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Multidisciplinary Study of Pulse Detonation Engines

Shepherd, J. E. (2002) Multidisciplinary Study of Pulse Detonation Engines. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Research at the Explosion Dynamics Laboratories at Caltech over the past three years under an ONR contract has examined many issues critical to Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) development. These include: fundamental and applied studies of detonation initiation; detonation cell width measurements to characterize fuels, including JP10; visualization of the reaction zone structure of propagating detonations; direct measurements and analytical modeling of impulse from a detonation tube, including the effects of partial fill and exit geometry; studies of detonation diffraction; and the structural response of tubes to detonation loading, including fracture and failure. 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:© 2002 California Institute of Technology. Final Report Prepared for the Office of Naval Research Energy Conversion and Propulsion, Program Officer: Gabriel Roy Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Grant 00014-99-1-0744, Subcontract 1686-ONR-0744 30 April 1999 – 30 June 2002
Group:Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (Fluid Mechanics), GALCIT
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Office of Naval Research (ONR)00014-99-1-0744
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