Radiation/Catalytic Augmented Combustion.
Final scientific rept. 1 Apr 81-31 Mar 83,
EXXON RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING CO LINDEN NJ CORPORATE RESEARCH-TECHNOLOGY FEASIBILITY CENTER
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Two novel concepts for extending aircraft operational range have been researched under this contract. They are radiative and catalytic augmentation techniques. The feasibility of utilizing these techniques to alter augment combustion initiation and reaction kinetics which restrict combustor operation via limits on flammability, flame propagation, ignition and stability has been investigated. Both techniques have demonstrated the potential to improve combustion processes. The radiative technique under laboratory static conditions has successfully ignited fuel-air mixtures, and has enhanced combustion processes, utilizing pulsed and continuous vacuum ultraviolet light sources. Similarly, the catalytic technique has broadened stability limits under normally difficult fuel lean, low temperature conditions. Complementary efforts have focused on the developement of analytical capabilities required for modeling the radiative and catalytic techniques. Author
- Physical Chemistry
- Combustion and Ignition
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines