33 is located in the middle of the air intake region 31, so that the air taken in by the air inlet 11 may flow upward into the first air supply region 32 along the air intake region 31 both on the left and right sides of the second air supply region 33, thereby enabling the air flow in the first air supply region 32 to be more uniform.

[0021] A setting manner of the air guiding rib 4 is not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the air guiding rib 4 may be disposed in the following manner. The air guiding rib 4 includes a second air guiding rib 42, and the second air guiding rib 42 encloses the second air supply region 33 having an open upper end and a closed lower end. The air intake region 31 is formed between the second air guiding rib 42 and the left and right side walls of the liner 2, and the first air supply region 32 is formed between the open upper end of the second air supply region 33 and the upper side wall of the liner 2.

[0022] In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, the air guiding rib 4 is disposed in the following manner. As shown in FIG. 3, the air guiding rib 4 includes a first air guiding rib 41 and a second air guiding rib 42. The first air guiding rib 41 is a closed loop, and the second air guiding rib 42 is disposed with in the first air guiding rib 41. The second air guiding rib 42 encloses the second air supply region 33 having the open upper end and the closed lower end. The air intake region 31 is formed between the second air guiding rib 42 and a lower end of the first air guiding rib 41. The first air supply region 32 is formed between the open upper end of the second air supply region 33 and an upper end of the first air guiding rib 41. The upper end of the first air guiding rib is located in an upper portion of the air duct cover plate in FIG. 4, and an upper end of the second air guiding rib is located in a lower portion of the air duct cover plate in FIG. 4. In the solution shown in FIG. 3, the first air guiding rib 41 forms a closed loop at a periphery of the air duct cover plate 1. Due to a blocking of the first air guiding rib 41, the air is not easily leaked from an assembly gap between the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2, thereby facilitating improving an air supply efficiency of the refrigerator (the air supply efficiency is related to parameters such as an amount of the air in the air duct that leaks and an air duct resistance. The smaller the amount of the air leaks, the higher the air supply efficiency is, and the smaller the air duct resistance is, the higher the air supply efficiency is).

[0023] After the air enters the first air supply region 32, a portion of the air will enter the chamber 8 via the upper air outlet 12, and another portion of the air will continue to flow along the first air guiding rib 41. If there is no air guiding member between the first air supply region 32 and the second air supply region 33 that may guide the air to the second air supply region 33, air flowing upward on both sides of the second air supply region 33 will move in opposite directions in an uppermost region of the closed air cavity 3, which easily causes a disturbance of an air flow in the uppermost region of the closed air cavity 3. In order to solve this problem, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the refrigerator air supply system further includes a third air guiding rib 43 located in the first air supply region 32 and extending in a vertical direction. One end of the third air guiding rib 43 is coupled to the first air guiding rib 41, and another end extends into the open upper end of the second air supply region 33. Both sides of the third air guiding rib 43 are respectively provided with the upper air outlet 12. By providing the third air guiding rib 43 extending in the vertical direction in the first air supply region 32, and letting one end of the third air guiding rib 43 extend into the open upper end of the second air supply region 33, after the air flowing upward on both sides of the second air supply region 33 enters the second air supply region 33, a portion of the air enters the chamber 8 via the upper air outlet 12 on both sides of the third air guiding rib 43 respectively, and another portion of the air flows along the third air guiding rib 43 and enters the second air supply region 33. Due to a blocking of the third air guiding rib 43, the disturbance of the air flow, due to a movement of the air flowing upward on both sides of the second air supply region 33, in the opposite directions in the uppermost region of the closed air cavity 3 may be avoided, thereby a portion of the air entering the first air supply region 32 is better guided into the second air supply region 33.

[0024] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, in order to better guide air at the air inlet 11 into the air intake region 31, as shown in FIG. 4, a fan is provided at the air inlet 11. The fan is configured to take in the hot air in the chamber into the closed air cavity. A portion of the first air guiding rib 41 close to the air inlet 11 forms a volute structure 411. By virtue of the volute structure 411 close to the air inlet 11, air blown out from the fan in a radial direction will be smoothly guided into the air intake region 31 along the volute structure 411. In this way, a resistance against which the air blown out from the fan is subjected is reduced, thereby reducing losses of an air speed and an air pressure, and further improving the air supply efficiency of the air duct of the refrigerator.

