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1. WO2020159969 - SYSTÈME DE BUSES D'ÉCOULEMENT RÉGLABLE

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1 . An adjustable flow nozzle system 100 comprising:

an adjustable flow manifold 102 comprising:

a manifold body 106 defining an axial channel 129 that extends between a distal end portion 130 defining a distal opening 140 and a proximal end portion 132 defining a proximal opening 141 ;

a plurality of access openings 134 formed along a first side 122 of the manifold body 106; and

a plurality of apertures 135 formed on an opposite second side 124 of the manifold body 106;

wherein the plurality of access openings 134 and the plurality of apertures 135 communicate with the axial channel 129; and

a plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 coupled to a respective one of the plurality of apertures 135, each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 comprising:

a spray nozzle 110 configured for providing a fluid

pathway for a fluid exiting the adjustable flow nozzle 104;

a stem retainer 114 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, the stem retainer 114 defining a first inlet opening 153 and an axial opening 159 in fluid flow

communication with a first chamber 157; and a nozzle retainer 112 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, wherein the nozzle retainer 112 defines a second inlet opening 171 in communication with a second chamber 179 and wherein the stem retainer 114 is configured to be rotatably disposed within the second chamber 179 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 is in an overlapping arrangement with the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer

112 such that a collective opening 133 is formed between the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 and the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 as the stem retainer 114 is rotated;

an adjuster 116 in operative engagement with the stem retainer 114 for causing rotation of the stem retainer 114 relative to the nozzle retainer 112 such that the cross-sectional area of the collective opening 133 is adjusted as the stem retainer 114 is rotated.

2. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , wherein adjusting the

cross-sectional area of the collective opening 133 adjusts the flow rate through each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104.

3. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , wherein the flow rate

exiting each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 is within a range between a minimum flow rate and a maximum flow rate.

4. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , wherein the flow rate of the fluid exiting each adjustable flow nozzle 104 is adjusted through the selective overlap of the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 with the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that each adjustable flow nozzle 104 is adjustable between a minimum flow rate when minimum overlap between the first inlet opening 153 and the second inlet opening 171 occurs and a maximum flow rate when maximum overlap between the first inlet opening 153 and the second inlet opening 171 occurs.

5. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , further comprising:

a first key 166A having an elongated key body 167 defining a proximal portion 169 and a distal portion 168 and having at least one key element 185 extending from the proximal portion 169 of the elongated key body 167, the at least one key element 185 being

configured to engage the nozzle retainer 112 to maintain the nozzle retainer 112 in a stationary position; and

a second key 166B configured to engage the adjuster 116 for rotating the adjuster 116 and the stem retainer 114 together relative to the nozzle retainer 112.

6. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , wherein the fluid enters the axial channel 129 of the adjustable flow nozzle system 100 through the proximal opening 141 , wherein the axial channel 129 is in fluid flow

communication with each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 such that the fluid enters the collective opening 133 of one or more of the adjustable flow nozzles 104 and wherein the fluid exits the one or more adjustable flow nozzles 104 through the spray nozzle 110 of the adjustable flow nozzle 104.

7. The adjustable flow nozzle system 100 of claim 1 , wherein the manifold 102 further comprises a plurality of nozzle cavities 138 in communication with the axial channel 129 and wherein each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 is disposed within a respective one of the plurality of nozzle cavities 138.

8. A method for adjusting the flow rate for an adjustable flow nozzle system 100 comprising:

providing an adjustable flow manifold 102 comprising:

a manifold body 106 defining an axial channel 129 that extends between a distal end portion 130 defining a distal opening 140 and a proximal end portion 132 defining a proximal opening 141 ;

a plurality of access openings 134 formed along a first side 122 of the manifold body 106;

a plurality of apertures 135 formed on an opposite second side 124 of the manifold body 106, wherein the plurality of access openings 134 and the plurality of apertures 135 communicate with the axial channel 129; and

a plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 coupled to a respective one of the plurality of apertures 135, each of the plurality of adjustable flow nozzles 104 comprising:

a spray nozzle 110 configured for providing a fluid pathway for a fluid exiting the adjustable flow nozzle 104;

a stem retainer 114 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, the stem retainer 114 defining a first inlet opening 153 and an axial opening 159 in fluid flow communication with a first chamber 157;

