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Fuel injector utilizing non-thermal plasma activation

United States Patent

December 1, 2009
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A non-thermal plasma assisted combustion fuel injector that uses an inner and outer electrode to create an electric field from a high voltage power supply. A dielectric material is operatively disposed between the two electrodes to prevent arcing and to promote the formation of a non-thermal plasma. A fuel injector, which converts a liquid fuel into a dispersed mist, vapor, or aerosolized fuel, injects into the non-thermal plasma generating energetic electrons and other highly reactive chemical species.
Coates; Don M. (Santa Fe, NM), Rosocha; Louis A. (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
11/ 218,792
September 1, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.