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Researchers at University of Maryland Release New Data on Propulsion and Power (Effect of Density Gradient on Flame-Acoustic Interaction)

July 2, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- Current study results on Propulsion and Power have been published. According to news reporting from College Park, Maryland, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Dynamic interactions between shear coaxial injector flames and periodic compression waves are investigated under controlled density ratio variations. Turbulent diffusion flames are established between an oxygen slot jet in the middle and two hydrogen slot jets on the sides, representing a sectional view of a shear coaxial injector flowfield."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Maryland, "Transverse acoustic excitation is applied using a compression driver mounted on one side of the combustor to force possible flame acoustic interactions. While maintaining a stoichiometric fuel oxidizer ratio, the density of each stream is controlled by diluting the propellant gases with inert helium and argon by appropriate amounts. Results show strong dependence of flame acoustic interaction on the density gradient between the propellants. The observed trend is consistent with the vorticity production mechanism created by the baroclinic source term in the flowfield. It is observed that the flames become more resilient to acoustic coupling when the fuel oxidizer density difference is reduced."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The results open up the possibility of using density gradient manipulations to extend the overall stability margin of shear coaxial injector flames."

For more information on this research see: Effect of Density Gradient on Flame-Acoustic Interaction. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2014;30(3):717-726. 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 journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Ghosh, University of Maryland, Dept. of Aerosp Engn, College Park, MD 20742, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Maryland, College Park, United States, Propulsion and Power, North and Central America

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