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Piston pump and method of reducing vapor lock

United States Patent

January 30, 2001
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A pump includes a housing defining a cavity, at least one bore, a bore inlet, and a bore outlet. The bore extends from the cavity to the outlet and the inlet communicates with the bore at a position between the cavity and the outlet. A crankshaft is mounted in supports and has an eccentric portion disposed in the cavity. The eccentric portion is coupled to a piston so that rotation of the crankshaft reciprocates the piston in the bore between a discharge position an intake position. The bore may be offset from an axis of rotation to reduce bending of the piston during crankshaft rotation. During assembly of the pump, separate parts of the housing can be connected together to facilitate installation of internal pumping components. Also disclosed is a method of reducing vapor lock by mixing vapor and liquid portions of a substance and introducing the mixture into a piston bore.
Phillips; Benjamin A. (Benton Harbor, MI), Harvey; Michael N. (DeSoto, TX)
Phillips Engineering Co. (St. Joseph, MI)
09/ 459,900
December 14, 1999
GOVERMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under contract 86X-17497C awarded by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.