An Experimental Investigation of Combustion Pressure Oscillations in Bypass Configured Solid Fuel Ramjets.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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An experimental investigation of the mechanisms involved in combustion pressure oscillations in bypass flow configured solid fuel ramjets was conducted. Testing was done using cylindrically perforated polymethylmethacrylate fuel grains in solid fuel ramjet with 180 deg opposed dumps into a plenum ahead of an axial dump combustor inlet. Bypass flow into the aft mixing chamber was accomplished using two dumps located either 180 deg or 90 deg apart, perpendicular to the centerline. Split inlet feed line lengths into the plenum were varied with no apparent change of the dominant pressure oscillation frequency of approximately 167 Hz for bypass tests. Hot wire measurements indicated that in the short-coupled axial inlet, there were no dominant vortex shedding frequencies in the separationshear layer or at the reattachment point on the fuel grain wall. The observed pressure oscillation frequency did not appear to be related to vortex shedding from the inlet jet. Coupling of the driving disturbance from bypass flow could possibly be with a longitudinal mode of the combustor or a Helmholtz mode involving the head section plenum. Author
- Combustion and Ignition
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines