Performance of Pylons Upstream of a Cavity-Based Flameholder in Non-Reacting Supersonic Flow (Postprint)
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
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Cavity-based fuel injection and flame holding, typically found in hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet applications, are of current interest for use in supersonic combustors. Both the Air Force Research Lab AFRL and the Air Force Institute of Technology AFIT at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio are investigating the enhancement of fuel-air mixing with small pylons that project into the supersonic flow upstream of a flame holder cavity. The pylons were of three sizes medium, tall, and wide and shaped as a thin triangular wedge with a 300 inclination angle. A total of four configurations pylons plus baseline were tested at two different fuel injection pressures in a Mach continuous flow wind tunnel housed at AFRL. The goal was to measure the mixing efficiency and shock loss of each pylon setup for comparison to the baseline condition of transverse injection without pylons. Non-reacting flow was measured using intrusive and non intrusive techniques to obtain pitot pressure, total temperature, cone-static pressure and laser induced Raman spectroscopy to determine species concentration over the cavity.
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