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Liquid fuel vaporizer and combustion chamber having an adjustable thermal conductor

United States Patent

March 4, 2014
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The efficiency and effectiveness of apparatuses for vaporizing and combusting liquid fuel can be improved using thermal conductors. For example, an apparatus having a liquid fuel vaporizer and a combustion chamber can be characterized by a thermal conductor that conducts heat from the combustion chamber to the vaporizer. The thermal conductor can be a movable member positioned at an insertion depth within the combustion chamber that corresponds to a rate of heat conduction from the combustion chamber to the vaporizer. The rate of heat conduction can, therefore, be adjusted by positioning the movable member at a different insertion depth.
Powell; Michael R. (Kennewick, WA), Whyatt; Greg A. (West Richland, WA), Howe; Daniel T. (Pasco, WA), Fountain; Matthew S. (Kennewick, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
12/ 945,305
November 12, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.