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Intelligent pressure management system for cryogenic fluid systems

An intelligent pressure management system that controls the pressure inside a cryogenic tank between variable target vapor pressure values and/or ranges that are set as a function of system operating conditions, by actuating an actively controllable valve disposed on a gaseous fluid vapor conduit; and in some embodiments, additionally by actuating an actively controllable valve on a liquefied gaseous fluid conduit, based on a signal received from a pressure sensor that measures the pressure inside the pressurized tank. The variable target vapor pressure values and/or ranges are determined as a function of at least two system operating conditions which can include the vapor volume in the storage space; the fluid flow demanded by the use device; and a measured temperature parameter that correlates to the temperature of the fluid exiting a heater.. ... Westport Power Inc

Ignition apparatus and method for a premixed charge in a gaseous-fuelled engine

Premixed engines have ignition issues when engine speed and load are below a predetermined range. An ignition apparatus for igniting a premixed charge in a gaseous-fuelled internal combustion engine comprises an ignition device associated with a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine. ... Westport Power Inc

Operating a gaseous fuel injector

Fuel injection accuracy of gaseous fuel injectors is important for efficient engine operation. However, the performance of the injectors varies from part to part and across their lifetime, and when an injector is under performing according to its specification it is often unknown what is causing the problem. ... Westport Power Inc

Reducing unburned hydrocarbon emissions in gaseous fuelled lean-burn engines

It is a challenge to reduce unburned hydrocarbon emissions for gaseous fuelled engines, especially at low engine load conditions, to meet demanding emission regulation targets. A method for reducing unburned hydrocarbon emissions in a lean-burn internal combustion engine that is fuelled with a gaseous fuel comprises adjusting the timing for closing of an intake valve as a function of engine operating conditions by one of advancing timing for closing of the intake valve and closing the intake valve earlier during an intake stroke; and retarding timing for closing of the intake valve and closing the intake valve later during a compression stroke. ... Westport Power Inc

Cryogenic pump operation for controlling heat exchanger discharge temperature

Gaseous fuel downstream of a heat exchanger can be too cold for fuel system components when the temperature of engine coolant employed as a working fluid in the heat exchanger is too low to elevate gaseous fuel temperature, and it is possible for the engine coolant to freeze. A method of operating a cryogenic pump for controlling discharge temperature of a heat exchanger that vaporizes a process fluid received from the cryogenic pump with heat from a working fluid, where the cryogenic pump includes a piston reciprocatable in a cylinder between a proximate cylinder head and a distal cylinder head, includes monitoring at least one of process fluid temperature and working fluid temperature; retracting the piston during an intake stroke from the proximate cylinder head to the distal cylinder head; and extending the piston in a plurality of incremental discharge strokes until the piston travels from the distal cylinder head back to the proximate cylinder head. ... Westport Power Inc

Hydraulically actuated gaseous fuel injector

Hydraulically actuated gaseous fuel injectors required a relatively small pressure bias between hydraulic fluid and gaseous fuel to be able to open and to reduce hydraulic fluid contamination of the gaseous fuel. An improved hydraulically actuated gaseous fuel injector includes an injection valve in fluid communication with a gaseous fuel inlet and includes a valve member reciprocatable within a fuel injector body between a closed position and an open position. ... Westport Power Inc

Apparatus for reducing pressure pulsations in a gaseous fuelled internal combustion engine

An improved body defining a restricted fluid flow passage in a fuel supply system for delivering a gaseous fuel to an internal combustion engine. The body is formed for installation between and fluidly connecting a gaseous fuel supply conduit and a gaseous fuel flow passage that defines a predetermined volume between the restricted fluid flow passage and a nozzle chamber of a fuel injector from which the gaseous fuel is injected into the internal combustion engine. ... Westport Power Inc

Sealing structure for gaseous fuel

In metal-on-metal sealing structures, the sealing criteria employed for high pressure liquid fuel does not work when sealing gaseous fuels. An improved method for sealing a gaseous fuel between gaseous fuel conduits in an internal combustion engine comprises forming a contact band between two surfaces of a sealing structure between a first conduit and a second conduit. ... Westport Power Inc

