Design and Testing of a Combustor for a Turbo-Ramjet Engine for UAV and Missile Applications
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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An existing freejet facility was upgraded and its range of operation extended into the high subsonic regime for operation as a test rig for the development of a combined-cycle turbo-ramjet engine. A combustor was designed developed and tested as the afterburner for the turbo-ramjet engine. At subsonic speeds with the afterburner running an increase in thrust of 40 was measured over the baseline turbojet running at 80 spool speed. A Computational Fluid Dynamics model of the flow through the shrouded turbojet engine was developed and successfully used to assist in predicting the bypass ratio of the engine at different Mach numbers. Numerous recommendations were made to improve the operation of the test rig to improve the performance of the turbo-ramjet engine and refine the numerical models. These recommended improvements will extend the present capabilities to design and analyze small combined cycle engines which have an application in unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles.
- Fluid Mechanics
- Combustion and Ignition
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines