Preliminary development of a hydrocarbon-fueled catalytic micro-combustor

Christopher M. Spadaccini, Xin Zhang, Christopher P. Cadou, Norihisa Miki, Ian A. Waitz

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This paper reports development of a hydrocarbon-fueled micro-combustion system for a micro-scale gas turbine engine for power generation and micro-propulsion applications. A three-wafer catalytic combustor was fabricated and tested. Efficiencies in excess of 40% were achieved for ethylene-air and propane-air combustion. A fabrication process for a six-wafer catalytic combustor was developed and this device was successfully constructed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalytic combustor
  • Micro-combustor
  • Micro-gas turbine engine
  • Power MEMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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