|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||280/737 ; 280/741 ; 222/3|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 33 인용 특허 : 7|
A liquid fueled inflator for a vehicle passive restraint airbag system is enhanced by storing the liquid fuel or propellant in a porous solid structure. The structure provides enhanced control over the combustion process by its influence over disbursement of the fuel or propellant into the combustion chamber. Porous structures which meter the disbursement of fuel or propellant into the combustion chamber, and frangible porous structures which propel the fuel throughout the combustion chamber are described.
In an inflator comprising: (a) an initiator; (b) a fuel chamber containing a liquid fuel; (c) a housing containing a combustion chamber; (d) an oxidant in said combustion chamber; and (e) at least one discharge port; arranged so that activation of said initiator initiates the burning of said liquid fuel and oxidant in said combustion chamber producing gases which exit the inflator through said discharge port; the improvement comprising: said liquid fuel stored in a porous solid structure within said fuel chamber.