US 9,808,805 B2
Liquid reservoir for microgravity system
Ira Naot, Zichron Yaacov (IL); Molly K. Mulligan, Tel Aviv (IL); and Alexander Pekin, Ramat-Gan (IL)
Assigned to SpacePharma SA, Delémont (CH)
Filed by SpacePharma SA, Delémont (CH)
Filed on Sep. 8, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/847,011.
Prior Publication US 2017/0065975 A1, Mar. 9, 2017
Int. Cl. B01L 3/00 (2006.01); B01L 99/00 (2010.01)
CPC B01L 3/52 (2013.01) [B01L 3/505 (2013.01); B01L 3/523 (2013.01); B01L 2200/027 (2013.01); B01L 2300/0848 (2013.01); B01L 2300/0854 (2013.01); B01L 2300/123 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A liquid reservoir for use in a microgravity environment, the reservoir comprising:
a bladder for holding a liquid, the bladder including flexible walls and an opening for extraction of the liquid from the bladder; and
a central internal tubular structure that is shaped so as to form at least one channel to conduct the liquid from an end of the bladder that is distal to the opening, wherein the central internal tubular structure is sufficiently rigid to prevent the walls of the bladder from blocking said at least one channel when suction is applied to the opening, and wherein the flexible walls of the bladder are away from the central internal tubular structure when the bladder is filled and come in contact with the central internal tubular structure when at least partially collapsed, and
wherein the bladder further comprises an additional opening at an end thereof that is distal to the opening.