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Publication numberUS3758239 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 11, 1973
Filing dateDec 21, 1971
Priority dateDec 23, 1970
Also published asDE2162942A1
Publication numberUS 3758239 A, US 3758239A, US-A-3758239, US3758239 A, US3758239A
InventorsHrdina J
Original AssigneeCeskoslovenska Akademie Ved
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Controlled peristaltic pump
US 3758239 A
In peristaltic pumps, using a number of mobile occluding organs which press a resilient hose against a support and which cause the advance of a medium within this hose, an additional support is provided from the limit point of occlusion up to the last contact point with the hose. The distance of the support from the track of the occluding organs being in inverse proportion to the required speed of advance of the medium in this hose.
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ilnited States Patent 11 1 Hrdina [451 Sept. 11, 1973 1 CONTROLLED PERISTALTIC PUMP [75] Inventor: Jii'l' Hrdina, Praha, Czechoslovakia [73] Assignee: Cskoslovenska akademie vecl, Praha,

Czechoslovakia [22] Filed: Dec. 21, 1971 {21] Appl. No.: 210,371

[30] Foreign Application Priority Data Dec. 23, 1970 Czechoslovakia 8746/70 [52] HS. Cl. 417/477 [51] Int. Cl. F04b 43/08, F04b 43/12, F04b 45/06 [58] Field of Search 417/474, 475, 476, 417/477 [561 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,597,124 8/1971 Adams 417/477 3,628,891 Isreeli et a1. 417/476 X lsreeli 417/477 X 3,137,241 6/1964 3,101,674 8/1963 Weiskopf et al.. 417/477 X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 467,288 6/1937 Great Britain 417/477 1,119,170 4/1956 France 417/477 Primary Examiner-Al Lawrence Smith Assistant Examiner-Richard E. Gluck AttorneyRichard Low and Murray Schaffer [57] ABSTRACT In peristaltic pumps, using a number of mobile occluding organs which press a resilient hose against a support and which cause the advance of a medium within this hose, an additional support is provided from the limit point of occlusion up to the last contact point with the hose. The distance of the support from the track of the occluding organs being in inverse proportion to the required speed of advance of the medium in this hose.

6 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures PATENTED SEW W H SHEET 1 BF 3 A DR "LY PATENTED I 75 SHEET 2 OF 3 FIG. 3

INVENTOR J H R D 1 N L] BYW S- Q (:ZTORNEY PATENTED 1 m3 sum 3 OF 3 W INVENTOR dlm #RJMNA WYTSJZZQY A ORN CONTROLLED PERISTALTIC PUMP BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a method and to an arrangement for regulating and programming of the discharge and suction of periodically operating pumps, particularly peristaltic pumps. 7

Peristaltic pumps are particularly useful in laboratories, as they enable a relatively simple mechanism to simultaneously generate a stream of a medium in a large number of resilient hoses situated side by side. Similar pumps are very suitable for operation with a segmented stream, that is with a stream of a medium subdivided by pistons (for instance gas pistons) into individual segments. Peristaltic pumps have however a number of drawbacks which are at present considered irremovable. Primarily they have a certain lack of uniformity of the stream delivery within the so called critical range of the pump. The critical range being defined as the area where the occluding organ in its compression track starts to withdraw from the hose and to release it, whereby the occlusion ceases and the hose starts to regain, by its elasticity, its normal shape. This condition generates irregularities of the delivered stream which reduce the otherwise high accuracy of peristaltic pumps.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION According to this invention the occluding organ moves within a part of itstrack from the marginal point of occlusion up to the last point of contactwith the hose of the pump opposite to a surface having a longitudinal profile and the distances between individual points from the contact point of the occluding organ change, being reversibly proportional to the speed of advance of the stream of the medium required by the program in the individual points of said track.

The invention covers also an arrangement for regulating and programming the discharge and the suction of these pumps whereby to a fundamental supporting plate, the active surface of which has a constant distance from the track of the contact points of the occluding organs, an auxiliary support is joined, the individual points of its active surface having a distance from the contact points of the occluding organ which change being reversibly proportional to the speed of advance of the stream of the medium, required by the program in the individual points of said track.

The invention provides a peristaltic pump, where the irregularities of the stream of the medium within the changes to another value after the passage of the medium, either stepwise or continuously.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS The attached drawings show exemplary embodiments of the prior art as well as of the present invention.

FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a peristaltic pump of known design;

FIG. 2 a schematic view of another known design of a peristaltic pump;

FIG. 3 is a schematic longitudinal sectional view of the active part of a peristaltic pump adjusted according to this invention;

FIG. 4 is a partial longitudinal sectional view of an alternative arrangement of a peristaltic pump according to this invention;

FIG. 5 is a partial sectional view of a further modification of the peristaltic pump according to this invention; and

FIG. 6 is a diagram schematically showing the occluding organ of a conventional pump at full occlusion of the hose and in the course of its subsequent release.

