An investigation of the combustion process in solid fuel ramjets

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Authors
Goodwin, William Vernon
Subjects
Combustion efficiencies
Regressions rates
Temperature profiles
Solid fuel ramjet
Advisors
Netzer, David W.
Date of Issue
1981-06
Date
June 1981
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
An experimental investigation was conducted into four areas of the solid fuel ramjet combustion process: (1) the effects of near-wall turbulent mixing and equivalence ratio on combustion efficiency, (2) the effects of bypass air on combustion efficiency, (3) the combustion process in a cylindrically perforated fuel grain with a twin side-dump/dome configuration, and (4) the comparison of experimental radial temperature profiles to computer generated radial profiles. Polymethylmethacrylate fuel grains were burned in a ramjet motor on a thrust stand. Combustion efficiencies were determined and compared for different configurations. It was found to be insensitive to variations in the mixture ratio and to near-wall mixing. Bypass air was found to adversely affect the combustion efficiency both in stable and unstable combustion environments. The twin side-dump/dome configuration was unable to sustain combustion for all conditions investigated. Theoretical radial temperature profiles were found to have larger near wall gradients than were measured experimentally.
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Aeronautics
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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