Innovative approaches to fuel-air mixing and combustion in airbreathing hypersonic engines.

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Abstract

This paper describes some innovative methods for achieving enhanced fuel-air mixing and combustion in Scramjet-like spaceplane engines. A multimodal approach to the problem is discussed; this involves using several concurrent methods of forced mixing. The paper concentrates on Electromagnetic Activation (EMA) and Electrostatic Attraction as suitable techniques for this purpose - although several other potential methods are also discussed. Previously published empirical data is used to draw conclusions about the likely effectiveness of the system and possible engine topologies are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-189
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS)
Volume66
Issue number5/6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Mixing
  • Scramjet

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