DESCRIPTION OF PRIOR ART In order to enable a full understanding of the object of this invention, two peristaltic pumps of. known design will be described first.

FIG. 1 shows one of the commonly used arrangements of peristaltic pumps where a number of occlusion rollers 1, 2, 3, 4 are provided either directly on arms 5 (one arm is only partly indicated in the drawing) critical range are eliminated and which in additon allows the adjustment of the stream at the critical area according to a predetermined program of control. Preferably the function of programming is to provide for the uniform advance of the medium, but it is also possible to achieve other conditions. For instance, it is possible to control the stream of the medium so that'it comes to a stop or even to achieve within a short period of operation a negative speed value (that is a movement in the opposite direction) whereby at least a part of this negative speed together with the inlet speed of which arms 5 are supported on a rotating shaft 6, or according to an alternative arrangement are supported on spring loaded rocker levers 7, connected by bolts 8 to arms 9 fixed on shafts 6. The rollers in the course of their movement track about the shaft 6 and come into contact with an elastic hose 10 having an infeed and a discharge end. The hose 10 rests on a support 11. The arcuate shape of the support 11 insures that the rollers, within a part of their track remain in contact with the hose 10 which is thereby compressed so that below the individual rollers a complete occlusion, that is a complete closing of the hose is caused. The support 11 is urged against the rollers byan element 12 generating pressure. In the course of rotation of the shaft 6 and thus also of the rollers l, 2, 3', 4 the place of occlusion advancescontinuously along the hose at an angular speed corresponding to the angular speed of the shaft jacent branch of the roller chain, whereafter in part B it recedes from the rollers.

FIG. 6 shows the operation of the pump schematically. As seen, each occlusion organ 1,2,3, travels along a curved path 15 a portion of which constitutes the compression track wherein the roller compresses one portion of the wall of the hose 10 against the opposing wall portion. The depth of compression of roller (e.g. 41) provides an occlusion reserve C since so long as the compression is maintained within this depth, occlusion of the hose is maintained. During mainteneance of the occlusion reserve C the hose is segmented by the roller forming a portion 16 behind it and a portion 17 ahead of it and by which the media is separated. This occlusion reserve is required to insure that a tight seal is made between sections 16 and 17. Further, at the initial stage of compression, the compression of the hose reduces the volume of the hose, thus increasing the pressure of the medium in the hose between itself and the next preceeding roller. The moving occlusion organs thus push the medium conveying a stream of medium to the discharge end along the path D.

The rollers, when driven along their path at a constant speed, act to impart an irregularity to the flow of medium in the conveyed stream within the pump range which is detected atthe discharge end of the hose. This irregularity is caused by the action of the roller when it releases from the hose during the course of each individual compression period (a period being defined as the distance between successive rollers). Actually, at the moment when the occlusion roller 41 lifts in its track along the curve 15 from the hose 10 and the roller 41 first releases the so called occlusion reserve C, that is, as the part of one hose wall which is pressed into the opposite one begins to recede and as soon as each roller recedes so far that the reserve C is liquidated, (note roller 42), the occlusion stops and the space 16 behind the roller becomes connected with the space 17 in front of it, and the hose is refilled with medium. The point where the occlusion stops, defined as limit point of occlusion is indicated in FIG. 6 by the letter M. In the course of the further movement of the particular roller (position indicated by 42) along the curve 15, the medium in the hose is no longer conveyed at a uniform speed in direction of the arrow D. As the hose starts to expand up to the place where the roller just leaves it (point E at position 43) the medium rushes to fill the increasing volume reducing its forward speed. The range between the limit point M and the contact point E is referred to as the critical range? and is indicated by the letter K. In the course of release of the hose 10 suction is generated in space 17 acting against the discharge of the medium, so that the resulting discharge is equal to the difference between the discharge movement generated by the next succeeding roller and this suction. The amount ofmedium delivered within this critical range K is therefore reduce in dependence on this suction. Since the speed of back flow into the tube from the discharge is directly proportional to the speed of the rollers, the suction may even rise to such a value that its surpasses the medium discharge speed, so that the stream of the medium may actually be reversed and proceeds in the opposite direction, (i.e., against the direction indicated by the arrow D). This irregularity is very inconvenient, particularly if a discharge having uniform proportionality is to be achieved. This proportionality cannot be achieved with known pumps and particularly for purposes which have hoses of different diameters. Up till now this drawback could not be removed and it was particularly this drawback, which caused peristaltic pumps to have been considered to be not quite accurate. Although it is common knowledge that their total delivery is uniform, the periodic delivery is not and so far only the mean values of discharge are considered in determining capacity.

