Experimental and computational analysis of a miniature ramjet at Mach 4.0
Giorgi, Bryant R.
Hobson, Garth V.
Brophy, Christopher M.
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A miniature ramjet engine designed to perform at Mach 4.0 was tested in a supersonic wind tunnel. Cryogenic strain gauges were used to measure drag and Schlieren imaging techniques were used to observe the inlet Mach cone profile at Mach numbers of 4.0. Three different nozzle configurations were tested to confirm computational models used to predict back pressure and normal shock locations at the inlet. Using ANSYS-CFX, a cold flow, computational fluid dynamics model of the ramjet in the wind tunnel was evaluated to compare with the experimental results. This model was then used as a base for an eddy dissipation combustion model. Hydrogen was modeled as being injected into the combustion chamber of the ramjet through inlet struts and then reacting with atmospheric oxygen to produce combustion. Drag predictions were inconclusive, however, the computational model remained stable during combustion calculations.
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