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Internal Combustion Engine Having Exhaust Gas Recirculation Loop with Catalyzed Heat Exchanger for Steam Reformation: 10,119,500

Abstract: 

A method of providing recirculated exhaust to an internal combustion engine. The engine has an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation loop) which may be a high pressure loop, a low pressure loop, or a dedicated cylinder loop. A catalyzed heat exchanger on the EGR loop has a steam reformation catalyst and a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger uses hot exhaust gas from the main exhaust line to heat the catalyst. A methane fuel source adds methane to the recirculated exhaust stream before it enters the catalyst, and the catalytic reaction increases the amount of hydrogen and carbon monoxide in the recirculated exhaust.

Patent Number: 
10,119,500
Date Of Issue: 
11/06/2018
Inventors: 

Cary A. Henry