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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.B7348 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103

Advisers

name email phone
Fred Schauer frederick.schauer@afit.edu 9372556565, x4204

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

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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