Various steps have been taken in order to eliminate this undesirable circumstance, one of which is the use of a clamp 18, commonly called a bar" indicated schematically in FIG. 2. The bar is located between the compression track and the discharge. The clamp 18 is adjustable with respect to a fixed support 19 and is resiliently pressed against the support 19 to cause selected deformation of the hose 10 up to a complete occlusion. The bar is particularly used for a stream of gas such as air segmented by pistons rather than rollers. If the bar is closed, the air or gas compressed between the closed bar and the next approaching occlusion roller is held until the moment when the bar is lifted andreleases the passage of the medium through the hose 10.

None of the arrangements attempted, not even the bar, could remove the above irregularities in delivery of the stream within the individual periods.

It has been of course equally impossible to obtain a programmed, that is, controlled stream of the medium within the critical range of the peristaltic pump and thus also in the discharge conduit of the pump.

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a peristaltic pump which would enable a uniform advance of the pumped medium.

It is another object of this invention to enable an arbi trary programming of the stream of the medium both in the suction and in the discharge conduit.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT FIG. 3 shows one of the simplest arrangements which can be made according to this invention. Rollers 20, 21, 22, 23 of a peristaltic pump are arranged at mutual distances L and move along a straight path 24 which passes over a hose 25 suitably supported so that the rollers and hose engage in a track of corresponding shape. The hose 25 is subsequently deformed from the place of first contact of the individual roller with the hose'which is indicated in the-drawing asbeing below the roller 20 which has just touched the upper wall of the hose. This deformation corresponds to the consecutive change along the direction of movement of the distance between the path 24 and the support. The support consists of a base supporting plate 26, the upper active surface 27 of which is parallel with the path 24 and at the discharge end an auxiliary support 28 having rection opposite thereto, that is toward the suction.

- side, the distance d decreases inversely proportional to the speed of the stream of the medium required by the program at each of the individual points of the critical range K. i

In accordance with this invention, the interval of re-' lease K of one roller is made to extend through the entire length of the discharge stroke L of next succeeding roller. Therefore uniform discharge is obtained.

In the simplest case wherein a uniform discharge of the medium is required by the program, it is desirable to shape the upper active surface 29 of the auxiliary, support 28 so that the speed of the stream is slowed to correspond for instance to the time of supply of the bubble piston (e.g., bar) at the segmentation point prior to discharge. This achieves a uniform speed of the medium behind the segmentation point. Any other shape to control speed according to the requirements of any program is of course equally possible.

What has been said about the discharge branch of the pump can be obviously equally applied in the suction branch if a desired discharge program, such as for instance a uniform suction is required. This case is indicated in FIG. 3 where an auxiliary support 30 is provided at the suction end, the upper surface of which is shaped so as the meet requirements according to the stipulated program. If no programming of suction is needed, the auxiliary support 30 may be omitted, so that the pump will have only a single auxiliary support at the discharge end. The converse holds true if only suction is programmed.

FIG. 4 shows an alternative arrangement where the auxiliary support 28 is adjustable. The auxiliary support 28 rests on set screws 31 which are screwed in into the body of a supporting plate 26 and joined at its upper active surface 29 to the corner edge 32 of the supporting plate 26. The supporting plate 28 is pressed against the screws 31 by the force of the spring 33 suspended between a bolt 34 on the auxiliary support 28 and a bolt 35 on the supporting plate 26. The spring 33 is preferably situated in an inclined position with respect to the active surfaces of the supporting plate 26 and of the auxiliary support 28 so that it is biased toward both the auxiliary support 28 and the supporting plate 26 as well as to the set screws 31. In this way the corner edge 32 need not be covered.

A double arrow F (FIG. 4) indicates the length of the compression track, which each roller has to traverse in order to eliminate the occlusion reserve C (see FIG. 6) that is from the point where the roller must begin to lift from compressive position up to the place, where the occlusion ceases. From this point on, which is the limit point M of occlusion, upt to point E, where the roller just leaves the hose 25, the complete release of the hose is effected. This distance, indicated by the double arrow K is the aforementioned critical range of operation. The length of the distance R for the same pump must be different for different diameters of hoses, since each diameter of hose will create its-own variable suction. The uniform discharge effect of the moving rollers will therefore be influenced by the chosen hose as well as the distance K.

The adjustability of the auxiliary support 28 and thus also of the length of the criticalrange K is rather important for modern peristaltic pumps which may be designed to pump through a larger number of hoses (for instance up to 28 hoses), the diameters of each of which may be different from theother. It was impossible in the known devices to achieve a proportionality of the discharge in each of the different hoses. For instance in the design shown in FIG." 2, there is no possibility of adjustment and therefore no possibility to program, that is, control the combined effect of discharge and suction within the critical range. This form of control is enabled only by this invention. Thus one of the main disadvantages of prior peristaltic pumps which had been up to now considered irremovable has in fact been removed. That this improvement is important is due to the fact that differences of profiles of hoses for currently used pumps can be rather substantial. Forinstance, hoses range from an internal diameter 0.127 mm up to a diameter 2.80 mm or from an external diameter of 1.56 up to a diameter 4.2 mm.

