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Method and apparatus for atomizing fluids with a multi-fluid nozzle

United States Patent

December 7, 2004
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The invention relates to a method an apparatus for atomizing liquids. In particular, the present invention relates to a method and apparatus for atomizing heavy hydrocarbon fuels such as diesel, as part of a fuel reforming process. During normal operating conditions the fuel is atomized by a high pressure fluid. Under start-up conditions when only a low pressure gas is available the fuel films across part of the nozzle and is subsequently atomized by a radially directed low pressure dispersion gas.
Novick; Vincent J. (Downers Grove, IL), Ahluwalia; Rajesh K. (Burr Ridge, IL)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
10/ 642,240
August 18, 2003
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago, representing Argonne National Laboratory.