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Dual mode fuel injector with one piece needle valve member

United States Patent

January 18, 2005
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A fuel injector includes a homogenous charge nozzle outlet set and a conventional nozzle outlet set controlled respectively by inner and outer needle value members. The homogenous charged nozzle outlet set is defined by an outer needle value member that is moveably positioned in an injector body, which defines the conventional nozzle outlet set. The inner needle valve member is positioned in the outer needle valve member. The outer needle valve member is a piece component that includes at least one external guide surface, an external value surface and an internal valve seat.
Lawrence; Keith E. (Peoria, IL), Hinrichsen; Michael H. (Goodfield, IL), Buckman; Colby (Bellville, MI)
Caterpillar Inc (Peoria, IL)
10/ 377,325
February 28, 2003
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with U.S. Government support under at least one of DE-FC05-97OR22605 and DE-FC05-000R22806 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.