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So Long, Spark Plugs: Low-Temp Plasma Ignition Might Be the Future

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FRANK MARCUS – 5/19/2020 Cutting-edge tech aims to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. When you boil it down, improving average fuel economy is super simple: Burn less fuel in the cylinder when cruising. Toward that end, engine developers have toiled to make lean mixtures work since way before Chrysler’s Electronic Lean-Burn System of the mid-’70s. But getting such mixtures to …

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Plasma Ignition Making Progress – “Autoline Exclusives” Video Interview with TPS CEO Dan Singleton and host Sean McElroy

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We’ve been using spark plugs to ignite fuel inside of engines for over 100 years. Maybe it’s time to change that. Transient Plasma Systems (TPS) developed a system that uses fast pulses of plasma, an electrically charged gas, at a low temperature to ignite all sorts of fuels. The low temperature improves thermal efficiency and the whole process requires less …

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TPS Featured in AN Shift Article – Transient Plasma Systems Ignition Breakthrough Promises Super-Low Emissions, Fuel Efficiency

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Jack Keebler | Automotive News – Shift Magazine We get frequent reminders that we are on the “bleeding edge” of autodom’s electrification. And the reality is that because of huge EV production investments and battery costs, as well as range and charging issues, the internal combustion engine will likely remain with us for some time. A recent breakthrough in plasma-ignition …

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TPS Qualifies as BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2019 Finalist

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BusinessGreen has announced the shortlist for the fifth annual BusinessGreen Technology Awards, recognizing some of the most exciting and innovative clean tech providers working in the UK today. Transient Plasma Systems is a finalist for the category of Transport Technology of the Year for their TPS Ignition System. More information on the Award Finalists can be found at: https://www.businessgreen.com/news/technology-awards-2019-finalists  

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Transient Plasma Systems Successfully Completes Multi-Cylinder Engine Testing with Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Ignition Technology

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  Transient Plasma Systems Inc. (TPS), which develops nanosecond pulsed plasma ignition systems to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has achieved a new milestone in internal combustion engine testing. The new TPS test marks the first multi-cylinder demonstration of the company’s nanosecond pulsed plasma ignition technology in a mass-manufactured, on-road natural-gas engine. TPS tested its Transient Plasma Ignition …

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TPS Wins DoE SBIR Phase IIB Grant for Development of a Low-Energy Nanosecond Pulsed Ignition System Enabling High-Efficiency Dilute Gasoline Combustion

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Transient Plasma Systems, based in Torrance, CA was awarded a SBIR Phase IIB grant for “Development of a “sparkless” ignition system for high-efficiency dilute gasoline and natural gas engines. This grant comes on the heels of a successful completion of Phase II grant work that focused on developing a platform for avoiding spark breakdown, which will now be used to …

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Combined Effects of Multi-Pulse Transient Plasma Ignition and Intake Heating on Lean Limits of Well-Mixed E85 DISI Engine Operation

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“Moreover, multi-pulse transient plasma ignition offers more stable ultra-lean operation, with IMEPn variability less than 5% down to ϕ = 0.49” Magnus Sjöberg, Wei Zeng, Daniel Singleton, Jason M. Sanders and Martin A. Gundersen SAE International Journal of Engines Vol. 7, No. 4 (October 2014), pp. 1781-1801   SAE International Journal of Engines – Article »

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The Role of Non-Thermal Transient Plasma for Enhanced Flame Ignition in C2H4–Air

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…”Transient plasma ignition, involving short ignition pulses (typically 10–50 ns), has been shown to effectively reduce ignition delays and improve engine performance for a wide range of combustion-driven engines relative to conventional spark ignition” D Singleton, S J Pendleton, and M A Gundersen Published 16 December 2010 • 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd Journal of Physics – Applied Physics, Volume 44, Number …

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Plasma-Assisted Ignition and Combustion: Nanosecond Discharges and Development of Kinetic Mechanisms

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…”A great amount of experimental data has been accumulated during this period which provided the grounds for using low temperature plasma of nonequilibrium gas discharges for a number of applications at conditions of high speed flows and also at conditions similar to automotive engines.” S M Starikovskaia Published 4 August 2006 • 2006 IOP Publishing Ltd Journal of Physics – …

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Dan Singleton -TPS Founder and CEO – Bio

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Dan Singleton is the co-founder and CEO of Transient Plasma Systems, Inc. (TPS). Dan formed TPS while receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California.   With over 10 years developing TPS, Dan offers both technical knowledge in electrical engineering, physics research, and development for applications, as well as hands-on experience in business strategy, management, strategic partnerships, fund …

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