The actual development of suction within the critical range K can be empirically determined with acceptable accuracy. Actually delivered volumes created by deformations of hoses having different parameters are registered. Based on the thus determined curves, it is easy to further determine the time course of changes of distances d that is the angle and length of the surface 9 from the path 24 within the critical range K (see FIG. 3 and 4). By establishing these determination of changes of discharge achieved by the sum of the fundamental discharge effect of the peristaltic pump in combination with the suction effect within this critical range can be made so that they would correspond to the given requirements of the pump program. So for instance if a perfect uniformity of the stream is desired, or if undesirable sudden changes of speed are to be eliminated at places both close to the limit point M of occlusion or close to the contact point E, it is necessary that the length of the critical range K is, as far as possible, selected to be equal to the distance L of the occlusion rollers. This condition is not met by any of the known peristaltic pumps. Another important condition that has not been met by the prior art is that the difference between the distance d at the limit point M and the distance d atthe contact point E should be different for different profiles of hoses. It has been heretofore impossible to achieve in practical pumps a uniform stream and even less a controlled stream of the kind produced by the present invention.

FIG. 5 shows another modification of this invention. The auxiliary support 28 is in this case joined to the base supporting plate 26 so that at the place of contact of these two elements there is a sudden drop or step indicated by the reference mark 36. In this arrangement, the roller, for instance roller 23 advances very quickly from a position, where it still fully occludes the hose 25 with the required reserve, to a closely adjacent point, where the occlusion immediately stops and the hose opens. in this case the length of the track portion F, as indicated in FIG. 4, which the roller must traverse in order to eliminate the occlusion reserve C (FIG. 6) is practically reduced to zero. It is obvious that this step 36 can be achieved in the arrangement according to FIG. 4 by asuitable adjustment'of the left set screw 31 so that the auxiliary support 28 can not only be deviated around the edge 32, but may be also shifted perpendiculary to the edge 32.

The auxiliary support 28 can be provided either for each hose alone or as a common support for several hoses. Of course individual adjusting elements can be provided for an entire group of individual hoses either of equal or different profiles.

Recently arrangements of most modern multichannel peristaltic pumpsare desired as automatic analysers, a part of which are just peristaltic pumps, which can perform different kinds of analysis. For this purpose wholly assembled constructional units are provided, corresponding respectively to different possible analysis conditions. This invention is particularly suitable for similar cases, as it is possible to achieve with relatively simple means the most advantageous control even if hoses of rather different diameters are used in each. In such cases the auxiliary support 28 can form a unit in combination with the hose supporting plate 26, so that no individual adjustment is required.

ln the preceding discussion a type of a pump according to FIG. 2 has been considered, where the occlusion rollers move along a track with a straight active branch. Everything that has been said about this type of pump holds true for other types of peristaltic pumps, particularly where the active part of the roller track is curved, as for instance the circular track seen according to FIG. 1.

I claim:

1. Controlled peristaltic pump comprising at least one flexible hose having a suction end and a discharge end for suction and discharge, respectively, of a liquid medium, supporting means having an active surface for supporting said hose, compressing means disposed opposite said supporting means, movable along a predetermined path and adapted to progressively compress said hose against said supporting means and to generate a peristaltic pumping effect, said supporting means ineluding at least a first support member substantially parallel to the pathof said compressing'means and a second support member disposed next to said first member, said second support member being adjustable with respect to the predetermined path to selectively vary the distance from said compressing means thereby controlling the action of said compressing means and the discharge of said liquid medium.

2. The pump as defined in claim 1 wherein the second support member is pivotable with respect to the first support member to meet changing diameter and thickness requirements of hoses supported by the supporting means.

3. The pump as defined in claim 1 wherein the second support member is pivotable around an edge through which it contacts the first support member and is perpendicularly adjustable to said edge.

4. The pump as defined in claim 1 wherein the second support member is freely supported by set screws and provided with spring means acting in an inclined direction with respect to the active surface of the supporting means and pressing said second support member simultaneously against the first support member and against said set screws.

5. The pump as defined in claim 1 wherein the active surface of the second support member of the support means forms a step at the place of contact with the first support member of said support means.

6. The pump as defined in claim 1 wherein said compressing means further comprising spaced adjacent members which occlude said hose until a last point of occlusion, and continuing to engage said hose until a last point of contact, the distance between said last point of occlusion and said last point of contact being substantially equal to the spacing between said spaced adjacent members.

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U.S. Classification417/477.11, 417/477.14
International ClassificationF04B43/12
Cooperative ClassificationF04B43/1223
European ClassificationF04B43/12D