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FUEL REFORMER WITH THERMAL MANAGEMENT

United States Patent Application

20140170038
A1
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A fuel reformer includes a feedstream delivery unit and a catalytic reactor. The feedstream delivery unit is configured to receive reactants and to provide the reactants to the catalytic reactor. The reformer further includes a flame arrestor disposed between the feedstream delivery unit and the catalytic reactor, and at least one spacer disposed between the feedstream delivery unit and the catalytic reactor, wherein the spacer is configured to allow the reactants to flow therethrough while inhibiting thermal radiation therethrough. In a further aspect, the surfaces of the feedstream delivery unit that come into contact with the reactants in use include coatings that eliminate catalytic reactions of the feedstream within the feedstream delivery unit.
FISCHER, BERNHARD A. (HONEOYE FALLS, NY), KIRCHNER, BRUCE E. (WEBSTER, NY), WILLIAMS, PAUL A. (ROCHESTER, NY), SCHUMANN, DAVID R. (SPENCERPORT, NY), JONES, DUANE E. (ROCHESTER, NY)
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (TROY MI)
13/ 713,039
December 13, 2012
[0001] This invention was made with government support under contract DE-EE0000478 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.