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Title: Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter ("plasmatron") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [2]
  1. (Swampscott, MA)
  2. (Moscow, RU)
  3. (Sharon, MA)
  4. (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1003003
Report Number(s):
7,597,860
US patent application 11/101,926
DOE Contract Number:
AC03-99EE50565; FG04-95AL88002
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English