Accession Number:

ADA409967

Title:

A Multidisciplinary Study of Pulse Detonation Engine Propulsion

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. 30 Apr 1999-1 Oct 2002

Corporate Author:

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

125.0

Abstract:

The Penn State-led MURI effort on Pulse Detonation Engine PDE Research is detailed in this report. The multidisciplinary research effort brought together a team of leading researchers in the areas of the initiation and propagation of detonations, liquid hydrocarbon spray detonation, combustion chemistry, injector and flow field mixing, and advanced diagnostics to study the fundamental phenomena of importance under both static and dynamic conditions representative of actual pulse detonation engine operation. The team focused its effort on conducting key experiments and analysis in the areas of a Fundamental Detonation Studies, b Injection, Mixing and Initiation, c Inlet-Combustor-Nozzle Performance, d Multi-Cycle Operation, and e Computer Simulation and Cycle Analysis. These study areas are five of seven topic areas that have been delineated by the Office of Naval Research ONR in their roadmap on pulse detonation engine research necessary for developing the technologies needed for the design of an air-breathing pulse detonation engine. The results obtained in these five study areas under this effort by researchers at Penn State, Caltech and Princeton University, coupled with the results of the effort by the sister MURI team led by the University of California at San Diego in some of the aforementioned study areas and in the remaining two study areas of a Diagnostics and Sensors, and b Dynamics and Control provide the foundation needed for the development of a PDE system. The overall success of the program stems from ONR led coordination that fostered collaboration between the two MURI research efforts and government laboratories and industry research through a series of progress workshops held at six-month intervals.

Subject Categories:

  • Explosions
  • Jet and Gas Turbine Engines

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE