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Apparatus for Supplying Breathing Oxygen to a Driver at High Altitude

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237285D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-11

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Abstract

[0001] At altitudes greater than 1,500 meters above sea level, and more particularly greater than 2000 meters above sea level, humans are affected by the lower oxygen partial pressure in the ambient air. The reduced partial pressure 5 of oxygen at high altitude can cause serious illnesses such as altitude sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, and high altitude cerebral edema. [0002] Men and women working at high altitude mining and industrial sites work at reduced efficiency and reduced effectiveness due to the low oxygen partial pressure at 10 high altitude. This creates safety and productivity issues. [0003] Industry desires to alleviate the problems associated with reduced oxygen partial pressure at high-altitude mining sites.

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TITLE:

Apparatus for Supplying Breathing Oxygen to a Driver at High Altitude

BACKGROUND


[0001] At altitudes greater than 1,500 meters above sea level, and more particularly greater than 2000 meters above sea level, humans are affected by the lower oxygen partial pressure in the ambient air. The reduced partial pressure of oxygen at high

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altitude can cause serious illnesses such as altitude sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, and high altitude cerebral edema.


[0002] Men and women working at high altitude mining and industrial sites work at reduced efficiency and reduced effectiveness due to the low oxygen partial pressure at high altitude. This creates safety and productivity issues.

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[0003] Industry desires to alleviate the problems associated with reduced oxygen partial pressure at high-altitude mining sites.

BRIEF SUMMARY


[0004] The present invention aims to solve the problems associated with reduced

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oxygen partial pressure at high-altitude mining sites by supplying workers with breathing oxygen. Supplying workers with breathing oxygen will reduce the possibility of altitude sickness and allow the workers to be more productive and work more safely.


[0005] The present invention relates to an apparatus for supplying breathing oxygen to a driver of a vehicle at high altitude, for example mining equipment and mining vehicles.

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There are several aspects of the apparatus as outlined below.


[0006] In the following, specific aspects of the apparatus will be outlined. The reference numbers and expressions set in parentheses are referring to an example embodiment explained further below with reference to the figure. The reference numbers and expressions are, however, only illustrative and do not limit the aspect to any specific 25

component or feature of the example embodiment. The aspects can be formulated as

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claims in which the reference numbers and expressions set in parentheses are omitted or replaced by others as appropriate.


[0007] Aspect 1. An apparatus comprising:

an oxygen generator assembly (10) comprising an oxygen generator (20), and a mounting member (30) for connecting the oxygen generator assembly

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(10) to the vehicle (100), the oxygen generator (20) comprising a ceramic oxygen ion conducting membrane (4), the ceramic oxygen ion conducting membrane (4) having an anode side (42) and a cathode side (44), the oxygen generator (20) having an inlet (62) for introducing an air stream (6) to the cathode side (44), a first outlet (2) configured to discharge an

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oxygen product stream (22) from the anode side (42), and a second outlet
(82) configured to discharge oxygen-depleted air stream (8) from the cathode side (44);

electrical wiring (40) comprising an electrical connector (5), the electrical connector (5) configured to connect to an electric power takeoff (102) of

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the vehicle (100), the electrical wiring (40) operatively connected to the oxygen generator assembly an...