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Definition of combustor

: a chamber (as in a gas turbine or a jet engine) in which combustion occurs

called also combustion chamber

Examples of combustor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schmitt said the oxygen would be combined with coal into a stream of carbon dioxide and water inside a combustor. Randy Diamond,, "San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute lands $3M to design cleaner coal plant," 12 Aug. 2019 But the bulk of the carbon dioxide is reheated in the heat exchanger and used again in the combustor. David Roberts, Vox, "That natural gas power plant with no carbon emissions or air pollution? It works.," 1 June 2018 Pratt is rolling out fixes this year for durability issues affecting a carbon seal and combustor. Richard Clough,, "Pratt's $10 billion bet stumbles as buyers turn to GE jet engine," 22 Aug. 2017 Pratt is rolling out fixes this year for durability issues affecting a carbon seal and combustor. Richard Clough,, "Pratt & Whitney's New Jet Engine Facing Stiff Competition from General Electric," 22 Aug. 2017 Supercharged Swirlers Air flows to the combustor through two swirlers, which are like high-speed blenders mixing fuel and air. Matt Jancer, WIRED, "Boeing’s New Plane Engine Is as Wide as a Fuselage," 19 May 2017 Bladed discs, located in the hot section of a turbofan engine, pull energy from the hot gases of the combustor to produce thrust. Julie Johnsson And Richard Clough,, "Boeing halts 737 Max test on cusp of debut after engine snag," 11 May 2017 For greater heat resistance (and lower weight), GE’s engineers used ceramic matrix composite materials for parts of the combustor and turbine, where things get hottest. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The World’s Hugest Jet Engine Is Wider Than a 737’s Fuselage," 28 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of combustor

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for combustor

combust + -or entry 1

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“Combustor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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