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1. (WO2019030485) DIRT SEPARATOR FOR A VACUUM CLEANER
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CLAIMS

1. A dirt separator for a vacuum cleaner, the dirt separator comprising:

a chamber having an inlet through which dirt-laden fluid enters the chamber, and an outlet through which cleansed fluid exits the chamber; and

a disc located at the outlet, the disc being arranged to rotate about a rotational axis and comprising holes through which the cleansed fluid passes,

wherein the inlet is defined by an end of an inlet duct that extends within the chamber, and a separation distance between the centre of the inlet and the centre of the disc is no greater than the diameter of the inlet.

2. A dirt separator as claimed in claim 1, wherein the dirt-laden fluid entering the chamber is directed at the disc.

3. A dirt separator as claimed in claim 1 or 2, wherein dirt separated from the dirt-laden fluid collects at a bottom of the chamber and fills progressively in a direction towards a top of the chamber, the outlet is located at or adjacent the top of the chamber, and the bottom of the chamber is spaced axially from the top of the chamber.

4. A dirt separator as claimed in claim 3, wherein the inlet duct extends upwardly from the bottom of the chamber.

5. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the inlet duct extends linearly within the chamber.

6. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the inlet duct extends through a wall of the chamber, and an opposite end of the inlet duct is attachable to different attachments of the vacuum cleaner.

7. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the diameter of the disc is greater than the diameter of the inlet.

8. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the disc has a total open area greater than that of the inlet.

9. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the disc comprises a perforated region and a non-perforated region, the holes are formed in the perforated region and the dirt-laden fluid entering the chamber is directed at the non-perforated region.

10. A dirt separator as claimed in claim 9, wherein the non-perforated region has a width no less than the diameter of the inlet.

11. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the disc is formed of a metal.

12. A dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the dirt separator comprises an electric motor for driving the disc about the rotational axis.

13. A handheld vacuum cleaner comprising a dirt separator as claimed in any one of the preceding claims.

14. A stick vacuum cleaner comprising a handheld unit attached to a cleaner head by an elongate tube, wherein the handheld unit comprises a dirt separator as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 12, and the elongate tube extends along an axis parallel to the rotational axis.