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Walk-around of the center portion of the injector, featuring the radial baffles.

Picture 2 of 4.

If you look closely at the holes in the injector, you can see that the fuel orifices are larger than the oxidizer orifices.

The silver circles which look like flat-head screw heads are igniter fuel housings. The F-1 Engine Familiarization Training Manual (R-3896-1) [direct link to 16.8 meg PDF] describes how two igniter fuel housings are located in each of the 12 outer compartments and one in the center compartment. Fed by individual igniter fuel feed tubes from the igniter manifold, they injected igniter fuel into the compartments. The igniter fuel (from the hypergol manifold) was composed of 85% triethylborane and 15% triethylaluminum, and ignited upon contact with oxygen, causing spontaneous combustion and establishing thrust chamber ignition.

Radial and circular baffles and igniter fuel housings on injector of F-1 Engine (Davidson Center) at U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Time picture taken Sun Oct 23 12:35:20 2011
Location picture taken Saturn V Hall
Davidson Center for Space Exploration
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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