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  • Ahsan Choudhuri
  • Norman Love
  • Charles Hill
  • Luis Sanchez

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Project TitleTorch Ignition System for Propulsion Applications
Track Code2016-028
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a swirl coflow premixed torch igniter that utilizes oxygen and methane as the propellant for propulsion of a rocket engine.

Abstract

Current engine ignition systems require too much power or consume too much propellant, which decreases the overall efficiency of the system. This invention revolves around the renewed interest in using oxygen and methane propellants for propulsion. This invention contains a coaxial swirl torch igniter that can reliably ignite in a large range of inlet conditions and operates under a wide temperature range. This ignition system operates using methane and oxygen as propellants.

 
Tagsaerospace, engine, Ignition System, methane, oxygen, Propellant, propulsion, rocket engines, spark igniter, torch igniter
 
Posted DateNov 14, 2016 6:27 PM

Researcher

Name
Ahsan Choudhuri
Norman Love
Charles Hill
Luis Sanchez

Manager

Name
Melissa Silverstein

Advantages

  • Reduces size and weight of engine  
  • Can operate on various fluid mixtures  
  • Igniter is reliable, durable, and fast 
  • Methane propulsion is space-storable, nontoxic, and burns cleanly

Applications

  • Aerospace
  • Rocket Propulsion

Contact Information

For more information, please contact UTEP's Office of Technology Commercialization at techtransfer@utep.edu or 915-747-8030.

Files

File Name Description
One-Pager for 2016-028 None Download

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
62/344,354 None Provisional United States