Gas stop safety cut off device for use with portable gas bottles or pipe gas fed appliances.
Conventional gas regulators for use on portable gas bottles are liable to failure. Upon failure this allows gas pressure increases to reach the appliance i.e. cooker, boiler, heater, these appliances are not designed to withstand the 6 BAR pressure from a portable gas bottle, creating dangerous levels of gas within the appliance and in homes, caravans, and motorhomes.
The objective of this device is as a secondary Gas Stop safety measure, to ensure that during gas regulator failure, gas can no longer reach the appliance that it is feeding into and cause catastrophic damage to life and homes.
This Gas Stop safety device disc compresses to close the regulated pressure outlet and is a failsafe when pressure exceeds its minimum safety levels (40 m/bar) upon gas regulator failure. When the gas regulator fails, gas pressure increases over 40 m/bar which will cause the compressed spring in the Gas Stop safety device to fail also, meaning the galvanised disc shall move upwards with the pressure of the gas to the o'ring and seal the regulated gas outlet and effectively close the system and stop gas escaping the bottle further. The appliance failing to work will highlight an issue with the gas, so you can then seek help.
Gas Stop safety device is a one use only device. Once the coiled spring has failed inside the device, the spring cannot return to its original size and allow gas through again, therefore a new device would be required to ensure safety.
The advantage of Gas Stop safety cut off device is it will save lives; reduce property damage, reduce insurance claims, and give peace of mind to those who use it.
See attached Figures:
Figure 1. Shows a cross-section of the Stop Gas device, which will be approximately 10cm in length and 6cm in width. The outer structure which consists of male and female parts and the ribbed pipes at each end to attach to the portable gas bottle and the appliance that requires gas e.g., Cooker. Also shown is the coiled spring behind the galvanised disc with 12 holes. Tested to collapse upon pressure greater than 40 m/bar.
Figure 2. Disc made of brass or galvanised steel with 12 holes to allow gas pressure of less than 40 m/bar through to the appliance only.
Figure 3. A plan of the male end of the Gas Stop device, looking down at the spring and galvanised disc with 12 holes.
Figure 4 a). Cross-section of the Gas Stop device working at correct pressures e.g. 28 m/bar for Butane and 37 m/bar for Propane. Gas flows into the centre from the male ribbed pipe, through the 12 holes in the galvanised disc and up, through to the appliance via the female ribbed pipe.
Figure 4 b). Cross-section of the Gas Stop device when an increase in gas pressure exceeding 40 m/bar is applied. The failed regulator creates pressure, resulting in the Gas Stop coiled spring to fail, causing the galvanised disc with 12 holes to push upwards. The 12 holes of the disc connects with the rubber o'ring, acting as a fail-safe mechanism by effectively closing the system, sealing the outlet for gas, keeping the gas contained within the bottle and device.
Figure 5. Plan view of the female end of the Gas Stop device, showing the o'ring and pressurised spring.
1. Control of fluid pressure without auxiliary power, the sensing element being a compression spring pushed to by a galvanised disc with holes, both yielding to pressure. Excess pressure closing the compression spring completely with the disc fully compressed to o'ring to close the regulated pressure outlet.
Amended claims in accordance with Rule 137(2) EPC.
1. A one use only failsafe device, which controls fluid pressure without auxiliary power. Excess pressure pushes the galvanised disc within the device, causing the spring to fail and compress completely and the holes of the galvanised disc to become blocked by the o'ring. This full compression to o'ring, closes the regulated pressure outlet.