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Advanced Fuel Injection System Using a Supercavitating Fuel Injector

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John M. Gattoni, David M. Sykes, Paul E. Yelvington

Mainstream Engineering Corporation, Rockledge, FL

Paper No. ICEF2015-1021, pp. V001T03A003; 9 pages
  • ASME 2015 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • Volume 1: Large Bore Engines; Fuels; Advanced Combustion
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 8–11, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5727-4
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Using the latest manufacturing technology and patented nozzle geometry, an innovative high-speed (two or more injections at an engine operating speed of 6,000 RPM), lightweight fuel injection system was developed that controls supercavitation within the fuel injector nozzle. The patented supercavitating fuel injector nozzle reduces the penetration length of the fuel spray by 25–30%, average droplet size by 15.5% when operating at the same fuel pressure, and improves droplet size uniformity over conventional nozzles. The combination of these properties represents a tremendous opportunity to improve fuel delivery in engines. In addition to the performance benefits, this technology could be easily implemented into any direct-injected engine system, both compression ignition and spark ignition engines, reciprocating and rotary, because only the nozzle assembly needs to be developed for that particular fuel injector platform.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Fuels , Fuel injectors



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