A Hydrocarbon Fuel Flash Vaporization System for a Pulsed Detonation Engine
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AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EGLIN AFB FL MUNITIONS DIRECTORATE
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Practical operation of pulsed detonation propulsion requires operation on kerosene-based jet fuels. These low vapor pressure fuels remain in liquid form at typical pulsed detonation inlet conditions and residence times, and the subsequent presence of fuel droplets significantly hinders performance. A fuel flash vaporization system FVS was designed and built to reduce evaporation time and provide gaseous fuel to the PDE. Four fuels that vary in volatility and octane number were tested n-heptane, iso-octane, aviation gasoline, and JP-8. Results showed the FVS quickly provides a detonable mixture for all of the fuels tested without cooking the fuel lines. A significant result was the detonation of flash vaporized JP-8 in air without a pre-detonator.
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