catalytic ignition

catalytic ignition

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A type of reheat ignition system. The catalytic igniter consists of a platinum or rhodium element in a case fitted into housing secured to the burner hub. Fuel flows to the mouth of a venturi tube that is open to a gas stream from the turbines, and the fuel-air mixture is sprayed onto the elements of the igniter. The chemical reaction lowers the flash point of the mixture sufficiently for spontaneous ignition of the mixture.
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Researchers at the SmartPlugs Corporation announced today that they successfully operated an engine at an excess air ratio of LAMBDA 3 with no Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and no misfire while testing the extreme lean burn limits of their patented SmartPlugs(TM) Catalytic Ignition Technology.
SmartPlugs Corporation's patented catalytic ignition system can ignite such hyper-lean mixtures and avoid the formation of NOx due to this low temperature combustion process.
SmartPlugs(TM) are a precision timed catalytic ignition system that ignites the fuel/air mixture with 6-8 precisely timed, powerful flame jets.
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