Impact ChamberConstruction

  • Impact Chamber Construction - Progress Nearing Completion

    Event Log Cavitation Energy Systems, September 11, 2015

    Progress continues to be made on completing the machine and assembly work on the Impact Chamber at the research and design facility of Cavitation Energy Systems, LLC (CES) located within the design and manufacturing complex of Florida Microelectronics (FME) in West Palm Beach Florida. FME is the primary engineering collaborator with CES and is providing mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, testing and manufacturing support to CES.

    We met on Friday, September 11 of 2015 to review the machining and assembly progress on the redesigned impact chamber assembly (ICA). The ICA is the primary building block of the CES modular boilerless steam generation system that will form the core of all future products. We began assembly of the impact chamber and associated components. These include the the impact chamber containment vessel, the injector containment module, the ceramic insulation system and the pressure test fixture.

    The accompanying photos show the various components of the completed impact chamber assembly system.

    The first figure shows the impact chamber next to the copper pressure washer (item 11 within detail F of figure 8) and containment plug..

    Impact chamber next to copper pressure washer and containment plug

    Figure 1: Impact chamber next to pressure washer and containment plug

    The second figure shows the face of the impact chamber retainer plug with the pressure relief valve ball to the right and the thermocouple to the left (item 10 and 5 within detail F of figure 8) .

    Impact chamber retainer plug showing pressure relief valve and thermocouple

    Figure 2: Impact chamber retainer with thermocouple and pressure rellief valve

    The third figure shows the injector facing side of the impact chamber containment vessel inside the ceramic insulation. The cermaic insulation is critical to the functioning of the system as at least 40% of the heat loss is through the injector.

    Impact chamber containment vessel inside ceramic insulation

    Figure 3: Impact chamber inside ceramic insulation bottom view

    The next photo (figure 4)shows the bottom view of the impact chamber containment plug with the steam outlet port and the thermocouple port inside the ceramic insulation enclosure.

    Impact chamber inside ceramic insulation bottom view

    Figure 4: Impact chamber inside ceramic insulation enclosure

    Figure 5 shows impact chamber containment vessel with heaters and thermocouple mounted on top of the injector housing.

    Impact chamber containment vessel on top of injector housing

    Figure 5: Impact chamber with heaters and thermocouple mounted on top of injector housing

    Figure 6 shows the complete system with the injector installed in the injector housing with the ceramic insulation. The injector will be encased within a welded aluminum enclosure to contain hydraulic fluid.

    Completed impact chamber with injector housing

    Figure 6: Completed impact chamber system and injector housing

    Figure 7 shows the impact chamber pressure test system used to calibrate the pressure relief valve. Note the bottom circular plate installed and o-ring sealed. A high pressure test source is used to supply hyperbaric air to the impact chamber to determine pressure relief valve opening pressure.

    Chamber and pressure test fixture

    Figure 7: Containment vessel with pressure test fixture installed

    Figure 8 shows the cross sectional 2D documentation for the impact chamber, injector housing and containment vessel.

    Complete impact chamber 2D cross sectional documentation

    Figure 8: Impact chamber, injector housing and containment vessel documentation