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1. WO2020113049 - DISPOSITIF DE CAPTURE DE PARTICULES ET ENSEMBLE ESSIEU COMPRENANT CELUI-CI

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Claims

1. A particle catcher comprising an enclosure defining a flow channel between an inlet and an outlet, the particle catcher further comprising:

- a one-way valve, arranged at or near said inlet to allow a fluid comprising entrained particles to enter said flow channel through said inlet and to substantially prevent said fluid comprising entrained particles from exiting said flow channel through said inlet; and

- a filter, arranged at or near said outlet to keep at least some of said entrained particles from exiting said flow channel through said outlet.

2. The particle catcher according to claim 1, further comprising a reservoir for containing particles extracted from said fluid comprising entrained particles by said filter.

3. The particle catcher according to claim 1 or claim 2, further comprising a magnetized element arranged to extract and immobilize particles comprising paramagnetic and/or ferromagnetic materials from said fluid comprising entrained particles.

4. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said one-way valve comprises a grid covering the cross-section of the flow channel, a fixed support, and a flap arranged to be movable between a closed position whereby said flap seals off said grid and an open position whereby said flap rests against said fixed support.

5. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said fixed support is formed by a wall of said reservoir.

6. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said filter comprises a screen, a mesh, or a sheet of non-woven material.

7. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said enclosure comprises at least one removable part situated so as to provide access to said reservoir.

8. The particle catcher according to claim 7, wherein said removable part is secured by a screw or a bolt.

9. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said enclosure has a substantially elongate shape from said inlet to said outlet.

10. The particle catcher according to claim 9, wherein said enclosure is defined by at least a first cylindrically curved wall portion and a second cylindrically curved wall portion, said first cylindrically curved wall portion having a greater radius of curvature than said second cylindrically curved wall portion.

11. The particle catcher according to claim 10, wherein said first cylindrically curved wall portion is shaped so as to allow internal engagement with a cylindrical portion of an axle housing.

12. The particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims, further comprising a bracket adapted to attach said enclosure to an inside of an axle housing in an orientation whereby said inlet is directed towards an upstream side of a prevailing fluid flow in said inside of said axle housing.

13. An axle assembly comprising:

- an axle housing;

- an axle rotatably arranged in said axle housing; and

- at least one particle catcher according to any of the preceding claims,

arranged in an orientation whereby said inlet is directed towards an upstream side of a prevailing fluid flow in said inside of said axle housing.

14. A particle catcher comprising:

- an enclosure defining a flow channel extending between an inlet and an outlet;

- a one-way valve located within the flow channel proximate the inlet, the one way valve allowing a fluid comprising entrained particles to enter the flow channel through the inlet and preventing the fluid comprising entrained particles from exiting the flow channel through the inlet; and

- a filter, arranged within the flow channel proximate the outlet to keep at least some of the entrained particles from exiting the flow channel through the outlet.

15. The particle catcher of claim 14, wherein the enclosure has a pair of curved wall portions at least partially defining the flow channel.

16. The particle catcher according to claim 14 or 15, further comprising a reservoir for containing particles extracted from the fluid comprising entrained particles by said filter.

17. The particle catcher according to any of claims 14, further comprising a magnetized element arranged to extract and immobilize some or all of the entrained particles.

18. The particle catcher according to any of claims 14-17, wherein the one-way valve includes a grid covering a cross-section of the flow channel, a fixed support, and a flap arranged to be movable between a closed position whereby the flap seals off the grid and an open position whereby the flap rests against the fixed support.

19. An axle assembly comprising:

a) an axle housing;

b) an axle rotatably arranged in the axle housing; and

c) at least one particle catcher including:

1) an enclosure defining a flow channel;

2) a one-way valve located within the flow channel; and

3) a filter arranged within the flow channel downstream of the one-way valve;

d) wherein the particle catcher is arranged in an orientation such that the inlet is directed towards an upstream side of a prevailing fluid flow in the inside of the axle housing.

20. The axle assembly of claim 19, wherein the particle catcher includes a plurality of particle catchers.