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THIS ELECTRON GUN COULD ADD SOME BANG TO FUEL INJECTION
One of the problems dogging carmakers is that incomplete burning of fuel depresses mileage as well as raises toxic emissions. Now, Charged Injection Corp., a tiny company in Monmouth Junction, N.J., has a technology that could boost combustion in both auto and jet engines -- increasing fuel efficiency and lowering pollutants by up to 15%.
The device is an electron gun that can be incorporated into the fuel-injection system of cars and planes. Using a small electric current, the charger shoots electrons into the fuel. This creates an electromagnetic field -- spreading gasoline, aviation, or diesel fuel into self-repelling, uniform droplets. Because the droplets are identical and much smaller than the pockets of fuel typically fed into engine cylinders, they are burned more efficiently. A major aerospace company will test CIC's system in jet engines -- and the company is talking with several carmakers about similar ventures. Commercial products using the technology could be on the market by 1994.EDITED BY NAOMI FREUNDLICH