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New SprayView™ System Advances Bio-Fuels Research

Posted in: Gas Turboshaft Lab

Chetek, WI, August 10, 2010—Turbine Technologies, Ltd. (TTL)

SprayView™ Fuel Atomization Verification System
Chetek, WI-Turbine Technologies, Ltd. (TTL) has introduced the SprayView™ Fuel Atomization Verification System.

SprayView™ is a companion fuel testing system for TTL lab equipment which utilize the company’s SR-30™ Gas Turbine Engine. It features a built-in SR-30™ engine fuel manifold to give operators the ability to test the atomization characteristics of fuels before they are actually burned in the engine. Proper atomization verification is especially important when testing alternative fuel formulations such as bio-diesel blends in the company’s MiniLab™ Gas Turbine Power System and TurboGen™ Gas Turbine Electrical Generation System. Improper spray patterns signify fuel formulations that are not compatible with the existing engine fuel injection system. Attempting to run an engine with these non-conforming fuel formulations could potentially damage it.

The SprayView™System also allows MiniLab™ Operators to remove their actual SR-30™ Engine Fuel Manifold and test it for proper operation. Injector nozzles can be inspected for any build-up of contaminants and can be conveniently cleaned for continued reliable performance when reinstalled on the engine. Periodic checks in this manner, especially when testing experimental fuel formulations, can reduce the chances of injector clogging, essentially eliminating potential engine operating problems.

SprayView ™ features a Clear View Spray Observation Chamber allowing the operator to visually inspect the fuel spray pattern for each engine injector. The integrated Spray Verification Impingement Plates can be lined up under each spray injector nozzle to verify their spray integrity. The built-in fuel spray vacuum capture system pulls the injected fuel into a collection tank, which can be conveniently drained after the tests. The integrated spray “throttling” system allows the operator to vary the fuel spray pressure to determine the optimum spray atomization “cloud” for a particular fuel. For students and researchers alike, the ability to actually see the fuel spray patterns, combined with concurrent readouts of system pressure and flow information provide a unique ability to verify fuel atomization integrity before attempting to run an engine with the fuel.

SprayView™ is self-contained and requires only 110V power (optional 220V) for operation. The system arrives fully assembled, tested and ready to use. Comprehensive setup and utilization instructions are provided, as well as a free, two-year warranty.

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