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FUNNEL Filed March 26, 1938 V 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR R L. Perl; ins
Sept. 26, 1939.
2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR 12 R.L.Pe1']c L125 ATTORNEY v QM$QA Patented Sept. 26, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 4 Claims.
This invention relates generally to funnels and in particular the invention is directed to, and it is my principal object to provide a splash prooi funnel; the funnel being so constructed that a liquid can be pouredinto the funnel when the same is disposed upright and without the liquid swirling about and splashing over the rim of the funnel as commonly occurs.
Another object of my invention is to provide a funnel, which when disposed at an angle as is sometimes necessary, will prevent liquid poured thereinto from accidentally flowing out of the enlarged or open end of the funnel rather than through the spout or discharge tube.
A further object of the invention is to produce a simple and inexpensive device and yet one which will be exceedingly effective for the purpose for which it is designed.
These objects I accomplish by means of such structure and relative arrangement of parts as will fully appear by a perusal of the following specification and claims.
In the drawings similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several views:
Figure l is a top or upper end view of my improved funnel.
Figure 2 is a sectional elevation on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Figure 3 is a sectional elevation of a modified form of my invention.
Figure 4 is a cross section taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 3.
Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawings, and particularly at present to Figs. 1 and 2, my improved funnel comprises a funnel body I of hollow cone shape which tapers into a discharge tube or spout 2 as is usual.
A rigid flange 3 projects inwardly from the upper edge or rim of the funnel body substantially at right angles to theaxis of the funnel, said flange being of greater arcuate extent than 180 but having its ends terminating in circumferentially spaced relation as shown. The inner edge of flange 3 is rolled or bent downward to form a lip 4.
A pair of spaced baffles or vanes 5 are fixed on edge to the inner surface of the hollow funnel body and extend radially relative to the funnel axis, from the ends of the flange 3, in converging relation to a termination adjacent but short of the inner end of spout 2. These baflies preferably taper in width from their outer ends.
When the funnel is in use in an upright position, liquid is poured down the inner surface thereof between the baffles 5. Any of such liquid which may swirl about in the body cannot escape over the rim thereof as the flange 3 preventssuch occurrence. Also, any flow against the under side of the flange 3 will be deflected back into body I by lip 4. The bafiles 5 not only guide the flow to the spout but effectively interrupt any swirling of liquid about the interior of the body thus further reducing the likelihood of undesired splashing.
If it is necessary to use the funnel at an angle, the funnel is disposed with the spaced ends of flange 3 uppermost, and thus the major portion of the flange is positioned to prevent back flow out of the funnel body.
Referring now to the modification. of my invention, as shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the funnel is of the rectangular type, as commonly used by gasoline distributors when filling a drum or barrel from a wide mouth can. This funnel com.- prises an open top, rectangular body 6 having a discharge fitting I in the bottom adjacent one end. A discharge spout (not shown) is threaded into fitting 1 when the funnel is in use.
An anti-splash assembly is mounted within the body 6 at each end, and prevents the splashing out of liquid poured into the body from either end.
Each assembly comprises a horizontal flange 8 secured on and projecting inwardly from one end of the body intermediate the upper and lower edges thereof. The flange 8 extends from side to side of the body and slopes inward slightly, as shown, so that no liquid can accumulate thereon.
Wings 9 are formed integral with the flange at its end portions, and are curved inwardly and downwardly; said wings decreasing in width toward their lower ends which terminate above the bottomof body 6, and the outer edges of these wings are secured to the adjacent sides of the body. A downturned peripheral lip II] is formed integral on the flange 8 and wings 9, and serves the same purpose as lip 4 on funnel shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
An inwardly extending member ll, of gradually decreasing V cross section from bottom to top, is mounted in upstanding position on the body of body I between fitting l and the adjacent end of the body to which it also is secured. The projecting point on the lower end of the member overlies the opening in fitting l and the member serves as a deflector for that small amount of liquid which usually remains in the body after use. By tilting the body upward at the end remote from fitting l and then rocking the body from side to side, the remaining liquid is all defiected through fitting I.
The numeral [2 illustrates a saddle on the end of the body opposite from fitting I, said saddle being of such configuration to firmly engage a barrel.
Spaced ears [3 are secured to the ends of the body at the upper edges, and serve as locators for the wide mouth cans from which liquid is poured into the body.
From the foregoing description it will be readily seen that I have produced such a device as substantially fulfills the objects of the invention as set forth herein.
While this specification sets forth in detail the present and preferred construction of the device, still in practice such deviations from such detail may be resorted to as do not form a departure from the spirit of the invention, as defined by the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and useful and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a funnel including a hollow cone shaped body tapering into a spout; a splash preventing flange fixed on and projecting inward from the rim of the body, the ends of the flange terminating in spaced relation circumferentially of said body and baffles fixed on said edge within the body and extending radially of the axis of the funnel from the ends of the flange to a termination adjacent the inner end of the spout.
2. A device as in claim 1 in which the baffles taper in Width from their outer ends.
3. In a funnel including a hollow cone shaped body tapering into a spout, a flange fixed on and projecting inwardly from the rim of the body, the flange being of an arcuate extent greater than but terminating at its ends in spaced relation circumferentially of the funnel, a downturned lip on the inner edge of the flange, bafiles mounted on edge within the body and extending from the ends of the flanges in converging relation to a termination adjacent the inner end of the spout, the flanges tapering in width from their outer end.
4. A device as in claim 3 in which the outer ends of the battles are the same width as the flange; the flange being of equal width throughout.
ROSS L. PERKINS.