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Pressure Gain Combustion for Emerging Propulsion and Power Systems

Location

Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Aero Propulsion Systems

RO# Location
13.30.02.B7348 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Schauer, Fred frederick.schauer@us.af.mil 937.255.6462

Description

Pressure gain combustion concepts, including pulsed detonation engines (PDE) are a potentially revolutionary technology which utilize pressure rise from the combustion process to produce momentum and/or pressure. Recent research at the Pulsed Detonation Research Facility at Wright-Patterson AFB has advanced the state-of-the-art through computational and experimental studies utilizing several in-house developed codes and research engines. Areas of work include combustion/detonation initiation, fuel injection, controls, materials, power extraction, heat transfer, nozzles, ejectors, hybrid detonation/turbine engines, rotary/continuous detonation concepts, valving, acoustics, emissions, and diagnostics. A wide variety of research opportunities are available utilizing the unique detonation research facilities, high-speed instrumentation (up to 5 Mhz per channel), high-speed imaging (up to 1,000,000 fps), laser diagnostics, computational tools, and research engines. Recent research projects have included plasma initiation studies and regenerative endothermic fuel cooling.

 

Reference

Helfrich TM, et al: Journal of Propulsion and Power 23: 2007

 

Keywords:
Pressure gain combustion; Detonation combustion; Pulse detonation engine; Wave rotor combustion; Hybrid turbine; Laser diagnostics;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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