[0025] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, in order to make a distribution of cold air in an upper portion and a lower portion of the chamber 8 more uniform, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 7, a middle air outlet 14 is disposed between the upper air outlet 12 and the lower air outlet 13, and the middle air outlet 14 is located in the first air supply region 32. By adding the middle air outlet 14 between the upper air outlet 12 and the lower air outlet 13, a portion of the air entering the first air supply region 32 may enter the chamber 8 through the middle air outlet 14, so that the air may be supplied to a region between the upper air outlet 12 and the lower air outlet 13 in the chamber 8, which is advantageous for making the distribution of the cold air in the upper and lower portions of the chamber 8 more uniform. Moreover, by adding the middle air outlet 14 between the upper air outlet 12 and the lower air outlet 13, an amount of the air entering the chamber 8 may also be increased, thereby facilitating to improving the air supply efficiency of the air duct of the refrigerator. For example, as shown in FIG. 3, when the third air guiding rib 43 is disposed in the closed air cavity, two middle air outlets 14 may be provided, and the two middle air outlets 14 each is respectively located on both sides of the third air guiding rib 43.

[0026] In the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, positions where the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 are fixed are not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 are both fixed on an inner surface of the liner 2. In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 9, the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 are both fixed on the air duct cover plate 1. In a case where the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 are both fixed on the air duct cover plate 1, the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 may be repaired by replacing the air duct cover plate 1 if the first air guiding rib 41 or the second air guiding rib 42 are damaged, thereby contributing to reducing a maintenance cost.

[0027] Referring to FIG. 4 and FIG. 5, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, in a case where the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 are both fixed on the air duct cover plate 1, a side of the second air guiding rib 42 that is spaced from the air duct cover plate 1 is sealed with the liner 2 via a first sealing member 5. Since the first sealing member 5 is disposed between the side of the second air guiding rib 42 away from the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2, air on left and right sides of the second air guiding rib 42 is difficult to move through an assembly gap between the second air guiding rib 42 and the liner 2. Therefore, the second air guiding rib 42 better separates the hot air in the air intake region 31 from the cold air in the second air supply region 33, which avoiding a heat exchange between the hot air and the cold air on the left and right sides of the second air guiding rib 42, and further improving the refrigeration effect of the refrigerator.

[0028] A structure of the first sealing member 5 is not unique. For example, the first sealing member 5 may be a gasket. The gasket is fixed on a region of the liner 2 opposite to the second air supply region 33, and the side of the second air guiding rib 42 away from the air duct cover plate 1 is attached to the gasket. In addition, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the gasket may also have the following structure. As shown in FIG. 6, the first sealing member 5 includes an elastic sealing strip 51 and a first clamping groove 52 formed on a side of the elastic sealing strip 51. The first clamping groove 52 is snap-fitted with the second air guiding rib 42, and the elastic sealing strip 51 abuts against the liner 2. For example, the first clamping groove 52 is located on a side of the elastic sealing strip 51, the side being adjacent to the second air guiding rib. In the solution shown in FIG. 6, the first sealing member 5 occupies a small volume and is convenient to install. Moreover, the elastic sealing strip 51 abuts the liner 2, which may make a sealing between the second air guiding rib 42 and the liner 2 better.

[0029] A structure of the elastic sealing strip 51 is also not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the elastic sealing strip 51 is solid. In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 6, an air cavity 511 is formed in the elastic sealing strip 51. In a solution in which the air cavity 511 is formed in the elastic sealing strip 51, an elasticity of the elastic sealing strip 51 is better. When the elastic sealing strip 51 is abuts the liner 2, the air cavity 511 may be greatly deformed, so that the elastic sealing strip 51 is tightly attached to the liner 2, thereby further improving a sealing effect of the first sealing member 5.

