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Nozzle insert for mixed mode fuel injector

United States Patent

November 14, 2006
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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. The homogeneous charged nozzle outlet set is defined by a nozzle insert that is attached to an injector body, which defines the conventional nozzle outlet set. The nozzle insert is a one piece metallic component with a large diameter segment separated from a small diameter segment by an annular engagement surface. One of the needle valve members is guided on an outer surface of the nozzle insert, and the nozzle insert has an interference fit attachment to the injector body.
Lawrence; Keith E. (Peoria, IL)
Caterpillar Inc (Peoria, IL)
10/ 209,140
July 31, 2002
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.