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Publication numberUS1585377 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 18, 1926
Filing dateAug 30, 1921
Priority dateAug 30, 1921
Publication numberUS 1585377 A, US 1585377A, US-A-1585377, US1585377 A, US1585377A
InventorsCromwell John Howard
Original AssigneeCromwell John Howard
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Internal-combustion engine
US 1585377 A
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May 18 1926. 1,585,377

J. H. CROMWELL INTERML co msus'rxou ENGINE Filed August 30, 1921 Symon/6oz Patented May 18, 1926.


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Application filed August 30, 1921- Serial No. 496,836;

The improvements relate to internal combustion engines, in which a charge of hydrocarbon vapor mixed with air is exploded by means of an electric spark or otherwise, for the purpose of generating power to propel vehicles, or for other purposes. In engines of this character there is usually aycylinder into which the gaseous fuel 1s inducted, and a piston reciprocatingtherein and alternately compressing the fuel and being in turn forced outwardly by the explosion, to produce the power stroke.

It has long been well recognized that a large percentage of the fuel used in enginesof this character is not converted into power, and that various atmospheric and other conditions so affect the operation of the engine and the carbureter that the device is less etiicient and more wasteful of fuel at certain times than at others. To remedy these defects various means have been devised, most of them having to do with the mixing and supplying of the gaseousmosphere and the fouling of the engine are produced.

I have discovered a means whereby the wastage of fuel can be avoided to a very ma.- terial extent, and an increase of power and decrease in the undesirable results due to incomplete consumption ofthe fuel effected; and the present improvements relate to such means. It will be understood however that while the method of operation'and the mechanical means employed must conform to certain requirements, in order to attain the result, the improvements are not limited to the particular details of construction and operation herein illustrated and described, and that the language of the appended claims is not to be restricted to the illustrative embodiment herein shown, but'isv intended to cover equivalent methods and means.

The improvements are two-fold, and comprise a method or process of igniting and consuming the gaseous fuel, as well as certain mechanism employed in the realization of the method.

The accompanying drawings illustrate an internal combustion engine, constructed to operate and operating in accordance with the present improvements, and in the said drawings Figure 1 is a vertical medial section of a. cylinder and its accessories and adjacent parts of an internalcombustion or ex plosion engine with the piston, valves, and some of the other parts in full lines, the partsbeing shown in their respective position at the end of the compression stroke and just before the power stroke Fig. 2 a similar view of the same parts in their position at the end of the power stroke, and Fig. 3 a similar section of a modification.

It will be understood that the improvements may be utilized in two or four cycle engines, and in engines of any other typeto which they may be applied. It will also be understood that the improvements are capable of being used with. other fuel than liquid hydrocarbon provided the fuel has burning characteristics similar or analogous to those of gasoline.

1 illustrates the piston of the engine, 2 the connecting rod and 3 the crank, which forms a part of the driving shaft. 4iis the cylinder of the engine, .5, 5, 5, the cooling jacket, 6 the head, 7 and 8 the inlet and exhaust valves, respectively, 9 and 10 the valve tappets operating vertically in suitable sleevesin the engine casing, 11 and 12 the valve springs, 13 and 1% their collars, and 15 and 16 the outer casing of the cylinder jacket. Cams 1? and 18 operate the valves through gears indicated at 19 and 20, and the drive shaft and cranks of the engine are enclosed in an ordinary gear case 21. As these parts are the common and well-known parts of an engine of the type herein particularly referred to they need not be further described.

Extending laterally from the cylinder at a point intermediate between the extremities vofthe piston stroke is an auxiliary chamber 22, which may be in the form of a thimble tapped or cast in the wall of the cylinder and has its mouth, through which it communicates with the cylinder, equal to or greater than the diameter of its interior, so that it con'nnunicates freely with the cylinder for all purposes, and does not trap any of the fuel or noducts of combustion. A horizontal partition 23 extends longitudinally of this auxiliary chamber from its mouth to a pointnearer its inner end and spans the bore thereof from side to side, so that fluid passing through the said chamber must pass over one side of this partition around its inner end and then over the op posite side. In this manner the partition divides the auxiliary chamber into two chambers communicating interiorly, insures a circulation of gases and other fluids therein, so that it is properly charged, discharged and scavenged, and serves other purposes. Tests have den'ionstrated that this partition, or its equivalent, is very important to the successful and efficientoperation of the present form of the improvements.

In the modification shown in Fig. 3, the auxiliary chamber is relaively shallow and flares outwardly, the partition 26 extending closer to its rear wall. in this figure 28 represents the wall of the cylinder, 29 the outer wall of the cooling jacket, and 27 the portion of the said jacket wall extending over the auxiliary chamben Various other modifications may be employed without departing from the scope of the invention This modification, or a similar modification, is preferred for high speed engines.

The outer wall of the water jacket extends around the auxiliary chamber 22, as shown at so that the auxilia chamber has ample provision for cooling.

The position of the auxiliary chamber will depend to some extent upon the character and dim nsions of the other parts, but in the illustrative embodiment it is shown in connection with an engine in which its position should be about midway between the extremities of the piston stroke. In this engine, however, it may be a little above r a little below that point and still give very satisfactory results. If desired two or more of these auxiliary chambers in line or at different points in the circumference of the cylinder may be employed, or the chamber may be of curved tubular form with two open ends at differentpoints in the length @of the. cylinder. These, and other modifications will enable those skilled in the art to fully realize the advantages of the invention.

