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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Pressure Gain Combustion for Emerging Propulsion and Power Systems


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Turbine Engine Division

RO# Location
13.30.08.B7348 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103


name email phone
Fred Schauer 9372556565, x4204


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.



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


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


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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