J.S. Armfield, T.S. Bigelow, C.S. Daw, J.B. Green Jr., G.R. Hanson, J.H. Wilgen
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Knoxville TN 37932-6472
Improvements in emission control and performance in internal combustion engines have generally been accomplished by microprocessor-based control systems. It has been known for decades that additional improvements are theoretically possible if the basic physics of combustion can be altered. Energy fields are receiving significant attention in the field of exhaust remediation but little work has ever been done to demonstrate the effect of energy fields on combustion in real engine environments. Results are presented that illustrate how the introduction of microwave energy into the combustion chamber of a single cylinder research engine can effect combustion performance.
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