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High-voltage miniature igniter development

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Willkens, C.A. ; Norton Igniter Products, Worcester, MA, USA ; Axelson, S.R. ; Bateman, L.S. ; Croucher, D.D.

In 1988, Norton introduced its line of low-voltage 12 and 24 V miniature igniters made from a patented ceramic/intermetallic material. These igniters demonstrated superior strength and speed in a compact low-wattage assembly for gas-fired ignition. High-voltage igniters are being developed to complete the family of igniters for gas-fired ignition. These igniters have extremely low power requirements in the range of 50-100 W, are designed to operate at line voltages of 120 V and are leading to designs for operation up to 230 V. These were developed using compositional and dimensional changes to the low voltage igniters. The 120 V igniter has exceeded 200,000 cycles in life testing and has been submitted for agency approval. These igniters are also undergoing field testing in various demanding gas-fired appliances. The evolution of the low-voltage igniter into the high-voltage model, as well as performance and material development issues are discussed

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep/Oct 1996

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