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Mixed mode fuel injector with individually moveable needle valve members

United States Patent

August 3, 2004
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A fuel injector includes a homogenous charge nozzle outlet set and a conventional nozzle outlet set controlled respectively, by first and second needle valve members. One of the needle valve members moves to an open position while the other needle valve member remains stationary for a homogeneous charge injection event. The former needle valve member stays stationary while the other needle valve member moves to an open position for a conventional injection event. One of the needle valve members is at least partially positioned in the other needle valve member. Thus, the injector can perform homogeneous charge injection events, conventional injection events, or even a mixed mode having both types of injection events in a single engine cycle.
Stewart; Chris (Normal, IL), Chockley; Scott A. (Washington, IL), Ibrahim; Daniel R. (Bloomington, IL), Lawrence; Keith (Peoria, IL), Tomaseki; Jay (Gainsville, GA), Azam; Junru H. (Normal, IL), Tian; Steven Ye (Bloomington, IL), Shafer; Scott F. (Morton, IL)
Caterpillar Inc (Peoria, IL)
10/ 439,837
May 16, 2003
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with U.S. Government support under at least one of DE-FC05-97OR22605 and DE-FC05-00OR22806 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.