Experimental/Computational Studies of Combined-Cycle Propulsion: Physics and Transient Phenomena in Inlets and Scramjet Combustors
Final technical rept. 1 Jun 2004-30 Nov 2009
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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The major accomplishments of an AFOSR-MURI grant focused on transient processes in hypersonic combined-cycle propulsion are described. This effort had two main thrusts investigation of i inlet-isolator physics and unstart control, and ii supersonic mixing, combustion and flameholding. The supported work has led to new findings related to the physics of shock-induced turbulent separation and inlet unstart, closed-loop control of inlet unstart, development of kilohertz repetition rate plasma-actuators, understanding of nonequilibrium plasma enhancement of combustion in subsonic and supersonic flameholders, development of the large-eddy simulation technique for compressible jets-in-crossflow, and development of new tunable diode-laser diagnostics for supersonic combustors. The scientific results obtained from this MURI program were widely disseminated to the scientific community via archival journal publications and technical conferences. The MURI effort led to 28 submitted or published papers in archival journals and 8 Ph.D. dissertations.
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