By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- Investigators publish new report on Propulsion and Power. According to news reporting originating in Brisbane, Australia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Experiments were undertaken to investigate the variation in thrust and combustion efficiency of a three-dimensional scramjet operating in different modes. The scramjet flowpath included a rectangular-to-elliptical shape transition inlet and a divergent elliptical combustion chamber, and the experiments replicated conditions for flight at Mach 8 and 32 km altitude."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Queensland, "Two combustion chamber configurations were tested with the same overall length and area ratio, but with different lengths of constant area section before divergence. Injection of the hydrogen fuel was through portholes at the combustion chamber entrance. Both engine configurations underwent a significant change in operating character with increasing equivalence ratio that was consistent with a change from 'supersonic' to 'separated' combustion in a dual-mode scramjet. The configuration with longer constant area section changed mode at an equivalence ratio just less than one, with an abrupt increase in thrust. This was accompanied by a significant increase in the calculated fuel-based combustion efficiency from 25 to 72%."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Mode change occurred at a significantly higher equivalence ratio for the combustor with shorter constant area section, indicating that small changes in combustor area distribution can have important effects on scramjet operability and performance."
For more information on this research see: Mode Change Characteristics of a Three-Dimensional Scramjet at Mach 8. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2013;29(4):982-990. Journal of Propulsion and Power can be contacted at: Amer Inst Aeronautics Astronautics, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Ste 500, Reston, VA 22091-4344, USA.
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.C. Turner, University of Queensland, Center Hyperson, Div Mech Engn, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.
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