Piston arrangement

A piston arrangement comprises a circumferential piston groove that can accommodate a seal for sealing between the piston and the cylinder bore when the piston moves in a reciprocal movement. The piston arrangement comprises a first fluid flow passage, defined at least in part by the piston body that fluidly connects the forward side of the cylinder bore with a space within the piston groove underneath the seal and a second fluid flow passage, defined in part by the piston body, which fluidly connects the rear side of the cylinder bore with the space within the piston groove underneath the seal. ... Westport Power Inc

Gaseous fuel pumping system

In high horse power engines there are strict energy budgets allotted for each subsystem. It is a challenge for a gaseous fuel pumping system to supply the necessary gaseous fuel mass flow to the engine while staying within budget. ... Westport Power Inc

Method and apparatus for supplying a gaseous fuel to an internal combustion engine

A method for supplying gaseous fuel from a tender car to an internal combustion engine on a locomotive comprising storing the gaseous fuel at a cryogenic temperature in a cryogenic storage tank on the tender car; pumping the gaseous fuel to a first pressure from the cryogenic storage tank; vaporizing the gaseous fuel at the first pressure; and conveying the vaporized gaseous fuel to the internal combustion engine; whereby a pressure of the vaporized gaseous fuel is within a range between 310 bar and 575 bar.. . ... Westport Power Inc

Starting a gaseous and pilot fuelled engine

Starting a gaseous fuelled engine employing a pilot fuel at cold temperatures is challenging due to reduced ignitability and combustion efficiency of the fuel(s), and the increased viscosity of engine oil. A technique for starting a compression ignition, gaseous fuelled internal combustion engine employing a pilot fuel comprises determining one of a normal start condition and a cold start condition; during the normal start condition, introducing the pilot fuel into a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine when the pilot fuel pressure rises above a first pressure; during the cold start condition, introducing the pilot fuel into the combustion chamber when the pilot fuel pressure rises above a second pressure that is higher than the first pressure; and selectively introducing the gaseous fuel into the combustion chamber.. ... Westport Power Inc

Bracketed support for a double walled cryogenic storage vessel

Unconstrained rotational movement of an inner vessel with respect to an outer vessel at one end of a cryogenic storage vessel increases stress in supports at an opposite end. A storage vessel for holding a cryogenic fluid comprises an inner vessel defining a cryogen space and having a longitudinal axis, and an outer vessel spaced apart from and surrounding the inner vessel, defining a thermally insulating space between the inner and outer vessels. ... Westport Power Inc

Method and system for operating gaseous-fuelled direct injection internal combustion engine

A method for operating a gaseous-fuelled internal combustion engine by directly injecting the gaseous fuel into the combustion chamber is disclosed wherein the gaseous fuel is injected at injection pressures higher than 300 bar and the pressure ratio between the gaseous fuel injection pressure and the peak cylinder pressure is between 1.6:1 and 3:1, and preferably between 2.5:1 to 2.8:1. The injection pressure is selected to be between 300 and 540 bar and preferably between 300 bar and 440 bar. ... Westport Power Inc

04/13/17 / #20170102111

Cryogenic storage vessel

Draining a cryogenic storage vessel to remove a pump is timing consuming, expensive and can result in increased greenhouse gas emissions. A cryogenic storage vessel comprises an inner vessel defining a cryogen space and an outer vessel spaced apart from and surrounding the inner vessel, defining a thermally insulating space between the inner and outer vessels. ... Westport Power Inc

03/23/17 / #20170082196

Piston seal

A piston seal for a reciprocating piston is disclosed having the shape of split ring comprising a first end segment and a second end segment overlapping along a split surface that extends from the inner circumferential surface to the outer circumferential surface of the seal and is transverse to the direction in which the 5 piston moves when reciprocating in a cylinder bore. The split surface is spaced further from the leading lateral surface of the seal that faces a compression chamber associated with the piston than it is spaced from said trailing lateral surface of the seal that is opposite to the leading lateral surface. ... Westport Power Inc

03/09/17 / #20170067423

Gaseous fuel combustion apparatus for an internal combustion engine

Diesel-cycle engines are known to have greater power, torque and efficiency compared to otto-cycle engines of like displacement. When the fuel is a gaseous fuel, such as natural gas, a pilot fuel (such as diesel) is normally required to assist with ignition in a gaseous fuelled diesel-cycle engine. ... Westport Power Inc

02/02/17 / #20170030760

Capacitance-type sensor probe

Sensor probes for capacitance-type liquid level sensors do not comprise an acceptable balance between cost, performance and durability for mobile applications. An improved sensor probe is provided. ... Westport Power Inc








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