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Performance of Solid Fuel Ramjet Guided Projectile for USN 5 inch/54 Caliber Gun System

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This report covers work done on performance analysis of a 5 inch, 54 caliber gun-launched guided projectile with solid fuel ramjet SFRJ. A computer program TRAJET was developed. The program contains ramjet and trajectory analysis. The ramjet part considers conical shock wave losses, inlet boundary layer losses, normal shock losses, subsonic diffuser recovery, expansion into combustor losses, heat losses at the combustor and nozzle losses. A flat earth trajectory with drag and thrust was considered. The various drag coefficients which were considered are cowl drag coefficient, skin drag coefficient, wing or fin wave drag coefficient and wing or fin friction drag coefficient. The 554 solid fuel ramjet has a capability to produce fuel specific impulse in the order of 400 - 900 sec. depending mostly on the flight altitude. The thrust coefficient varies in the range of 0.3 or - 0.1 depending on the internal areas. A range in the order of 50 miles can be achieved with the ramjet operation compared to only 13 miles achieved by the conventional projectile. At low-altitude launch, a range of over 18 miles can be reached in Air-Defense Scenario. The ramjet propelled projectile reaches the ranges mentioned above at high Mach numbers M0 1.8

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  • Guided Missiles
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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