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Summary for Patent: 8,511,581
Title:Fluid droplet production apparatus and method
Abstract: A fluid dispersion device comprises a substrate having an outer section and an inner section, said inner section of the substrate having an aperture, a dispersion element positioned at said aperture of said substrate, and an actuator arranged to coaxially surround said aperture of said substrate, wherein the outer edge of said inner section of said substrate is coupled to said outer section of said substrate by a plurality of resilient members.
Inventor(s): Urich; Markus (Munich, DE), Hyde; Samuel Charles William (Cambridge, GB), Pollock; Neil (Royston, GB), Sant; Andrew Jonathan (Cambridge, GB)
Assignee: PARI Pharma GmbH (Starnberg, DE)
Application Number:13/042,980
Patent Claims: 1. A fluid dispersion device comprising: a substrate having an outer section and an inner section separated by a gap, the inner section of the substrate having an aperture; a dispersion element for generating a fluid droplet spray, wherein the dispersion element is positioned at the aperture to cover the aperture; an actuator affixed to the inner section and surrounding the aperture; and a plurality of resilient members, each resilient member extending across the gap between the inner section and the outer section of the substrate, the resilient members connecting the inner and outer sections in substantially the same plane, and resiliently coupling the inner section to the outer section.

2. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the aperture is positioned centrally in said inner section and is circularly shaped, and wherein the actuator is annularly shaped.

3. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the actuator comprises a piezoelectric element.

4. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section and the inner section of the substrate are connected in a plane by the plurality of resilient members.

5. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the plurality of resilient members oscillate at or near resonance.

6. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 5, wherein the plurality of resilient members oscillate such that each of the resilient members has an oscillation node at an end attached to the outer section of the substrate.

7. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section, the inner section and the plurality of resilient members are stainless steel.

8. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the plurality of resilient members are serpentine/meandering in form.

9. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 2, wherein the plurality of resilient members are aligned radially with respect to an axis of the aperture.

10. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 2, wherein the plurality of resilient members are aligned at an angle with respect to a radial line from the axis of the aperture.

11. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the inner section, the outer section and the resilient members are formed as a single solid.

12. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the inner section and the resilient members are formed as a single solid, wherein the outer section is provided with attachment sections and wherein the resilient members are attached to the attachment sections.

13. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section and the resilient members are formed as a single solid, wherein the inner section is provided with attachment sections and wherein the resilient members are attached to the attachment sections.

14. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section is provided with outer attachment sections and the inner section is provided with inner attachment sections, and wherein the resilient members are attached to the inner and outer attachment sections.

15. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section comprises a plurality of outer partial sections which are positioned by a ring-shaped supporting structure.

16. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section of the substrate is configured for attachment to a housing.

17. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1 wherein at least one of said resilient members is adapted to carry an electrical signal for the actuator.

18. A fluid dispersion device as defined in claim 1, wherein the outer section and the inner section of the substrate are annularly shaped and wherein each resilient member has a length of at least 10% of a radius of the annularly shaped outer section.

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