Preliminary Assessment of a Rotary Detonation Engine Concept.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Results of a preliminary, experimental assessment of a rotary detonation engine concept are reported. Measurements were taken of the torque produced by a stationary rotor model as a result of a single detonation process initiated within the rotor under known premixed gas conditions. Mixtures of ethylene and oxygen and ethylene and oxygen with three moles of nitrogen ballast were utilized. The results represent the lower bound to values of torque produced by the rotor model. Modifications of the instrumentation and torque measurement system are recommended to allow the transient process and resulting torque to be measured in greater detail, a comparison to be made with the results of numerical modeling, and a definitive assessment of the potential of the concept to be concluded.
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