a nozzle retainer 112 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, wherein the nozzle retainer 112 defines a second inlet opening 171 in communication with a second chamber 179 and wherein the stem retainer 114 is configured to be rotatably disposed within the second chamber 179 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 is in an overlapping arrangement with the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that a collective opening 133 is formed between the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 and the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 as the stem retainer 114 is rotated; and an adjuster 116 in operative engagement with the stem retainer 114 for causing rotation of the stem retainer 114 relative to the nozzle retainer 112 such that the cross-sectional area of collective opening 133 is adjusted as the stem retainer 114 is rotated;

inserting a first key 166A having an elongated key body 167 defining a proximal portion 169 and a distal portion 168 through one of the plurality of apertures 135, the first key 166A further comprising at least one key element 185 extending from the proximal portion 169 of the elongated key body 167;

engaging the at least one key element 185 of the first key 166A with the nozzle retainer 112 to maintain the nozzle retainer 112 in a stationary position;

engaging a second key 166B with the adjuster 116; and rotating the second key 166B such that the stem retainer 114 is rotated relative to the stationary nozzle retainer 112 for adjusting the cross-sectional area and flow rate through the collective opening

133.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein rotation of the stem retainer 114 relative to the nozzle retainer 112 adjusts the flow rate of each adjustable flow nozzle 104 within a range between a minimum flow rate and a maximum flow rate.

10. An adjustable flow nozzle 104 comprising:

a spray nozzle 110 configured for providing a fluid pathway for a fluid exiting the adjustable flow nozzle 104;

a stem retainer 114 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, the stem retainer

114 defining a first inlet opening 153 and an axial opening 159 in fluid flow communication with a first chamber 157;

a nozzle retainer 112 engaged to the spray nozzle 110, wherein the nozzle retainer 112 defines a second inlet opening 171 in communication with a second chamber 179 and wherein the stem retainer 114 is configured to be rotatably disposed within the second chamber 179 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 is in an overlapping arrangement with the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that a collective opening 133 is formed between the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 and the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 as the stem retainer 114 is rotated; and

an adjuster 116 in operative engagement with the stem retainer 114 for causing rotation of the stem retainer 114 relative to the nozzle retainer 112 such that the cross-sectional area of the collective opening 133 is adjusted as the stem retainer 114 is rotated.

1 1 . The adjustable flow nozzle 104 of claim 10, further comprising:

a first key 166A having an elongated key body 167 defining a proximal portion 169 and a distal portion 168 and having at least one key element 185 extending from the proximal portion 169 of the elongated key body 167, the at least one key element 185 being configured to engage the nozzle retainer 112 to maintain the nozzle retainer 112 in a stationary position; and

a second key 166B configured to engage the adjuster 116 for rotating the adjuster 116 and the stem retainer 114 together relative to the nozzle retainer 112.

12. The adjustable flow nozzle 104 of claim 10, wherein the flow rate of the fluid through the adjustable flow nozzle 104 is adjusted through the selective overlap of the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 with the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 such that the adjustable flow nozzle 104 is adjustable between a minimum flow rate when minimum overlap between the first inlet opening 153 and the second inlet opening 171 occurs and a maximum flow rate when maximum overlap between the first inlet opening 153 and the second inlet opening 171 occurs.

13. The adjustable flow nozzle 104 of claim 10, wherein the fluid enters the first chamber 157 of the stem retainer 114 through the collective opening 133 defined by the first inlet opening 153 of the stem retainer 114 and the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 and wherein the fluid enters the spray nozzle 110 through the axial opening 159 of the stem retainer 114, wherein the fluid leaves the adjustable flow nozzle 104 through the spray nozzle 110.

14. The adjustable flow nozzle 104 of claim 10, wherein the stem retainer 114 is rotatable relative to the nozzle retainer 112 and wherein an orientation of the second inlet opening 171 of the nozzle retainer 112 is fixed within a nozzle cavity 138 of an adjustable flow manifold 102.

15. The adjustable flow nozzle 104 of claim 10, wherein a stem portion defined by the stem retainer 114 is engaged with a first chamber 180 defined by the nozzle retainer 112 and wherein a body portion of the stem retainer 114 is engaged with the second chamber 179 of the nozzle retainer 112, wherein the first chamber 180 is located superior to the second chamber 179.