[0030] The first sealing member 5 may be made of a plurality of materials, such as rubber, plastic and sponge. In order to make the first sealing member 5 have a better sealing effect, the first sealing member 5 may be coextruded from thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The elastic sealing strip 51 having the air cavity 511 is made of the TPE, and the first clamping groove 52 formed on a side in a radial direction of the elastic sealing strip 51 is made of the PVC. Since the TPE has a soft texture, a high elasticity, and a good temperature resistance (that is, performances of the TPE do not change at different temperatures), a sealing effect of the elastic sealing strip 51 may be improved to a greater extent if the elastic sealing strip 51 having the air cavity 511 is made of the TPE. Since a hardness of the PVC is high, a snap-fit connection between the first clamping groove 52 and the second air guiding rib 42 being more secure may be ensured if the first clamping groove 52 is made of the PVC.

[0031] In embodiments in which the air cavity 511 is formed in the elastic sealing strip 51, a structure of the air cavity 511 is not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, there is no elastic dividing rib in the air cavity 511, and only one air cavity is provided in the elastic sealing strip 51. In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 6, the air cavity 511 is provided with an elastic dividing rib 512 therein. The elastic dividing rib 512 divides the air cavity 511 into two, which may increase a strength of the elastic sealing strip 51, thereby causing the elastic sealing strip 51 not to be easily damaged.

[0032] A setting manner of the elastic dividing rib 512 in the air cavity 511 is also not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the elastic dividing rib 512 may be disposed in parallel with the second air guiding rib 42. Moreover, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 6, the elastic dividing rib 512 is disposed perpendicular to the second air guiding rib 42. That is, the elastic dividing rib 512 is disposed perpendicular to a mounting direction of the elastic sealing strip 51. In some embodiments, the mounting direction of the elastic sealing strip is perpendicular to the air duct cover plate. In a case where the elastic dividing rib 512 is disposed perpendicular to the mounting direction of the elastic sealing strip 51, since the elastic dividing rib 512 is parallel to a surface of the liner 2, the air cavity 511 will not be supported by the elastic dividing rib 512 in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the liner 2 when the elastic sealing strip 51 abuts the liner 2. Therefore, an attachment area between the air cavity 511 and the liner 2 may be large, and further the sealing effect of the elastic sealing strip 51 may be improved.

[0033] In the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, a manner in which the air duct cover plate 1 is coupled to the liner 2 of the refrigerator is not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, an edge of the surface of the air duct cover plate 1 facing the liner and the liner 2 of the refrigerator are coupled through screws and are sealed through a second sealing member 6. The second sealing member 6 is located outside the first air guiding rib 41.

[0034] In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIG. 8 and FIG. 9, the edge of the surface of the air duct cover plate 1 facing the liner and the liner 2 are snap-fitted through a clamping structure 7, and are sealed through the second sealing member 6. The second sealing member 6 may prevent the air in the closed air cavity 3 from leaking into the chamber 8, and may prevent a heat exchange between the hot air in the closed air cavity 3 and the cold air in the chamber 8, thereby contributing to improving the refrigeration effect of the refrigerator. A snap-fit connection through the clamping structure 7 makes it easier to disassemble and assemble the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2 of the refrigerator, thereby facilitating a maintenance and a replacement of the air duct cover plate 1.

[0035] A structure of the second sealing member 6 is also not unique. For example, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, the second sealing member 6 includes a plurality of strip-shaped sealing strips. The plurality of strip-shaped sealing strips are disposed between an edge of the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2 of the refrigerator, and the plurality of strip-shaped sealing strips are arranged end to end around the edge of the air duct cover plate 1. In addition, in some other embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the second sealing member 6 includes an annular sealing strip disposed between the edge of the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2 of the refrigerator, and the annular sealing strip is disposed around the edge of the air duct cover plate 1. The annular sealing member 6 is located outside the first air guiding rib 41. In a solution in which the second sealing member 6 is an annular sealing strip, since the annular sealing strip is a whole, a sealing effect between the edge of the air duct cover plate 1 and the liner 2 of the refrigerator may be better, and an installation of the second sealing member 6 may also be more convenient and quick.

[0036] The annular sealing strip (the second sealing member 6) may be disposed around the outside of the first air guiding rib 41 (as shown in FIG. 9), or may be directly disposed on the first air guiding rib 41. For example, the annular sealing strip may be designed to have the structure of the first sealing member 5 shown in FIG. 6. That is, the annular sealing strip includes a first elastic sealing strip and a third clamping groove formed on a side in a radial direction of the first elastic sealing strip. The third clamping groove may be snap-fitted with the first air guiding rib 41, and the first elastic sealing strip may abut against the liner.

