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A review of the ONR/NAVAIR research option combustion instabilities in compact ramjets, 1983-1988

Culick, F. E. C. and Schadow, K. C. (1989) A review of the ONR/NAVAIR research option combustion instabilities in compact ramjets, 1983-1988. .

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This paper consists of two parts summarizing two portions of the ONR/NAVAIR Research Option. The option began in 1983 and continued for five years, involving 11 organizations. Simultaneously, similar or related programs supported by other agencies or institutions were being carried out in several other places. Results of those programs have been briefly summarized in five papers collected in a document to be published by C.P.L.A. This paper contains two of the five papers in that document. Here we cover the subjects of approximate analyses and stability; and large-scale structures and passive control. The first is concerned chiefly with an analytical framework constructed on the basis of observations; it is intended to provide a means of correlating and interpreting data, and predicting the stability of motions in a combustion chamber. The second is a summary of recent experimental work directed to understanding the flows in dump combustors of the sort used in modern ramjet engines. Much relevant material is not included here, but may be found in the remaining papers of the document cited above. For completeness, we note briefly the substance of those reports. In their summary "Spray Combustion Processes in Ramjet Combustion Instability," Bowman (Stanford), Law (University of California, Davis) and Sirignano (University of California, Irvine) review several aspects of spray combustion relevant to combustion instabilities. The objectives of the works were: (1) to determine the effect of spray characteristics on the energy release pattern in a dump combustor and the subsequent effects on combustion instability; (2) to gain a fundamental understanding of the coupling of the spray vaporization process with an unsteady flow field; and (3) to investigate methods for controlling and enhancing spray vaporization rates in liquid-fueled ramjets. During the past five years considerable progress has been made in applying methods of computational fluid dynamics to the flow in a dump combustor including consequences of energy release due to combustion processes. Jou has summarized work done at Flow Research, Inc. and at the Naval Research Laboratory in his paper "A Summary Report on Large-Eddy Simulations of Pressure Oscillations in a Ramjet Combustor." The serious effects of combustion instabilities on the inlets of ramjet engines were discovered in the late 1970's in experimental work at the Aeropropulsion Laboratory, Wright Field, the Naval Weapons Center and the Marquardt Company. The most thorough laboratory work on the unsteady behavior of inlets has been accomplished at the McDonnell-Douglas Research Laboratory by Sajben who has reviewed the subject in his paper "The Role of Inlet in Ramjet Pressure Oscillations."

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