The chamber 22, as shown, has an internal diameter of about one-fourth the inte nal diameter of the cylinder, and its length is approximately equal to the diameter of the cylinder. A chamber of these proportions has been found to be satisfactory when located as shown, in an engine of medium compression, but in an engine of lower or high compression it is advisable to locate it nearer or farther away from the compres sion space as the case may be, and to vary its proportions to some extent. These matters are also influenced by the construction and character of the engine, and the best practice must therefore be determined in each new case.

In operation the auxiliary chamber is filled with gaseous fuel when the main cylinder is filled on the intake or suction stroke, and the fuel is compressed to a greater or less extent, depending upon the particular location of the chamber, on the compression stroke, the mouth of the chamber being closed by the piston when the piston is the end of its compression stroke, and the fuel therein being isolated from the fuel in the compression space 30. When the charge is ignited by the spark of the plug 31 the piston is forced downwardly and uncovers the mouth of the auxiliary chamber, thereby causing the ignition of the fuel in the chambar and a re-ignicion thereby of the unconsumed fuel in the cy inder. it will thus be seen that there are three explosions and three power impulses for each power stroke of the piston, viz: The initial explosion on the ignition of the fuel in the compression space by the spark, the secone explosion when the fuel in the chamber is ignited, and the third explosion when the unconsumed fuel in the cylinder is re-ignited by the second explosion from the chamber. On the exhaust stroke of the piston gases in the cylinder rushing past the mouth of the chamber, and the action of the piston on the gases in the chamber will cause the said gases to be drawn therefrom, so that when fresh fuel is drawn into the cylinder the chamber is filled with fresh fuel. The partition 23 in this connection performs an important function, and it will be found that the chamber does not become fouled with carbon or other by-products of combustion. It will also be found that the cylinder and its valves are cleaner; that less smoke and poisonous gas is discharged; that an increase in the power and speed of the engine with the normal supply of fuel results; and that the power and speed of an ordinary engine of the construction to which the improvements are applied may be obtained with a smaller consumption of fuel.

It will be noted that the capacity of the auxiliary chamber is greatly inferior to that of the cylinder, and while the explosive force of the fuel in the said chamber adds to the power of the piston stroke to some extent, it is the reignition thereby of the gases in the cylinder that effects the greatest improvement in the operation of the engine and constitutes the most importantfactor in the attainment of the advantageous results hereinbefore referred to, according to present observations. The cross sectional form of the chamber and its mouth may be varied and the form and arrangement of the partition therein may be changed, but the form and arrangement of these parts as illustrated have been found to produce highly efiicient results.

it will be noted that the auxiliary chamber is imperiorate throughout, and does not communicate with any other chamber or part, and that there are no movable parts therein. This form, or its equivalent, has been found to give most advantageous results, and is the best form of embodiment at present ei'nployed.

The term re-igniting in the claims ret'crs to the operation herein described, in which the fuel is subjected to the action of a second igniting means, but it is not intended to limit the invention claimed to two or more separate ignitions ot the fuel. 'l. he exact action cannot be accurately ascertained, but the term referred to seems the most apt description of the action.

hat I claim, is

1. An internal combustion engine com prising a cylinder, a piston mounted to reciprocate therein and to induct into the cylinder and compress gaseous fuel, an auxiliary chamber communicating with the cylinder intermediate the extremities of the piston stroke, a partition in said chamber, and said chamber having a passage around said partition in communication with the cylinder.

An internal combustion engine compi ng a cylinder having an auxiliary chamber intermediate between the extremities of the piston stroke, said chamber communicating with the cylinder by means of mouth, and such chamber being provided With a means co-operating with the piston itor scavenging and refilling, Without any passages or communication between the chamher and any other, and Without moving parts within the chamber.

3. An internal combustion engine comprising a cylinder, a piston mounted to reciprocate therein and to induct into the cylinder and compress gaseous fuel, an auxiliary chamber communicating with the cylinder along the path of the piston stroke, said chamber having a mouth which con municates with the cylinder, and a fixed member in said chamber co-operating with the piston for causing a circulation of gases therein, said chamber being otherwise unobstructed at all times.

4. An internal combustion engine comprising a cylinder, a. piston mounted to reciprocate therein and to induct into the cylinder and compress gaseous fuel, an auxiliary chamber communicating with the cylinder along the path of the piston stroke, said chamber being of relatively small diameter throughout and having a mouth which communicates with the cylinder throughout a minor part of the circumference of the cylinder, and a fixed member in said chamber cooperating with the piston for causing a circulation of gases therein, said lined member being constructed and arranged to obstruct the free lateral movement of gases in said auxiliary chamber and to direct a portion of the fluid entering the mouth of the same over the walls thereoi and a portion over the inner end thereof.

Witness my hand this 29th day of August, 1921, at the city of New York, in

the county and State of New York.


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US2905159 *Dec 10, 1956Sep 22, 1959Carl R N LarsonInternal combustion engine
US4070998 *Oct 24, 1975Jan 31, 1978Grow Harlow BCompression ignition control pressure heat engine
U.S. Classification123/37
International ClassificationF02B23/08
Cooperative ClassificationY02T10/125, F02B2275/22, F02B23/08
European ClassificationF02B23/08