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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Advanced Combustion Concepts for Emerging Propulsion and Power Systems


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Turbine Engine Division

RO# Location
13.30.08.B7347 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103


name email phone
Fred Schauer 9372556565, x4204


Emerging propulsion and power needs drive combustion systems towards higher efficiencies and power densities. New approaches are being developed in small-scale systems (on the order of a hundred of watts to hundreds of kilowatts). Efficient small-scale propulsion (ESSP) and power research has focused on the coupling of combustion heat release into useful energy conversion. Research has included optimization of small-scale unmanned air vehicle propulsion and power systems, including conversion of Otto cycle (spark ignition) engines to heavy fuels, advanced ignition systems, propeller/engine optimization, and development of enabling components and engine concepts for high power density systems. Small-scale demonstrations of advanced turbine concepts are also being explored including innovative cycles. Other areas of interest include hybrid systems, diesels with high power density, regenerative, and other novel internal and external combustion cycles. A wide variety of research opportunities are available utilizing the Small Engine Research Laboratory, including high-speed instrumentation (up to 5 Mhz per channel), high-speed imaging (up to 1,000,000fps), laser diagnostics, computational tools, and research engines. Recent projects have included plasma ignition studies and engine combustion research using alternative/bio fuels.



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


Heavy fuel engine; Air-breathing propulsion; Gas turbine; Propeller; Internal combustion engine; External combustion engine; High power density; Hybrid propulsion/power;


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


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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