Impact of Electro-Magnetics and Ionization on Mixing and Combustion in Scramjet Combustors


Preliminary numerical studies have been conducted to assess the possible potential for enhancing fuel/air mixing and combustion in high-speed combustors through the generation and utilization of body-forces in and adjacent to fuel injection. Specifically, the model utilized here assumes localized electrostatic-type force fields and approximate force interactions associated with flush-wall hydrogen fuel injection in supersonic combustors. Results in this work indicate significant increases in mixing and combustion may be possible with relatively localized and weak force-fields and force interactions, resulting in large decreases in required combustor length for achieving adequate levels of mixing. Irreversibility associated with the modification to the flow-field is shown to be (potentially) approximately the same as the base-line case (no flow-field modification). Extrapolation of these results to engine-level performance estimations in terms of potential for generating engine thrust indicates significant possible gains in terms of increased specific impulse and increased specific thrust.

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42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, AIAA ARC (2012: Jun. 25-28, New Orleans, LA)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Fuel Injection; Fuel/Air Mixing; Combustion

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

28 Jun 2004

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