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Pulse Detonation Engines: Initiation, Propagation, and Performance

Shepherd, J. E. (2005) Pulse Detonation Engines: Initiation, Propagation, and Performance. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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Research carried out from 2003-2005 at the Explosion Dynamics Laboratories at Caltech under an ONR contract has examined many issues critical to Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) development. These include: detonation structure imaging using OH PLIF; a narrow channel facility for examining regular and irregular detonations; detonation diffraction; mechanism of soot track generation; fundamental and applied studies of detonation initiation; direct measurements and analytical modeling of impulse from a detonation tube, including the effects of partial fill and nozzles; models of detonation engine performance; thermodynamic analysis of unsteady and steady propulsion systems. Each of these aspects of our program is discussed and key results are presented.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Shepherd, J. E.0000-0003-3181-9310
Additional Information:© 2005 California Institute of Technology. A portion of A Collaborative Multi-University Program of Research on Pulse Detonation Engines. Final Report for Award ONR N00014-02-1-0589.
Group:Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (Fluid Mechanics), GALCIT
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Office of Naval Research (ONR)N00014-02-1-0589
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GALCIT Report FM2005.002
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