Innovative Approaches to Fuel-Air Mixing and Combustion in Airbreathing Hypersonic Engines

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C. MacLeod (2013), JBIS, 66, 178-189

Refcode: 2013.66.178
Keywords: Scramjet, mixing, EMA, controlled compression mixing, flow driven fuel system

This paper describes some innovative methods for achieving enhanced fuel-air mixing and combustion in Scramjet-like spaceplane engines. A multimodal approach to the problem is discussed; this involves using several concurrent methods of forced mixing. The paper concentrates on Electromagnetic Activation (EMA) and Electrostatic Attraction as suitable techniques for this purpose - although several other potential methods are also discussed. Previously published empirical data is used to draw conclusions about the likely effectiveness of the system and possible engine topologies are outlined.

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