Micro-ignition Components for Heavy Fuel Engines
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AbstractPrecision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes a durable miniature catalytic glow plug as an enabling component for the use of heavy fuels in small, high power density engines for unmanned applications. The use of heavy fuels in such engines will have a major impact on availability of fuel supplies for such small engines while also reducing fuel consumption through the gains in efficiency inherent to high compression engine operation. The hot, reactive catalytic surface of the catalytic glow plug will allow ignition of fuel-air mixtures at lower surface temperatures and compression ratios than required for non-catalytic hot surface igniters, and at extended conditions. This will expand the envelope of durable ignition and operation, and will provide a range of enabling benefits for heavy fuel use, including more rapid starting and better operability, lower required compression ratio, improved ignitor life, reduced energy requirement, and overall reduction in system weight and size compared to higher voltage ignition systems. It will help enable heavy fuel use in unmanned applications, support increased fuel economy, and reduce system cost. PCI's work will build on substantial prior development of catalytic ignition systems.
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