A NOVEL VERY-LOW-COST AIRBREATHING PROPULSION SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$74,847.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
17847
Agency Tracking Number:
17847
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
809 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Thomas R.a. Bussing
(703) 684-2900
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
CURRENTLY, AIRBREATHING PROPULSION SYSTEMS WHICH OPERATE IN THE HIGH SUBSONIC REGIME ARE EXPENSIVE, COMPLEX, HEAVY AND USE PERISHABLE FUELS. TO OVERCOME THESE LIMITATIONS, A NOVEL PROPULSION CONCEPT BASED ON A PULSE DETONATION ENGINE (PDE) OR A CONVENTIONAL RAMJET COMBUSTOR (CRC) COUPLED WITH A BORON SOLID FUELED HYBRID GAS GENERATOR (HGG) IS PROPOSED. THE INNOVATION DRAWS FROM RECENT SUCCESSES IN COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS AND FROM SYSTEMS ENGINEERING STUDIES PERFORMED BY THE AUTHOR. THE PROPOSED PROPULSION SYSTEM HAS MANY HIGHLY DESIRABLE FEATURES INCLUDING A VERY LOW UNIT COST, DESIGN SIMPLICITY, OPERATIONAL SIMPLICITY, AND STORABILITY. THE PROPULSION SYSTEM CAN OPERATE OVER A RANGE OF MACH NUMBERS AND IS WELL SUITED FOR PROPELLING A STANDOFF MUNITION AT HIGH SUBSONIC SPEEDS.

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