Investigation of a Radio Frequency Plasma Ignitor for Possible Internal Combustion Engine Use

Paper #:
  • 970071

Published:
  • 1997-02-24
Citation:
Stiles, R., Thompson, G., and Smith, J., "Investigation of a Radio Frequency Plasma Ignitor for Possible Internal Combustion Engine Use," SAE Technical Paper 970071, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/970071.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
This paper outlines the development process of a radio frequency (RF) plasma ignitor and its application to internal combustion engines. The system features a high Q quarter-wave coaxial cavity resonator that serves as an electric field magnifier and as a discharge device. The preliminary characteristics of the cavity have been studied by the construction and operation of larger scaled devices. Testing has been performed using these devices in a testing apparatus operating under ambient conditions. Once an analysis of the large-scale device is complete, a smaller device, more inclined to interfacing with a standard engine, will be constructed and tested on a full scale engine. The final device is intended to operate in the 800-1500 MHz range.
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