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Title: Internal combustion engine for natural gas compressor operation

Abstract

This application concerns systems and methods for compressing natural gas with an internal combustion engine. In a representative embodiment, a system for compressing a gas comprises a reciprocating internal combustion engine including at least one piston-cylinder assembly comprising a piston configured to travel in a cylinder and to compress gas in the cylinder in multiple compression stages. The system can further comprise a first pressure tank in fluid communication with the piston-cylinder assembly to receive compressed gas from the piston-cylinder assembly until the first pressure tank reaches a predetermined pressure, and a second pressure tank in fluid communication with the piston-cylinder assembly and the first pressure tank. The second pressure tank can be configured to receive compressed gas from the piston-cylinder assembly until the second pressure tank reaches a predetermined pressure. When the first and second pressure tanks have reached the predetermined pressures, the first pressure tank can be configured to supply gas to the piston-cylinder assembly, and the piston can be configured to compress the gas supplied by the first pressure tank such that the compressed gas flows into the second pressure tank.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
State of Oregon Acting By and Through the State Board of Higher Education on Behalf of Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1247998
Patent Number(s):
9,316,178
Application Number:
14/244,807
Assignee:
State of Oregon Acting By and Through the State Board of Higher Education on Behalf of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
DOE Contract Number:  
AR0000259
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Apr 03
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Citation Formats

Hagen, Christopher L., Babbitt, Guy, Turner, Christopher, Echter, Nick, and Weyer-Geigel, Kristina. Internal combustion engine for natural gas compressor operation. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Hagen, Christopher L., Babbitt, Guy, Turner, Christopher, Echter, Nick, & Weyer-Geigel, Kristina. Internal combustion engine for natural gas compressor operation. United States.
Hagen, Christopher L., Babbitt, Guy, Turner, Christopher, Echter, Nick, and Weyer-Geigel, Kristina. Tue . "Internal combustion engine for natural gas compressor operation". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1247998.
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author = {Hagen, Christopher L. and Babbitt, Guy and Turner, Christopher and Echter, Nick and Weyer-Geigel, Kristina},
abstractNote = {This application concerns systems and methods for compressing natural gas with an internal combustion engine. In a representative embodiment, a system for compressing a gas comprises a reciprocating internal combustion engine including at least one piston-cylinder assembly comprising a piston configured to travel in a cylinder and to compress gas in the cylinder in multiple compression stages. The system can further comprise a first pressure tank in fluid communication with the piston-cylinder assembly to receive compressed gas from the piston-cylinder assembly until the first pressure tank reaches a predetermined pressure, and a second pressure tank in fluid communication with the piston-cylinder assembly and the first pressure tank. The second pressure tank can be configured to receive compressed gas from the piston-cylinder assembly until the second pressure tank reaches a predetermined pressure. When the first and second pressure tanks have reached the predetermined pressures, the first pressure tank can be configured to supply gas to the piston-cylinder assembly, and the piston can be configured to compress the gas supplied by the first pressure tank such that the compressed gas flows into the second pressure tank.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2016},
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