Patent Number: 6,254,337

Title: Low noise air blower unit for inflating thermal blankets

Abstract: An air blower unit operates with reduced noise while providing a stream of warmed air. The blower unit includes a housing with an inlet at a first end and an outlet at a second end. A support positions the housing above a support surface such that the inlet points toward the support surface, and the outlet does not point away from the support surface. A rotatable blower creates an airstream by flowing air into the housing through the inlet and out of the housing through the outlet. The outlet is coupled to a delivery conduit having an elbow that absorbs some noise from the blower, and reflects remaining noise downward. The delivery conduit may be connected to a convective thermal blanket, for example. A motor, mechanically linked to the blower, rotates the blower and resides in the housing upstream of the blower. A heater, interposed between the blower and the motor, heats the fluid stream as it passes the heater.

Inventors: Arnold; Randall C. (Minnetonka, MN)

Assignee: Augustine Medical, Inc.

International Classification: F04D 29/58 (20060101); F04D 29/66 (20060101); F24H 3/04 (20060101); F01D 025/04 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018