[0037] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the annular sealing strip is disposed around the outside of the first air guiding rib 41 (as shown in FIG. 9), and the annular sealing strip may be made of sponge. In a case where the first air guiding rib 41 may block the cold air in the closed air cavity 3 reaching the annular sealing strip, the annular sealing strip being made of the sponge may also meet sealing requirements because the sponge is not prone to a contraction due to an encounter with the cold air.

[0038] Referring to FIG. 9, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, a concave cavity 21 is formed in the liner 2, and the air duct cover plate 1 is disposed at an opening of the concave cavity 21. The clamping structure 7 is not unique. For example, the clamping structure 7 includes second clamping grooves 71 spaced around the edge of the air duct cover plate 1 and clamping hooks 72 disposed on a side wall of the concave cavity 21. The second clamping grooves 71 snap with the clamping hooks 72. In addition, in some embodiments of the present disclosure, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the clamping structure 7 includes a second clamping groove 71 disposed on the side wall of the concave cavity 21, and a plurality of clamping hooks 72 spaced around the edge of the air duct cover plate 1. The second clamping groove 71 snaps with the clamping hooks 72. A solution in which the clamping hooks 72 are disposed on the air duct cover plate 1 and the second clamping groove 71 is disposed on the side wall of the concave cavity 21 may cause a snap-fit connection between the air duct cover plate 1 and the concave cavity 21 to be more secure, and also may avoid a decrease of a strength of the air duct cover plate due to a grooving on the air duct cover plate 1.

[0039] In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the annular sealing strip is disposed around the outside of the first air guiding rib 41. As shown in FIG. 4, some clamping hooks 72 are disposed on the air duct cover plate 1, and some clamping hooks 72 are disposed on the first air guiding rib 41, which may be specifically determined according to the space for the clamping hooks 72. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the annular sealing strip is directly disposed on the first air guiding rib 41, and the plurality of clamping hooks 72 are all disposed on the air duct cover plate 1.

[0040] In the refrigerator air supply system provided by the embodiments of the present disclosure, structures of bent portions of the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 both are not unique. For example, the bent portions of the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 both may be at right angles. In addition, as shown in FIG. 3, structures of the bent potions of the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 both may also be curved surfaces (i.e., the curved surface c in FIG. 3). The surfaces of the bent portions of the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42 being curved may greatly reduce losses of an air speed and an air pressure at the bent portions of the first air guiding rib 41 and the second air guiding rib 42, thereby contributing to improving the air supply efficiency of the air duct of the refrigerator.

[0041] Some embodiments of the present disclosure also provide an air-cooled refrigerator including the refrigerator air supply system according to any of the above embodiments.

[0042] Since the air-cooled refrigerator provided by embodiments of the present disclosure includes the refrigerator air supply system described in any of the above embodiments, the same technical effect can be produced and the same technical problem can be solved.

[0043] In the description of the embodiments described above, features, structures, materials or characteristics may be combined in any suitable manner in any one or more embodiments or examples.

[0044] The foregoing descriptions are merely some specific implementation manners of the present disclosure, but the protection scope of the present disclosure is not limited thereto, and the changes or replacements that any person skilled in the art can easily think of in the technical scope disclosed by the present disclosure should be within the protection scope of the present disclosure. Therefore, the protection scope of the present disclosure shall be subjected to the protection scope of the claims.


Claims

1. A refrigerator air supply system, comprising:an air duct cover plate;
a closed air cavity formed between the air duct cover plate and a liner of the refrigerator;
an evaporator of the refrigerator disposed on an outer surface of the liner, and a position of the evaporator being corresponding to a position of the enclosed air cavity; and
an air guiding rib, wherein the air guiding rib is disposed in the closed air cavity, and wherein the air guiding rib is configured to divide the closed air cavity into an air intake region, a first air supply region, and a second air supply region that are sequentially in fluid communication; wherein,
the air intake region is provided with an air inlet for taking in hot air in a chamber;the first air supply region is disposed above the air intake region, and the first air supply region is provided with an upper air outlet;
the second air supply region is disposed below the first air supply region and is separated from the air intake region by the air guiding rib, and the second air supply region is provided with a lower air outlet;
the air intake region, the first air supply region, and the second air supply region are configured to guide air taken in by the air inlet from the chamber such that the air flows upward along the air intake region and into the first air supply region, such that a portion of the air enters the chamber via the upper air outlet, and such that another portion of the air flows down into the second air supply region and enters the chamber via the lower air outlet.
 
2. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 1, wherein the closed air cavity is defined by the air duct cover plate and an inner side wall of the liner of the refrigerator; and
the chamber is disposed inside the liner of the refrigerator, wherein the closed air cavity and the chamber are separated by the air duct cover plate.
 
3. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 2, wherein the air duct cover plate is provided with the upper air outlet, the lower air outlet, and the air inlet thereon, and
wherein the lower air outlet is disposed between the upper air outlet and the air inlet.
 
4. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 1, wherein the air guiding rib is fixed to a surface of the air duct cover plate, and wherein the surface faces the liner.
 
5. The refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims1-4, wherein the air guiding rib includes a first air guiding rib and a second air guiding rib, wherein the first air guiding rib is a closed loop, wherein the second air guiding rib is disposed in the closed loop of the first air guiding rib and encloses the second air supply region having an open upper end and a closed lower end, wherein the air intake region is formed between the second air guiding rib and a lower end of the first air guiding rib, and wherein the first air supply region is formed between the open upper end of the second air supply region and an upper end of the first air guiding rib.
 
6. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 5, wherein further including a third air guiding rib, wherein the third air guiding rib is disposed in the first air supply region and extends in a vertical direction such that one end of the third air guiding rib is coupled to the first air guiding rib, such that a different end of the third air guiding rib extends into the open upper end of the second air supply region, and such that both sides of the third air guiding rib are respectively provided with the upper air outlet.
 
7. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 5, wherein a fan is located at the air inlet, and wherein a portion of the first air guiding rib close to the air inlet forms a volute structure.
 
8. The refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims1-4, wherein a middle air outlet is disposed between the upper air outlet and the lower air outlet, and wherein the middle air outlet is disposed in the first air supply region.
 
9. The refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims 5-8, wherein the first air guiding rib and the second air guiding rib are both fixed on the air duct cover plate, and wherein a side of the second air guiding rib that is spaced from the air duct cover plate is sealed with the liner via a first sealing member.
 
10. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 9, wherein the first sealing member includes an elastic sealing strip and a first clamping groove formed on a side of the elastic sealing strip, wherein the first clamping groove is snap-fitted with the second air guiding rib, and wherein the elastic sealing strip abuts the liner.
 
11. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 10, wherein the first clamping groove is formed on a side of the elastic sealing strip, the side being adjacent to the second air guiding rib.
 
12. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 10 or 11, wherein an air cavity is formed in the elastic sealing strip.
 
13. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 12, wherein the air cavity is provided with an elastic dividing rib, wherein the elastic dividing rib divides the air cavity into two, and wherein the elastic dividing rib is perpendicular to a mounting direction of the elastic sealing strip.
 
14. The refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims 5-8, wherein an edge of a surface of the air duct cover plate facing the liner is snap-fitted with the closed air cavity through a clamping structure, and wherein the edge of the surface of the air duct cover plate facing the liner is sealed with the closed air cavity by a second sealing member.
 
15. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 14, wherein a concave cavity is formed in the liner and the air duct cover plate is configured to cover an opening of the concave cavity; wherein the clamping structure includes a second clamping groove disposed on a side wall of the concave cavity and a plurality of clamping hooks spaced around an edge of the air duct cover plate, and wherein the second clamping groove is snap-fitted with the plurality of clamping hooks.
 
16. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 15, wherein the clamping hooks are disposed on the air duct cover plate and located at an outside of the first air guiding rib, or
wherein the clamping hooks are disposed on the first air guiding rib.
 
17. The refrigerator air supply system according to claim 14, wherein the second sealing member includes an annular sealing strip disposed between an edge of the air duct cover plate and the liner, and the annular sealing strips are disposed around the edge of the air duct cover plate.
 
18. The refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims 5-8, wherein surfaces of bent portions of the first air guiding rib and the second air guiding rib are curved.
 
19. An air-cooled refrigerator, comprising the refrigerator air supply system according to any one of claims 1-18.
 




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