Patent Number: 6,166,480

Title: Spark plug

Abstract: A spark plug (1) comprises a center electrode (5), an insulator (3), a metallic shell (2), and a ground electrode (6). The center electrode (5) comprises a body portion (12) having a cylindrical peripheral surface and a front-end-side opposing face (11) opposed in generally parallel to a side face of the ground electrode (6), and a protruding portion (15) which is protruded from the front-end-side opposing face (11) at a position decentered toward one side opposite to the ground electrode (6) with respect to a center axis line of the body portion (12) and which has a top face (14) formed generally parallel to the side face of the ground electrode (6). Then, given a length D of a line segment formed by an intersection that an imaginary plane including the center axis line of the body portion (12) and a center axis line of the ground electrode (6) intersects the front-end-side opposing face (11), and a protruding height h to which the protruding portion (15) protrudes from the front-end-side opposing face (11), a value of h/D is set to not less than 0.2. As a result, mixed air can be smoothly fed to around a spark discharge gap g, and moreover the flame extinction phenomenon becomes unlikely to occur. Thus, a spark plug superior in ignitability can be realized.

Inventors: Ishida; Kenji (Nagoya, JP), Matsubara; Yoshihiro (Yokkaichi, JP)

Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H01T 13/20 (20060101); H01T 013/20 (); H01T 013/32 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017