Investigation into the Feasibility of Using Solid Fuel Ramjets for High Supersonic/Low Hypersonic Tactical Missiles
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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An investigation was conducted to determine the feasibility of using solid fuel ramjets as propulsion units on high supersonic low hypersonic tactical missiles. Experiments were conducted on two types of configurations. Plexiglas was used as the fuel in a scramjet and HTPB was used as the fuel in a dual mode combustor. Results indicated that supersonic combustion occurred in both configurations, but that mixing the heat addition losses were high. Ignition limits were identified as a possible limiting factor in the use of solid fuels for the proposed application. Combustion kinetics were shown to be rapid enough to support sustained combustion in supersonic flow. Keywords Scramjet, Dual mode, Supersonic combustion.
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