Hypervelocity fuel/air mixing in mixed-compression inlets of shcramjets

Derrick C. Alexander, Jean P. Sislian, Bernard Parent

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This paper investigates the mixing of hydrogen fuel with air in the mixing duct of a mixed-compression shockinduced combustion ramjet (shcramjet) inlet Mixing augmentation through the use of cantilevered ramp injector arrays on opposite shcramjet inlet walls is studied and the influence of relative array locations is quantified. Studies were undertaken numerically using the WARP code that solves the Fav re-averaged Navier-Stokes equations closed by the Wilcox k-ω turbulence model. Air-based mixing efficiencies of up to 0.58-0.68 were achieved with thrust potential losses less than that gained from high-speed fuel injection. Shocks created from the fuel injector structures play a major role in the mixing behavior of the fuel jets on the opposing side of the mixing duct. Chemically reacting studies verified for the correct selection of spanwise displacement of the fuel injectors, an air buffer created between the fuel and walls suppresses premature ignition while still allowing for a mixing efficiency of up to 0.46-0.54.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2145-2155
Number of pages11
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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