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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Pressure Gain Combustion for Emerging Propulsion and Power Systems

Location

Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Turbine Engine Division

RO# Location
13.30.08.C0260 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Schumaker, Stephen Alexander stephen.schumaker.1@us.af.mil 937-255-3252

Description

Pressure gain combustion concepts, including Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE) are a potentially revolutionary technology which utilize pressure rise from the combustion process to produce momentum and/or pressure. Recent research at the Detonation Engine Research Facility (DERF) 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, inlets, nozzles, ejectors, hybrid detonation/turbine engines, acoustics, emissions, operability and diagnostics. A wide variety of research opportunities are available utilizing the unique detonation research facilities capable of simulating numerous air breathing engine applications and equipped with state of the art instrumentation, diagnostics, computational tools and research engines. Recent research projects have included hydrocarbon RDEs, radial RDEs, injector response and full engine large eddy simulations.  

 

Reference

Fotia ML, et al: Journal of Propulsion and Power 32: 2016

Keywords:
Pressure gain combustion; Detonation combustion; Rotating Detonation Engine; Laser diagnostics; Sprays; Turbines; Ramjets

Eligibility

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

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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