Basic and Applied Studies of the RAM Accelerator as a Hypervelocity Projectile Launcher
Annual rept. 1 Jul 1992-30 Jun 1993
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE AEROSPACE AND ENERGETICS RESEARCH PROGRAM
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The potential of using ram accelerator technology for an impulsive launcher of autonomously guided interceptors, such as the LEAP, has been studied during this contract period. In addition, fundamental investigations on some of the engineering issues which must be addressed for enabling ram accelerator propulsive modes to operate at 4 kmsec have been undertaken. An experimental investigation of the gas dynamic limits of ram accelerator operation has demonstrated the existence of two distinct limiting mechanisms that must be accounted for when designing projectiles for these launchers. Other experiments were conducted to make detailed pressure measurements of the flow fields at the tube walls to study the effects of projectile canting. Results from this LEAP launcher study and the experimental investigations indicate that the ram accelerator technology is well suited for applications as a transportable launcher capable of meeting the needs of theater ballistic missile defense missions. Gas dynamic limits, Ram accelerator, In-tube ramjet, Detonation propulsion, Scramjet.