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Multi-pulse ignition

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Multi-pulse ignition

A new piezoceramic material manufactured using nanotechnology improves ignition-system performance. The "nano-fiber-in-nano-pore" technology uses metallic nano-fibers to increase voltage output, power-output efficiency, and effective surface area of piezoelectric ceramics.

A piezo high-voltage power supply offers efficiency as high as 85-90%.

In ignition systems, the materials' enhanced electrical characteristics allow engineers to use the material three ways to improve ignition performance:

  • As a high-voltage transformer charging a high-voltage capacitor to deliver a single spark

  • As a high-voltage igniter delivering a series of high-voltage sparks in a frequency range from 0.1 Hz to 100 kHz

  • As a high-voltage discharger producing a stable and continuous discharge across a gap.

Martjin Rasser,, 17 Monsignor Obrien Hwy., Cambridge, MA 02141; Tel: (617) 557-3800 Ext. 127; Fax: (617) 523-8232; E-mail: [email protected].

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