Regenerating catalytic fuel system
Continuing to build on the internal combustion engine fuel systems developed during 1985 - 86, and combined with the technology developed by Eagle Research, development of the regenerating fuel system has taken a step forward with the introduction of advanced electronic controls and the redesign of the fuel metering valves.
Previous research showed the control of the fuel in these systems was extremely difficult with metering systems that were available at that time.
Lack of automated control was a major block in the development of these systems as fuel efficiencies exceeded 180 Miles per gallon, and the systems lost practicality as fuel efficiencies exceeded 265 miles per gallon. The "hands on" adjustments that needed to be continually made by an operator to adapt to altering road conditions made these units impractical for anything except research use.
With currant developments it is now proven practical to exceed 200 miles per gallon, and theoretically possible to achieve 300 miles per gallon per ton at average road speeds. This should allow the standard mid size automobile to achieve between 250 and 300 miles per gallon on regular (87 octane) fuel.
The fuel regeneration capabilities of the system have also benefited from the consistency of the carbon chains in the exhaust as a feed stock, and, to some small but notable extent, carbon chains in the atmosphere.
How it works, why it works
When thermal efficiency cannot be increased directly in the engine the energy that can be recovered and utilized to produce power. REG systems recover the waste heat and utilize it to increase efficiency by;
1)store the energy for future use by the engine,
2)use the wasted energy to modify the fuel to produce a fuel that is in a better state to burn,
3)use the waste heat in a regenerating unit that can use carbon chains from the exhaust gas to , with the assistance of catalyst, build new molecular chains that can be utilized as fuel. Regenerating fuel systems on vehicles using dynamic breaking (electrical brakes) can feed the energy from the dynamic brake into the regenerating unit as either electrical energy required by the unit or as heat which is required for the chemical processes to occur.
4)Use the waste heat in th expanding exhaust gasses to drive a secondary energy recovery system. While not recognized as such this would include turbochargers which use the energy in the still expanding waste gasses to drive a turbine, which is attached to a compressor and supplies the engine with compressed air and eliminates the vacuum pump action of the engine, creating a net gain in horsepower by reducing or eliminating the vacuum as well as forcing a larger quantity of air into the cylinder.
Developing partners in Asia are currently preparing for the testing of the redesigned fuel metering valves.
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